Octopretzel is a tangle of Bay Area musicians and educators – friends that originally came together for backyard jams. Over the years, as they developed their careers and grew ther families, the music they created together continued to inspire them, and thus they formed the band. The name Octopretzel was coined by one of ther then 4yr old kids, and it stuck.

Their music, comprised of original songs as well as traditional favorites, is whimsical and fun, with an underlying sensitivity for nature, animals, feelings, and connection. Best described as folk music, their songs cross generations and genres, weaving together many different musical styles, instruments and themes. Their intention is to create music that can be enjoyed by humans of all ages – children, and their parents too!

Octopretzel has been making music for over 15 years, and has formed and re-formed with some different band members over that time. The current band make-up is:

Melita: lead vocals and guitar
Jen Miriam Altman: percussion and puppets
David Doostan: backup vocals
Carrie Staller: percussion and vocals
Casey Yurrow: mandolin

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Octopretzel Videos


Octopretzel has played at countless Bay Area venues such as the historic Freight and Salvage Coffee House, the Bay Area Discovery Museum, The Charles Shultz Museum, The Ashkenaz, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, Urban Adamah, Pandora Headquarters, Twitter Headquarters, La Pena Cultural Center, and many more.  They have also played festivals such as Kidpalooza, Earth Day in the Park, the Bay Area Jewish Music Festival and Kidstock, among others.


To book Octopretzel, contact Melita directly at info@melitamusic.com


“Octopretzel’s show is as exuberant as their whimsical name. The band creates engaging music, inspiring curiosity, wonder and appreciation for the world we live in.  Their skilled musicianship and magical way with children guarantees a danceable, singable and super fun experience for the whole family!”

“Octopretzel is… Fantastically folksy, magically musical, dreamily danceable and singably sweet for humans of all ages!”

What Do You Love About Octopretzel

Butterfly Song (funny version!) by Octopretzel

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