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Family friendly music event in Los Angeles


   The Hollow Trees

Looking for some mid-week family entertainment? 

Check out The Hollow Trees this Wednesday, July 29 at 4pm at the Los Feliz Branch Library for their Summer Reading Club Music Party!

A hootenanny with The Hollow Trees is a uniquely rewarding experience. Their folk-inspired lyrics run the musical gamut from original tunes to lost gems and obscure verses.

A little bit folk with a smidgen of bluegrass, country and jazz, it's music that will have your toddler throwing her Woobie on stage every time the band performs around Los Angeles, which they do, quite often.

In just a few short years, The Hollow Trees have gathered an impressive following and are fast becoming known for their upbeat Americana sound that inspires young and old to get up and stomp their feet or clap along.

Maggie and Tom LaPorte of Los Angeles love the Hollow Trees and have been going to their concerts for at least a year.

Our three-year-old daughter Hannah's favorite song is Ain't Gonna Rain No More. She has learned to swish her skirt "like Miss Traci" and insists on wearing a skirt or dress to every show and our 16-month-old son, Noah, salutes when he hears Jack the Sailor!

I definitely feel like a groupie. We've seen the Hollow Trees at venues all over the Southland but my husband and I love the music too! The band members are as talented and eclectic as their songs and the kids are always excited to sing and dance to their favorite songs.

Spend and hour with The Hollow Trees and you'll step into the of world Nelsonville, meet Nelson the magical creature who lives in the Hollow Tree and sing along to songs introducing other Nelsonville locals like Skunk, Magpie and Ray the music shop owner. It's an interactive show that weaves together storytelling, dance, puppets, audience participation and wink-wink humor to engage the whole family.

The Hollow Trees were formed in 2004 by lead singer and guitar player Gregory McIlvaine and bass player Laura Steenberge. After the release of their self-titled first CD, The Hollow Trees added singer and jug player Traci Green, drummer Dave Green, fiddler Amy Farris and mandolin player Matt Witler to their regular line-up and continue to host various other guest Hollow Tree musicians and singers at special events.

Keeping with the family friendly theme, band members currently range in ages from 17 (Matt on Mandolin) to 47 (we're not allowed to squeal) and embrace a respect the child philosophy. The Hollow Trees perform at kids events all over the greater Los Angeles area and are now appearing on KPBS in San Diego in a series of animated interstitials featuring band performances and the friendly residents of Nelsonville.

Their next live show is Tuesday, August 4, 2009 from 11am-1pm - Kids Club at the Americana in Glendale.

Watch The Hollow Trees on PBS now.

For more information:
The Hollow Trees Home
Performance Schedule
Visit Wacky's Tackle Shop for Hollow Trees CDs, T-shirts and kazoos.

Media & booking inquiries please contact: or call (323) 236-0542.