(Yours truly, Bryan Koo Koo Kanga Roo, and a new friend from the Koo Koo Kam)
Last year was a very strange and difficult time for me. It ended with a series of shows in the northeast over the end of November, thank you to some amazing friends. This is how a little band called Koo Koo Kanga Roo
came to be a part of my life. After a crazy drunken Thanksgiving dinner in New York City, I am happy to call two of the nicest, most genuine people I’ve ever met friends. As you know if you’ve come into contact with me since that time period, I consider the Koo Koo Kanga Roo live show to be the happiest place on earth. So when Koo Koo (Bryan and Neil
) got in touch with me about playing a show in Denver, I was ready to move heaven and earth to make it happen.
I didn’t quite have to go that far, but I did end up throwing a house show. I’d done something along those lines for my 30th birthday, but that was very different (and much more obligatory for my friends and acquaintances) and possibly most importantly, not at my house. So I consider this to be my first real gig. I reached out far and wide in that pool of friends and acquaintances, encouraging them to invite their significant others, children, mailpersons, hairdressers, and more. I was determined to give one of my favorite bands an audience they deserved. Somewhere along the way, word started to spread and Colorado Koo Koo fans came out of the woodwork, RSVPing to a strange little show on a Tuesday night in a suburb of Denver.
By the time the date rolled around, we had filled every spot in my condo complex’s clubhouse. I had baked several dozen cookies and had five pizzas ready to go. Neil and Bryan, exhausted from playing two shows in the last twelve hours (and if you are familiar with this band, you know their shows are no joke - I mean, they have a workout DVD
), celebrating the holiday, and a good amount of touring.
Before “doors” even came around, people were showing up, eager to dance the night away. We were happy to put them to work setting up. A strange mix of coworkers, adventurous friends from the music scene, my roommate, small children, and people I’d never even seen before at a show soon filled the room.
Here I have to admit, even up to this moment, when I think house show, I think of a person with an acoustic guitar and people sitting on the floor, listening carefully. And most importantly, no one calling the cops because there’s thirty people jumping up and down to amplified music. This show was none of that. Well, we did not receive any noise complaints (Thank you neighbors! You are much cooler than I’ve ever given you credit for.). The only sitting was more crawling on the floor, for a dance move called “The Ninja Sneak”.
The beginning of the night started with some hesitance and strange looks, but I’m happy to report that by the end of the show, we had everyone in the room forming a circle and shaking their various body parts
and full attendance at the cat party
. Bryan and Neil were at an eleven- giving this show, as they do every performance that I’ve seen, their all.
Two days later, my office is still buzzing about the show, sharing YouTube clips. I’m getting messages from attendees talking about what a great time they had. My feet still hurt and I can’t stop smiling. This all feels like a dream come true. One of my favorite bands came to my house, I made some amazing new friends, and we even got to save some lives. The biggest thanks to Koo Koo Kanga Roo and to everyone who attended. This is a night I will never forget.