Free Earthfest Concert this Saturday!

earthfest2008_logoFree is a word everyone seems to seek out these days.  And Radio 92.9 (formerly WBOS) has been kind enough to provide the good people of Boston with this free concert going on 16 years now.

Sponsored by Whole Foods Market (a personal favorite of mine – their free sample selection is phenomenal), the concert being held this Saturday May 30th, focuses on all things green with a special emphasis on community involvement.

This year’s show, held once again at the DCR Hatch Shell along the banks of the Charles River features performances by Soul Asylum, The Lemonheads, Shawn Mullins & Seven Mary Three.


A fifth local band will have the chance to open up for these national acts and you can help to decide who ends up on stage.  After live performances at Boston’s Revolution Rock Bar, the pool has been narrowed down to five.  Click here, enter your email address to log on, and view videos of all five bands before placing your vote.  Bands lined up for the job are Alan Cohen Experience, Red Summer Sun, Stay, The Honors, and Castine.

Away from the stage, there will booths galore with lots of freebies to pick up, contests to enter to win, environmentally friendly tricks and tips to learn and tons of food to eat.

A particularly family friendly event (though also a very well attended,  so keep a close eye on your young ones), Radio 92.9 has a special section set up dubbed Kids Planet. Kids Planet has special performance just for the kids, including Zumix, Sara Wheeler and Little Groove & Michael and Marissa.  Click here for more information on these performers and set times.

And, knowing that concerts can be messy affairs, recycling is a big part of the mission here, not just the message.  Radio 92.9 and Wholefoods are seeking volunteers to help their recycling partner keep the park clear by diverting cardboard boxes, cans, glasses and other recyclable materials into the proper receptacle.  Educating attendees along the way about how to continue these practices can help to go a long way.  If you are interested in volunteering, click here.

When planning your trip, remember parking for any Hatch Shell event can be near impossible, so public transportation is always best.  With the handy Arthur Fiedler footbridge to take you over Storrow Drive and onto the banks of the River Charles it easy to head out and have a beautiful and inexpensive spring afternoon.


Julie Salickram is a contributing writer/blogger for Follow her at

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