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Recess Monkey

In 2005, three Seattle-based school teachers with a mutual passion for the Beatles, Brian Wilson, and power pop launched onto the kindie rock scene with Welcome to Monkey Town. That widely successful debut album began an ascent toward Parents’ Choice and NAPPA awards, recognition from the School Library Journal and Time Out New York, appearances at Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits, and 12 more recordings, including 2016’s Grammy-nominated release Novelties. Seamlessly meshing their own musical roots with kid-centric themes and catchy, melodic tunes, Recess Monkey is going to rock ELLNORA with hits like "Brick by Brick," "Time to Make the Donuts," "Sweaty Yeti," "Lemonade," and "Moon Boots," sure to “keep the entire family bopping, bouncing, moving, and grooving” (

And for those ready to bounce and bop a little bit longer, head to the Lobby and Amphitheatre after the performance for even more fun! Ever wanted to try the ukulele? Take a mini-lesson with local music teachers Sarah and David Madden at this free, family-friendly session. Drop in any time between 11am-12pm on the south end of the Lobby to learn a chord (or two!) and sing along. While you're at it, check out the Bubble Man, explore an instrument petting zoo, or purchase a special snack!

This event will last approximately one hour with no intermission.

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Patron Sponsors

  • Gözen & Chris Hartman
  • Jill & James Quisenberry

Patron Co-sponsors

  • Frances & Marc Ansel
  • Beth & David Chasco
  • Beverly & Mike Friese
  • Brenda & Stephen Pacey
  • Mary & George Perlstein
  • Julia & Gene Robinson
  • Anonymous

Corporate Platinum Sponsor

  • WCIA 3

Corporate Gold Sponsors

  • The Daily Illini/WPGU-FM 107.1
  • Koester & Bradley, LLP
  • The Whip at Backland Radio dot com

Corporate Silver Sponsors

  • The Blind Man Hunter Douglas Gallery
  • Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon
  • Comfort Suites
  • Kessler Optical
  • Lite Rock 97.5-WHMS FM
  • Smile Politely
  • The Upper Bout
  • Visit Champaign County
  • WEFT 90.1

Corporate Bronze Sponsors

  • Analog Outfitters
  • Barham Benefit Group
  • Dimond Bros. Insurance, LLC
  • ESPN 93.5
  • Events at Refinery
  • by Greencopper
  • Weiskamp Screen Printing

The three-day guitar spectacular of ELLNORA is possible only because of individual donations and corporate sponsorships. Krannert Center thanks our event sponsors—performances at the Center could not happen without their support. We hope you will consider joining them, to ensure Krannert Center’s vibrancy now and for generations to come. Learn more about sponsoring an event »

Event Details

Tryon Festival Theatre
Sa Sep 16, 2017 - 10:00am
Pick Five+: 13 / SC 8 / STU 5 / UI & YTH 5 Single: 15 / SC 10 / STU 5 / UI & YTH 5