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Sandbar Storytelling Festival adds Koo Koo Kanga Roo to its fall lineup |

The Sandbar Storytelling Festival welcomes the interactive dance duo Koo Koo Kanga Roo for a moving evening of music on Saturday October 15.

The show, sponsored by Todd VonBastiaans and Winona Area Public Schools, will run from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. (doors open 5 p.m.) in the auditorium at Winona Middle School.

Minneapolis-based Koo Koo Kanga Roo is made up of two Saint Mary’s University alumni, Bryan Atchison and Neil Olstad, who formed an on-campus rock band at the university. In 2008, the duo began touring and hosting shows at bars, basements and barbecues.

During this time they released their first albums and music videos. In 2010, the band was chosen to support Orange County superhero rock band The Aquabats on their East Coast tour. This turned into more slots with Reel Big Fish and Yo Gabba Gabba Live. During this time, Koo Koo began creating “dance-a-long” videos to help with audience participation.

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These videos had unexpected success with elementary school teachers, which led Koo Koo into the world of children’s music. Further national and international tours followed as the guys hit the road with The Vans Warped Tour, Frank Turner & Sleeping Souls and MC Lars.

Concept albums on cats, potty humor, mutual aid, holidays and Panera Bread were added to the band’s discography. Simultaneously, the popularity of their “brain break” dance videos continued to soar in classrooms around the world. In 2021, the two released “Slow Clap” – a more hip-hop-centric sound with lots of groovey basslines and monstrous drumming, while still retaining the catchy, weird energy fans have come to expect from the band.

A favorite among school kids around the world, Koo Koo Kanga Roo connects with audiences of all ages who can’t help but sing and dance to their delightfully silly lyrics.

Tickets, which go on sale August 1 at, are $15 for adults over 16, $5 for children 5-16, and free for children under 5. . Paid tickets will be available on site 20 minutes before the show.