An interactive, super galactic – funk inspired, rock-n-roll show for families. From Rockness Music founder Michael Napolitano comes Michael & The Rockness Monsters. The shows and music of this act shine with creativity. The music is both silly and serious—filled with catchy melodies and thick instrumentation. Live, the band takes on new life with a full horn section, props and becomes a what New York Family calls “an odyssey of imagination”.
Michael & the Rockness Monsters are inviting families everywhere to celebrate unity with Similarities, the fifth release from the award winning band. Out April 16th!
During lockdown Michael & the Rockness Monsters and their educational sister company Rockness Music used social media to pivot their live performances into livestream experiences, called “House Party Variety Show.” They quickly caught the attention of major news networks who showcased Rockness, highlighting how they eased tensions for tens of thousands of families, from Austin, Texas, all the way to the Amazon and Australia. “The show developed a community of families who became familiar with one another, sharing pictures of grandparents, pets, stuffies and artwork detailing the similarities of their own home quarantined experiences,” frontman Michael Napolitano explains.
Past & Upcoming Bookings Include: Lincoln Center, Levitt Pavilion Dayton OH, Symphony Space, Madison Square Park, Summerstage, Wolftrap, Please Touch Museum, The Jewish Museum, Lollapalooza, Levitt Pavilion Westport CT, The Highline, Rockwood Music Hall, State Theater of NJ, Liberty Science Center, Liberty State Park
Michael and the band were featured on All Of It with Alison Stewart discussing the band, the music and the education of the young child through Michael’s music company Rockness Music.
Michael offers his take on children’s music education:
“The Best Way To Get Your Kids Into Music”
Catch your favorite Michael & the Rockness Monster’s songs daily on Kid’s Place Live!
The Monster’s have been featured on the Absolutely Mindy Show, and Rocked in the New Year in 2019 with Kenny Curtis during the 2019 ‘Happy NOON Years Celebration’.
SiriusXM Kids Place Live
Stylistically, the ’70s permeates the album, taking cues from influential funk bands like Sly & the Family Stone, Parliament, and Funkadelic. The first track, Smile, dares us to have the audacity to share our happiness by shining our inner light through genuine, heartfelt smiles. Lyrically the band describes sharing joy as a radical act that is contagious. Should we all be so lucky to catch this contagion! This track is followed by Party Train (not to be mistaken with the Misery Bus), where everyone climbs aboard and dusts off their dancing shoes. By the end of the second track, the party train’s left the station and the festivities are in full swing. The listeners experience a feeling of joyous abandon and everyone is included.
WOW! This [Funny Faces] has got to be the best kid-friendly CD I’ve heard in years! The songs are so well written, from goofy, to catchy, to insightful, and back to goofy! My boy just loved it, and so did I! In particular, the elevator song and Mr. Pickle are smash hits! The banter before and during the songs is just too funny! Well done guys!
Don’t miss out on an amazing album that will inspire and touch even the youngest of hearts. Reflect on your own life, dance your heart out, and spread positivity within your family through the strong messages and rhythms in the album, Funny Faces.
Monster’s Ball is the third family-friendly release form award-winning band Michael & the Rockness Monsters. Lively, energetic, and perfect for celebrating children’s parties, Monster’s Ball is a rock-n-roll blast with an extra turn of humor, inspiring smiles from the young and the old alike!
Radio Show: The show includes a fun conversation with Michael Napolitano of Michael & The Rockness Monsters on the recent release of their new long player, Monster’s Ball.
Songs from the Rockness Monsters tend to linger in your subconscious until you’re humming them without realizing it. In that regard, “Woodpecker” follows in the pattern of “Squirrel Fight.” Speaking of a Parisian vibe, “Mona Lisa” explains the body/mind connection between hearing music and engaging our bodies to move, dance, and smile mysteriously.
The music is playful, the vocals strong, but it is the clever and often funny lyrics that so fully win children over.
Tillywig Award Winner
A marker in the evolution of an artist with a passion for inspiring the next generation of music lovers.
New York Family Magazine
Gentle with a spirit of wonder!
…fun, catchy, and has super fun lyrics for the entire family to enjoy.
…album that mixes playfulness with an edge. Rock music and silly songs that make the butts in the front seat move to the same beat as the feet in the back seat.
Imagination Parade, WFDU
…has a friendly open voice, which is tonally reminiscent of Elvis Costello, with some of Randy Newman’s skillful delivery.
Parents Choice Foundation
“Music plays such an important role in children’s development,” says Elena Epstein, director of the National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA). “[Funny Faces] provides a wonderful way for parents and kids to bond, sing and dance together. It will definitely bring a smile to your face.”
A wacky collection of musical fun that revels in the joy of seeing the world through a child’s eyes, Michael & the Rockness Monsters is a wonderful pick for children from toddlers to middle grade schoolers, as well as the young-at-heart!
Midwest Book Review
…a lively album of original songs in pop, rock, calypso, and jazz musical styles. An enthusiastic children’s chorus joins in on most of the songs. Vocals and instrumental performances are strong…VERDICT This is a fun album that children will enjoy.
So if you love all things silly and fun you might want to pick up Michael and the Rockness Monsters‘ self-titled debut album.
Michael Napolitano will present his award-winning rock concert experience, filled with silliness and a rock and roll backbeat.
From New Jersey’s favorite homegrown family rock band, Monster’s Ball is a party album rich with themes of celebration, inclusion, and accessibility, as should be the foundation for any good party.
Creative Child 2016 CD of the Year Award