As Sami noted earlier today, sometimes it's hard to be a TreeHugger. We worry. We hope. We try to minimize our impact. And then Earth Day comes along and gives us the opportunity to relax, enjoy and celebrate how marvelous our planet really is! The first Earth Day, in 1970, brought 20 million Americans out into the spring sunshine for peaceful demonstrations in favor of environmental reform. This year, many Americans will gather outdoors to enjoy free outdoor concerts in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo and New York's Central Park on Earth Day hosted by The Green Apple Music & Arts Festival. In addition, the festival includes over 200 performances in New York, Chicago and San Francisco over Earth Day weekend. From April 20th to 22nd music venues across the country will come together to cultivate awareness of environmental issues through the unifying voice of music. For a complete schedule of performances and venues check out the Festival website.
Expected to be the biggest Earth Day celebration in the nation, the line-ups are extraordinary. San Francisco's Golden Gate Park will come alive with performances by legendary Grateful Dead vocalist Bob Weir and his band Ratdog, Stephen Marley, The Greyboy All-Stars, SF native Samantha Stollenwerck and top singer/songwriter Martin Sexton. Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo will present performances by The Blisters, featuring Sam and Spencer, the children of Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, Ella Jenkins, dubbed "the first lady of children's music", acclaimed dub producer, Mad Professor, the talented kids from Paul Green's School of Rock, Todd Park Mohr of Big Head Todd, electronica favorites the Disco Biscuits, and home-town headliners Umphrey's McGee. More below the fold...New York's Central Park will feature the today's most popular children's act, The Laurie Berkner Band with Susie Lampert and Adam Bernstein, plus special guest Brady Rymer and The Little Band That Could, followed by an afternoon dance party with the popular DJs from Baby Loves Disco. "It's good to see people taking Earth Day seriously again," Bob Weir noted. "Ratdog's first gig was an Earth Day event and we're really looking forward to being back in the Park."
The Green Apple Music & Arts Festival will also bring top musical talent to Earth Fair outside Grand Central Terminal. Presented in partnership with the non-profit organization, Earth Day New York, Earth Fair features on Friday, April 20th Jon Anderson (of YES) backed by Paul Green's School of Rock and Gandalf Murphy and The Slambovian Circus of Dreams. On Saturday, April 21st, Earth Fair will host State Radio (featuring Chad Urmston of Dispatch) and Assembly of Dust.
"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. The event achieves its mission of increasing awareness for Earth Day by combining top-tier live musical performances with educational programs to elevate activation of crucial environmental issues on both local and global levels. The entire Festival will be carbon-neutral, making this the nation's largest carbon-neutral event ever. To ensure the event has a direct impact on how the venues operate participating venues will be "greened" and provided with environmentally friendly cups and straws; napkins and paper towels made of recycled materials, compostable garbage bags and biodegradable cleaning materials. Additionally, each venue will have an informational table featuring educational and volunteer information relating to prominent environmental issues and organizations.
"By combining a diverse group of musicians and uniting these venues under one cause, we are able to coordinate an unprecedented event. We hope the national footprint of these gatherings will help inform as many people as possible on these important issues," said Shapiro. "And, we hope to expand to additional cities in future years, as I think everyone would agree that given current events, Earth Day should be recognized in a big way every year." For more ideas and Earth Day commentary take a look at the TreeHugger Earth Day Guide.
Also, along with about 200 or so other fabulous greenies, Peter Shapiro will on hand at the New York City Green Drinks tonight (04/10/07) to discuss the festival and other interesting matters. Hope to see you there! :: The Green Apple Music & Arts Festival