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Giants in the Trees plays live in Long Beach

Band, performing July 7 at Veterans Field, is ‘first real local music project’ by Nirvana’s Krist Novoselić’s

Published on July 4, 2018 2:33PM

Giants in the Trees

Courtesy Ray Prestegard

Giants in the Trees


LONG BEACH, Wash. — Giants in the Trees will perform a live show at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at the Veterans Field Main Stage in Long Beach, Wash. This all-ages show is free.

Giants in the Trees, a new band from Wahkiakum County, are Krist Novoselić, Ray Prestegard, Jillian Raye and Erik Friend.

Novoselić, a bass and accordion player, is a founding member of the band Nirvana who helped change the face of music in 1991 with the release of the album “Nevermind.” Novoselić’s bass helped make that one of the best-known rock records of all time. Giants in the Trees is his first real local musical project.

Prestegard was born and raised on the Lower Columbia. He brings accomplished musicianship to the band with electric guitar, lap slide and box guitar.

Raye does vocals, banjo and guitar. Originally from California, Raye brings a keen sense of vocal phrasing to her strong singing style. She also created and performed all of the rich harmony vocals on the album.

Friend is also a former Californian. Moving to Seattle to work for Microsoft, Friend is a true techie. His musical talents go beyond percussion to include mandolin and other acoustic string instruments. He also recorded the band’s self-titled album at the Murky Slough studio.

Giants in the Trees’ album is available on your preferred online music service.



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