Fri08012014

Stepping Out

"Pocket" performance


Tim Rounds/Special to the Town Crier
Nala Walla (vocals, Hula-Hoop) and Keeth Monta Apgar (acoustic wah-wah guitar) make up two-fifths of The Harmonica Pocket.

Seattle-based band The Harmonica Pocket is scheduled to make its Bay Area family-music debut 5:30 p.m. Friday at Outer Space, 359 State St.

The free performance, “A Is for Apple,” is part of the Rock DTLA series.

The Harmonica Pocket recently won a Parents’ Choice Gold Award for its 2012 album “Apple Apple.” The solar-powered band from Puget Sound is part of the “Kindiependent” Seattle area collective of family-centric musicians.

Equipped with a Hula-Hoop, a ukulele and a suitcase of props, The Harmonica Pocket sings about kids, bugs, vegetables and Dr. Seuss. Featuring imaginative renditions of American folk classics, plus an array of silly originals from its award-winning albums, the five-piece band’s “A Is for Apple” mixes music, dance and interactive games into a show that encourages audiences to sing along and move in their seats.

The show’s acoustic story-songs are sprinkled with wah-wah guitar, ukulele and vocal harmony.

Veteran songwriter Keeth Monta Apgar is central to The Harmonica Pocket’s live shows and recordings. He delivers thick jazz chord progressions with storytelling lyrics.

“I love taking my songs on the road and singing them in new places,” he said. “I’ve been to California many times, but I haven’t ever sung my ‘kindie’ songs there. We’re psyched to come play for Los Altos.”

For more information on Friday’s concert, call 383-5469.

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