The Decemberists, Bob Weir & Ratdog, Taylor Hicks, Kaiser Chiefs, Stephen Marley, Laurie Berkner Among The Festival Highlights

Gatherings At 60+ Top Music Venues in NYC, Chicago, San Francisco

Festival to feature large-scale, Free Concerts In Central Park, Lincoln Park and Golden Gate Park simultaneously on Earth Day (April 22nd)

New York, NY: From Friday, April 20 to Sunday, April 22, leading concert venues across the country will unite to generate awareness of Earth Day and raise consciousness of environmental issues through the unifying voice of music. Building on its inaugural success of 2006, The Green Apple Music & Arts Festival, America's largest Earth Day celebration, is bringing the message of Earth Day to over 60 top music venues with 150 performances in New York City, Chicago and San Francisco over Earth Day weekend.

New York Highlights:
Highlights in the Big Apple include top children's act Laurie Berkner headlining a free concert on Earth Day (with Baby Loves Disco and Brady Rymer) at the Great Hill in Central Park, American Idol winner Taylor Hicks at the Beacon Theater, folk legends Tom Paxton and Richard Shindell at The Society for Ethical Culture, a reunion by jazz fusion band Fat Mama at the Knitting Factory. New Orleans veterans The Radiators at the Lion's Den, country veteran Junior Brown at the intimate Joe's Pub, up and coming jazz bassist Avishai Cohen at the famed Blue Note, pop vocalist Edwin McCain at B.B. Kings, 60's rockers New Riders of The Purple Sage at the Canal Room, the horn-based soul of Tower of Power and blues icon John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers at B.B. Kings. In addition, The Green Apple Music & Arts Festival in partnership with Earth Day New York will also present free concerts at Grand Central Terminal on Friday, April 20 and Saturday the 21. NYC venues include B.B. Kings, Beacon Theater, The Bitter End, Blue Note, Bowery Ballroom, Canal Room, Crash Mansion, Cutting Room, Ethical Culture, Gramercy Theater, Irving Plaza, Joe’s Pub, Knitting Factory, Makor, Mercury Lounge and Pianos..

Chicago Highlights:
The Green Apple Music & Arts Festival blows into the Windy City highlighted by a free concert on Earth Day by Chicago's hometown band of the moment Umphrey's McGee headline with the top live electronica band The Disco Biscuits and Paul Green's School of Rock at the Lincoln Park Zoo. The Festival will kick-off with a performance by The Decemberists at The Riviera on April 19, English new wavers the Kaiser ChiefsThe Walkmen will gig at The Vic Theater, renowned Dub producer Mad Professor at Martyrs', indie rocker Andrew Bird at the Riviera, 80's favorites The Smithereens at the Park West, bluegrass legend Del McCoury at the Old Town School of Folk Music, top DJ and producer RJD2 at the Metro, and alt-country with The Lost Trailers at Joe's. Catch dozens more local and national acts at venues including Abbey Pup, Cubby Bear, Double Door, Elbo Room, Empty Bottle, House of Blues, Martyrs', The Nature Museum, The Riviera, Schuba’s, and The Vic Theater.

San Francisco Highlights:
As The Green Apple Music & Arts Festival reaches the west coast, the festival is highlighted by a free Earth Day concert at Golden Gate Park featuring Bob Weir & Ratdog, Greyboy Allstars, Martin Sexton. Night shows include Stephen Marley & Junior Gong, Tea Leaf Green and Yonder Mountain String Band at The Fillmore, Brit-Funk band New Mastersounds at 12 Galaxies, indie rockers Electric Six at the Independent, the synth-pop of Trans Am at Bottom of The Hill, and acoustic folk-rock act Girlyman at the Swedish American Hall Additional participating venues include Avalon, Bimbo's 365 Club, Bottom of the Hill, Café Du Nord, Club Six, Great American Music Hall, Make Out Room, Mezzanine and Three Parkside.

About The Green Apple Music & Arts Festival:

Entering its second year, The Green Apple Music & Arts Festival was founded by producer Peter Shapiro and Relix Magazine and is presented by JPMorganChase. 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, 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 cleaner to ensure the event is eco-friendly.

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 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. 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."

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

New York: Taylor Hicks, Laurie Berkner, 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, 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, Backyard Tire Fire, 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 and Smoosh.

[Published on: 3/6/07]

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welfpack starstarstar Tue 3/6/2007 12:41PM
+1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up! my eyes NYC not getting the love it deserves..just me though

briank67 starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/6/2007 12:41PM
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this just made my day!
i'm definately hitting the disco biscuits and umphreys free show at the ZOO!! 4-22 should be a nice end to the 4-20 weekend. shibby!

Daddyphatsacks starstarstarstar Tue 3/6/2007 12:42PM
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Shouldn't everyday be Earth Day? What can we DO to reduce our impact on our planet? This is a great start to gain awareness and then the next step...

The SF show would be my choice.

wilson021 starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/6/2007 12:42PM
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NickBoeka Tue 3/6/2007 12:43PM
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I love free music in the park. Free Greyboy Allstars is even better.

fanning Tue 3/6/2007 12:45PM
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harryhood8 starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/6/2007 12:46PM
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rjd2 > umph > umph/biscuits > biscuits = my life

madaeb1 starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/6/2007 12:58PM
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Umph + Bisco + Free = MADNESS!!!!

nathann Tue 3/6/2007 01:00PM
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i agree looks like the NYC got shafted on this one?? the San Fran lineup looks freakin sick!! Bobby, YMSB, martin sexton, RRE, Greyboy!!! wish i was livin out west

MatthewAtienza starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/6/2007 01:00PM
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this is a very cool idea. Im going to try to make it to San Francisco.
sweeeet, free is always good.

pinkfloydfan420 starstarstarstar Tue 3/6/2007 01:02PM
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This is definetly a good idea, I remember it being a new festival last year. NYC didn't really get any good artists, but man I wish I was in Chicago!

Stevie_t starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/6/2007 01:11PM
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talk about some good news for me.

thanks to TDB for finally showing some more midwest love!

Falcor starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/6/2007 01:35PM
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New Mastersounds will be playing a very special show at the 12 Galaxies with Big Organ Trio supporting on Sat. April 21st for all you bay area phreaks. The show is also part of the Green Apple fest and we will be going late into the night in true F&F fashion...tix are on sale now at

officialrx starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/6/2007 01:53PM
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While I do agree that NYC got shafted on this particular weekend, let’s not split hairs people. Yes last year we had Umphrey’s and Bela and Greyboy and multiple members of the Dead family, but this year is no slouch. I’ve managed to put together a nifty little four day schedule for myself and while I think UM/Bisco in a zoo can’t be beat, I’ll take my chances in the Big (Green) Apple. Starting off Thursday at 8 with Elemental Harmonics, MJ Project and Push at Knitting Factory and hopefully catching it all before heading to Tonic for The Duo acoustic at 11 (Balkan Beat Box/Golem @ Bowery just misses the cut). Friday is another close call with Digital Frontier (early) and Mike Dillon’s Go-Go Jungle (late) at the Knit narrowly edging out Particle/Jerry Joseph at the Bowery. Saturday is maybe RAQ/Touchpants, and of course Phix at BB King’s. Seems like just yesterday I was saying goodbye to a Phish cover band, except that was Phish and they were covering their own music. Then the inevitable return of Fat Mama to close it out. Yes NYC gets the shaft this weekend but we also get Ratdog, Allmans, Soulive and the return of Page in the several weeks prior so stop crying. Mmmm….wasted afternoon!

Gille starstarstarstar Tue 3/6/2007 02:23PM
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Thanks for the head up, I had no idea rjd2 was on tour let alone in Chicago that weekend. That is one hell of a 4/20 weekend we are getting. I'll see you at rjd2 (or the zoo)! For those people who have not heard rjd2 yet, do yourself a huge favor and get his disc.

phishdrum starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/6/2007 03:15PM
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Haha, Chicago got stuck with Flickerstick . . . that pretty much cancels out Umphrey's, Biscuits, Del McCoury, and RJD2. If you're going to NYC check out Avishai Cohen, one of the greatest bass players ever. SF has a great line up, sadly no Flickerstick :(

jhrt3349 Tue 3/6/2007 03:19PM
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nice, this just adds to the march-april maddness thats goin on in NYC

theivywall Tue 3/6/2007 04:30PM
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Is that Umphrey's and Bisco show free?

skooter17 Tue 3/6/2007 04:56PM
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Yeah NEw York got the shaft. but Chi is going to be soo fun. Hell yeah to Bisco twice in one day. We need another show on Saturday.

trini. starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/6/2007 07:19PM
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SF is smokin' ... can't wait.

mickrod420 Tue 3/6/2007 07:32PM
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NEW YORK GETS SHAFTED!!!! LINE UP IS SO0000 WEAK. way to go promote music and earthday, that good, but at least distribute the bands a little for evenly!

dudeski3 Tue 3/6/2007 08:56PM
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Let one thing be known... The Chi City rocks. On the day of the Green Apple Music Festival, it will rock even harder. UMPHREY'S!!!

gr8fuldead425 Tue 3/6/2007 10:29PM
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i kno its been said but ill say it again NYC got completly shafted, that lineup is one of the most undesirable lineups i have ever seen especially for those who were hopeing for something like last years GAF

gr8fuldead425 Tue 3/6/2007 10:30PM
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i know its been said but ill say it again NYC got completely shafted, that lineup is one of the most undesirable lineups i have ever seen especially for those who were hoping for something like last years Green apple fest

harmonic starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/7/2007 05:49AM
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Elemental Harmonics will be bringing the electronic vibe to NYC at the Knitting Factory on April 19th!

TimCorcoran starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/7/2007 06:32AM
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Its the music!!!

beekerzoid Wed 3/7/2007 07:39AM
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for the chicago people incase you didnt know,
April 21st- Umphrey's Mcgee- The Vic
April 22nd- The Disco Biscuits- Linkin Park Zoo (2:00)
April 22nd- Umphrey's Mcgee (acoustic) - Linkin Park Zoo (Guest to Tdb)
April 22nd- The Disco Biscuits- The Vic (at night)

piano30 Wed 3/7/2007 08:15AM
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shinerine Wed 3/7/2007 08:16AM
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Clearly Raq should be a highlight for NYC... I mean c'mon Taylor Hicks.. People do not miss this Raq show!

SaveTheRobots Wed 3/7/2007 08:39AM
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i dont belive it. to good to be ture. thanks for laying it out so bluntly beekerzoid.. now i must find my face..

jerryil starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/7/2007 09:02AM
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Railroad Earth is in SF for 4-20 & 4-21 as well. What a weekend!

shackca starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/7/2007 09:16AM
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free Tea Leaf!!!!!!
free Weir/Ratdog!!!!!!
free Greyboys!!!!!!!!!!!
free New Mastersounds!!!!!!!!!!!!
free Yonder !!!!!!!!!!!!!!



briank67 Wed 3/7/2007 10:12AM
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chicago people, what are your fans for the weekend?
i have to check the bank, but i'll be at the zoo and hopefully at the bisco show that night, mayyyybe the umphreys show... other than that 4-20 will be celebrated as usual. some of you guys seem to be big on rjd2, and i'm listening to an album right now... how's their live show?
other than that, april looks to be a busy month for music in chicago. lotus, galactic, particle, black angels, mike dillon, mono, brothers past, pnuma trio, etc... LOTS of shows worth checking out!

briank67 Wed 3/7/2007 10:13AM
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and by "fans" i meant "plans" ha

jgarcia1 starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/7/2007 11:13AM
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Easy NYers...rumors flying SCI is coming in for 4/20 only...stay tuned. Could be sweet

pokycheese starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/7/2007 12:16PM
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I've also heard rumor about cheese 4/20 show...sick... Might make the trek from Idaho just for all the free jams in San Fran.We need more shows like this-there's nothing like spreading hot free jams-thanks green apple

maskedtaco Wed 3/7/2007 12:31PM
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I thought Assembly of Dust was playing Chicago? What happened? At least we still get Mofro!

beekerzoid Wed 3/7/2007 04:19PM
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believe it

FrogBrigade22 starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/7/2007 04:30PM
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Wow, UM and Bisco for free in one place. This is gonna be a incredible weekend. Anybody know if the Vic shows are over 18 shows or not?

beekerzoid Wed 3/7/2007 04:45PM
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UM at the vic $30, 18+, 9:00 pm

Aheadwithhair Wed 3/7/2007 05:59PM
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bring umphreys and the biscuits to nyc and ill be happy about this event

overall Thu 3/8/2007 05:40AM
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One thing I haven't seen mentioned is that the Jammys are happening this same weekend. At least they were last year.

And if that's the case, it may explain just why it is that the initial NYC lineup for Green Apple may not look as stellar as Chicago or SF.

After all, NYC would be packed with most of jam-nation's biggest bands anyway on that Saturday night. And that could make for a pretty HUGE free show on Sunday.

digggy Thu 3/8/2007 10:26AM
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Wow, I guess WSP had better things to do.

DickyWeeny Thu 3/8/2007 12:13PM
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The line-up will include performances from legendary roots and rock acts including The String Cheese Incident, a jam band that will play outside Grand Central Terminal as part of its farewell tour. Promoters say all of the concerts will promote responsible environmental policies, organic T-shirts and refreshments will be sold, and ample recycling bins will be provided for waste disposal.

EVILFUNK starstarstarstarstar Fri 3/9/2007 10:52AM
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"at The Society for Ethical Culture, a reunion by jazz fusion band Fat Mama at the Knitting Factory."


festijam12 Mon 3/12/2007 10:19AM
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Chicago looks unbelievable...but pry not as sweet as that Taylor Hicks late night set in NY (HAHAHAHAHA)

robo2448 starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/12/2007 06:02PM
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NY did get shafted, but as a New Yorker, I'm still looking forward to a pretty sweet weekend. Could anything beat Tea Leaf Green at the Fillmore on 4/20? Doubtful, especially for a TLG-head as myself. But Ryan Montbleu on Friday night, plus the Jammy's and SCI rumors... it'll be awesome no matter what.

jenofeve Wed 3/14/2007 11:10AM
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nice! 2 nights of the Radiators at Lion's Den.
any word on the Jammys?

curtycut Sat 3/17/2007 07:55PM
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curtycut Sat 3/17/2007 09:06PM
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Hot Buttered Rum as the opener for Zero !!!!!!

curtycut Sun 3/18/2007 07:21AM
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Correction; as of today Zero is on the venue for the Green Apple Festival website.Also added is DEEP BANANA BLACKOUT
@ THE Canal Room on the 21st!!!! It's getting better NY!!!

curtycut Sun 3/18/2007 07:27AM
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As part of Green Apple’s New York festivities, Steve Kimock, Greg Anton, Martin Fierro, Melvin Seals, Liam Hanrahan, Donna Jean Godchaux and John Morgan Kimock will perform together as Zero on April 20. The all-star lineup will appear at the new Gramercy Theater, marking Zero’s first New York City appearance in almost a decade!!!!

CeilingFan247 Wed 3/21/2007 11:24AM
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Taylor Hicks! Awesome!

EVILFUNK Mon 3/26/2007 03:15PM
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JnaY starstarstarstarstar Wed 4/18/2007 12:28AM
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OOOOOYEAAAH... Earthday weekend in the California sunshine, with LOTS of pure music, and all the lovely people taking over the city streets. It's just 2 good 2 B true. Mama Earth is for sure going to be lovin' all the good vibrations from all of these musical Earthday gatherings. :)