Green Apple: Thank You Concerts


Green Apple Festival and Earth Day Network today released the 2009 lineup for the free "Green Apple Thank You Concerts," celebratory performances at leading venues for volunteers participating in their coordinated, simultaneous volunteer actions held in major cities across the country over Earth Day Weekend. On Sunday, April 19 an upbeat and eclectic line-up of musicians will perform "with friends" at music venues in each city. Meanwhile, the national flagship event, "Earth Day on the National Mall" - with talent to be announced soon - will be held festival style at the National Mall in Washington, DC.

This year's Green Apple Festival has grown to ten cities and will focus on environmental volunteerism. Volunteers who participate in the activities over the weekend, will be given tickets to attend the free "Thank You" concerts.

Volunteers can sign up online now for actions in ten cities, to occur April 17 - 19 2009. Projects in parks, beaches, schools and forests will focus on climate change solutions like tree planting, energy efficiency retrofits, water protection, urban gardens and forest restoration. Produced with environmental organizations, city parks and recreation departments across the U.S., the activities will be suitable for all ages, including children and families. These activities encourage active lifestyles while connecting volunteers with green products and solutions.

Free "Thank You Concerts" will be held Sunday, April 19:

Atlanta, GA - Galactic & Friends with opener Victoria George at Variety Playhouse

Austin, TX - Travis Tritt & Friends at Antone's *(on Monday April 20)

Boston, MA - Soulive & Friends at Paradise Rock Club

Chicago, IL - Cracker & Friends at The Metro

Denver, CO - Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk & Friends at Cervantes' Masterpiece

Los Angeles, CA - The Hotel Cafe Presents Cary Brothers & Friends at The Roxy

New York City - Deep Banana Blackout featuring Fred Wesley & Friends at Bowery Ballroom

San Francisco, CA - BassNectar & Friends at Slim's

Seattle, WA - Blue Scholars & Friends at Crocodile Cafe

Washington, DC - artists will be announced soon for Earth Day on the National Mall

Growing to ten cities from last year's eight across the country, Green Apple Festival and Earth Day Network aim to involve even more civic and environmentally-minded Americans in a nationwide weekend for volunteers to participate in meaningful actions, give back to communities and restore and renew the Earth.

Volunteer events in each city are listed now at - from there, a link takes volunteers to to sign up.

[Published on: 3/24/09]

Take full advantage of all JamBase has to offer by signing up for an account!

You'll receive

show alerts

when your favorite artists announce shows, be eligible to enter contests for

free tickets

, gain the ability to

share your personalized live music calendar

and much more. Join JamBase!



Dire46daysWolf Tue 3/24/2009 12:27PM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!


love absolutely everything about the Green Apple Festival! can't wait to see the D.C. line up I just hope it doesn't get rained out like last year.

dogfleas starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/24/2009 12:30PM
+1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!


im down with what they do, but it looks like a no go on the get down at lincoln park zoo, i was really looking forward to that.

ill have to consider volunteering

jonny.klaiber starstarstar Tue 3/24/2009 12:32PM
+1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!


im confused. are they still doing the concerts for the fans too?

jonny.klaiber star Tue 3/24/2009 12:33PM
+1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!


yeah. i was looking forward to the zoo, just like the past 2 years, but i guess it wont be happening this year

OneManGathers25 star Tue 3/24/2009 12:40PM
-1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

What does this festival actually do to help the environment? I'm not so sure the people who run it are environmentally conscious.

Chillybill Tue 3/24/2009 12:45PM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!


Wow... LA really got dicked. Who the fuck is Cary Brothers?

Treetophigh Tue 3/24/2009 01:00PM
+1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!


travis tritt???

MyFavBandIsTheBestYoursSucks starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/24/2009 01:29PM
+2 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!


Since when did live music fans become such a bunch of whiners? Free music & enviromental volunteering not enough? im just surprised the Twin Cities is still is not a prt of this. "oneman" If you read the story you might find out what they are doing for the enviroment.

hnkscrpio Tue 3/24/2009 01:54PM
+2 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!


Yeah that really sucks no concerts at the zoo in Chicago, those were a lot of fun. If you go to the website, it doesn't even tell you what sort of activity you are volunteering for. I'm going to volunteer, but if the work is ridiculous, just forget about it. The lineups from the past two years blow away a Cracker show, even though I like Cracker. I feel like a dick saying this, but I doubt the turnout is going to be what they expect.

hnkscrpio Tue 3/24/2009 01:57PM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!


Nevermind, I found out how to pick your volunteering activities. I wonder if I can count this towards my community service.

chidodger Tue 3/24/2009 02:04PM
+2 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!


HNKSCRPIO- I agree with you, although I couldn't attend last year, I remember 2 years ago with Umphreys and bisco with people climbing up trees to be able to see the stage. I think moving the festival from the zoo to either grant or millenium park would make things a bit more enjoyable. Anyhow, if there is no free concert at the zoo, does this still really count as a "Festival"? I mean, it's a good cause, but Cracker has only played about 25 free shows in Chicago over the last 10 years or so, so maybe they arn't the best act to use as a bargining chip to get people to volunteer.

chidodger Tue 3/24/2009 02:06PM
+1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!


Cracker is still a great band, though.

peaton Tue 3/24/2009 02:10PM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!


NYC would be a great time. Saw DBB 2 nights ago and theyve got it just as much as ever. Also, if anyone wants to trade 2 Dead tix for 4/18 for my two Dead tix for 4/19, that would be awesome, cuz I wanna catch that Soulive show.

hnkscrpio Tue 3/24/2009 02:12PM
+1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!


Yeah definitely Chidodger, I just saw cracker last September for free at the cubby bear. I'm reading the volunteering activities, and they are almost all just doing the Chicago Park Districts jobs for them.

OaksterDan star Tue 3/24/2009 02:31PM
+1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!


Yonder Mountain String Band ripped it up in golden gate park last year. Bob Weir & Mickey Hart played "Blackbird" & "Friend of the Devil". Brett Dennen opened and purple nugs were everywhere. Great time! I'm going to be in Massachusetts for the Dead shows that weekend this year and I was phyched to see Boston was added to Green Apple. No free concert this stinks. The inconvient truth is as long as there is COAL POWER PLANTS & OIL COMPANIES our enviroment is going to hell in hand basket and no amount of tree planting can change that. CLEAN COAL not even bakeheads would fall for that one.

djschusta Tue 3/24/2009 02:52PM
+1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!


^Corn ethanol requires too much deforestation and nutrient depletion to be feasible. Wind and solar require way too many resources and land on a massive enough scale to be feasible. Help fuels are cool because it is hemp, but still would require too much deforestation on a massive enough scale. Basically, if Al Gore is heavily invested in it, it is likely a scam. It is all about nuclear. 100% clean, practically no emissions whatsoever. The waste can be re-enriched and recycled over and over if we end the ridiculous legislation that prevents it. And meltdowns are literally impossible with newer technologies. I hope they promote that at these!

mattchu Tue 3/24/2009 03:23PM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!


I may be wrong but.... I think there is a free major concert with mutliple acts to be announced. I think these are just the concerts for the violenteers. A sorta thank you at the end of the weekend to unwind to. May be wrong tho...

jkuss80 starstarstar Tue 3/24/2009 04:55PM
+1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!


Cary Brothers is a singer songwriter. Good stuff. He has a song "Blue Eyes" on the Garden State soundtrack. Gotta concur about Cracker in Chicago. They play free every couple months it seems like. They shouldve gotten Wilco or Common.

moeron31 starstar Tue 3/24/2009 06:54PM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!


Doesn't really seem to be a thrilling line-up really anywhere...Galactic is nice, the soulive and bassNectar arent too bad either. Doesnt compare to ANY of the acts they had in previous years..Hope the TBA are good. I remember when just Chicago had Umph, Bisco, Big head todd, and the mad proffessor. This year they have Cracker?

OaksterDan Tue 3/24/2009 09:07PM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!


Nuclear power isn't the answer. Nuclear waste is currently be stored on-site at the power plants all across this country and plants are running out of room to store it. Which means they need to be moved soon to Yucca Mountain or somewhere. A terrorist blows up a bomb close to those spent nuclear rods it would be almost as bad as a melt down. How do we send the spent rods to Yucca mountain??? By truck...NO, By train...NO, HOW?????

Mr_McDankenstein Tue 3/24/2009 11:23PM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!


Devner gets Dumpstaphunk, New York gets Deep Banana Blackout and LA gets the Cary Brothers (who?)? What the fuck man?

Cola21 Wed 3/25/2009 07:41AM
+1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!


There's a free concert where I live. But they didn't pick the band I wanted. I'm going to bitch bitch bitch. Why didn't they call ME??? I could have told them the bands I like!!!!!!!!!! This is all a sign of the man holding me down. It's a goddamned government conspiracy to fuck up my day. I'm gonna go poop on the steps of the White House.

groovatronics starstarstarstar Wed 3/25/2009 10:42AM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

oh yeah i agree 100% with just about everything cola21 said. ha.

whatever though i'm down with dumpstaphunk for a good cause

orgwell Sat 3/28/2009 02:36AM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!


Boston Dan (Bundy), nuclear is, unfortunately at present, the less of two evils -- its emissions pale in comparison to coal-fired. Yes, the waste issue is a distinct problem, but the industry is beginning to work through that. Some plants have arisen which exist for the sole purpose of reconditioning nuclear waste into salvageable rods. [I believe there may be yet another step for "recycling" (i.e., responsible disposal) of said second-tier waste.] Yes, neither coal nor nuclear seem fully enticing, but until every single world citizen has gone to the 110th percentile in terms of their energy-conservation (e.g., bulb-switching, swapping out older/vampiric elec's, water heater strategies..), then governments are in the business of providing amenities for their whiny, lazy, energy-suckling citizens. Renewable energy sources are not only extremely costly, but we do not yet even have the necessary technology at full spread; making everything even more expensive & infrastructurally complex to boot. Don't like nuclear or coal? ..Then make sure to do your part first. It's easy to criticeze; much harder to make everyone around you realize the imperative nature of these changes.