We’re excited to be covering the Austin City Limits Music Festival (aka ACL) this year. As a part of our coverage, all week we’ll be bringing you profiles of the bands and artists that will grace the Festival’s 8 stages.
ACL really separates your average kiddie band from the cream of the crop. One of the great bands playing the HEB-Kids stage this year is Orange Sherbet. Made up of Jill Pierce, Tamsen Fynn and Steve Pierce (who is Jill’s husband), the bandmates have combined their experience in musical theater, classical singing, jazz, folk, rock, child development and education to make every show an experience in movement, improv and musical play. The trio has been performing for families in the Bay Area for the past 12 years.
How did the band come up with its name? Apparently, Steve Pierce had always wanted to start a band called Orange Sherbet in college, and sound of his new kid-focused band reminded him of the frozen treat: delectable, jazzed-up and cool.
Orange Sherbet describes its newest, Kickstarer-funded album, Delicious, as a “tasty, jazzed-up, seventeen-song musical celebration of the joys of growing, preparing, and enjoying nourishing, delicious, local, seasonal meals”. I had a chance to listen to the album and couldn’t resist moving in my chair to upbeat, varied songs such as “Garden Song” and “We Jump for Sherbet”. The music has a way of transporting you back to the days when happiness was a Push-Up from the ice cream man. After hearing all those songs about healthy foods, it was all I could do not to go out and buy myself a big bunch of kale. What parent couldn’t use having some musical reinforcement for the message that eating foods which are good for you can be fun?!
You can catch Orange Sherbet on Friday Oct 12 at 2:30 PM and Saturday Oct 13 at 1:30 PM on the HEB-Kids stage.
We were excited to have the chance to catch up with the band before they headed to Austin and have them answer a few of our questions.
LiveMom: How would you describe your sound?
Orange Sherbet: Our sound is jazzy, folky, funky, rock and roll. We have a very wide range of influences ranging from The Andrew Sisters and Aretha Franklin to Gillian Welch and The Band. Throw in some Anita O’Day and Squirrel Nut Zippers and we’re all set!
LiveMom: Is this your first ACL (as a performer or an attendee)?
Orange Sherbet: Yes! But we’ve all enjoyed watching the festival from afar.
LiveMom: Have you been to Austin before? Are there other things you plan to see and do while you are here?
Orange Sherbet: Never visited and we are so excited. Looking forward to maybe checking out Barton Springs as well as all the fantastic bands. Since our new CD is about celebrating food, it would also be great to visit the original Whole Foods. We’re kind of hoping Whole Foods will decide to distribute Delicious.
LiveMom: What bands are you most looking forward to seeing perform at ACL?
Orange Sherbet: Andrew Bird, The Black Keys, The Shins, Florence and the Machine, The Chili Peppers -and so many others… Oh yeah, and on the kiddie stage we wanna catch Tor performing!
LiveMom: What do you enjoy most about performing?
Orange Sherbet: We love the energy of a good crowd. Those moments when the music is riding a wave, everyone’s on board, and the mood is joyful and transcendent. We’re thrilled when others enjoy our singing and playing.
LiveMom: What’s different about performing for children and families?
Orange Sherbet: There’s a lot of spontaneous movement and humor. It’s a much easier crowd than strictly adults. They’re uninhibited and ready to go (at 10 am rather than 10 pm).
LiveMom: What led the band to decide to focus on food for the new album?
Orange Sherbet: To make a long story short, Tamsen and her husband Eduardo participated in an Eat Local Challenge, and found it so inspiring Tamsen wanted to translate that focus on regional food sources into a celebration of the locavore lifestyle. She brought the idea to Jill & Steve and they loved it.
LiveMom: What’s next for the band?
Orange Sherbet: We are hoping to collaborate with our friends who created The Local Foods Wheel to design an educational resource for elementary schools and preschools, with our new CD Delicious as an important feature. We just received a very sweet thank-you from Michelle Obama for sending her the CD, and we have the same mission she holds dear, to nourish the next generation with fresh, wholesome, delicious foods. Also, we would love to have Whole Foods selling our food CD. We’ve just received a Parent’s Choice Gold Award for Delicious and that might help us get more interest for distribution in grocery stores and kitchen stores. Other than that, we have no idea, but we’re really looking forward to whatever it ends up being!
If you can’t make it to the Festival, you can keep in touch with the band at www.orangesherbet.org and http://www.facebook.com/pages/Orange-Sherbet/135528793164005.
Any Whole Foodies out there want to help the band out?
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