Wrapping up a national tour with Harry and the Potters, Minneapolis duo Koo Koo Kanga Roo warmed up a cold, rainy day on April 7 at the Cedar Cultural Center. Taking the stage at 1:00 PM, Koo Koo successfully urged a large portion of their seated audience out of their seats to dance to family-friendly hip-hop. (Disclosure: I’m friends with both Koos, and have a sweat-drenched t-shirt that was honored with two Koo hugs after the show.)
Harry and the Potters appeal to a similarly lighthearted all-ages audience, though their appeal is just a bit more selective than Koo Koo’s: everyone has a favorite color (which they’re prompted to scream for during Koo Koo’s closing number), but not everyone is going to understand what’s so funny about having a drummer identified as “the ghost of Cedric Diggory” or a song wondering why a magic wand only costs seven galleons.
Harry and the Potters play the kind of punchy, concise, hyper-melodic nerd rock heard from the likes of They Might Be Giants, but they’re even nerdier: every single one of the Potters’ songs is set in the fictional universe of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books. If you already have quite enough Harry Potter in your life—and you know who you are—the Potters are not for you. But if you’re a Potter fanatic, odds are I saw you at the Cedar on Saturday. Memo to all of you who wore your house colors: not everybody can be in Gryffindor!
Koo Koo Kanga Roo
Harry and the Potters
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