Rockford Earth Day benefit concert

Rockford musicians celebrate Earth Day, Pete Seeger with benefit concert April 22

ROCKFORD IL - On the first Earth Day in 1970 celebrations took place in two thousand colleges and universities, an estimated ten thousand elementary and high schools and hundreds of other communities across the United States. And according to the Earth Day Network, Earth Day is now celebrated in more than 193 countries and is “the largest secular holiday in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people.”

Copy-of-JG-logoOn Sunday, April 22 the Rockford Listening Room presents an Earth Day Benefit Concert at Just Goods Fair Trade Marketplace, 201 7th Street. The music begins at 7:00 pm.

“We have a need to support the Rockford Listening Room,” said Ron Holm of Loves Park, who is also music director for the Rockford Listening Room. “We present a Friday concert series year-round and our event will pay for the licensing fees so music can continue to happen in Rockford.”

“Earth Day has become synonymous with the music of Pete Seeger,” he said. “We want Rockford to have the chance to celebrate both Earth Day and the community-minded spirit of Pete.”

Seeger, the iconic songwriter, recording artist, author and environmental activist was born May 3, 1919 and passed away in 2014 at the age of 94. The concert will feature performances by Rockford’s own Emily Hurd, Trinadora, Mark Dvorak of Chicago, Merv Collins & the Strum Brothers, Denny Diamond, Last Acre and Chip Messiner.

Admission to the concert is free but listeners are encouraged to make a free-will offering to Just Goods, a non-profit organization.

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