The inaugural Green Apple Music & Arts Festival, the biggest Earth Day festival in the United States, will feature performances from a wildly eclectic group of artists in an equally eclectic group of venues, from the hallowed punk club CBGBs to the esteemed Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center to the Rock's Off boat cruise.
Dedicated to expanding the outreach of Earth Day, The Green Apple Music & Arts Festival will be held April 20th-23rd at more than 30 of New York's top venues. The festival kicks off with the Sixth Annual Jammys awards show and all-star concert, to be held Thursday, April 20th at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.
Among the artists scheduled to perform at the Green Apple Music & Arts Festival are Slick Rick, Baaba Maal, Ghostface , Umphrey's McGee, the Steve Kimock Band, the New York Philharmonic, Richie Havens, Avail, Little Feat, Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, Mad Professor, Particle, Islands, Dresden Dolls, Björkestra, Cary Brothers, Slick Rick, Toots & the Maytals, Soulive, the Slip, Twobab Krewe, Guster, the Fab Faux, Mike Doughty, Dan Bern, Kaki King, Gabrielle and Dresden, Blues Traveler, Ben Taylor, Bill Frissell, Mutaytor, Jonah Smith, Perpetual Groove, Strangefolk, Grateful Dead archivist David Lemeiux, Martin Sexton, Assembly of Dust, Antibalas, Rose Hill Drive, Murray Hill, Josh Radin, DJ Equal, Nouvelle Vague, Perpetual Groove, Main Squeeze Orchestra, Amy Correia, Yosi Piamenta and the Heavenly Jams Band, Ryan Montbleau, Max Creek, Zen Tricksters, and Deep Banana Blackout.
The festival will feature interesting pairings of both artists and artists and venues: burgeoning jam band Umphrey's McGee will perform at hallowed punk venue CBGBs, while soul-jazz trio Soulive and reggae heroes Toots & the Maytals will combine forces for a show at the Nokia Theater Times Square. Folk mainstay Richie Havens will perform his first show in several years at the historic Bitter End. Ben Taylor will hit the Mercury Lounge and Avail will play at The Knitting Factory, while Deep Banana Blackout will perform on the RocksOff boat cruise. Singer/songwriters Dan Bern and Kaki King will appear at Carnegie Hall, while Björkestra will appear at Joe's Pub. Blues Traveler is playing a very special performance at the 150-seat Rothko, while Bill Frissell will appear at the storied Village Vanguard, Guster at the Hiro Ballroom, Ghostface and Slick Rick at the Nokia Theater. World music legend Baaba Maal will guest with Antibalas at Southpaw, Martin Sexton will share a bill with the Assembly of Dust at the Cutting Room, and The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform songs of the Earth at Carnegie Hall. Beatles tribute group The Fab Faux will perform at the Nokia Theater.
For a full list of performances, visit www.greenapplemusicfestival.com. All shows will be ticketed directly by the individual venue. (See list of Jammys performers below)
The list of venues hosting Green Apple Music & Arts Festival performances includes The Avalon, B.B. King's, Bed, The Bitter End, The Blue Note, The Bowery Ballroom, The Canal Room, CBGBs, Coda, The Cutting Room, The Hiro Ballroom, Irving Plaza, Joe's Pub, The Knitting Factory, The Lion's Den, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Makor, Mercury Lounge, Mexicali Blues, Mo Pitkins, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, The Nokia Theater Times Square, Piano's, RocksOff Boat Cruise, Rothko, The Slipper Room, S.O.B.'s, Southpaw, Tonic, Town Hall, The Village Vanguard, Webster Hall and Carnegie Hall.
Produced by Peter Shapiro and Relix Magazine, the Green Apple Music & Arts Festival will provide concert attendees with information on a variety of environmental issues and causes at each show under the Green Apple Music & Arts Festival umbrella.
"Increasing the visibility and reach of Earth Day has never been more important," says executive producer Shapiro,<