23 Skidoo (aka Cactus) went through much of the terrific album "Easy" along with the wonderful reading-inspired "Bug", a track the Bear would later declare her favorite of the show. The set closed with "I Gotta Be Me" a song that when performed live is as close to a kiddie anthem as any I've ever heard. The whole crowd was towards the front of the space, the kids all made 3 feet taller thanks to tables pressed up against the high stage. Everyone was smiling, swaying and shouting out, in response to 23 Skidoo's lyrical question "Whatcha gotta be?", the tremendously confident refrain "I GOTTA BE ME!". For the first time at any kid's show, and this includes sold out Justin Roberts and TMBG gigs, I heard folks calling out for an encore. No one wanted the gig to be to up after one hour. 23 Skidoo and crew could have played for another 60 minutes and no one would have minded a bit.
I cannot recommend a Secret Agent 23 Skidoo show enough for any music-loving family.
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- Hip hop, in general, is much different from the sex-filled radio-friendly rap that may have shaped your negative perception of the style and even farther removed from gangsta rap and...
- Secret Agent 23 Skidoo's music is super positive and is filled with a lot of fun energy. You are your kids will be bouncing up and down once the first beat is dropped, that is guaranteed.
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