The Wailers Headline Green Music Fest

June 24, 2010 10:47:14 AM PDT
The legendary reggae group The Wailers will headline the Green Music Fest this weekend in Chicago's West Town.

It's the second consecutive summer for the eco-friendly festival, located on Chicago Avenue between Ashland and Noble. The innovative green technology-themed event takes place Saturday, June 26 and Sunday, June 27, combining environmentally-friendly bands with all green vendors, local retailers, arts & crafts, and educational kid's activities. GMF will be produced in the most eco-friendly way possible by featuring biodegradable plastic cups, recycling options and biodiesel generators.

The Wailers will perform at GMF at 8pm on Saturday. Formed in Jamaica in the late 1960s, The Wailers www.wailers.com have become the most successful reggae band of all time, selling 250 million albums, and playing live to an estimated 24 million people worldwide. The Wailers' leader and musical director Aston "Familyman" Barrett is celebrating 40 years with the band. Familyman was the right-hand man of former band leader Bob Marley. He also played a large part in arranging Marley's songs and co-produced a number of the late icon's albums. Their appearance on Saturday in Chicago is the part of the band's worldwide tour, benefitting the United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) www.wfp.org and bringing their message of peace and "one love" to their audiences worldwide.

Green Music Fest Entertainment

MAIN STAGE

Saturday
The Wailers at 8 pm
The Aggrolites at 6:30 pm
Deals Gone Bad at 5pm
Furious Frank at 3:45 pm
T. Duggins and the Tossers at 2:30 pm

Sunday Cloud Cult at 8:45 pm
David Bazan (with band) at 7:15 pm
Maps and Atlases at 5:45 pm
Fang Island at 4:15 pm
Caroline Moore and the Goodnight Sleeps at 2:45 pm
Justin Moore (Ingram Hill) at 2 pm

ON THE DJ STAGE

Saturday
Klever from Atlanta
Zebo
Intel
Trew
Papa G
Full Breach Josh

Sunday
Proper Villains from New York City
Gant-Man
Demchuk
Disco Death Threats
Brad Owen
John Simmons

Green Family Fun Fest
Benefiting and organized by Columbia College Center for Community Art Partnerships (CCAP - www.columbia.edu/ccap), the Green Family Fun Fest will provide plenty of fun-filled children's activities throughout the weekend, including: recycled arts & crafts, DIY musical instruments, organic cooking demos/classes, clowning, face-painting, puppetry, drumming and dance demos, student performances and live children's music.

Eco-Friendly Vendor Village
With support from the City of Chicago's Center for Green Technology, the Eco-Friendly Vendor Village is where thousands of community members and businesses that care for the environment unite at GMF to discover new ways to go green. Here, green vendors will preview, demonstrate and/or sell everything from solar-powered techie devices to fresh organic food to unique products made from recycled materials to the HVAC Mobile Green Classroom - a touring trailer that provides information about the latest green technologies being used in mechanical service and construction. The Eco-Friendly Vendor Village is also home to some "non-green" vendors as well as GMF sponsors.

Transportation Options GMF organizers encourage patrons to use free bike parking. The location is also convenient to public CTA routes.

There is a $5 suggested donation for admission to GMF. Hours on Saturday and Sunday are noon to 10 pm. For more info, visit www.greenmusicfestchicago.com or call 312-850-9390.

GREEN MUSIC FEST
Noon to 10 pm
Saturday and Sunday
Chicago and Ashland, Chicago
Donation $5
312-850-9390
www.greenmusicfestchicago.com

LEGENDARY REGGAE BAND THE WAILERS CONTRIBUTE EXCLUSIVE NEW TRACK "A STEP FOR MANKIND" TO "SOLUTIONS FOR DREAMERS: SEASON 3"

All proceeds benefit United Nations' World Food Programme

Legendary reggae group The Wailers, are pleased to announce the inclusion of an exclusive new track, "A Step for Mankind," recorded in Jamaica specifically for Oniric Records' Solution for Dreamers: Season 3, and is set for release on July 1, 2010. The Wailers have been supporting the United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) efforts to eradicate hunger throughout the world, and they specifically focus on Ethiopia.

"A Step for Mankind," written by singer-songwriter Duane Stephenson, is a call for world unity and strength to support the ongoing struggle against world hunger. Stephenson, a songwriter renowned for his portrayal of love, culture and spirituality, is recognized for many incredible reggae songs, most notably for his work on Jah Cure's reggae anthem "True Reflections." The band is joined on the track by new lead singer Koolant, a fresh talent from the heart of St. Thomas known for blazing a positive future for reggae music with his work, which has already spawned hits such as "Rat Race." Graced by the Wailers' singular groove, "A Step for Mankind" is a small taste of more music forthcoming from the Wailers, who recently entered the studio in Jamaica to begin work on an album of all-new material. Duane will also be going out on the road performing on select dates with the band as well as helping spread the word about hunger in the world.

All proceeds will benefit the World Food Programme, the world's largest humanitarian organization fighting hunger worldwide. A United Nations institution, the WFP is committed to getting food where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. Each year, on average, WFP feeds more than 90 million people in 70 countries.

In honor of the WFP's noble cause, Oniric Records created Solutions for Dreamers: Season 3. The label, founded in 2005, is an independent company dedicated to the promotion of artists who advocate social and environmental change through their music. The "Solutions for Dreamers" series was created to raise awareness and funds for non-profit partners of Oniric Records, such as environmental group Heal the Ocean.

Formed in Jamaica in the late 1960s, The Wailers have gone on to become the most successful reggae band of all time, selling 250 million albums, and playing live to an estimated 24 million people worldwide. The Wailers' leader and musical director Aston "Familyman" Barrett helped forge the template for reggae with his booming, thunderous bass patterns. But more than just a bass player, Family Man was also the right-hand man of former band leader Bob Marley. He also played a large part in arranging Marley's songs and co-produced a number of the late icon's albums. The band continues their relentless touring schedule bringing their message of peace and "one love" to their audiences worldwide.

This year Familyman celebrates 40 years as a Wailer clearly embodying what Marley once said, "My music will go on forever. Maybe it's a fool say that, but when me know facts me can say facts. My music will go on forever."

Get your reggae groove on and catch one of these dates and help support the Wailers in their efforts to eradicate world hunger:

Wednesday, June 23 Grand Rapids, MI -The Intersection
Thursday, June 24 Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest
Friday, June 25 Apple Valley, MN - Weesner Amphitheater
Saturday, June 26 Chicago, IL - Green Music Fest
Sunday, June 27 Bloomington, IN - Bluebird
Wednesday, June 30 Council Bluffs, IA - Whiskey Road House, Horseshoe Casino
Thursday, July 1 Des Moines, IA - Simon Estes Amphitheater

For more information, visit: www.wfp.org, www.wailers.com or www.myspace.com/wailers. Follow the Wailers: Twitter: @wailers


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