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Polka Dot Dot at Pengilly's


Old-timey banjo, handclaps, harp and sweet sliding vocals are the hallmark of the Olympia, Wash.-based trio Polka Dot Dot. Their folksy music beckons a return to a time of rolled-up dungarees, splashing in a creek on a hot summer afternoon and chasing dandelion fluff through the back 40.

Syzygy, the name of Polka Dot Dot's second full-length release, means "the nearly straight-line configuration of three celestial bodies (as the sun, moon and earth during an eclipse). It sounds like the name of an '80s hair metal band (maybe that's because in the '80s, I knew an L.A. hair metal band called Syzygy), but it's an apt description of the way the rich, melodic three-part harmonies of Jordan O'Jordan, Onyx of Olympia and Twig Palace (no, no other names are given) line up to create charming front-porch chair rocking tunes.

Saturday, Dec. 12, 8:45 p.m., FREE. Pengilly's, 513 W. Main St., 208-345-6344.