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Rock the Earth Newsletter May 2012

» Support Monument Protection for Colorado’s Browns Canyon
»Summer Tour Kicks Off
»RtE & AEG Live Rocky Mountains Announce Cell Phone Recycling Drive

» Rock the Earth 2012 Summer Tour Poster
» Key of Green: Recycle Your Computer!

» Some Rockin’ Earth Day Thanks
» Member Benefit: More Discount Tickets for RtE Members
» We WANT Your Old Cell Phones
» RtE May Auctions
» Help Wanted
» Volunteer Jam

Support Monument Protection for Colorado’s Browns Canyon

This month, Rock the Earth is proud to announce a new partnership with the Friends of Browns Canyon! Through the summer at concerts and festivals throughout Colorado, music fans can learn more about this amazing resource and sign up to add their voices for permanent monument protection for Browns Canyon (and register to win a free, 2-day, overnight rafting trip for two courtesy of Wilderness Aware Rafting).

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Summer Tour Kicks Off

For the ninth summer in a row, Rock the Earth will be out on the road taking our Education & Outreach Summer Tour to some of the biggest festivals and concerts in the U.S. The 2012 Tour kicks off Memorial Day weekend, at the Summer Camp Music Festival in Illinois. The event will feature some of our most talented music partners, including moe., Umphrey’s McGee, Jane’s Addiction, Pretty Lights, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and others. For the fourth year in a row, we will be leading a festival-wide mobile phone recycling campaign where folks donating phones can win some great prizes, including a private guitar lesson with Umphrey’s McGee’s Brendan Bayliss (or, as an alternative, a meet ‘n greet with all of Umphrey’s). We’ll also have the pleasure of presenting moe.’s Chuck Garvey in an intimate conversation and performance in the Soulshine Tent. 

The same weekend, our DC/Baltimore Regional team will be at Del Fest in Cumberland, Maryland. Headlined by our friend the legendary Del McCoury, the music lineup includes Yonder Mountain StringBand, Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers, Leftover Salmon, Greensky Bluegrass, and Railroad Earth, among others. Rock the Earth will again be leading a mobile phone recycling drive, so bring those old phones for a chance to win great prizes, including a Doublenest Hammock by ENO and signed DelFest posters.

As if that wasn’t enough for Memorial Day weekend, we’ll also have a team in Colorado Springs at Meadowgrass Music Festival, signing folks up to protect Browns Canyon! In only its fourth year, Meadowgrass is already starting to leave its mark on the Colorado music festival scene, featuring bands like Son Volt, Nathaniel Rateliff, Alela Diane, and Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks!

From the Midwest, our Touring Team will head to New York’s Mountain Jam, hosted by our friends Gov’t Mule and held in the picturesque Catskills Mountains. This year’s stellar lineup includes Steve Winwood, Tedeschi-Trucks Band, The Roots, The Word, and Dawes, along with a ton of other great bands. Once again, we’ll be holding an official cell phone recycling drive and giving away great prizes, including music from SCI Fidelity.

From the mountains of New York, our dedicated team heads south of the Mason-Dixon Line, with our annual Planet Roo Solar Stage festivities at Bonnaroo, where Rock the Earth will again hold a series of artist interviews, panel discussions and performances live on the Solar Stage each day. Moderated by Rock the Earth Executive Director Marc Ross, the theme of the panel discussions will be Social Change Through Music, and will explore the synergies between the artists that create music and music’s interconnectedness to the environment and the world around us.

Confirmed participants in the Social Change Through Music programming include Chad Stokes (Dispatch; State Radio), Ivan Neville, Dennis Casey & Bob Schmidt (Flogging Molly), SOJA, ALO, Blind Pilot, Katie Herzig, Rubblebucket, Hey Rosetta!, Honey Island Swamp Band, Red Baraat, The Deep Dark Woods, Bhakti, Charles Hambleton (The Big Fix), Ayn Pivonka (Gulf Restoration Network), Matt Wilhelm (Calling All Crows), and several more to be announced.

On top of our work on the Solar Stage, RtE will once again be hosting Green Screens Presented by Rock the Earth, an environmental award-winning film series, in the Cinema Tent. This year, we are thrilled to be screening the following films:  Sundance Winner Chasing Ice (Introduced by Director/Producer Jeff Orlowski who will also lead a post-film Q&A), The Big Fix(Introduced by Ivan Neville, with a post-film Q&A with Producer Charles Hambleton and Ayn Pivonka of Gulf Restoration Network); The Island President (Introduced by Bob Ferguson of Oxfam); Last Call at the Oasis (Introduced by a very special guest, with a post-film Q&A with Lindsay Guetschow of Participant Media and David Whiteside of the Tennessee Riverkeeper), and Re:Generation (Introduced by very special guests, with a post-film Q&A with Film Director Phillip Montgomery and Producer Matt DeRoss).

Following what promises to be another top-notch Bonnaroo with Radiohead, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish, Bon Iver, The Beach Boys, Dispatch, and many others, RtE’s Summer Tour will continue on down the road, working shows with The Dave Matthews Band, Bonnie Raitt, Barenaked Ladies, Cracker, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, My Morning Jacket, WILCO, Jason Mraz and more!

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RtE & AEG Live Rocky Mountains Announce Cell Phone Recycling Drive

On Earth Day 2012, Rock the Earth announced our partnership with AEG Live Rocky Mountains to collect and recycle old cell phones at every show at both the Ogden Theatre in Denver and the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado.

The general public can stop by the Guest Relations Lounge at the 1STBANK Center (located at 11450 Broomfield Lane in Broomfield, CO) or the Ogden Theatre Box Office (located at 935 E. Colfax Ave. in Denver, CO) during all events, to drop off old, unwanted phones and to be entered in a monthly contest to win tickets to a concert of the winners’ choice (subject to availability).

RtE Executive Director Marc Ross says, “We are very excited about expanding our partnership with AEG Live Rocky Mountains, and in particular, with the 1STBANK Center and Ogden Theatre. Their commitment to environmental protection and sustainability is commendable, making AEG Live Rocky Mountains leaders in the music industry.”

Rock the Earth and AEG Live Rocky Mountains decided to collaborate on a cell phone recycling drive given the extremely large number of out-of-use cell phones. There are an estimated 1.5 billion out-of-use-phones in the U.S. alone, yet less than 10% ever get recycled. The more phones recycled - the less toxic chemicals threatening America's most precious natural resource - our drinking water supply.

“I’m excited about this partnership with Rock the Earth at our Colorado venues as it continues AEG Live’s world-wide commitment to sustainability,” said Chuck Morris, CEO and President of AEG Live Rocky Mountains.

For a schedule of upcoming events at the 1STBANK Center, please visit their website,

For a schedule of upcoming events at the Ogden Theatre, please visit their website,


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Rock the Earth 2012 Summer Tour Poster

Speaking of new-member thank you gifts, 2012 marks Rock the Earth’s 9th annual Summer Education and Outreach Tour. To commemorate this summer’s tour, we are proud to unveil our beautiful new Summer Tour 2012 poster by artist Sarah Turner (Cricket Press). Sarah's work has been featured on posters for My Morning Jacket, Pearl Jam, The Decemberists, Yonder Mountain String Band, Dr. Dog, and many others. This fine, 3-color print measures 12"x18", and is silkscreened on 100% recycled-content 100lb paper. Signed by the artist and numbered out of a series of only 125, this poster is sure to be a classic for both the casual and serious concert poster collector. It is available now for a donation of $25 to Rock the Earth.

Also, we’re pleased to announce that we now have the very popular Cello Tree shirt designed by Susan Honig in BOTH men’s AND women’s cut, free with a $35 donation to Rock the Earth!


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Key of Green: Recycle Your Computer!

Most of us are aware with how to recycle everyday items like soda cans and newspapers. But not all of us are familiar with how to recycle or donate computers and other electronic products (eCycling). Considering that their manufacturing process is very fossil-fuel intensive and our landfills are already bulging, it’s no surprise that recycling computers provides a very high environmental benefit.

If the computer or any of its hardware is still functional, consider donating it to a school or charity. You may also choose to find a refurbisher that will repair it before passing it on to those who can use it. You can find a directory of refurbishers here:  Many electronics companies, including Best Buy, Hewlett Packard, and Dell, offer recycling programs that allow you to send your products back.

 You can find more information about eCycling and can locate reuse, recycling, and donation programs across the country at eCycling Central and at the Environmental Protection Agency’s eCycling pages.

Be sure to remove any trace of personal information from your computer before attempting any of the above steps!

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Some Rockin’ Earth Day Thanks

Rock the Earth’s 2012 Earth Day events and partners were bigger than ever. With community events in Denver, New York City, Larchmont (NY), Palo Alto (CA) and Chicago, and with both brick & mortar and internet business partners, Rock the Earth managed to make a measurable difference in our communities, celebrate the 42st anniversary of Earth Day, educate and inspire music lovers, and raise money to support our mission! Thanks to all who participated in celebrating and raising awareness this past Earth Day.

As noted in the April edition of Rock the Earth Notes
, in Denver we helped to expand the Kepner Urban community garden in collaboration with Revision International, in New York City we held a cleanup of Astoria Park, in Chicago we held a benefit concert with Old Shoe and Zmick, and Larchmont, NY, we held a children’s party at Groove Performing Arts.

Meanwhile, in conjunction with Earth Day and culminating with the end of the spring semester, students from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro collected nearly 800 cell phones as part of Rock the Earth’s cellular telephone recycling campaign!

We also want to thank our additional business partners who helped raise money for Rock the Earth this past Earth Day:  Palo Alto’s Calafia Café, Denver’s Herbs & Arts store and TAG restaurant, and on-line store Wear Your Music.  Finally, we’d like to thank Grassroots California who recently made a donation to the organization from a commemorative hat sold at Summer Camp 2011.

Thanks to the generous support of these donors and partners, over $6,000 was raised for Rock the Earth during this Earth Day season!


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Member Benefit: More Discount Tickets for RtE Members


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! Make sure 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.

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.

High Sierra Music Festival (July 5-8): Members save $25!
The very first festival that Rock the Earth ever partnered with was the High Sierra Music Festival in 2004, and there’s a reason for it: it ROCKS! This mid-sized festival is always jam-packed with great talent, awesome vendors and an unparalleled vibe. The 2012 version (July 5-8) will once again be held at the scenic and comfortable Plumas County Fairgrounds in the Sierra Mountains and will feature such great acts as Ben Harper, STS9, Railroad Earth, Galactic, Matisyahu, ALO, Paper Diamond, and many others. Rock the Earth is offering RtE Members 4-day ticket/camping passes for $160! RtE members should contact  to purchase.

(July 26-29): Members Save at least $40!
Set on the edge of the beautiful Shenandoah National Park, FloydFest features bluegrass and acoustic music, plus a healthy helping of fine roots music and more! Featuring Alison Krauss & Union Station, Jackson Browne, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Brandi Carlisle, Drive By Truckers, Leftover Salmon, Punch Brothers, Ozomatli, and others, you will be blown away by this hidden gem of a festival for its family vibe, amazing grounds and wonderful spirit. Rock the Earth is offering RtE Members 4-day ticket/camping passes for $135!  RtE Members should contact to purchase.

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We WANT Your Old Cell Phones

Now in its fourth year, the Rock the Earth music festival mobile phone recycling campaign kicks off on Memorial Day weekend at Summer Camp (Chillicothe, Illinois), Del Fest (Cumberland, Maryland), and Meadowgrass (Colorado Springs, Colorado), continuing over the next two weekends at Mountain Jam (Hunter, New York), Wakarusa (Ozark, Arkansas), and Bonnaroo (Manchester, Tennessee).

If you are not attending these festivals, All Good, Floyd Fest, and High Sierra and will also be hosting RtE phone drives this summer. As always, everyone who participates receives free goodies, such as a 20% discount from the LiveNation store (not good on concert tickets) and other items courtesy of RtE and the festivals.

In addition, each phone redeemed is worth one entry in a daily drawing for fantastic prizes like CDs, DVDs, t-shirts, free music downloads from, 2013 festival passes and more!!  You can also recycle your old cell phones online with RtE at What are you waiting for?

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RtE May Auctions

As is the case nearly every month, Rock the Earth is pleased to announce a new set of monthly auctions to benefit RtE. On top of our customary variety of rock memorabilia up for auction, we are very grateful to announce some very rare artist proofs of gig posters for Primus and The Black Keys, created by David Welker and Welker StudiosHURRY – the auctions close on Thursday, May 31, so go HERE to make your bids and help Rock the Earth.



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Help Wanted

Do you have some time on your hands to dedicate to a great nonprofit?  Rock the Earth is only able to accomplish all that we have since 2004 due to the dedication of generous, talented and passionate volunteers. We are currently looking for volunteers to assist with our Rock the Earth Notes Monthly Newsletter. In addition, 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 any of these positions, please write to

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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: Abigail Blust, Amanda Brown, Axel Tomac, Brandi Honeycutt, Brian Roberts, Colin Robinson, Gregg Pearlman, Jason Page, Jeff Eaton, Katie Long, John Sayers, Justin Trubee, Lauren Moody, Meghan Trubee, Nikki Ebright, Sue Wolff, Susan Honig, Kevin O'Donohue, George Jenkin , Justin Marinoff, Victoria Stellato, Gary Stellato, Amber Mecca, Ryan Liley, Eric Kornacki, Adam Kuperman, Viviana Zavala, and Lisa Shara.

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