Back from Los Angeles, where they accepted the Grammy award Sunday night at the Staples Center for best children’s album, Justin Lansing, left, and Joe Mailander — the Okee Dokee Brothers — came home to the Twin Cities and took the stage before a younger audience for Toddler Tuesday at the Mall of America, where they have played since 2009.
Fresh from their Grammy triumph in Los Angeles Sunday night, the Okee Dokee Brothers played for a crowd of 750 at the Mall of America Tuesday.
It was not too shabby a welcome-home party for the Twin Cities children's music group -- and a fitting one, too, with lots of kids and parents on hand for the mall's Toddler Tuesday event.
"They got one of the largest crowds we've seen for a Toddler Tuesday," said mall spokeswoman Bridget Jewell.
Joe Mailander and bandmate Justin Lansing are regulars at the mall, having played there since 2009, so there was a celebratory buzz in the crowd as the musicians took the stage in the Rotunda under a giant video wall displaying the words, "Congratulations Okee Dokee Brothers."
"It was very fun, everybody was very excited," said Jewell, who joined the crowd mid-set.
They played two shows and signed CDs afterward. "They probably signed about 200 CDs after each one," she said.
Next up on the Okee Dokees' victory tour: A free Valentine's Day show at noon Thursday in the indoor Edinborough Park in Edina.