Fans of the Green Energy movement, rejoice! You have a concert festival to call your own, and it’s setting up to be pretty damn sweet.

The second annual Green Apple Music and Arts Festival will take place Earth Day, April 22, in New York, San Francisco and Chicago. According to Billboard, the lineup is set to include Bob Weir and Ratdog, the Decemberists, Taylor Hicks, the Kaiser Chiefs and many others.

Green Apple will be the largest carbon-level neutral event of its kind, as each venue will utilize environmentally friendly supplies like biodegradable cleaning materials and recycled napkins and paper towels.

New York’s event will feature a free show on Central Park’s Great Hill featuring kid-friendly singer/songwriter Laurie Berkner, while Taylor Hicks will headline an event at the Beacon Theatre. Other acts set to play that day at various venues include Tom Paxton and Richard Shindell, Fat Mama, the Radiators, Edwin McCain, Junior Brown and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.

A free show at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo will feature Umphrey’s McGee, the Disco Biscuits and Paul Green’s School of Rock. The Decemberists, Andrew Bird, the Kaiser Chiefs, the Walkmen, Del McCoury, RJD2 and Mad Professor also have affiliated shows in town that day.

The San Francisco leg will see Bob Weir and Ratdog headline a free show at Golden Gate Park along with the Greyboy All-Stars and Martin Sexton. Tea Leaf Green, Trans Am and Yonder Mountain String Band will perform later that evening at various venues.

America has never been more environmentally conscious than it is today. Whatever money and awareness these shows can raise for the movement is welcome and needed for our modern American society. But something tells me these shows will see people driving long ways in gas-chugging SUVs to get hammered in some way and rock out while forgetting, or perhaps disregarding, the reason for the show in the first place.

At least the movement’s alive. As we all know, Rome wasn’t built in a day. And anyway, that Chicago leg looks pretty awesome.


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