Concert for the Coast Planned for Oil Spill Relief


Whether you want to help the ongoing cleanup efforts from the BP oil spill or you just like good music (or both), good news: the Hangout Festival, an Alabama concert series, has just announced all of this year’s profits will go to Gulf relief. For those of you in the Southeast this summer, it’s a great excuse to get to the beach, listen to live bands and help the environment.

The Hangout Festival has been re-dubbed the Concert for the Coast, and expanded to include New Orleans as well as an original Gulf Shores, Alabama, location. As the Gulf Oil disaster rages on with no relief in sight, musicians from the oil continues to spew out and drift in.

The Concert for the Coast, May 14-16, will now donate all profits to regional coastal cleanup and preservation, according to a dispatch from Adam Gardner, frontman for Guster and a founder of Reverb. The Gulf Shores concert will go on for two days as originally planned, with the addition of a one-day concert in downtown New Orleans on May 16.

New Orleans’ Jazz pioneers Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be on hand at both events.The NOLA stage also will include Lenny Kravitz and Ani DiFranco. The Gulf Shores stage will feature scores of green musicians including Ben Harper, The Roots, Michael Franti, Brett Dennen and Guster. The bill reads like a who’s-who of Planet Green Instrumental, in other words.

Organizers say the stages in Alabama are currently being constructed upon pristine beach, but the oil slick in the Gulf threatens to endanger the wildlife habitats and livelihoods of those that live in the region.

To learn more about the concert’s lineup and goals, check out Planet Green.

Editor’s note: Article by Jeff Kart. Originally published by our friends at Planet Green. Planet Green is an offshoot of Discovery that covers every aspect of green living, from tofu to tattoos. Be sure to visit them and say hi, and follow Planet Green on Twitter, too!


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