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Todd Crowley and His Traveling Musical Petting Zoo Exhibition
Occidental Center for the Arts
Occidental, CA
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Todd Crowley and His Traveling Musical Petting Zoo Exhibition
"The instruments have a common DNA" says Crowley, "just like all human beings, from a primitive mouth bow to a Celtic harp, from a Puerto Rican Cuatro to an African Kora. The Musical Petting Zoo, with a choice of instruments from around the world, is a vivid and tangible display that we are all interconnected."

Todd's Musical Petting Zoo has traveled from Virginia to Vancouver, from Winnipeg to Winfield.   In all Todd logged over 15,000 miles in his RV Gypsy Rose to bring his Petting Zoo to 16 different festivals in 2009.   Ever pluck a harp or drum on a djembe?  Ever womp-womp on a didgeridoo or buzz into a shofar?  Ever strum a mountain dulcimer or frail a banjo?   All of these traditional folk instruments and about 100 more are part of Todd Crowley's Traveling Musical Petting Zoo.

Todd believes a folk instrument is part of the folk tradition, where the sharing of one's love and knowledge of the music, song, and stories of the past help to keep these traditions alive.  Not only can you examine how the instruments are made, but you are encouraged to play them. This spirit of discovery is the inspiration of the zookeeper -- Crowley is a patient, caring man with a true love for folk music. "My belief about folk music is that it isn't just music to listen to from a seat in the audience. Folk music is about making music of our own, on all levels, and then passing it on to the next generation."

His zoo has appeared and he has performed at folk and bluegrass festivals and schools across the country including, the Vancouver Folk Festival, Ogden Music Festival, Albuquerque Folk Festival, Old Songs Festival, Podunk BG Festival, Mariposa Folk Festival, Ottawa Folk Festival, Summerfolk Festival, as well as numerous smaller community arts & crafts fairs.
For more information please see Todd's website:

$20 Admission per family of 4, General fee $10, Children under 10 accompanied by an adult, FREE.



Occidental Center for the Arts
4008 Bohemian Highway
Occidental, CA 95465
United States

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Music > All Ages
Other > Family-Friendly

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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