Landing in Red Deer on their Howdilly Doodilly Tour, Okilly Dokilly will be performing at the International Beer Haus on May 7th.
Okilly Dokilly is described as the world’s only Nedal band. (Think neighbour Ned from The Simpsons).
Nedward ‘Ned’ Flander, Jr. is a recurring fictional character in the series.
He is described as the good-natured, cheery next-door, evangelical Christian neighbour to the Simpson family and is generally loathed by Homer Simpson. He’s also described as among the friendliest and most compassionate of Springfield’s citizens and is generally considered a pillar of the community.
Meanwhile, hailing from Phoenix, a majority of the band’s lyrics are direct Ned quotes. The band’s members include Head Ned, Red Ned, Thread Ned, Stead Ned and Bled Ned.
Established in 2015, the band found success before ever playing their first show, becoming a viral phenomenon after releasing just a few press photos and a four-song demo. Within just two weeks, the band had nearly 30,000 facebook fans and was featured by numerous publications including Billboard, Time, The Independent, BBC, Esquire, Vice among others.
In November of 2016 the band released their debut CD Howdilly Doodilly, a 13-track catalog filled with ‘Flanderisms’.
Okilly Dokilly’s live shows are high energy affairs that weave together ‘comedy and brutality’.
“Guttural screams and pounding drums provide a soundtrack for the pummeling of an inflatable donut as green sweaters and round glasses blur across the stage.”
There is certainly plenty of Simpsons’ material for them to explore. According to Wikipedia, since its debut on Dec. 17th, 1989, 615 episodes of The Simpsons have been broadcast.
Its 28th season began on Sept. 25th, 2016. It is the longest-running American sitcom and the longest-running American animated program, and, in 2009, it surpassed Gunsmoke as the longest-running American scripted primetime television series, according to Wikipedia.
Last November, the series was also renewed for 29th and 30th seasons of 22 episodes each, extending the show to 2019.