Bonnaroo Bands Who Give a F*%k: Our 2017 Green Artist Shortlist
Bonnaroo is just a few days away and the only thing better than beautiful music is beautiful music by musicians who care about our mother (earth that is!). In our green artist roundup, we’ve provided a handful of Bonnaroo bands who put their talent, influence and resources to good use in an active fight towards protecting our planet. Catch these sets this weekend at Bonnaroo and show some extra love for the bands who grace us with sonic showers while going the extra mile for the earth.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Red Hot Chilli Peppers (RHCP), is the first green artist on our list and has been active in the fight for several social, global and environmental causes since its inception. The band has performed on behalf of Al Gore for a Live Earth Concert to raise awareness of global warming and to raise funds to solve critical environmental issues.
RHCP is also known to weave environmental activism into their lyrics and performances. The group went great lengths to create a live album recording during the Pathway to Paris conference to raise money for climate change efforts. The live album recording spanned two days and brought together musical artists, writers, politicians and activists to help raise awareness and inspire action about the need for a rapid transition from fossil fuels. Catch them playing their heart out at Bonnaroo Saturday at 11:00PM on the “What Stage”.
U2 has not only been a badass music leader of the century, but done some major collaborations with artists, musicians, organizations and politicians to address some of the world’s biggest problems. U2’s commitment to carbon neutrality has gone so far that they have recently launched the largest environmentally responsible concert tour in history and stopping at Bonnaroo along the way. In conjunction with Live Nation and social marketing agency EFFECT, the U2 tour is mitigating its direct carbon footprint through a comprehensive reduction and offset strategy. Check out this green artist’s performance on Bonnaroo’s “What Stage” 11:00PM Friday.
If Glass Animals’ sultry smooth and nuanced sound isn’t enough to make you a superfan yet, the foursome also gives a shit about the planet and openly expresses concerns about climate change via Twitter and in interviews. Guitarist Drew MacFarlane even mentioned that if he was president, his first 100 days would be spent tackling climate change (swoon). Check out Glass Animals’ multi-layered sound 10:00PM Friday at the Bonnaroo Which Stage.
Portugal. The Man
“I’ve watched glaciers melt..For the last six Christmases I’ve been up in Alaska, there’s been no snow in Wasilla on Christmas Day. I just see dirt,” said Zach Carothers, Portugal. The Man’s bassist in a Miami New Times interview.
As Alaskan natives, the alternative rock band understands the impact of climate change firsthand and has worked to increase public awareness of environmental issues through performances, social media and creative lyrics. One such artistic masterpiece came to life in a collaboration with the Smithsonian National Zoo for an awareness campaign of the 400 endangered Sumatran tigers. Portugal. The Man created 400 copies of the Endangered Song, a custom made track pressed onto a disappearing vinyl that will degrade over time as the record is played. The copies were sent to 400 influential people with directions on how to digitize and share the song to keep the song alive with the message “Things go away if you don’t do anything.”
The band injects powerful and intentional messaging in their creative pursuits and the live show doesn’t disappoint. Catch their set at 12:45AM Saturday morning at “This Tent.”
GainesvilleScene is so excited to be a part of the Bonnaroo action and further the festival’s sustainability efforts with local non-profit, We Are Neutral. Be sure to stop by We Are Neutral’s Booth at Planet Roo to take action, just like these artists, and offset your footprint.