Trevor Hall loves to perform at Colorado concert venues, but this time he’s in town for a special Earth Day mission.
Thursday night, Hall headlines the University of Colorado’s EarthVibes 2010 concert at the Glenn Miller Ballroom. The debut environmental gathering also features reggae act Passafire and guest speakers. Plus, special Walt Disney exhibits and information booths will be featured on the UMC Terrace.
Who: EarthVibes 2010, featuring Trevor Hall and Passafire
When: 5 p.m. Thursday
Where: Glenn Miller Ballroom, University Memorial Center, CU campus, Boulder
“I jumped at the chance to be part of this event,” Hall said in a recent interview. “Obviously, the Earth is in a dilemma and we have to try to help it. I don’t know science or agriculture, but I can play music and support the cause.”
CU’s Program Council and campus environmental group Student Environmental Action Coalition worked together to initiate EarthVibes. Both groups feel this is a vital event for the campus.
In the 1980s and early ’90s, CU staged environmentally-minded Fun in the Nuclear Age concerts on campus. The event faded away, so Program Council Director Justin Greenstein hopes to revive the idea with an annual EarthVibes celebration.
“This event contributes to CU’s mission of sustainability and PC’s mission to bring affordable entertainment to the students,” Greenstein said. “We wanted to host an Earth Day event that tied in with what individual campus groups were doing.
“People may come for a concert, but they might get educated about the environment through the speakers and tables we’ll have set up. Our goal is to merge education and entertainment into one celebration of the Earth.”
The event starts at 5 p.m. on the UMC Terrace, the speakers begin at 6 p.m. in the Glenn Miller Ballroom and the music will go on until 10 p.m.
Disney has embraced EarthVibes 2010 and the entertainment company is hosting some unique exhibits on the UMC Terrace.
“Disney’s bringing in the ‘Pretty in Plastic’ exhibit,” Greenstein said. “It’s by artist Julie B., and her exhibit uses scale-size plastic turtles to illustrate the struggle in the oceans made by the use of plastic bottles.
“We’re hoping EarthVibes will raise awareness. We hope people walk away entertained, and with some information about what they can do to help the environment.”
Dan Bridge is the Student Environmental Action Coalition’s campus director and he’s thrilled to see his Earth Day dream come to life.
“SEAC has been at CU for 10 years and it’s a pretty active group,” Bridge said. “We do environmental sustainable awareness at CU and we’re on a mission to reach out to the student body.
“The green movement, recycling and zero waste — we help people get aware and help them realize the impact that each individual makes.”
Bridge is hoping CU makes EarthVibes an annual event.
“I had a vision of a CU Earth Day event ever since I was a freshman,” Bridge said. “I felt that CU should celebrate being the greenest school in the country.
“We’re going to be bringing in speakers like Boulder Mayor Susan Osborne, and let people learn about climate change and sustainability. Hopefully, if students come for the music and the speakers, they’ll get involved with the environmental center’s work and make a change.”
Hall can pack any venue in Boulder, but the rising artist decided to support the planet and play EarthVibes 2010.
The performer’s known for his collaborative work with Matisyahu and his own socially conscious songs.
“I’ve been taking some time off to write a new record,” Hall said. “Every record I make takes on a life of its own, and this time I’ve been influenced by world music. I’ve been into Indian music and all these African rhythms, and I’m going to try to bring that flavor to the record.
“My songs are also starting to pop up on the radio, and I’m really excited to play the Mile High Music Festival this summer.”
Hall’s emotive lyrics and humanitarian projects make him the perfect candidate to headline EarthVibes.
“We definitely need to change and fix things with the environment,” Hall said. “The Earth carries a vibration, and I’m hoping to give my musical vibration back in service to the Earth at this show.
“I live with some roommates and we have a compost pile and do some recycling. There are lots of things people can do — turn off the lights and use less water. If we all did something small, the change would be impressive.”
Passafire is signed to Pepper’s Law Records and the group’s building a national buzz.
“Our sound is based on dub-style reggae, a lot of progressive hard-rock and some folk-rock,” singer Ted Bowne said. “We steer away form the typical reggae cliches, talk about our own experiences in the songs and break new boundaries.”
Passafire is opening EarthVibes’ concert stage, and this reggae outfit is also concerned about the environment.
“I’m definitely an outdoorsy person and what we’re up against is so humbling,” Bowne said. “Wherever I am in the world, I can look at the mountains and the oceans and realize how much we can do together.
“It would be important to have Earth Day at all colleges and get the students involved.”