ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- The Okee Dokee brothers may be Grammy Award winning musicians. but in a gym packed with Rochester elementary students, they're still just a whole lot of fun.
"We don't really talk down to kids. We treat them as peers so that they kind of strive to grow in how they are taking in this art," said Joe Mailander, the band's guitar player.
The duo played songs like "Bluegrass for Breakfast" and "Can You Canoe?" and even though bluegrass may not be what all the kids are listening to on the radio these days, the Okee Dokee Brothers know how to work a room.
"What's interesting about performing for kids is they give a lot of energy back because every show is different, and they are spontaneous in their actions, and that's really cool to do for a living," said Mailander.
The songs come from the Grammy winning album "Can You Canoe?" which the Okee Dokee Bothers wrote as they traveled by canoe down the Mississippi from Minneapolis to St. Louis. O their award, they say they're humbled.
"It was a surprise," Mailander said. "We knew we were in the running but we just feel incredibly honored that the music was listened to and recognized as an important step in the genre's future."
The concert was put together by the Jefferson PTSA months before the band won or was even nominated for the Grammy Award, so the Jefferson students were just plain lucky to be a stop on the post-win tour of a Grammy winning group.
"It was so rewarding," said Jeni Grob, who set up the show. "It was fantastic. They were more than I could have hoped."
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