Sandbox: Are We There Yet?
Hailing from the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area of North Carolina, Sandbox plays upbeat, twangy traditional and original music for children and families. With a focus on vocal harmonies and interactive performances, the band plays around the state at festivals, community events, and private parties. In 2007, Sandbox released their first album, KidSongs, a country- and rock-inspired collection of traditional children's songs that appealed to both kids and parents alike, and now the band is excited to announce the release of their second record, and their first record of original material, Are We There Yet? With Are We There Yet? Sandbox delivers sixteen unique and entertaining songs that span a wide breadth of musical styles. The band explores pop and rock in songs like "Pajama Party," "Jump Jump!" and "PB Jam," swinging jazz in "Coconut Stew," and Latin stylings in "Keep the Water in the Tub." In "Ladybug" and "That's Not Nice," they return to the upbeat, twangy country roots that defined their first album. "Dream Song," "Follow Me," and "Nautical Song" are heart-felt folk songs, and the band has also created a lush lullaby, "Bedbugs," as the closing track. This album carries the unmistakable Sandbox sound, and adds further dynamics and musical textures with the addition of the band's fifth member on mandolin, dobro, and steel guitar. Multiple song-writers and vocal leads along with three- and four part-harmonies add variety that will keep the entire family engaged and singing along. Hoping to continue their appeal to folks of all ages, Are We There Yet? is a warm, fun and funny record that navigates the joys of childhood: dreaming, family, food, play, and learning. About the players: Frank Tuttle and Ed Hoffman (guitars, vocals) both led local bands for years. Jeff Morats (bass, vocals) was a founding member of a pop group in Oregon, and Chris Bean (drums, vocals) was a top member of the Florida State marching band. Pat Hicks (mandolin and dobro) has played in country and zydeco bands locally and in his home state of Louisiana. What people are saying about Sandbox: 'I want to send out a big THANK YOU for your participation in Kids Rock at Marbles Kids Museum! We love having you here and look forward to the next time.' - Sarah Wolfe, Program Events Manager, Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh 'Dear Sandbox Band, what a joy to work with you as part of the Earth Day at the NCMA Festival. Your set was wonderful, appreciated by both young and old, and I will not hesitate to think of you for future events' - Gweneth Hastings, Coordinator of Performing Arts & Film Programs, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh 'It really has been our pleasure to have your group out for both our Christmas party and for the picnic! You guys added a lot to our venues - I appreciate it!' - Charlotte Dunne, Administrator, Triangle Down Syndrome Network 'Thank you for being a part of our Carnival! The highlight of the evening was definitely when your band entertained the students and parents. Not only are you talented and your performance a pleasure to watch, you were also a pleasure to work with (prompt, courteous and flexible). Thank you for genuinely caring about the enjoyment of our group! I highly recommend The Sandbox Band and I suggest selling concert tickets, as we did (at $5.00 each, it was a very successful fundraiser). We will be calling you again!' - Linda Kelly, Parent Chair, Fury Derby Carnival, Forsyth Country Day School 'The Sandbox Band was a perfect fit for our event! The kids loved them and so did the grown-ups. We had many people comment they'd like to have them back next year.' - Crystal Worzella, Co-Chair, Wake Forest Autumn Arts Festival 'Sandbox's performance is an upbeat, interactive show. Families enjoyed singing along with their children and even learning a few new songs. We were very pleased with Sandbox and the enjoyment they brought to our event.' - Wes Tilghman, Arts and Events Coordinator, Chapel Hill Festifall 'Sandbox brings super fun, high energy entertainment to any family event. They are great to work with and offer a unique and appealing option for festivals, parties, etc. There's something very special about live, interactive music, especially for children.' - Erika Willamson, Events Organizer, Durham Craft Market 'You guys were awesome. Very perfessional and easy to work with! Some kids' entertainment can be a little obnoxious for the grown-ups, but you guys were for everyone! We would love to have you at our future events.' - Michelle Morgan, Co-Chair, Wake Forest Autumn Arts Festival 'Just wanted to take a minute to thank you again for the wonderful performance at the neighborhood 2006 Halloween Haunting! WOW! We estimated over 250 adults attended and goodness knows how many little people. All were entertained alike with your groups creative interpretation of old time favorite tunes! What a wonderful addition to our event. We hope to get you the schedule for the rest of the communities 'children' events and hope you will reserve those dates for US! Thank you!!!' - Karen Ebert, Falls River Events Committee Co-Chair 'Thanks again for playing at our 2007 neighborhood pool party; the music was fantastic! The children and adults had a great time singing and dancing along with the group. A very interactive show that was enjoyed by all' - Brook Taylor, Eno Trace HOA 'Thank you again for playing at Alyson Pond's pool party. Your music was great for families and children of all ages. We had a blast!' - Eve Pender, Alyson Pond HOA 'We truly enjoyed the performance from last Friday! The manner in which you engage both children and adults is remarkable' - Frank Guevara, Director, CDC FirstHealth of the Carolinas.