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GREEN APPLE MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL, AMERICA’S
LARGEST EARTH DAY CELEBRATION, ANNOUNCES PERFORMANCES BY
DAVE MATTHEWS, WILLIE NELSON
AND CHILDREN’S PERFORMER, TOM CHAPIN

Adding To Its Ever-Growing Repertoire
The Green Apple Music & Arts Festival
Spans Across New York, Chicago And San Francisco And Continues
To Elevate Awareness of Earth Day With The Aid Of Top Performers

“The Green Apple Music & Arts Festival will be an opportunity for people to learn about new ways they can soften their impact on our environment, which will hopefully have a lasting effect.” -Nate Query of The Decemberists

New York, NY: The Green Apple Music & Arts Festival announced it has added live performances by Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, April 22 and Willie Nelson at San Francisco’s Fillmore on Thursday, April 19. Tom Chapin, the popular children’s performer, will perform at the festival’s Symphony Space event in New York City on Saturday, April 21.  This announcement adds to the line-up of top performers to participate in this year’s Green Apple Music & Arts Festival including: Bob Weir and his band Ratdog, The Decemberists, Kaiser Chiefs, The Laurie Berkner Band, The Walkmen, Taylor Hicks, Stephen Marley & Junior Gong, Brand New, Jon Anderson of YES, Kaki King, RJD2, English Beat, Andrew Bird, and many more.

Entering its second year, The Green Apple Music & Arts Festival 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 including free events in Central Park, Lincoln Park and Golden Gate Park.

Produced by Peter Shapiro and Relix magazine in partnership with Earth Day Network and presented by JPMorgan Chase, from April 20 to 22 music venues across the country will come together to cultivate awareness of environmental issues through the unifying voice of music.

“It always seems a little silly to have a day dedicated to something, because conservation is something worth thinking about all year,” noted Nate Query of The Decemberists. “That said, The Green Apple Music & Arts Festival will be an opportunity for people to learn about new ways they can soften their impact on our environment, which will hopefully have a lasting effect.”

“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.

“This is a great opportunity for us to give back to our fans by putting on a free show and give back to the earth by further raising awareness of the dire need for us ALL to be environmentalists,” said Laurie Berkner. “I’m really looking forward to being a part of The Green Apple Music & Arts Festival and hopefully inspiring renewed dedication to protecting our planet and ourselves.”

Free events (all to take place on Earth Day, April 22nd) 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 featuring Junior Gong, The Greyboy AllStars, top singer/songwriter Martin Sexton and rising talent Jonah Smith.

  • 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 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 20, Jon Anderson (of YES) backed by Paul Green’s School of Rock, Gandalf Murphy and The Slambovian Circus of Dreams, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals.  On Saturday, April 21, 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. “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.

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