Our Fantastically Ferocious Second Album Funny Faces is Out April 28th!

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From Preschool of Rock founder Michael Napolitano comes Michael & The Rockness Monsters.   An interactive, super galactic – funk inspired, rock-n-roll experience for families.

The shows and music of this act shine with creativity. The music is both silly and serious filled with catchy melodies and thick instrumentation. These records, masterly produced by Grammy winner Dean Jones, are a voyage into the child’s subconscious. During his 10 years tenure as founder of Preschool of Rock Michael wrote, produced, performed and recorded 5 records leaving him super tuned in to the landscape of children’s music.  His 10 years in Blue Man Group is evident in the slamming drum beats and eclectic instrumentation that will get your hips moving.  The music is intelligent, fun and full of humorous hooks and catchy quirks. During their sold out shows the stage disappears and everyone embarks on a creative voyage together.
Michael & the Rockness Monsters’ self titled debut record released in February 2016 received an outpouring of recognition from the music community (See Press).

Their second release Funny Faces is set to drop on April 28th, 2017. Featuring special guests Tracy Bonham, Sonia De Los Santos, Tommy Kessler, and Tim Sutton!

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"everytime michael and the rockness monsters come to play at the zoo our crowds get bigger and bigger. they rock!"

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Pirate Song - reached #2 on Sirius/XM’s Kids Place Live 13 under 13 chart

SiriusXM Kids Place Live

I recommend this CD to any parent with a preschooler. It was fun to listen to and easy to sing along with!

Academics Choice 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

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

If there’s a School of Rock, shouldn’t there also be a Preschool of Rock? There is, and Michael Napolitano invented it.

New York Times

Gentle with a spirit of wonder!

Zooglobble

Say hello to “Pretty Little World,” a refreshing little tune that breathes a heaping spoonful of sunshine into the air.

Kids Can Groove

...fun, catchy, and has super fun lyrics for the entire family to enjoy.

Momma's Bacon

...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

...This is playful and honest music that comes from the heart.

New Jersey Stage

...has a friendly open voice, which is tonally reminiscent of Elvis Costello, with some of Randy Newman's skillful delivery.

Parents Choice Foundation

Creative Child 2016 CD of the Year Award

Creative Child

So if you love all things silly and fun you might want to pick up Michael and the Rockness Monsters‘ self-titled debut album.

tenordad.com

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.

School Library Journal

Michael and the Rockness Monsters is one of NAEYC's Featured Artist!

NAEYC

Michael Napolitano will present his award-winning rock concert experience, filled with silliness and a rock and roll backbeat.

Barista Family

Well crafted showmanship follows the songs with interactive props and crowd participation. The stage disappears, and everyone embarks on a creative voyage together.

Broadway World

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