GRAMMY-Winning Okee Dokee Brothers Folk & Roots Music for Families

For immediate release: Friday, October 28, 2016
Contact:               Sarah Knab, Overture Center, 608.258.4438 /

GRAMMY-Winning Okee Dokee Brothers Folk & Roots Music for Families

“[The Okee Dokee Brothers] remind us of the American belief that we’re bound for better weather.” – NPR All Things Considered

Madison, Wis. – Overture Center welcomes The Okee Dokee Brothers to the stage after having been featured at Kids in the Rotunda in the 2010/11 and 2014/15 seasons. The band will make their Capitol Theater debut on Saturday, November 19 at 11:00 a.m.

GRAMMY Award-winning family folk band The Okee DokeeBrothers – Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing –have been exploring the outdoors together since they were kids.  Their extended canoe trip down the Mississippi River inspired their GRAMMY Award Winning album Can You Canoe? and was the first in their Adventure Album Series.  Their trek along the Appalachian Trail was the subject of their follow up release, Through the Woods. Their latest album, Saddle Up is a joyous adventure through the American West.

With songs written by campfire and harmonies born on the water, the natural world is at the heart of their Americana folk music. The Okee Dokee Brothers make room for kids to dance, for parents to share stories and for everyone to gain respect for nature, each other and the world we live in.

Featuring a diverse collective of musicians – John Sebastian (The Lovin’ Spoonful), Carlos Medina (Norteño accordion), Cindy Cashdollar (Asleep at the Wheel), Jim Campilongo (The Little Willies), and The Benally Family (Navajo style singing) – Saddle Up melds “musical styles ranging from cowboy folk to Mexicali folk to bluegrass” (No Depression) with stories inspired by exploration through five national parks and camping along the Continental Divide. The melodic tunes cover tales of western wildlife, Navajo stories, Southwest-style Spanglish, the issue of guns in western lore, friendship and more.

Tickets, starting at $20, are on sale now for purchase in person at the Overture Center Ticket Office (201 State Street), online at or by phone at 608.258.4141.

The Okee Dokee Brothers are part of the American Girl’s Fund for Children Family Series at Overture Center. Watch the trailer.

OVERTURE CENTER FOR THE ARTS in Madison, Wisconsin features seven state-of-the-art performance spaces and five galleries where national and international touring artists, ten resident companies and hundreds of local artists engage people in over half a million educational and artistic experiences each year.


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