In the world of music, we often find ourselves listening to the same heavily-promoted tracks on repeat, missing out on the vast array of talent that lies beneath the surface. One such hidden gem is Purple Fox and The Heebie Jeebies, an indie band that has been delighting children and families with their unique blend of progressive funk, dance-pop, and reggae since 2014. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, this lively band is about to release their next album, “Confidence vol. 3”.
Purple Fox and The Heebie Jeebies is known for their colorful outfits, catchy songs, and energetic performances. Frontman Josh Friedman has a background in classical guitar and composition but discovered his passion for children’s music, finding great joy in seeing people of all ages smile and dance in the audience. The band’s sound is fueled by horns and funk, mixing in elements of rock and hip-hop. The number of band members can vary, sometimes reaching up to twelve musicians for a wild and entertaining experience on stage.
Growing up in San Diego, Friedman was always entranced by music. He moved north to attend UC-Santa Cruz, earning a master’s degree in music composition. After marrying and moving to Mountain View, he started Purple Fox and The Heebie Jeebies in 2014. Friedman’s muses are his children, who also inspired the band’s name, derived from his daughter’s favorite color and animal, and the Heebie Jeebies portion contributed by bassist Brett Warren.
Their music focuses on themes such as love, kindness, respect, and enjoying friendship. While the music can be complex and intricate, it remains fun and rewarding for both the audience and the musicians. In addition to their albums and live shows, Friedman has co-written a children’s book titled “Purple Fox and The Heebie Jeebies” and creates an imaginative kids show called “Afternoon Snack” through the MidPen Media Center.
As “Confidence vol. 3” hits the shelves, let’s keep in mind to explore the vast world of music and celebrate the incredible artists, like Purple Fox and The Heebie Jeebies, who bring joy and inspiration to children and families everywhere.