Vertical Horizon, Cracker, Gentlemen Hall, Fastball and Camper Van Beethoven to Perform at 20th Anniversary of Radio 92.9 EarthFest in Boston

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Free Family Friendly Celebration of the Earth Takes Place on May 18, 2013 at DCR Hatch Memorial Shell in Boston.

2013 Radio 92.9 EarthFest

The annual Radio 92.9 EarthFest will return to DCR’s Hatch Memorial Shell in Boston on May 18, 2013 with a stellar line-up that includes Vertical Horizon, Cracker, Gentlemen Hall, Fastball and Camper Van Beethoven.

The 20th anniversary of Radio 92.9 EarthFest will be one of the best celebrations of the Earth across the country. Presented by Whole Foods Market, the family-friendly festival is the largest free radio station concert in the country, showcasing national and local music acts, environmentally friendly products and local non-profit environmental organizations. The event is held at the picturesque DCR Hatch Memorial Shell, along the Charles River in Boston.

Environmental responsibility starts at a young age. With this in mind, the Radio 92.9 EarthFest has created Kids’ Planet, an interactive area designed specifically for families. Kids’ Planet 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 will be announced shortly.

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.

“For 20 years, Radio 92.9 has worked with the Department of Conservation and Recreation to create a celebration of the Earth featuring a diversity of performers and activities for all ages,” said Ken West, program director at Radio 92.9. “Working with partners such as Whole Foods, Radio 92.9’s EarthFest has become Greater Boston’s kick-off event for the summer. We are looking forward to another fantastic event.”

For more than 20 years, Radio 92.9 EarthFest has offered festival goers an opportunity to learn how they can make an environmental difference. This year, the festival 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. Some of the highlights will include:

  •     The Whole Foods Pavilion - Nearly two dozen companies will sample earth-friendly products along with demonstrations and other interactive activities.
  •     Free Bike Valet offered by MassBike- Mass Bike will once again be onsite staffing a free bike-valet program, offering concertgoers an alternative to driving to the festival. MassBike continues to promote a bicycle-friendly environment and encourages bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation.
  •     Eco-Pavilion – Dozens of local environmental groups and agencies will be on-site to educate attendees on how to be green.
  •     Casella Zero-Sort Recycling Program -To minimize the environmental impact of the event, Casella Waste Systems will manage a comprehensive recycling program onsite.

In addition to the 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.

The Radio 92.9 EarthFest is produced in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR.) The Department of Conservation and Recreation is steward of one of the largest state parks systems in the country. Its 450,000 acres is made up of forests, parks, greenways, historic sites and landscapes, seashores, lakes, ponds, reservoirs and watersheds. The DCR’s Hatch Memorial Shell and surrounding Esplanade area is a renowned venue for free events and programs in the city of Boston.

Radio 92.9 is working closely with state law enforcement to ensure a safe environment for all festival attendees. New security measures have been put in place for this year’s Radio 92.9 EarthFest and concertgoers should allow extra time for entrance into the event. There will be no access to the event via the Fiedler Footbridge at the corner of Arlington St. and Beacon Street. In lieu of this, festival attendees can use the Charles Street Footbridge or the Dartmouth Street Footbridge. There will be no parking allowed on Storrow Drive. Backpacks and large bags will not be allowed into the festival and all bags will be subject to a discretionary search. Gates for the festival will open at 10 am. Festival attendees are encouraged to be vigilant and to report any incidents or suspicious activity to security staff on site at the event.

Because the Radio 92.9 EarthFest is expected to draw a crowd of more than 100,000 people, 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. Concertgoers can take the Green Line to Copley Square or take the Red Line to Charles Street / MGH. For more details, visit the MBTA website at

For more information about the 20th annual Radio 92.9 EarthFest, listen to Radio 92.9 FM or visit

About Radio 92.9
Radio 92.9/ WBOS-FM is owned by Greater Boston Radio, Inc., a subsidiary of Greater Media Inc., the parent company of 21 AM and FM radio stations in the Boston, Charlotte, Detroit, New Jersey and Philadelphia markets. Greater Media also owns a group of weekly newspapers in central New Jersey and several telecommunications towers located throughout the United States.

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