|Friday, April 7, 2000||
Volume 65, Issue 128
||Music with a message
By Jesse Lauritz
Our Great Mother Earth. This past weekend 104 KRBE and Enron Corp. held the fourth annual Earth Day festival in celebration of Mother Earth in Buffalo Bayou Park.
This year is also the 30th anniversary of the first Earth Day. Originally called the First Environmental Teach-in, Earth Day was molded after the anti-Vietnam War teach-ins of the late 1960s.
Headliner for the Enron Earth Day festival, The Goo Goo Dolls was the crowd favorite. the band promoted their latest effort Dizzy Up the Girl.
On that first Earth Day, more than 20 million Americans participated in environmental rallies, demonstrations and other activities.
Gaylord Nelson, the Democratic senator of Wisconsin at the time, was the chief organizer of the event.
It was the first opportunity ever for people to join in a nationwide demonstration to send a message to the government -- to tell them to wake up and do something about what was happening.
Steve Harwell of the band Smash Mouth gave the most energizing performance of the event with his onstage antics.
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That was the origin of Earth Day.
This year Enron teamed up with more than 40 environmental groups to show the crowd how to preserve the environment.
The event raised money for the Houston Parks and Recreation Department and the Citizens' Environmental Coalition through a portion of the ticket sales. Last year the event yielded a check for $25,000 for each organization.
Although it looked like Mother Nature was going to try to interfere with the day's festivities, she held back long enough for everyone to enjoy the show.
The gates opened at 10 a.m., and the crowds began to pour through the entrance of Buffalo Bayou Park. As they went in, the people were treated to booth after booth of interesting information on environmental preservation.
The Environmental Protection Agency, the Houston Geological Society, the Galveston Bay Foundation, the Gulf Coast Turtle and Tortoise Society, and the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network were several of the organizations present.
In addition to the all of the booths, the Pro Staff Kids Zone and the Keebler Extreme Zone featured activities and games for all members of the family.
If that wasn't enough, six national recording artists were on hand to provide music to all 30,000 brave souls in attendance: Train, the Goo Goo Dolls, Smash Mouth, Dido, Vertical Horizon and Edwin McCain. performed the sets in timely fashion and the satisfaction of the crowd.
People walked through booths with information from different environmental groups where theycould get information on how to reduce waste and help the environment.
Edwin McCain opened the show with a short set at the exact same time it seemed the day was going to be ruined by rain.
Vertical Horizon followed Edwin McCain with an electrifying performance that included a lot of material from their latest album Everything You Want. Ed Toth and company got the crowd caught up in their set from the beginning and never stopped. From "Send it Up" to "We Are" and their smash single "Everything You Want," the hits just kept on piling up like unwanted papers on a messy desk.
The crowd brought various banners and displays to show off during the festival.
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Dido gave a different outlook to the overall performance. Playing it's hit single that appears on the sci-fi show Roswell, "Here With Me" soothed the audience's ears and the clouds in the sky.
Steve Harwell and Smash Mouth had the most lively set. Harwell threw free water to the thirsty crowd while providing their unique sound on a seemingly ominous day.
The Goo Goo Dolls and Train closed the perfect concert by jumping and waving to everyone in the proximity of the park.
The Goo Goo Dolls seemed to steal the entire event, playing every one of its hit singles, including the most-played song of 1998, "Iris."
"Slide," "Name," "Black Balloon" and their latest single "Broadway" kept the spirit of the day going.
Although Earth Day is only one day out of the year, that does not mean that we can only do things to help the environment on that day. There are 364 other days in the year (well, 365 others this year).
We have only one Earth, and taking action now will help preserve it
for many generations to come.