To the Sea, Jack Johnson's new album on Brushfire Records, launches with free concert.
Clean the beach and catch Jack Johnson's free concert on the pier! The green musician and his label Brushfire Records have organized a beach clean-up Saturday morning, May 22 on Santa Monica Bay with Heal the Bay as a splashy way to kick off the release of his latest and fifth studio album To the Sea and the summer tour. It didn't take any time before 2,000 volunteers registered for the clean-up but there are still ways to get involved and see the show on Monday, May 24.
Catch Jack surf and sing on his music video from To the Sea, due June 1:Johnson is no stranger to beach clean-ups. "Jack's an understated guy and a free beach show feels like a big way to celebrate the new record," says his manager, fellow surfer, and video director Emmett Malloy. "This is a unique and fun way to give back. It could be organized chaos, but will be remembered." No doubt, thousands of fans will bring a blanket to the beach and spread out next to the pier. Brushfire Records has arranged for a bike valet.
Johnson recording the new single in his solar-powered studio.
In June Jack Johnson heads to Europe for concerts through July 2, and returns to the States for dates through October, then he's off to Australia in November. Check out the last tour's environmental impact and what Johnson does to cut the band's carbon footprint. "It's Jack's way of spreading the philosophy of his Kokua Foundation around the world," says Malloy. Among the musician's green efforts, he donates 100% of tour profits to his Ohana Charitable Foundation to support environmental education.
Also, Johnson's "All at Once" campaign, partners with nonprofits at his shows' Village Green to spread the message. During the last tour organizations involved were Kitchen Gardeners on growing your own food, Kids Gardening, and the National Farm to School Network supplying lunch programs with healthy local food. Find Johnson's tour dates in your town and volunteer.
The beach clean-ups aren't a one-time thing either. They happen every third Saturday of the month through "Nothin' But Sand" a hands-on opportunity to improve the condition of Los Angeles beaches with volunteers through Heal the Bay. If you're not in California, see about beach clean-up programs near you.
How else can you see the free show on Monday? Follow @jackjohnson on Twitter - a pair of tickets are being given away each day. Or preorder the To The Sea album at Fingerprints or Amoeba Music. And there's always listening next "To The Sea" on the Santa Monica beach. Showtime 7 pm. Johnson will remind the crowds to clean up afterward.
More on Jack Johnson:
Jack Johnson Among Musicians Donating 1% to the Planet
Backstage with Green Rocker Jack Johnson
Green Eyes On: Jack Johnson's All At Once Tour
More on beach clean-ups:
Great Ideas: Beach Cleanup
How the Climate Bill Will Clean Up Our Beaches
How Polluted is Your Beach? A New Report Knows