Radio 92.9 reveals line-up for 20th Annual EarthFest

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Radio 92.9 has revealed the lineup for the 20th annual EarthFest concert, which will return to DCR’s Hatch Memorial Shell in Boston on Saturday, May 18. The day-long event will feature hometown favorites Gentlemen Hall alongside 90’s favorites Vertical Horizon, Cracker, Fastball and Camper Van Beethoven.

Presented by Whole Foods Market, Radio 92.9 calls the free festival “a celebration for the Earth, showcasing national and local music acts, environmentally friendly products and local non-profit environmental organizations”. It is the largest free radio station concert in the country.

EarthFest will also feature an interactive family area called “Kids’ Planet”, which will feature a musical line-up specifically aimed at children under age 12 as well as environmental activities and educational displays. The Kids’ Planet line-up includes Josh and the Jamtones, Zumix, Super Cool Beans and Fiddlin’ Quinn and the Big Folks Band.

A local band, chosen through a battle of the bands competition, will open the concert on the Hatch Shell stage at 11:15 a.m. Performances on the Kid’s Planet stage begin at 10:00 a.m.

Along with all the music, the event 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.

Boston’s Gentlemen Hall, who recently won “Pop/Indie Artist of the Year!” at the New England Music Awards, are finishing their highly anticipated full-length album. The band have been garnering more and more buzz on the national stage thanks to their new single “Sail Into The Sun”, which has been used in prominent commercials by Target and Samsung.

Vertical Horizon and Fastball, who will tour together this summer as part of the “Summerland” tour, will bring a feel of 90’s nostalgia to Earthfest. Fronted by singer-guitarist Matt Scannell, Vertical Horizon’s last set of new material was 2009’s Burning The Days. Their mega hit “Everything You Want” made history as the most played single of 2000. Fastball rose to fame in 1998 courtesy of their smash single “The Way”. The Texas trio’s last studio album was 2009’s Little White Lies.

David Lowery will pull double-duty at Earthfest when he performs with both Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven. Cracker, who are best remembered for their 1993 hit “Low”, are reportedly working on a follow-up to their last studio release, 2009’s Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey. Camper Van Beethoven are touring in support of their brand new album, La Costa Perdida. Released in January, the band’s eighth studio effort features lead single “Northern California Girls”.

In addition to the music and environmental activities taking place at the festival, Radio 92.9 will be collecting donations for The One Fund Boston, an organization set up by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino to benefit the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

With an expected crowd of more than 100,000 people, Earthfest attendees are encouraged to take advantage of the free bike valet service offered by MassBike or use public transportation. The DCR Hatch Shell is accessible by MBTA (Green Line to Arlington Street or Red Line to Charles Street / MGH).

Last year’s EarthFest featured Switchfoot, Third Eye Blind, Spin Doctors, Eve 6 and locals Twin Berlin.

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