Tangerine Tambourine

Tangerine Tambourine


We play music for small children that stands up to repeated plays and won't make you want to drive your car off of a cliff! Fun, rockin' and even a little bit.....educational - we want to be your whole family's favorite band, not just the ones in carseats.


I've been playing in bands and writing songs since middle school, so when my daughter was born I made up a few silly little ditties about taking a bath, crawling, eating fruit, etc. to see how she would respond to music. One day my wife said, "When are you going to record these so we have music to listen to in the car? Your songs are better than the ones on @$%&*!'s" (a famous purple dinosaur who will go unnamed). I asked my friend Josh if he was interested and we started recording. It turns out that Josh's old college buddy, Bobby, had written a few really cool tunes for his 2-year old son and wanted to join in. My obvious choice for a drummer was James (Jimmy P) with whom I've been playing music with for over 20 years - touring with Fishbone as a rock band, opening for the Drive-By Truckers as a rap group and comprising the rhythm section for 15-piece funk outfit. Local musicians started dropping by the studio to sing or play after it got out how much fun we were having - most notably Whitney Inscho, whom has become our lead singer. The sessions consisted of goofing off, drinking root beer, playing instruments we normally didn't play and discussing what music we loved as kids. The bands that kept coming up were : Elvis, James Brown, Ray Stevens, Chuck Berry, Stevie Wonder, The Coasters, the Cars and of course, The Beatles. From the first gig we've noticed that playing for children is cool because they're more likely to dance and have fun than older crowds. We've also enjoyed helping the community by playing shows for children with special needs, foster homes,Toys For Tots and the United Way. The live show has basically transformed into a "Flaming Lips-for-the whole family" type event with ballons, hula hoops, bubbles and homemade maracas for every child made from recycled water bottles and beans....it's a blast!


Lp - Tangerine Tambourine
2009 on Science Fair

"Mix It Up" has been played on Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl

Set List

Our set normally last an hour and is about half originals and half covers. Of our originals we play Doing The Math, Mix It Up, ABCs, Bananas, In The Morning, Go Go Gorilla, My Shadow, Shake It Up and Radio. Songs that we've covered include Twist and Shout, Drive My Car, The Volcano Song, Down On The Corner, The Hokey Pokey, Wipeout, Na Na Na (Goodbye) and we play Rapper's Delight while the crowd makes a Soul Train dance line. Occasionally we'll play more traditional songs like She'll Be Coming Around The Mountain, Skip To My Lou and Old Dan Tucker.