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Okee Dokee Brothers get back in the saddle

Posted by: Tim Campbell under Music, Minnesota musicians Updated: February 12, 2013 - 1:43 PM

Joe Mailander, front, and Justin Lansing of the Okee Dokee Brothers performed Tuesday at the Mall of America. (Photos by David Joles, Star Tribune).

Sunday night, basking in the afterglow from winning a Grammy Award, Joe Mailander of the Okee Dokee Brothers told the Star Tribune. “I don’t think there’s an arena anywhere in our future.”

No, but a crowd of 750 at the Mall of America was not too shabby a welcome-home party for the Twin Cities children's music group on a chilly Tuesday morning -- 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 spokesperson Bridget Jewell.

Justin Lansing

Justin Lansing

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 word "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 for a half-hour after each. "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.

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