Green Apple Music Festival | Free Shows Announced

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The free shows that accompany the annual Green Apple Music Festival were just announced, and there’s some serious mix in the lineups between the eight cities taking part in this year’s Earth Day / Green Apple celebration. New York has Ricky Scaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Chicago has Derek Trucks Band and M’shell Ndegeocello, Dallas has Los Lonely Boys, San Francisco has Mickey Hart, and so on. The real big WTF moment will likely occur when you read the lineup and realize that Menudo is headlining the Miami portion of the festival; no word yet on whether Ricky Martin is going back in time to become a prepubescent child to rejoin the group. We’ll keep you posted on that one.

The real star-studded set of artists looks to be booked in Washington, D.C. at the National Mall; The Roots, Gov’t Mule, Toots & the Maytals, Thievery Corp (DJ’s), Warren Haynes (solo acoustic) and Umphrey’s McGee are all set to play there for free. I’ll be planning on attending the Chicago portion of this — hardly as exciting for me musically as the D.C. event would be — but I’m torn because The Mars Volta and Kraftwerk are both playing in the area that night. Decisions, decisions…

The initial musical line-up has been announced for eight major Earth Day events by Earth Day Network and Green Apple Festival presented by Chase. Across the country on Sunday April 20th, an eclectic line-up of artists will perform in landmark parks in eight cities. The events will combine environmental addresses by prominent speakers, the presence of a wide variety of environmental organizations and educational displays on the theme of environmental awareness.

Read on for the full lineup by city; speaker announcement will probably come soon. Who’s got my Al Gore predictions?

2008 Earth Day Network/Green Apple Festival Free Line-up

NEW YORK
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
Big Head Todd and the Monsters
Vusi Mahlasela
Vienna Teng

WASHINGTON DC
“Earth Day 2008 on the National Mall”
The Roots & Friends
Gov’t Mule
Toots and the Maytals
Thievery Corp – DJ set
Warren Haynes – solo acoustic set
Umphreys McGee
DC Boys Choir
City Dance

CHICAGO
Derek Trucks Band
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Meshell Ndegeocello
Chicago Afrobeat Orchestra
Miss Lori Holton Nash
The Gwalla Gwallas
Event MC- Kyle Orton – Chicago Bears

MIAMI
Menudo
Arrested Development
Baby Loves Salsa
Caravan of Thieves

DALLAS
Los Lonely Boys
Martin Sexton
Junior Brown
Cas Haley
The Steps
George Stanford

DENVER
The Neville Brothers
The Benevento/Russo Duo
Rose Hill Drive

SAN FRANCISCO
Mickey Hart’s Mass Drums
Yonder Mountain String Band
Brett Dennen

LOS ANGELES
Taj Mahal
Ziggy Marley solo acoustic
Juliette and the Licks
School of Rock Hollywood Allstars
The Frequency
Coby Brown

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/oliversarmy/ Paul

    Man, that New York lineup is weak. Last year’s was as well. DC is surely the place to be.

    Nothing against Ricky Skaggs and BHT, I’ll be at the show, but I was hoping for something more. Maybe they’ll release something bigger as the dates get closer. I wonder if NYC doesn’t want to make the event too big.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/oliversarmy/ Paul

    Man, that New York lineup is weak. Last year’s was as well. DC is surely the place to be.

    Nothing against Ricky Skaggs and BHT, I’ll be at the show, but I was hoping for something more. Maybe they’ll release something bigger as the dates get closer. I wonder if NYC doesn’t want to make the event too big.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/oliversarmy/ Paul

    Man, that New York lineup is weak. Last year’s was as well. DC is surely the place to be.

    Nothing against Ricky Skaggs and BHT, I’ll be at the show, but I was hoping for something more. Maybe they’ll release something bigger as the dates get closer. I wonder if NYC doesn’t want to make the event too big.

  • http://www.livemusicblog.com Justin

    This *could* be because they’re not offering up by way of payment for these performances (considering it’s free and therefore sponsor-driven). An artist crunched for dough might choose to play a NYC club show instead to make a little extra and really connect with “real” fans and not passerbys that are hanging out at the park for the day.

    Honestly, every other lineup besides D.C. doesn’t seem that great but there’s still a good chance that the speakers could round out the lineup.

  • http://www.livemusicblog.com Justin

    This *could* be because they’re not offering up by way of payment for these performances (considering it’s free and therefore sponsor-driven). An artist crunched for dough might choose to play a NYC club show instead to make a little extra and really connect with “real” fans and not passerbys that are hanging out at the park for the day.

    Honestly, every other lineup besides D.C. doesn’t seem that great but there’s still a good chance that the speakers could round out the lineup.

  • http://www.livemusicblog.com Justin

    This *could* be because they’re not offering up by way of payment for these performances (considering it’s free and therefore sponsor-driven). An artist crunched for dough might choose to play a NYC club show instead to make a little extra and really connect with “real” fans and not passerbys that are hanging out at the park for the day.

    Honestly, every other lineup besides D.C. doesn’t seem that great but there’s still a good chance that the speakers could round out the lineup.

  • john

    i was really hoping umphreys would show up in the dc free show, and mule is great bonus!

  • john

    i was really hoping umphreys would show up in the dc free show, and mule is great bonus!

  • john

    i was really hoping umphreys would show up in the dc free show, and mule is great bonus!