Late-Night Conservation Benefit Features Food, Drinks, ‘Green’ Music

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Mother Earth News once called it “the greenest band in the land.”

On August 29, the Giving Tree Band will perform at EverGreen EverBlue, the nonprofit Western Reserve Land Conservancy’s annual benefit at Cleveland’s Rustbelt Reclamation in Tyler Village, 1427 East 36th St. For the first time, the Land Conservancy is offering a special $50 late-night (after 9:30 p.m.) ticket for music lovers that includes an open bar, desserts, dancing and the music of the GTB.

The Giving Tree Band uses instruments handmade from naturally fallen trees and reclaimed woods. It recorded an album using 100-percent solar energy. During that recording session, band members camped in a state park and commuted by bicycle. And, the group’s first album, “Great Possessions,” was the working title of “A Sand County Almanac,” conservationist Aldo Leopold’s masterpiece.

Those attending the full benefit will receive dinner, valet parking and tours of Rustbelt Reclamation as well as a donation to the Land Conservancy. Those tickets range from $200 to $500.

Tickets can be reserved online at www.wrlandconservancy.org or by calling (440) 528-4150.

About the Band: The Yorkville, Ill.-based group’s music has been compared to that of Mumford & Sons, The Band, John Prine and Neil Young. Band members all live together, travel together and perform with a wide array of instruments, including acoustic and electric guitars, slide guitars, banjos, violins and mandolins.

The GTB has performed at a number of high-profile music festival, including South by Southwest, Wakarusa, Philly Folk Fest, Summer Camp Music Festival and Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Fest.

CityBeat Cincinnati wrote, “These rockers cultivate a sound that mirrors their namesake, with soulful vocals and heartfelt musicianship that harkens back to classic American folk. In a genre where honesty is key, The Giving Tree Band gives their audiences their all.” The band’s 2014 rendition of the Grateful Dead’s “Brown-Eyed Woman” was described by the Dead organization as “beautifully executed on all counts.”

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