Rock the Earth
» Summer Tour 2007 a Monster Success
» Dam the Hetch Hetchy?!
» Rock the Earth Gathers the Vibes in Connecticut
» All Good Carpools Rock!
» Regional Volunteers Spread the Word for RtE
» In the Key of Green: Hang Up for the Planet!

» Nugs.net's Music for the Planet is a Hit!
» New Member Benefit: Get Behind the Mule!
» Iron Man Auction!
» Incubus Poster Auction
» Liz Berlin Rocks the Earth: Interview
» Rockin' the Earth on Summer Tour: Photo

Summer Tour 2007 a Monster Success

As we started the month of August, anticipation was high. RtE had just finished our first dates working with Music Matters's SMART (Sustainable Minded Artists Recording & Touring) campaign to green the Incubus tour, but we were also preparing to start our second summer tour with the legendary Allman Brothers Band. The Incubus tour proved to be one of our most successful to date, with dozens of fans signing up for membership in Rock the Earth over the course of our 4 night run. To top it off, the guys in the band were generous enough to donate their signatures to some RtE Summer Tour posters (one of which is up for auction to benefit RtE!). Special thanks to Wren and Maura at Music Matters and Greg of Make Yourself Foundation for their help and support.

It was then time to get back on the road with our friends, the Allman Brothers, who were bringing with them some other friends, like the North Mississippi Allstars, Bob Weir & Ratdog, Keller Williams and Robert Randolph! Once again, touring with the Brothers has been our most successful endeavor, with over a dozen new members joining each night and many generous donors as well! In fact, at the ABB concert in Camden, New Jersey, Rock the Earth grew by two dozen new members! Thanks again to the Brothers and their management for bringing us out again this summer, and more importantly, thank you to all of the fans who really care deeply about this planet and dig deep to support our efforts to defend it, one beat at a time!

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Dam the Hetch Hetchy?!

Hetch Hetchy Valley, in Yosemite National Park, is an area of remarkable natural beauty. One of only four glacially-carved valleys in California, it features granite bluffs, tall waterfalls and grand vistas. Since 1923, Tuolumne River has been impounded by O'Shaughnessy Dam, creating Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. This 1,900-acre lake in the middle of the National Park supplies San Francisco with over 85% of its drinking water, along with a modest amount of electrical power. The dam was built over the strenuous objections of legendary conservationist John Muir, and environmentalists have deplored its existence ever since.

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Rock the Earth Gathers the Vibes in Connecticut

The Gathering of the Vibes returned this year to Seaside Park in Bridgeport, CT for the first time since 2000. Promoter Ken Hays brought the Vibe Tribe home in triumphant fashion for music fans, Rock the Earth and the local community. The recently renovated seaside oasis provided a nearly perfect setting for the four-day music festival, which featured a host of top-drawing artists on two main stages. Daytime artists on the main stages included U-Melt, Tea Leaf Green, Zero, Dickey Betts, Keller Williams, Railroad Earth, Mickey Hart, Assembly of Dust, and Ryan Montbleau Band, among others. Dark Star Orchestra and friends brought the spirit of the Vibes home to CT on Thursday night with an evening-long Jerry Garcia tribute, and Friday night saw Bridgeport natives Jen Durkin and Deep Banana Blackout pay homage to James Brown. An estimated 25,000 packed the main field on Saturday night for Les Claypool and the Rat Brigade and Bob Weir and Ratdog. The long weekend concluded on Sunday with fantastic sets by The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Martin Sexton, The Wailers, Buddy Guy, and Los Lobos.

At the request of Rock the Earth and RtE advisory board member David Gans, GOTV graciously added a fourth stage this year to support and showcase the Non-Profit Village. Located strategically in the center of festival grounds, with a beautiful view of the ocean and an easy walk to camping and all the other stages, this year's NPO Village provided a wonderful waypoint for music, education, art, and activism. The Long Island Sound Stage anchored the village of a dozen plus NPOs with daily music from Juggling Suns, David Gans, Boris Garcia, and The Kind Buds. Collaboration was the mantra for the village with all artists sharing the stage with each other and bringing on other musical guests throughout the weekend, including members of U-Melt, Ryan Montbleau Band, Donna Jean, Fuzz and Carrie from Rolla, among others.

In addition to the wonderful music, Rock the Earth had a limited-edition poster printed to commemorate the weekend, and invited artists Brianne Diomede and Jonathon "Crazyredbeard" Blake to create live paintings throughout the weekend. The paintings were sold to benefit the charities in the NPO village. We received many positive comments and thanks regarding the NPO Village music and paintings. The number of people that visited Rock the Earth and the other NPOs this year was far greater than in years past. We hope that this great collaboration sets the standard for future Gathering of the Vibes and other music festivals for years to come.

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All Good Carpools Rock!

Thanks to all of you who decided to carpool to the annual All Good Festival in Masontown, WV this past month. Not only were you treated to some awesome music by bands such as Bob Weir & Ratdog, moe., Keller Williams, and Leftover Salmon, but you helped to make a donation to Rock the Earth. Thanks to the generosity of Tim Walther and Walther Productions, for every car that had 3 or more people, $1 was donated to four charities (including Rock the Earth). This month, we received a check for $1,000, representing 1,000 carpooling cars! Thanks for helping to Rock the Earth and reduce the environmental impact of All Good!

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Regional Volunteers Spread the Word for RtE

Are you interested in volunteering with Rock the Earth, but are concerned that you don't live near our national office? Well, Rock the Earth is truly a nationwide organization, with volunteer coordinators in every region. So, whether you live in Miami, Boston, Seattle, San Diego, or all points in between, there's an opportunity for you! Contact our Volunteer Coordinator for more information. As always, you can volunteer with Rock the Earth in a variety of manners:

  • Tabling events
  • Coordinating volunteers
  • Fundraising & membership drives
  • Legal & technical assistance
  • Assisting with data entry & mailings in our Denver office
  • Writing press releases

If you're interested in volunteering with us, please send an email to volunteer@RockTheEarth.org to find out how you can help Rock the Earth! Be sure to include your city and state so we know what region of the country you live in.

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In the Key of Green: Hang Up for the Planet!

Ah, cell phones. They're a wonderful way to stay in touch while you're on tour, but they're not always a welcome addition to a musical event. As cell phone technology changes and improves, old cell phones are often discarded. Where does your old phone go to die? Cell phone technology requires natural resources from mines, which can pollute groundwater. Used cell phones add to already packed landfills and can also leach contaminants into groundwater. Current estimates put the number of cell phones in the United States at more than 750 million. That's quite a bit of potential waste.

The Beastie Boys are providing free cell phone recycling on their current tour, helping fans save thousands of used phones from ending up in our landfills. If you're looking to get rid of a phone, but aren't fortunate enough to be catching the Beastie Boys on their latest tour, an organization called Collective Good provides a way for cell phone users to recycle their phones, with proceeds going to a nonprofit organization of their choice! What better way could there be to recycle your phone? For more information, visit www.collectivegood.com.

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Nugs.net's Music for the Planet is a Hit!

Music for the PlanetIn April, our friends at nugs.net released a double live Rock the Earth benefit CD entitled Music for the Planet. The double disc set, featuring live performances by Dave Matthews, Phish, the Grateful Dead, Jack Johnson and many others, was wildly successful with nearly 200 folks ordering the CDs, MP3s and/or FLAC downloads through the nugs website! (NOTE: this doesn't account for those 100+ folks who became members through the RtE website or at concerts and festivals, and took home this collectors' item). This month, RtE received a check from nugs.net in excess of $3,200. Nugs.net donated ALL proceeds from the production, distribution and purchase of these CDs and downloads to RtE! We are very grateful for the support and generosity that nugs.net has shown us.

It is not too late to pick yourself up a copy! Visit the RtE website and become a member or, for the downloads, visit nugs.net.

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New Member Benefit: Get Behind the Mule!

Now, for a limited time, Rock the Earth Members get 20% off all merchandise (excluding music) from Gov't Mule. Pick up that Mule Merch that you've been pining for and get ready for Mule's Fall “Mighty High” tour! For details on how to take advantage of this special RtE Members-only offer, write to info@rocktheearth.org.

As always, to sign up for Membership in Rock the Earth to take advantage of discount tickets, merchandise and fantastic savings on green products, go to the RtE website.

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Iron Man Auction!

Win a poster signed by the Prince of Darkness himself – OZZY OSBOURNE! In honor of our first tour with this legend of metal, we are proud to offer up a Rock the Earth Summer Tour 2007 poster, signed and numbered (195/250) by artist Ryan Kerrigan and also signed by Ozzy himself. This rare collectable is one of only 3 RtE posters signed by Ozzy. To bid on this item, go here!

Meanwhile, as if that wasn't enough, to close out our first Ozzfest tour and to thank you the fans, we're offering up a second signed Rock the Earth Summer Tour poster. This one is also signed and numbered (199/250) by artist Ryan Kerrigan, but it is also signed by members of the bands Behemoth and 3 Inches of Blood. Bid on this screaming deal before these two talented bands take over the world. To bid on this item, go here!

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Incubus Poster Auction

As we announced in the July issue of Rock the Earth Notes, thanks to the generosity of Music Matters, Rock the Earth collaborated with Incubus for the first time this month, by tabling several shows in the Midwest. While we were busy educating and activating the Incubus fans, the band was ripping it up on stage each night. To commemorate this new partnership, we have a Rock the Earth Summer Tour 2007 poster, signed and numbered (58/250) by artist Ryan Kerrigan and signed by all of the members of Incubus. Bid on this rare poster (one of only 3 RtE posters signed by Incubus) here.

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Liz Berlin Rocks the Earth: Interview

Rock the Earth caught up with the talented Liz Berlin, most well-known for her music with Island Def Jam's multi-platinum selling group, Rusted Root. Liz's creativity has made her a viable force in a number of projects, including being a part owner of Mr. Small's Funhouse Recording Studio and Theatre in Pittsburgh and Creative.Life.Support, a nonprofit offshoot of Mr. Smalls that aims to bring advanced technologies in media arts to the hands of aspiring artists, musicians, and creative professionals. Liz's music and side projects have led her to be an outspoken advocate for environmental issues.

What environmental issue(s) do you consider to be the most critical at this time?

There’s so much out there to be worried about and to try to help that it gets overwhelming to me. I have to hope that just as there are infinite problems in the world, there will also be infinite good-hearted people to care and work to make a difference where they can. And I am but one of them, so I have to do the best I can at protecting the parts of the earth that I personally touch.

What has inspired you to combine environmental activism with your music?

I write about what I feel in an effort to gain clarity and focus in my heart and life. My hope is that the people who are drawn to my music are able to use it as a tool to clarify and settle issues within their own lives.

Where is your favorite place in nature to go to find solace or inspiration?

When I’m on tour I always bring my little fold up bike and ride as much as I can through the different cities, people watching, exploring. This has been my sanity and solace through many years of road life.

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Rockin' the Earth on Summer Tour: Photo


New RtE members Randy MacCaffrie and Dave Dunsmore with RtE Summer Tour intern Melissa Plotkin at the Allman Brothers Band in Boston, MA (8/8/07).

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