, a California-based sustainable stage design company, is bringing solar power to this Sunday’s Earth Day Festival on Orleans Avenue along the banks of Bayou St. John at Orleans.
The stages, sound systems and lighting will generate its energy from solar technology, a gesture that will reinforce the theme of sustainability for the festival.
"Residents of New Orleans understand more than anyone the need for environmental protection," says Anne Rolfes of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, the group organizing the event. “We will celebrate the good work of New Orleans' environmental groups, learn about alternative energy and make the case for a strong green economy and reduced pollution here in Louisiana."
Along with great live music, the Louisiana Bucket Brigade has arranged for different events to take place throughout the day, including a bicycle tour of New Orleans’ greenest buildings, a Patron Party crawfish boil, and a series of lecturers at two different stages discussing local “green” issues. Craft vendors will also be selling creatively reused and recycled goods, and solar companies will be present to provide information on solar services.
The event is open and FREE to everyone. Plus, anyone bringing a reusable cup will get $1 off of all soft drinks and beer. Big Sam's Funky Nation is scheduled to perform, along with The Wild Mohicans, Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys, and Anders Osborne, Kirk Joseph and Friends. The green bike ride begins at 9 a.m., and the festival itself runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Photo: Sustainable Waves