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New York City's Top Music Venues to Host America's Biggest Earth Day Celebration
Published February 6, 2006

6th Annual Jammys to kick off inaugural Green Apple Music & Arts Festival. Frank Zappa to receive Lifetime Achievement Award. Four-day event to be held April 20th-23rd throughout New York City.

February 6, 2006—Over 25 of New York's premiere music venues are coming together to host the inaugural Green Apple Music & Arts Festival, the biggest Earth Day celebration in the United States, to he held throughout New York City April 20th to April 23rd. Produced by Peter Shapiro and Relix Magazine, The Green Apple Music & Arts Festival will happen in conjunction with Earth Day New York, a nonprofit organization.

The Sixth Annual Jammys award show and all-star concert will kick off the four-day music and film festival on Thursday, April 20th at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Over the following three days, New York's top music rooms, including Carnegie Hall, Irving Plaza, The Blue Note, B.B. King's, Nokia Theater, The Bitter End, The Bowery Ballroom and The Knitting Factory, will host renowned artists spanning the musical spectrum from rock and blues to folk and world music.

Critically acclaimed for creating once-in-a-lifetime collaborations between the likes of Sinead O'Connor and Burning Spear, John Mayer and Buddy Guy and Travis Tritt with the Disco Biscuits, this year's installment of the lauded Jammys will feature an all-star tribute to music pioneer Frank Zappa, who will be posthumously presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The participants of the Zappa tribute, as well as the full artist line-up, will be revealed in the weeks to come.

Dedicated to educating and engaging the public, this year's EarthFair will be held outside of Grand Central Terminal on Friday and Saturday, April 21-22, and will feature family entertainment and free musical performances. Earth Day New York has promoted environmental awareness and solutions since 1989.

The Green Apple Film Festival will be held Sunday, April 23rd at the American Museum of Natural History and will be presented in partnership with RES Media Group. An additional series of children's events will also be held at various venues.

"The Green Apple Music & Arts Festival was created to raise the visibility and awareness of Earth Day," said Peter Shapiro, co-producer and former owner of the Wetlands Preserve, the celebrated, environmentally-themed downtown music venue. "What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to bring it to every major music venue in New York City?"

At each show under the Green Apple Music & Arts Festival umbrella, concert attendees will receive information on a variety of environmental issues and causes. It's a concept that Shapiro and Relix hope to bring to multiple cities in years to come.

"We want to spread awareness to people who aren't already environmental experts," says Relix president and publisher Steven Bernstein. "We want to make them aware of what they can do in their daily routine that will make a difference to the environment."

Honoring artists who thrive in the live music environment, and handing out a variety of awards in such categories as live performance and archival release of the year, The Jammys has drawn international acclaim for pairing the stars of the improvisational music scene with leading artists from across the musical spectrum.
The Jammys have hosted magical collaborations and even historic reunions. Among those who've graced the Jammys stage in past years are John Mayer, The Black Crowes, Sinead O'Connor, Perry Farrell, Bob Weir, the Tom Tom Club, Phil Lesh, the B-52's, Steve Winwood, Buddy Guy, Ryan Adams, Huey Lewis, North Mississippi Allstars, Toots Hibbert, Solomon Burke, Dickey Betts, the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Disco Biscuits, the Del McCoury Band, Travis Tritt, Trey Anastasio, Mavis Staples, moe., and Dr. John.

Peter Shapiro, co-creator of The Jammys and co-chief of Ideal Entertainment, is the former owner and operator of the influential and respected downtown rock club the Wetlands Preserve. Shapiro is a celebrated filmmaker whos