Green Apple Music & Arts Festival

green-apple-festOn Earth Day, April 22, free concerts to take place In Central Park, Lincoln Park, and Golden Gate Park; highlights Include: Bob Weir & Ratdog, the Laurie Berkner Band, Stephen Marley, Jon Anderson of Yes, and Martin Sexton

 

 

 

 

New York, NY: The Green Apple Music & Arts Festival announced it will host free events on Earth Day, April 22nd in New York's Central Park, Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo and San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Entering its second year, The Green Apple Music & Arts Festival is produced by Peter Shapiro and Relix magazine in partnership with Earth Day Network and presented by JPMorgan Chase. It is bringing the message of Earth Day to over 60 live music venues with 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.

Free events include:

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.

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.

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. Additional very special acts will be announced for both days soon.

"It's good to see people taking Earth Day seriously again. For what it's worth – Ratdog's first gig was an Earth Day event and we're really looking forward to being back in the Park." – Bob Weir about his upcoming show in Golden Gate Park as part of the Green Apple Music & Arts Festival.

About The Green Apple Music & Arts Festival:

Entering its second year, The Green Apple Music & Arts Festival is produced by Peter Shapiro and Relix magazine in partnership with Earth Day Network and presented by JPMorgan Chase. It is bringing the message of Earth Day to over 60 live music venues with over 200 performances in New York, Chicago and San Francisco over Earth Day weekend. 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 Green Apple Music & Arts Festival will put the Earth Day message into practice by "greening" all of the participating venues. Working with Onyx Distribution and JPMorgan Chase, Green Apple will provide venues in each city with environmentally friendly cups and straws; napkins and paper towels made of recycled materials, compostable garbage bags and biodegradable cleaning materials to ensure the event has a direct impact on how the venues operate.

Furthering their zero waste goal, 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. Additionally, each venue will have an informational table featuring educational and volunteer information relating to prominent environmental issues and organizations.

"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."

Complete List of Artists to-date (more acts to be added):

New York– Taylor Hicks, The Laurie Berkner Band, Junior Brown, Benevento Russo Duo (Acoustic), Edwin McCain, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, Fat Mama, Tower of Power, Zero, Particle, The Radiators, Baby Loves Disco, Mahavishnu Project, Hot Buttered Rum, Raq, Tom Paxton and Richard Shindell, Jerry Joseph, Brand New, Zero, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Jake Shimabukuro, Avishai Cohen, Hiromi, Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, Ryan Montbleau, Over the Rhine, Cosmic Jibaros, The Bomb Squad, Mike Dillon's Go-Go Jungle, The Bridge, Jonny Lives, Slick Rick, Phix and Brady Rymer.

Chicago The Decemberists, Kaiser Chiefs, Umphrey's McGee, The Disco Biscuits, The Smithereens, The Walkmen, Andrew Bird, RJD2, Mad Professor, The Del McCoury Band, Paul Green's School of Rock, Flickerstick, JJ Grey and Mofro, Brothers Past, Hoyle Brothers, New Monsoon, Juice and the Machine, The Lost Trailers, Mono, Mark Farina, Anathallo, Soulwax, and 2Many DJs.

San Francisco– Bob Weir and Ratdog, Stephen Marley feat. Junior Gong, Greyboy Allstars, Yonder Mountain String Band, Martin Sexton, Trans Am, Tea Leaf Green, Railroad Earth, Electric Six, Newmaster Sounds, Everyone Orchestra, Girlyman, Akasha, The Drastics, DJ Scheme and Plan B, May Lake, Kite Flying Society, Black Taj, The Sippy Cups, The English Beat, The Plimsouls, Xiu Xiu and Smoosh.

For a complete schedule of performances and venues, go to: www.greenapplefestival.com

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