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Going Green at the Hatch

EarthFest sustains a good time this weekend


What do green creatures, hordes of people (many unshaven), free organic chips and beverages, and ’90s one-hit wonder bands have in common?

They’re all a part of EarthFest 2009, Radio 92.9’s 16th annual concert and homage to the Earth and all things environmentally friendly. The festivities are this Saturday, May 30, at the Hatch Shell along the Charles River.

If you’ve never been to EarthFest or if you’ve never heard of it, now is the time to put on the tie-dyed T-shirt and venture forth. Walk along the Charles from the BU Beach and you can’t miss it: look for friendly people handing out free food samples and information about environmentally sustainable practices. Or take the Green Line to the Arlington T stop, walk through the Common, and head over Storrow Drive.

The music starts at noon with local band Red Summer Sun, followed by Shawn Mullins, Seven Mary Three, Lemonheads, and the headliner, Soul Asylum (their set starts at 4 p.m.). If you don’t recognize the bands’ names, don’t worry — you’ll recognize one or two of their songs.

EarthFest kicks off a spate of summer fairs, festivals, and free concerts in and around Boston. The weather is supposed to hold, so there’s no excuse not to start living up to your pledge to “see the city” this summer — with free food and music as added incentives.

EarthFest 2009 is from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 30, at the DCR Hatch Shell along the Charles River. More information is available here.

Caroline Bridges can be reached at cbridges86@gmail.com.


One Comment on Going Green at the Hatch

  • Anonymous on 05.31.2009 at 10:14 am

    What a joke. How is this a celebration of the earth? Wasting energy, parking cars on the esplanade, dumping and creating tons of garbage?
    Really…it comes off as disturbingly hypocritical.
    If this is how we celebrate the earth, I have little hope for the future.

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