If beach cleanups and recycling drives sound like a yawn, perhaps you’re more suited for the 4th annual Earth Day Music Fest & Expo an event that aims to entertain as well as educate when it comes to celebrating Earth Day.
Earth Day Music Fest
- Where | Former Pavilion site, 100 9th Ave. North, Myrtle Beach
- When | 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday April 16
- How much | Free
- More info at http://edmf.wordpress.com
Kristi Falk, Executive Director of the Wellness Council of South Carolina, says the idea for the festival came from seeing the Live Earth event on TV.
“I just decided we needed to have something like this here in Myrtle Beach and so I met Derrick with Surfrider, Curtis with Compassion Music and made it happen.”
Since the inaugural event in 2008, the festival has grown each year with more than 50 vendors and 6,000 attendees to last year’s event at The Market Common’s Grand Park.
To accommodate this growth, organizers worked with the Oceanfront Merchants Association to move the event to the former Pavilion site, downtown between 8th and 9th avenues north.
“There is so much growth going on downtown with the St. Patrick’s Day Festival, Oktoberfest, and so many different things, we just felt like we wanted to get inolved,” said Falk.
Falk says, the new location makes it hard to gauge what turnout will be like, but judging by the number of inquiries she’s recieve, she expects another strong showing.
“People have been talking about it since last year and asking for info for months so I think the buzz is there and people are excited.”
Along with the new location, the event will also switch up its musical offerings a bit this year, having a headlining act for the first time. Holding down the spot will be Emerson Hart, lead singer of the 90s alternative band Tonic and an accomplished solo artist.
“We’ve been bringing out some great local and regional acts, but we’re hoping we might draw more out-of-towners from our headliner,” she said.
Other musical acts for the festival include up-and-coming folk singer Lyndsay Wojcik from Asheville, N.C., local acoustic act John Owen’s Journal, Grand Strand favorites Ten Toes Up, Charelston-based reggae act Ras Bonghi All-Stars, Wilmington’s Sai Collins and Soulrizon and feel-good Massachusetts native Jordan Loder.
In addition, there will be a beach cleanup with the local chapter of the Surfrider Foundation that morning, a kid zone, recycled art classes, a petting zoo featuring animal rescue organizations and a business expo showcasing eco-friendly businesses and groups.
“We do have a lot of health and wellness come in with that being our focus,” she said. “We also have a lot of non-profits.”
Falk says they always try to hold the event as close to Earth Day (April 22) as possible, but with Easter falling late this year, it was moved to the weekend before.
This shuffle may cause an interesting atmosphere surrounding the event as the 4th Annual Myrtle Beach Zombie Walk — a fundraiser where attendees dress and act like zombies to raise money for The Autism Advocate Foundation of Horry County — will also take place in the nearby Five Points area of downtown.
As to whether she expects to see some folks dressed like zombies at the Earth Day event, Falk says “It’s definitely a possibilty.”
But despite the likelihood of a few undead attendees, she thinks the event should be a lot of fun.
“It’s just lots of great music and a great chance to learn about the environmental issues.”