Last year, 2006, it was the biggest Earth Day celebration in America. This year the Green Apple Music & Arts Festival is going to be much bigger still. From Friday, April 20th to Sunday, April 22nd, 200 performances will take place in over 60 top music venues in New York City, Chicago and San Francisco. Raising consciousness of environmental issues through the unifying voice of music is the goal of the event which truly offers something for everyone. Acts span all genres and include Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, American Idol winner Taylor Hicks, top children's act Laurie Berkner, a reunion by jazz fusion band Fat Mama, live electronica band The Disco Biscuits, The Decemberists, Stephen Marley featuring Junior Gong, and many more. Find the full list here.
On Earth Day, April 22nd, the Green Apple Music & Arts Festival will host large-scale free, day-time events for all ages in the participating cities' finest parks including Central Park, the Lincoln Park Zoo and Golden Gate Park. The Festival will kick off on the east coast with two days of music, entertainment and environmental activities at Earth Fair outside Grand Central Terminal in New York City beginning the morning of April 20. TreeHugger will be there, so if you are around come and say hi!
Representatives from environmental groups will be on hand at each venue to answer questions, provide easy tips for how to go green and inspire feelings of earth love to the yet uninitiated. In addition all participating venues will be "greened". Working with Onyx Distribution, the Festival's establishments will be supplied with recycled products and biodegradable cleaners to ensure the event is eco-friendly. The entire festival will be carbon-neutral, meaning it will offset any carbon dioxide emission produced as a result of the festival, making this the nation's largest carbon-neutral event ever.
"The core idea of the Green Apple Festival is to raise awareness of Earth Day," said Peter Shapiro, Founder and Executive Producer of the Festival. "By featuring a diverse group of musicians and uniting these venues under one cause, we are able to coordinate a very exciting, and somewhat unprecedented event. We hope the national footprint of the Festival will help inform as many people as possible on these important issues. And, we hope to expand to additional cities in future years, as I think everyone would agree that Earth Day should be recognized in a big way every year." So do we. :: Green Apple Music & Arts Festival