Tea Leaf Green-er: Earth Day Gigs

Tea Leaf Green Earth Day Weekend
Two-Night Fillmore Party Welcomes S.F. 'Green' Community

Tea Leaf Green
On Friday and Saturday April 17-18, San Francisco's Tea Leaf Green returns to the historic Fillmore for what promises to be an epic Earth Day Weekend party for the Bay Area's 'Green' community.

Known for its triumphant brand of psychedelic rock 'n' roll – which has been likened to its San Francisco forebears – Tea Leaf Green's music is characterized by the Earth-inspired lyrics and poignant vocals of keyboard player Trevor Garrod, a botanist who grew up on a northern California farm. The tension-release solos and soul-piercing blues guitar of Josh Clark trigger bursts of confetti to explode from the crowd at peak moments, while one of the filthiest rhythm sections in rock n’ roll – bass virtuoso, Reed Mathis, and drummer, Scott "Ice Man" Rager – hold down the deep end.

Playing hometown shows in a city consistently ranked among the 'greenest' in the nation, the band is reaching out to the Bay Area's 'green' community, and has invited two environmental non-profits to be a part of the event each night.

Friday night, the California Student Sustainability Coalition - a project of Earth Island Institute that is transforming the operations of higher education institutions – will be joined by Conservation Value Institute, which is organizing the band's Earth Day initiative as part of its Music industry Partnerships education program. Saturday night, ChangeSF – a community campaign for the sustainable transformation of San Francisco – will be joined by HeadCount, who will be promoting its new partnership with Save The Bay.

"Respecting the Earth is really important to Tea Leaf Green," says the band's long-time entertainment coordinator, Todd "Sauce" Wallenbrock, who is known to hike 30+ miles deep into wilderness areas of the American West. "You find out what is important in maintaining this world really quickly. Spend a few days in the back country catching three pound goldens [trout] for dinner, and things make little more sense."

Friday night, rising Indy/Newgrass band, Or, the Whale will open the show on the main stage, while guitar maestro, Sean Leahy, plays the poster room before the show and during set break.

Seattle superstars and Summer Meltdown hosts Flowmotion open Saturday night, and Eugene, Oregon's Freedom Tribe will play its vaunted mystical soundscapes in the poster room.

Click here to purchase tickets to the April 17 show, and here for April 18.

Pre-parties are on tap for both nights. Following its Fillmore shows, Tea Leaf Green will embark on an east coast tour, and then will launch into a summer filled with festival appearances, highlighted by Mountain Jam, High Sierra, AllGood, and 10,000 Lakes. Complete Tea Leaf Green tour dates available here.

http://tealeafgreen.com/

[Published on: 4/8/09]

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Mr_McDankenstein Thu 4/9/2009 03:38AM
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toejamfball Thu 4/9/2009 04:18AM
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Mr_McDankenstein Thu 4/9/2009 04:39AM
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Mr_McDankenstein

Their album on the left side of this article for rock n roll band gets that boston song. rock n roll band everybodys waiting gettin crazy anticipating loooove and musiiic hey hey heyyeyeyeyey!!!!

URTH2URTH starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/9/2009 04:46AM
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URTH2URTH

i don't think they are a 'christian' band (but what does that even mean anymore, i listen to some 'christian' bands that play the heaviest music i've ever heard), i just think they write about what they feel and what they are going thru in their lives at the moment, and if that means writing about religion and God and spirituality than it is what it is. a lot of feelings come from asking yourself why are we here, what is my purpose in life etc. i think these guys are arising as one of the best bands in the scene right now, great songwriting. keep rockin!

linsbee314 starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/9/2009 06:19AM
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I think these guys are awesome and play some very upbeat tunes that get me movin'! I love it when Sirius plays them on a Saturday morning when I'm doing things around the house. Even if they have a song or two about God, who cares? Why are people so God-phobic?

A LOT of bands write about God or make some reference to their spirituality. Why are they allowed to write about every other aspect of the universe, but God is off limits? I mean, don't get me wrong, I don't want shit music like Creed beating it down my throat, but TLG is for real! Check them out!

PoisonOrchid starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/9/2009 07:14AM
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PoisonOrchid

Haha Is this for real I have no idea. Marilyn Manson was once on #1 on the Christian rock list haha!! So I have no idea but Tea Leaf Green is a solid act one of my favs, caught them round the maryland, WV area 6 or 7 times now and they never dissapointed- not all there songs make spiritual references

Chapelchilla starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/9/2009 07:23AM
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They are NOT a Christian rock band. Trevor was a philosophy major in college though so he does write about spirituality some. There is a funny thread about this topic from a few years back on tealeafgreen.com. Give it a read here- http://www.tealeafgreen.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=5349&highlight=christian. Peace!

Hotchkiss Thu 4/9/2009 07:34AM
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Hotchkiss

To be a CHRISTian band, you have to glorify God (Christ) in your lyrics (and life).

Don't see TLG doing either.

GratefulHokie Thu 4/9/2009 07:42AM
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GratefulHokie

TLG jam and jam HARD! They could be a rock band of giraffes and I couldn't care less.

lasvegas starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/9/2009 07:50AM
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Littleo starstarstarstar Thu 4/9/2009 07:51AM
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This is one of my favorite bands. Good songwriting and originality. You can still check'em out up close for $15. Try'em out at a festival this summer, you'll like them.

moephishH2O starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/9/2009 08:47AM
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moephishH2O

Say what you want, but TLG has never let me down. I've seen them many times with Ben C. then Reed on bass. I'm sure the Fillmore run is going to be great!

Hotchkiss Thu 4/9/2009 08:51AM
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Hotchkiss

I've tried several times, with a openmind, to get in to them. I can't see what the hypes is all about.

Thier not bad musicians, i just think thier very..........bland.

I'm going to give them another try in topanga.

Conjugal Burning Thu 4/9/2009 09:12AM
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Conjugal Burning

On a side note..... I am seeing JFJO tonight!! Mr. Haas will be on the baby grand!! Reed or no Reed, The Fred are to inject me with epic jazz ooze, and I shall love every minute!

T. Ralph starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/9/2009 10:48AM
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Funny that someone would get "Christian band" out of TLG's music. It definitely shows that they at least have songs w/ meaning--something lacking in today's scene. In fact, they are anything but a Christian band (not that there's anything wrong with that), and have a wealth of material that runs deep and wide on the songwriting structure and style. Check 'em out, sometimes it takes more than a scratch on the surface to truly, finally "get it." But man, is it worth it with these guys! They usually BLOW THE ROOF OFF of the Fillmore, and will be flying out for this special (green) weekend.

Joy Thu 4/9/2009 10:59AM
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Joy

TLG will also be performing on Sunday, April 19 at the Topanga Earth Day Festival in the Los Angeles area. Also performing that day is Steve Molitz from Particle. Big Organ Trio plays the festival Saturday night, April 18.

Dire46daysWolf Thu 4/9/2009 12:16PM
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Dire46daysWolf

TLG is not a christian band how do you get that so mixed up?

jerZ Thu 4/9/2009 12:27PM
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Who cares if they are a Christian band (which they are not)? Why is that such a bad thing? If you don't like what they believe in, don't listen.

jerZ Thu 4/9/2009 12:46PM
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I think that sometimes jambasers forget that Christians are people too- and there are many of them that are a part of the live music scene. I love Jesus, and I love to rock out. I don't shove Jesus down anyone's throat, so don't throw your humanism down mine. WHy is it that everytime Jesus gets brought up it is in a derogatory fashion?

dankb23 Thu 4/9/2009 01:00PM
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dankb23

I liked em better when they had the original bassist, chambers, that guy knew how to rock, but ill give em another chance at fest this year. hope ever1 that can make it has a blast

UVA starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/9/2009 05:32PM
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UVA

Sex in the 70's.... not Christian rock, not even close.

moephishH2O Thu 4/9/2009 08:52PM
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moephishH2O

Sex in the 70's > Panspermic DeEvolution = NASTY

bigchris starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/9/2009 11:32PM
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favorite part:

""Respecting the Earth is really important to Tea Leaf Green," says the band's long-time entertainment coordinator, Todd "Sauce" Wallenbrock, who is known to hike 30+ miles deep into wilderness areas of the American West. "You find out what is important in maintaining this world really quickly. Spend a few days in the back country catching three pound goldens [trout] for dinner, and things make little more sense."

AG, you're a funny guy...

Natey Fri 4/10/2009 07:10PM
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Natey

NOT cool to be eating golden Trout!! Also, listen to the music...don't let your prejudices get in the way. I disagree with organized religion, as we have evolved past faith-based ideals, but don't disregard a band because of their associations with religion. That is ignorant. Ignorance is a problem, not bands singing about their God.

Jeff Kash Sat 4/11/2009 03:03PM
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DAMONCORY starstarstarstarstar Wed 4/15/2009 10:16AM
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DAMONCORY

Saw these guys two nights last year @ The MN State fair & Thought they were very good. They are also playing 2 nights at 10LKF. For discount tics use promo code 201985