Earth Day Texas is a free weekend festival featuring environmentally focused events, programs, businesses and organizations. The festival, April 26-27 at Fair Park, also promotes local talent — an eco-friendly way to enjoy live music.
Because touring can cost millions of dollars and leave a large carbon footprint, the less an artist has to travel, the better for the environment. To that end, Earth Day Texas is excited to announce the headliner for the event is the The Polyphonic Spree. Additional performances will take place by up-and-coming young musicians.
“There’s just something special about The Polyphonic Spree that makes you want to get up, dance and celebrate,” says Michael Cain, executive director of EDTx.
The Polyphonic Spree, the Dallas-based 21-member choral and symphonic pop band, has gained an international reputation for high-spirited performances, and local fans look forward to the group’s Holiday Extravaganza in Dallas each year.
“There’s just something special about The Polyphonic Spree, something that makes you want to get up, dance and celebrate the world around you. And that’s exactly the experience we hope to bring people at this year’s event,” says Michael Cain, executive director of EDTx.
Wearing their trademark choir robes, the band will make its last 2014 U.S. appearance at Earth Day Texas before beginning its UK tour in June. (If you’ve missed any of The Polyphonic Spree’s recent music, the group released an album last year titled Yes, It’s True.) Free wristbands for The Polyphonic Spree concert will be available Saturday and Sunday, 10 am-5 pm, in the Earth Day Texas indoor information booths at Fair Park.
There are a limited number of seats, so pick up your wristbands early. The concert will begin at 6 pm on Sunday, April 27, with opening act Howler Jr., a local band made up of Booker T. Washington graduates.
Earth Day Texas will also feature performances of musicians between the ages of 13 and 19 in the inaugural Earth Day Texas Rising Stars Music Competition and Talent Showcase.
“Music and education are extremely important to EDTx,” Cain says. “The EDTx Rising Stars Music Showcase is a great way to celebrate young talent and show event attendees that no matter how young you are, you can make a difference in this world.”
Attendees can also enjoy performances by Broadway Bound, a program offered by Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts. This troupe of young actors and singers travels around Dallas-Fort Worth and performs hits from both current and classic Broadway shows.
Earth Day Texas 2014 and the organization’s ongoing community outreach efforts are possible thanks to the support of its 2014 partners, including BMW of America, NBC 5, Home Depot, Samsung, DART, Radio Disney, Sewell Automotive Companies and U.S. Trust.
All ages are welcome to join Earth Day Texas. Admission is free, and you can even take DART’s Green Line to the Fair Park stop.