The Apeiron Foundation, a Providence based environmental non-profit, will kick off grand opening celebrations for their recently completed Center for Sustainability on a high note. They’ll be hosting the first annual Sustainable Living and Awareness Concert and Festival, or “S.L.A.C. Fest,” on Saturday, September 15, 2001 in Coventry, RI from noon to 10 PM.
S.L.A.C. Fest will take place on the grounds of the Apeiron Foundation’s Center for Sustainability, a 55-acre parcel of land adjacent to Parker Woodland Preserve. The Slip, a local jazz and rock trio whose audience has recently swelled to a national level, will headline the Festival along side such musical innovators as the John Scofield Band, Gruvis Malt, UM (featuring Hal Crook, Dave Zinno, and Bob Gullotti), Paul Geremia and Leslie Helpert.
The theme of S.L.A.C. Fest truly sets it apart from other outdoor concerts and musical festivals of this summer, in that the activities and events embody the non-profit’s environmentally conscious beliefs. Tours of organization’s Center, which showcases the latest technologies in sustainable home and office building, and the Center’s surrounding gardens and grounds will be given throughout the day. Also on hand will be information booths that will verse concertgoers on a multitude of environmentally sound practices, products and opportunities. Even the vending will have an earth friendly pitch, which will feature a variety of organic and vegetarian cuisine. Says Apeiron’s Executive Director Brad Hyson, “The idea behind the day is really to raise awareness for the Center while minimizing the impact on the area and maximizing the fun and entertainment.”
It’s towards the “maximizing the fun and entertainment” end that The Slip has joined in. The day long festival will actually mark the second time The Slip has lent their musical talents to The Apeiron Foundation. Previously the group played a benefit concert to a packed crowd at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel in Providence, RI. That show was part of fundraiser to cover the initial construction costs involved in bringing The Apeiron Foundation’s Center for Sustainability to life. Since then The Slip’s fan base has steadily increased, as has the respect they’ve received by fellow musicians and critics. S.L.A.C. Fest for The Slip will come on the heels of their performance at the Newport Jazz Festival.
In more ways than one it makes sense that the Apeiron Foundation and The Slip would find each other. The Apeiron Foundation is part of the next wave of environmental activism that questions much of the impact that contemporary societal living has on local and worldwide ecosystems. Since 1994 they have supported and facilitated projects, ideas and practices that advocate for earth conscious building and agriculture, renewable energy, and the integration of sustainability into all aspects of business, society, and daily living.
The Slip is about questioning choices as well. Their genre-bending sound draws heavily from jazz, rock and pop music to produce music that is uplifting, intelligent and exploratory. Formed by brothers Brad Barr on guitar and Andrew Barr on drums, and bassist Marc Friedman, The Slip is a band in constant response to the muse of sound. As Brad Barr puts it, “The adventure of making music is a constantly unfolding way of self discovery, where the ordinary becomes the extraordinary and something you’ve heard a thousand times gains deeper meaning.”
Following S.L.A.C. Fest, the Center for Sustainability will house a portion of Apeiron’s offices, play a major role in the organizations educational programs, and remain a model facility open to individuals and groups interested in seeing sustainable building practices in use. As for The Slip, S.L.A.C. Fest will mark their last area show for some time. The group has prepared to head into the studio to record tracks for an album that will follow their second CD Does, which was released in June of 2000 on Flying Frog Records.
Tickets for S.L.A.C. Fest are available at all Strawberries ticket outlets, In Your Ear records stores in Boston, MA and Providence, RI and online at JamBase Tickets. More information can be found at TheSlip.com or by calling 617.499.1949.
Contact: Ana Willem at The Apeiron Foundation | Phone: 401.467.4640