'It's kind of like Laugh-In with the Polyphonic Spree as the soundtrack."
That's how Tim DeLaughter describes the Polyphonic Spree's Holiday Extravaganza, which comes to the Trocadero Friday night. But while Laugh-In of '60s TV possessed a skewed adult sensibility, the Polyphonic Spree aims for all ages, with animals, science demonstrations, cartoons, and other diversions.
"It's a family environment, for ages 1 to 92," DeLaughter says from a truck stop in Nevada, where the band is en route to a gig in Chicago.
DeLaughter formed the Polyphonic Spree 12 years ago in Dallas. The band comprises 18 or so members, including a choir, classical harp, flute, and French horn. They wear robes on stage (trading their traditional white for red ones for holiday shows) and radiate joy and playfulness. They're the perfect band for Christmas music, and although they have been presenting Christmas shows for 10 years in Dallas, the new Holidaydream: Sounds of the Holiday, Volume One is their first Christmas album, and this brief six-city tour is the first time they have done holiday shows outside their hometown.