Collective Soul, Gin Blossoms to headline EarthFest

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The 17th annual Radio 92.9 EarthFest will return to DCR’s Hatch Memorial Shell in Boston on May 22 with headliners Collective Soul and Gin Blossoms. The show, which is scheduled to take place from noon to 5 p.m., will aslo feature Crash Kings and Marcy Playground. Presented by Whole Foods Market, the free festival is a celebration for the Earth, showcasing national and local music acts, environmentally friendly products and local non-profit environmental organizations.

The festival will kick off with a set from one local band that will be determined through the “Boch Boston Bands” compeition. Bands can apply online, where fans will then select the top four bands to perform in a live battle for the right to open this year’s EarthFest.

EarthFest will also feature Kids’ Planet – an expanded interactive family area featuring a stage with a wide variety of musical acts and entertainment as well as environmental activities and educational displays.

The festival is expected to draw a crowd of more than 100,000 people an organizers have revealed extensive plans to keep the event environmentally friendly including ways to offset the nonrenewable fossil fuels used in the production of the event and offering bike-valets to give concertgoers an alternative to driving to the festival. Earthfest will feature exhibits and environmental displays, staffed by sponsors and non-profit environmental organizations from New England. Each exhibitor is focused on raising awareness and offering educational information about different environmental issues facing the planet.

Like last year, this year’s edition of EarthFest will be dominated by a lineup of 90’s rock favorites. Topping the bill is Collective Soul, who are touring in support of their eighth studio album, Loud & Proud, which was released last year. They will be joined by the Gin Blossoms, who last year released a live album, Live in Concert. Their most recent studio offering was 2006’s Major Lodge Victory. Marcy Playground, best known for their 1997 hit single “Sex and Candy”, released their fourth album, Leaving Wonderland…in a fit of rage, last summer.

Crash Kings are the lone new band on the bill. The trio formed in Los Angeles in 2006 and features Boston brothers Tony Belivea on vocals and keyboards, Mike Beliveau on bass.  The band’s self-titled debut album was released last May.

For more information on Radio 92.9’s EarthFest, go here.

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