Live’s Kowalczyk, OK Go Headline EarthFest

April 22, 2011

Atomic Tom and Sponge Round Out Line-up for the Celebration of the Earth at DCR’s Hatch Memorial Shell in Boston on May 21, 2011

Boston, MA  (April 22, 2011): The 18th Annual Radio 92.9 EarthFest will return to DCR’s Hatch Memorial Shell in Boston on May 21st, 2011 with a stellar line-up that includes LIVE’s Ed Kowalczyk, OK Go, Sponge and Atomic Tom.   Presented by Whole Foods Market, the free festival is a celebration for the Earth, showcasing national and local music acts, environmentally friendly products and local non-profit environmental organizations.

Radio 92.9’s EarthFest is produced in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. The DCR’s Hatch Memorial Shell and surrounding Esplanade area is a renowned venue for free events and programs in the City of Boston.  The Radio 92.9 EarthFest  is the first major event of the season and the largest free radio station concert in the country.

Performances on the main stage will begin at 11:30 a.m.  The opening band will be chosen through a contest hosted by Radio 92.9.  Sixteen bands will be selected for the bracket and the final four will perform at an event in May.  One band will be picked to play in front of thousands of people at Radio 92.9’ EarthFest.  For more details or enter a band in the contest, visit www.myradio92.9.com.

In addition to the musical performances on the main stage, the Radio 92.9 EarthFest will also include music in Kids’ Planet – an expanded interactive family area. Kids’ Planet will feature performances from Sarah Wheeler & Little Groove, RhymeZweLL, Vanessa Trien & the Jumping Monkeys and student performers from Zumix.  Performances at Kid’s Planet begin at 10 am.   In addition to the musical performances, Kid’s Planet will feature environmental activities, educational displays and other activities.

“With some of the nation’s best musical acts performing, the 18th Annual Radio 92.9 EarthFest  will be an incredible event,” said Ken West, Program Director at Radio 92.9.  “At its core, it remains a celebration of the Earth and a reminder that we all have a role to play in preserving the planet. We want to pay tribute to all individuals who are making a commitment to conserving and protecting the Earth’s resources.”

The 2011 Radio 92.9 EarthFest is committed to offering festival goers an opportunity to learn how they can make a difference and help save Planet Earth.  The festival will feature exhibits and environmental displays, staffed by sponsors and non-profit environmental organizations from New England.  Each exhibitor is focused on raising awareness and offering educational information about different environmental issues facing the planet. Some of the highlights will include:

  • The Whole Foods Pavilion, where more than 30 vendors will assemble to sample earth-friendly products along with cooking demonstrations and other interactive activities
  • The MBTA Hybrid Bus Display.  Powered by a Cummins clean diesel engine, this state of the art hybrid drive system is equipped with a regenerative braking system that diverts brake energy into the vehicle’s energy storage system for future use by the hybrid system. The hybrid system is capable of improving fuel efficiency by a minimum of 20% compared to conventional diesel buses when operated during a stop-and-go inner city duty cycle.

Radio 92.9’s EarthFest is expected to draw a crowd of more than 100,000 people.  To minimize the environmental impact of the event, Casella Waste Systems will manage a comprehensive recycling program onsite.  In addition, Mass Bike will be onsite staffing a free bike-valet program, offering concertgoers an alternative to driving to the festival.

The 18th Annual Radio 92.9 EarthFest is accessible by MBTA. Concertgoers can take the Green Line to Arlington Street or take the Red Line to Charles Street / MGH. For more details, visit the MBTA website at www.mbta.com.

For more information about the 18th Annual Radio 92.9 EarthFest, listen to Radio 92.9 FM or visit www.earthfest.com.

Radio 92.9/ WBOS-FM is owned by Greater Boston Radio, Inc., a subsidiary of Greater Media Inc., the parent company of 23 AM and FM radio stations in the Boston, Charlotte, Detroit, New Jersey and Philadelphia markets.  Greater Media also owns a group of weekly newspapers in central New Jersey and several telecommunications towers located throughout the United States.