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Rock the Earth Newsletter April 2012

» Announcing the 2012 Planet Defenders
» Earth Day 2012:  Rockin’ in the USA
» Give An Earth Day Gift That Rocks the Earth

» Mimi Fishman Foundation Auction Reminder
» In the Key of Green: Keep Your Barbecue Clean

» Member Benefit: Discount Festival tickets available for Members Only!
» Volunteer Jam
» RtE Wants You! Social Network, Corporate Sponsorship, & Summer Tour Interns

Announcing the 2012 Planet Defenders

Thanks to thoughtful input from Rock the Earth members and friends, we present our 2012 Planet Defenders! The winners in the three categories are: 

Artist:  Willie Nelson
Community Leader:  Amory Lovins
Grassroots Activist:  Lynn Henning

“Since 2006, Rock the Earth has given the annual Planet Defenders Awards to inspirational defenders who uphold the ideals and environmental work and passion that our organization and members believe in,” said Marc Ross, Executive Director and founder of Rock the Earth. “We’d like to take Earth Day 2012 as an opportunity to highlight and honor the work of Willie, Amory and Lynn. Each is a committed environmentalist who truly embodies our mission of ‘Defending the Planet One Beat at a Time’.”

Read more about the winners here.

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Earth Day 2012:  Rockin’ in the USA

Rock the Earth’s eighth Earth Day celebration has, as we intended, turned into a month-long affair full of community action projects, local and Internet business partners, and nonprofits and festivals – all stepping up to help us celebrate.

In Denver, Rock the Earth is once again partnering with Revision International, a Denver-based nonprofit organization empowering local actions that lead to global sustainability. Revision’s purpose is to create a network of sustainability projectson a community level around the world. Each project is the initiative of the community – ignited through their work – and supported by a network of people striving to develop sustainable communities. In 2009 and 2011, Rock the Earth partnered with Revision to help build the Kepner Urban Farm, on the grounds of Kepner Middle School in Denver’s Westwood neighborhood. The Farm was created to grow fresh, healthy, organic produce for the school and the community, which is considered a “food desert,” lacking in easy-to-obtain local and organic vegetables and fruit. On April 21, Rock the Earth Volunteers will help to plant early season crops, prepare garden beds, and help to build a greenhouse, ensuring that this community will have much-needed local and organic vegetables throughout the year!

Where: The Kepner Urban Farm, 3 blocks west of Federal on Mississippi. Google Map here.
When: Saturday, April 21, 10am - 3pm  

Lunch and cold drinks will be provided. Please bring work gloves, sunscreen and a water bottle. If you bring your own tools, please make sure they are labeled with your name.    For more information, go to you plan to attend, please contact so that we can plan accordingly.

On Earth Day itself (Sunday, April 22; 1-5 PM), New York is the center of Rock the Earth activities. In New York City, Rock the Earth Volunteers will participate in an effort to clean up Astoria Park. Spreading over nearly 60 acres, Astoria Park, on the west shore of Queens, extends from south of the Triborough Bridge to north of the Hell Gate Bridge. With a panoramic view of the skyscrapers of midtown Manhattan in the south, to the Hell Gate channel in the north, the scenery presents the diverse landscape of New York City. The Hell Gate channel, formed by faults deep underground, contains some of the deepest water in New York Harbor. Its treacherous reefs bear picturesque names such as “Hen and Chickens,” “Pot Rock,” “Bread & Cheese” and “Bald-Headed Billy.” If you’re interested in helping us out and helping to honor the Earth in the process, please contact Susan Honig at

Meanwhile, also on April 22, just outside NYC in Larchmont (Westchester County), Groove Performing Arts will celebrate its 7th birthday and Earth Day with a party to benefit Rock the Earth.  Families will make maracas from found objects and recyclables, and make music with the Groove House Band: 10 a.m. musicians feature Gaby Gold (vocals), Brian Larkin (guitar) and Colleen Clark (drums); 3 p.m. musicians feature Gina Gonzalez (vocal), Max Johl (guitar) and Walt Stinson (double bass). 100% of all profits from the jams will be donated to Rock the Earth!


On Wednesday, April 25, at Martyrs’ in Chicago, Rock the Earth will be the beneficiary of a benefit concert by Old Shoe and Zmick. These up-‘n-comingChicago-based jambands are generously donating $1 from every ticket sold to support Rockthe Earth!  Enjoy good tunes and help defend the planet by seeing Old Shoe and Zmick!

Last but not least, we want to once again show appreciation for our business partners who have generously agreed to support Rock the Earth in honor of this 42st Anniversary of Earth Day. In Denver, for the sixth year in a row, Herbs and Arts will be donating 20% of their sales from Saturday, April 21, to Rock the Earth.


In addition, we’re very happy to announce a new Denver partner!  On Wednesday, April 25, Denver restaurant sensation and foodie-favorite TAG,, will be donating 20% of all profits from food sales to Rock the Earth! 

Also during the entire month of April, Calafia Café in Palo Alto, California will be donating a percentage of all of its sales to Rock the Earth!

Finally, throughout the month of April, our friends at Wear Your Music are running a month-long partnership with Rock the Earth. Use code RTE2012 at checkout for all items except Artist guitar string bracelets and get 5% off, plus, Wear Your Music will match YOUR 5% discount with another 5% as a donation to Rock The Earth!


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Give An Earth Day Gift That Rocks the Earth

As a small organization, we rely quite a bit on the generosity of our supporters – over 100 people donate over 10,000 hours of volunteer time to Rock the Earth each year; others are very generous financial contributors. As we gear up for our 9th Education and Outreach Tour, our organization needs a few key items to help further our work, including:  a new high-definition video recorder (and associated equipment), to capture our educational efforts in action, as well as those special moments with artists, for our planned growth in Rock the Earth videos. RtE also can use an iPad to provide us with another tool to educate music fans about our work and important environmental issues, as well as to efficiently process donations during our outreach tours.

Please consider this Earth Day as a time to donate to Rock the Earth!  If you want to put your dollars to use immediately, please consider purchasing one of these items on our Amazon Wish List. As always, your support is greatly appreciated and all donations are tax deductible.

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Mimi Fishman Foundation Auction Reminder

For the tenth time in eight years, the Mimi Fishman Foundation (MFF) is hosting an on-line auction to benefit Rock the Earth. Winning bidders can gain tremendous VIP festival concert experiences for Bonnaroo, Mountain Jam, Summer Camp, Wakarusa, Electric Forest, Outside Lands, Life is Good, All Good, and Floyd Fest, along with tickets for the Gathering of the Vibes (complete with signed posters and a backstage tour). In addition to these wonderful festival ticket opportunities, the MFF is also auctioning off a RARE Color-Variant Phish Print by David Welker and Welker Studios! HURRY – the auction closes on Monday, April 23, so go to to make your bids and help Rock the Earth!


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In the Key of Green: Keep Your Barbecue Clean

With the weather warming up and summer right around the corner, more and more of us are firing up the grill for a good ol’ fashioned barbecue. But how to keep the party clean and green?  Follow a few of these tips:

1)  An electric or gas grill will burn more efficiently and keep the air cleaner than charcoal, which releases all kinds of harmful pollutants and carcinogens. If you must use charcoal, use natural or additive-free charcoal that produces less toxins.

2)  Minimize your use of lighter fluid, which releases nasty petrochemicals into your food. A better alternative is a chimney starter.

3)  Clean your grill on a regular basis!  In addition to freeing it of chemicals, it gets rid of grease and food particles, which contribute to smoke. A great non-toxic way to do this is to use a paste made from water and baking soda.

4)  Keep your preheating time to a minimum, and don’t keep it on any longer than is absolutely necessary.

5)  Pick a grill designed to last, and not one any bigger than you need … it will needlessly use up energy.

6)  Avoid disposable cups, plates and utensils.

7)  The more organic the menu, the better!

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Member Benefit: Discount Festival tickets available for Members Only!

Thanks to our generous festival supporters, once again, if you’re a Rock the Earth Member, you can take advantage of some incredible savings on tickets!  So, make sure that your membership is up to date and then HURRY, as supplies for these discounted tickets are very limited!  All tickets are non-transferable; one discounted ticket per RtE Membership.

Summer Camp Music Festival (May 25-27) – Members Save at least $45!

Summer Camp is a 3-day music festival held Memorial Day Weekend at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Illinois. Started in 2001, over the years the festival has grown from 15 bands on 2 stages over 2 days, to over 60 bands on 5 stages over 3 days. This year’s lineup includes 3 full performances by moe. and Umphrey’s McGee, plus Jane’s Addiction, Pretty Lights, Primus, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Common, Cornmeal, Weir/Robinson/Greene Acoustic Trio, and many others. We are happy to be able to offer 3-day ticket/camping passes for $150 exclusively to RtE members. RtE Members should contact or call our office at 303-454-3304 to purchase. 

DelFest (May 24-27) – Members Save at least $35!

DelFest, a 4-day, Memorial Day Weekend Festival in the Cumberland Mountains of Maryland, is an eclectic family festival. Heavy on the Americana roots music, DelFest and the Del McCoury Band play host to nearly three dozen bands including Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers, Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth, Sam Bush Band, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Leftover Salmon, Greensky Bluegrass, and others. Thanks to this generous festival, we are able to offer our members 4-day/camping passes for $120. RtE Members should contact to purchase.

Mountain Jam (May 31-June 3) – $140 4-Day Festival & Camping Passes

The seventh annual edition of the Mountain Jam Festival at Hunter Mountain in upstate New York is looking to be a great time!  Featuring performances by Gov’t Mule, along with Steve Winwood, Tedeschi-Trucks Band, The Roots, Ben Folds Five, The Word, Dawes, and many others, Mountain Jam will once again be one for the ages! We are happy to offer RtE members a 4-day ticket/camping pass for $140 (plus processing fees)!  RtE Members should contact to purchase.

Wakarusa (May 31-June 3) – Members Save at least $40!

On scenic Mulberry Mountain in the Arkansas Ozark Mountains, Wakarusa 2012 offers something for everyone. Headlined by Pretty Lights, The Avett Brothers, and Primus, and joined by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Girl Talk, Slightly Stoopid, and many others, you know it’s gonna be a hot time on Mulberry Mountain!  Rock the Earth is offering RtE members a 4-day ticket (camping not included) for $139! RtE Members should contact to purchase.

In addition, Rock the Earth has discount passes for RtE Members-only to FloydFest and High Sierra Music Festival. If you’re interested in these tickets, contact us at


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Volunteer Jam

Volunteer Jam provides an outlet to thank non-staff volunteers and supporters who have rocked it big time during the past month, and who have gone above and beyond in generous support of the Rock the Earth cause.

We want to sincerely thank each of you for giving so generously of your time, and applaud you for your contributions: Allison Albert, Abigail Blust, Amanda Brown, Rob Hillard, Sean Kennedy, Allison Kruk, Kevin O'Donohue, Colin Robinson, Robert Skorge, Axel Tomac, Nikki Ebright, Kalman Sweetwine, Gregg Pearlman and Greg Winton.

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RtE Wants You! Social Network, Corporate Sponsorship, & Summer Tour Interns

Do you have some time on your hands and want to help Rock the Earth?! Well, we’re now accepting applications for a Social Network Intern to head up all of our Social Networking needs. You must have extensive experience with Facebook, Twitter and some experience with Pininterest to apply. We’re also seeking out volunteers to assist with Corporate Sponsorships (you should have previous experience obtaining sponsorships). Finally, we are also currently interviewing for our annual Summer Tour Interns. If interested in these positions, please write to

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