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Monsters Ball

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An interactive, super galactic – funk inspired, rock-n-roll experience 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”.

These records, masterly produced by Michael Napolitano and Grammy Award winning producer Dean Jones, are a voyage into the child’s subconscious. During his 10 year tenure as founder of Rockness Music Michael wrote, produced, performed and recorded 5 records leaving him super tuned in to the landscape of children’s music.  His 10 years as a member of the Blue Man Group Creative Team 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’ records, the self titled debut (2016), Funny Faces (2017) and Monster’s Ball (2018) received an outpouring of recognition from the music community (See Press).

Their fourth release is a secret….shhhh….. dropping in September 2019 – just in time for 2020! 

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Featured live in Paste Magazine Studios December 2019

PASTE Magazine

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.

All Of It with Allison Stewart - WNYC

Michael offers his take on children’s music education:

“The Best Way To Get Your Kids Into Music”

Michael Napolitano (Fatherly)

The band’s lead singer Michael Napolitano spoke to Kinderling Conversation about what he loves most about writing and performing music for kids, and what families can expect from the album.

Kinderling

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.

Eat the Marshmallow

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!

Academics Choice Smart Media Award

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.

New York Family

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!

Midwest Book Review

FEATURED MUSIC

NAEYC

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.  

Radio Cake - The Familiar Tomato (Morgan Taylor)

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.

Geek Dad

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!

Zooglobble

…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

…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.”

National Parenting Product Award (NAPPA)

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

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

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

Barista Family

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.

Broadway World

Creative Child 2016 CD of the Year Award

Creative Child

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