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Joshua Kelberman & Connor Kizer are Baltimore’s Santa Dads. Santa Dads began in 2005 as a gag so basic you couldn’t even really call it a prank. “At the time, Dan was really into putting fake bands on all the fliers, and one of the fake bands he put on the flier for this particular show was `Santa Dads,’” Kizer says. “And Josh and I were just sitting in our living room and we said, `Dan, who’s Santa Dads?’ And he said, `You’re Santa Dads!’”

Thus pressed into musical service, the duo had yet to figure out what Santa Dads was beyond a name on a flier, but in typical Wham City pants-seat fashion, it wasn’t a process they agonized over much. “The first show was that Friday, about three or four days” after seeing the flyer, Kelberman says. “So Connor and I were like, `OK, what are we gonna do?’ Well, I’ve always wanted to play ukulele. And Connor was like, `Well, I’ve always wanted to beatbox.’” The band’s first show was as improvised and haphazard as its birth, but since then Santa Dads has become a very serious going concern, despite the duo abjuring some of the related being-a-band business.

Santa Dad’s first album Anima Mundi was released on Wildfirewildfire Records in April of 2007.

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  • rachelkontz

    haha, you guys are great

    9 Jul 2011 Reply
  • McReptar

    Open portaaaaals

    11 Jun 2011 Reply
  • AFatalCure

    Big black men scare the shit out of me. [2]

    8 Oct 2010 Reply
  • pavementplmokn

    my favorite uke/beatbox group

    28 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Kimia_m


    26 Dec 2009 Reply
  • McReptar

    I love them SO much.

    14 Nov 2009 Reply
  • iamahuman


    8 Sep 2009 Reply
  • BattleFranky

    If we all link hands together and yell our wishes hard at the heavens, Connor Kizer and Joshua Kel-Bermann will appear in the center of our great circle and bless us with a new album.

    13 Aug 2009 Reply

    Santa Dads, a fierce spiritual uprising that can only occur when a tiger, played by Connor Kizer and a prince, played by Joshua Kelberman, join forces to save the soul of animals. Baring only a uke and the occasional trumpet and French horn, the simplicity of their instrumentation is more than compensated by their intricate and at times scitsafrinic music. Ranging from gospel choirs to babbling dogs. The Second Beast: Dog is a spell binding tale of what a dog would feel in the singular moment he discovers god. Santa Dads is anything but to be missed. A must see and hear for those who have yet to find these two icon figures as their new religion.

    13 Jan 2009 Reply
  • botibol

    Santa Dads are my new religion since I had a psychedelic experience listening to their record, and they totally rule live!

    23 Dec 2008 Reply
  • ResonantDiscord

    Big black men scare the shit out of me.

    15 Oct 2008 Reply
  • collectedanimal

    they rule

    5 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Benhayman

    when i go through... open portals... i won't tell you... i will be through...

    17 Jul 2008 Reply
  • BattleFranky

    there will never be an equal

    26 May 2008 Reply
  • keppelation

    You Don't Know is amazing.

    7 Jan 2008 Reply
  • eriteric

    I did! They even wrote a thank you note with a little smiley face on the back of the envelope.

    4 Aug 2007 Reply

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