Green Apple Festival Begins Tonight | Dave Matthews, Ozomatli, and Willie Nelson Shows Added

greenapplemusicfest.jpegAs we previously reported, the Green Apple Music & Arts Festival kicks off tonight, starting a long weekend of concerts and events in Chicago, New York , and San Francisco. The events are designed to raise awareness about climate change and celebrate Earth Day (on Sunday, 4/22).

Some additional shows were recently announced, including several add-ons to the free outdoor performances in New York. Recent additions include the following: Aqualung (Sat.4/21 @ the Park West), Ozomatli (Fri. 4/20 @ Grand Central Station, NY; free show), Zero (Sat 4/21 @ Grand Central Station, NY; free show), Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds (Sun 4/22 @ Radio City Music Hall, NY), and Willie Nelson (Thurs 4/22 @ The Fillmore, SF).

Here at the Live Music Blog Headquarters in Chicago, we’re gearing up for a big weekend of great live music and some much-anticipated beautiful weather. In terms of concerts, there’s really just too much to check out, so we’d love to hear from all of you out there in the Internet ether. Whether you’re in New York, San Francisco, or Chicago, definitely consider sending us your reviews, photos, or any other commentary related to this Green, tri-city “festival” thingy.

For the full listing of bands, I’ve included an updated city-by-city list after the jump…


Green Apple Chicago
Thurs 4/19
The Decemberists @ the Riviera
w/ My Brightest Diamond
Mad Professor @ The Double Door

Fri 4/20
J.J. Grey & Mofro @ HOB
New Monsoon @ HOB
Del McCoury @ the Old Town School of Folk Music
Kaiser Chiefs @ The Vic
w/ the Walkmen and the Little Ones
Hoyle Brothers @ the Empty Bottle
Juice and the Machine @ the Double Door
w/ The Drastics, Akasha, and DJs Scheme & Plan B
The Lost Trailers @ Joe’s Sportsbar
RJD2 @ Smart Bar/Metro
The Smithereens @ Park West
Mono @ Empty Bottle

Fri/Sat 4/20-4/21
Brothers Past @ the beat Kitchen
Andrew Bird @ the Riviera
(w/ Apostle of Hustle)

Sat 4/21
Umphrey’s McGee @ the Vic
Aqualung @ Park West
Mad Professor @ Martyr’s
Flickerstick @ Double Door
Soulwax @ the Metro
2manydjs @ Metro (Smartbar?)
Anthallo @ Schuba’s
Los Folkloristas @ the Old Town School of Folk Music

Sun 4/22
Evening Show:
The Disco Biscuits @ the Vic

Free Earth Day Show @ Lincoln Park Zoo – schedule:
Umphrey’s McGee – 4:30 p.m.
The Disco Biscuits – 3:15 p.m.
Todd Park Mohr (of Big Head Todd) – 2 p.m.
Mad professor – 1 p.m.
Paul Green’s School of Rock – 12 p.m.
The Blisters – 11 a.m.
Etta Jenkins – 10:30 a.m.
Deep Fried Pickle Project – 10 a.m.

Green Apple New York City
Thur 4/19
Benevento-Russo Duo (acoustic) @ the Tonic
New Riders of Purple Sage @ the Canal Room
Chicago Afrobeat Allstars @ SOBs
w/ DJ Rich Medina
Elemental Harmonics, MJ Project, and Push @ the Knitting Factory Tap Bar

Fri. 4/20
Zero @ the Gramercy Theatre
John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers @ BB Kings Blues Club
Particle @ the Bowery Ballroom
(w/ Jerry Joseph)
Taylor Hicks @ the Beacon Theater
Junior Brown @ Joe’s Pub
Jake Shimabukuro @ Joe’s Pub
Mike Dillon’s Go-Go Jungle @ the Knitting Factory Tap Bar
w/ The Bridge and The Bomb Squad
Tom Paxton and Richard Shindell @ The Society for Ethical Culture
Folklore Urbano and Kreyol LA @ SOBs
Ryan Montbleau Band, the Casual Fiasco, and the Hatch @ the Knitting Factory
From Autumn to Ashes @ Irving Plaza
Digital Frontier @ the Knitting Factory Old Office
Hot Buttered Rum @ Rebel
Scarecrow Collection @ Mexicali Blues (Teaneck, NJ)

Free outdoor show @ New York’s Grand Central Terminal
The Paul Green School of Rock featuring Jon Anderson @ 12:00 PM
Gandalf Murphy @ 1:15 pm
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals @ 4:15 pm
Ozomatli @ 5:45 pm

Fri/Sat 4/20-4/21
The Radiators @ the Lion’s Den
Avishai Cohen @ the Blue Note

Sat. 4/21
The Radiators @ the Lion’s Den
Jon Fishman and Touchpants will support RAQ @ the Bowery Ballroom
Tower of Power @ BB Kings
Phix @ BB Kings (farewell tour; according to Relix)
Edwin McCain @ BB King’s
RAQ @ the Bowery Ballroom
Over the Rhine @ Joe’s Pub
w/ Cate Curtis
Mahavishnu Project @ Makor
“Vibes on the Water” @ the Canal Room
(feat. Deep Banana Blackout and Slick Rick w/ Adam Deitch Project)
Jon Anderson (of Yes) w/ Paul Green’s School of Rock Allstars @ Symphony Space

Free outdoor show @ New York’s Grand Central Terminal
Zero @ 12:00 PM
State Radio @ 1:40 pm
Assembly of Dust @ 3:20pm

Sun 4/22
Laurie Berkner @ the Great Hill in Central Park – free Earth Day show
Fat Mama @ at the Knitting Factory
Brand New @ Irving Plaza
(w/ Manchester Orchestra)

4/20 – 4/22
Hiromi @ Blue Note

Green Apple San Francisco
Thurs 4/19
Willie Nelson @ The Fillmore

Fri 4/20
Tea Leaf Green @ the Fillmore
w/ Devil Makes Three
Railroad Earth @ the Great American Music Hall
w/ the Duhks
Girlyman @ the Swedish American Hall.
Gravy Train @ de Young
w/ Pureka
May Lake @ the Makeout Room
w/ the Porch Flies
Stars and Garters Theatre Company’s Variety Show @ 12 Galaxies
Cold Hot Crush and the Plus Ones @ Cafe du Nord
From Monument to Masses @ Bottom of the Hill
w/ And a Few and Break
The Dilletantes @ the Knockout
w/ Dreamboat Where ar You? Samya
English Beat @ Mezzanine
w/ Plimsouls
Apache, Ghenghis Khan, Shotwell, and DJ Primo @ Elbo Room
San Franciso’s All Star Late Night Show led by Dan Lebowitz of ALO @ 12 Galaxies

Sat 4/21
Yonder Mountain String Band @ the Fillmore
Estradasphere @ Elbo Room
New Mastersounds @ 12 Galaxies
Hanna Banana @ 12 Galaxies (early show at 2pm)
Electric Six @ the Independent
Trans Am @ Bottom of The Hill
Breakfast with Enzo @ Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center

Sun 4/22
Stephen Marley and Junior Gong @ The Fillmore
The Sippy Cups @ Bimbo’s 365
Smoosh @ Cafe du Nord

free performance on Earth Day
Bob Weir and Ratdog @ Golden Gate Park’s Speedway Meadow
w/The Greyboy Allstars and Martin Sexton