By Team JamBase Mar 6, 2007 12:00 am PST


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.

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