The Los Angeles-based rock band 100 Monkeys wrote “The Fair” long before band member and actor Jackson Rathbone came to Baton Rouge to film The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1, the upcoming entry in the Twilight series of vampire movies.
But when Breaking Dawn production overlapped the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair in October, Jackson’s 100 Monkeys band mates joined him at the fair to shoot a music video for “The Fair.” The group also performed at the fair in costume on Halloween night.
“Yeah, it’s been amazing here,” Rathbone said just before the band’s show. “There’s all the rides and the festivities and we get to play a rock show, which we always love doing.”
“We’re having a really good time and we’re getting a lot of work done at the same time,” fellow Monkey Ben Graupner confirmed during a group interview in a trailer borrowed from a fair official.
100 Monkeys’ fair audience — as well as audiences that attended the band’s frequent performances at downtown’s Boudreaux and Thibodeaux club — witnessed first-hand the multi-talented musicians’ habit of switching instruments mid-show. Rathbone, for instance, plays guitar, keyboard and drums.
“Sometimes we are fairly conscious of the amount switches that we make,” he said. “But if there’s a big transition, if we change the drummer and the bass and the guitars all at once, we tell jokes. Most of our jokes are terrible puns. We belong in the vaudeville era, really, when it comes to jokes.”
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