NINE HUNDRED SHOWS AND COUNTING …
That’s right, The Funky Monkeys have performed over 900 shows around New Zealand!
In fact, it is estimated more than 1.7 million people have seen them live, with countless more viewing their popular music videos during regular national children’s TV programming each year.
Performers Joe McNamara, Neil Tolan, Chris Lam Sam, along with their best friend, Dizzy Dog, all agree they have enjoyed using their music and show as a vehicle for letting kids be kids.
Some of their highlights include being the only full-time children’s band in NZ (2008-2010), producing seven albums and two DVD’s, winning the ‘What Now? APRA Children’s Music Video of the Year’ award in 2008, performing at the Royal New Zealand Show in Christchurch, and at Auckland’s televised Coca Cola Christmas in the Park twice.
As of 2015, The Funky Monkeys hung up their orange-and-white’s to become what they are calling ‘mostly retired’. However, Chris Monkey says, ‘We definitely still consider every offer to perform. Any opportunity to get together and make families happy with our music is a great one.’