Monday, April 9, 2001 Volume 66, Issue 128



Enron, 104 KRBE team up with today's hottest pop acts for Earth Day Festival

By Jake McKim
Daily Cougar Staff

Thousands of sun-soaked kids and adults swarmed Eleanor Tinsley Park on Saturday for the fifth annual 104 KRBE/Enron Earth Day Festival.

Those who shelled out $20 for admission were treated to jugglers, face painting, moonwalks for the kids, all fattening foods known to humankind and environmentally friendly booths designed to educate people on how to conserve nature.

The food was overpriced, the booze was flowing and most of those who decided to wear little clothing made the wrong decision. But what the festival had going for it was something organizers couldn't control -- the weather.

The festival is perfectly placed in the spring, when people are tired of hauling around those pesky jackets and -- as was evident by the skimpiness of some of the female attendees' wardrobes -- are ready to display their bodies.

Wyclef Jean, formerly of successful hip-hop act, the Fugees, lends his considerable talents to the Fifth Annual Enron Earth Day Festival.

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Yes, it was a tad hot, but ingenious attractions like The Rain Room (where it literally rained cool water) kept folks happy. 

But what most in attendance came to see was the diverse lineup of musical acts that have graced this event's stage year after year. The 2001 version featured A Touch of Class and soulDecision along with popular rock acts Collective Soul and Vertical Horizon. 

On the r&b side, Mya made an appearance, and for hip-hop fans, the multi-talented Wyclef Jean made a cameo.

It was an odd, almost surreal experience to see the same youngsters who bobbed their heads to Collective Soul and soulDecision jump around to Wyclef's always energetic stage antics. It was a perfect example of what pop music is today -- a jumbled mess where hardcore rappers and cheesy-lyric rock/pop acts are likely to be heard on the same radio station back-to-back.

SoulDecision, ATC, and Collective Soul kept the crowd interested, but it was Wyclef who seemed to make the most notable appearance of the day.

Wyclef is a relatively impressive artist in the studio, but when he gets on stage, be prepared for a wild set. Stepping on stage just after 2:45 p.m., the Haitian-born Wyclef switched effortlessly between Latin-tinged songs, rock 'n' roll ditties and hotter-than-Houston-in-the-summer hip-hop joints.

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This lucky fan got to "crowd surf" and listen to music while learning more about the environment at the Fifth Annual Enron Earth Day.

The crowd didn't seem to expect much from the soloist (who is also a member of the Fugees, along with Lauryn Hill and Pras) but it certainly was treated to a much-needed dose of onstage theatrics and talent.

It's really a shame that Jean didn't headline because he exposed the weaknesses of the two acts that followed him, Mya and Vertical Horizon. After a drawn-out, 45-minute delay in which the crowd was forced to endure stalling from terribly unfunny KRBE disc jockeys Sam Malone, Maria Todd and Adam Smasher, Mya hit the stage around 4:45 p.m. 

The up-and-coming starlet has had hit after hit on the radio and television, but when it comes to singing live, Mya makes Jennifer Lopez sound like Lucianno Pavarotti. 

Vertical Horizon concluded the festivities by ripping through hits from its four highly successful albums, concluding a full day of music. 

KRBE and Enron need to invest in more high-profile acts next year if they plan to top themselves, but as far as 2001 goes, the sunburned revelers appeared to head home happy.

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