Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day!

E Street Band's Little Steven spins into WROR today

Bruce Springsteen guitarist "Little" Steven Van Zandt will take over WROR 105.7FM;s studios as a guest DJ today from 3-4pm.

The legendary performer is in town performing with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at the TD Banknorth Garden as part of the "Working On A Dream" tour tonight and tomorrow.

Host of the nationally syndicated show, "Little Steven's Underground Garage," Little Steven can be heard on Sunday nights from 10pm-midnight on 105.7FM.

The Lemonheads headline WBOS' EarthFest concert

One of the first bands to be dubbed "pop-punk," Boston's own The Lemonheads will join Soul Asylum, Shawn Mullins and Seven Mary Three to headline the 16th annual Radio 92.9 EarthFest, noon-5 p.m. May 30th at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade in Boston, it was announced this morning. The annual free festival also will feature booths offering educational displays, exhibits and food sampling. Here's the press release from Radio 92.9 :

Soul Asylum, The Lemonheads, Seven Mary Three and Shawn Mullins to Play 16th Annual Radio 92.9 EarthFest on May 30, 2009

Free Festival will Feature Great Music, Family-Friendly Activities and Environmental Initiatives

Boston, MA , (April 22, 2009): Radio 92.9 has announced the 16th Annual EarthFest will be held on May 30th, 2009 from Noon to 5:00 pm at the Hatch Shell in Boston . The free festival will feature performances from Soul Asylum, The Lemonheads, Seven Mary Three and Shawn Mullins.

Presented by Whole Foods Market and free to the public, EarthFest will once again be a celebration for the Earth showcasing environmentally friendly products, groups, and activities. EarthFest will also feature an all-star musical line-up, an interactive family area and more. Produced in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the event is expected to draw more than 100,000.

“We are thrilled to help raise awareness of the environmental issues we all face and offer ways each individual can help,” said Ken West, Program Director at Radio 92.9. “It’s a great feeling that in these tough economic times, Radio 929 can once again provide a day of free entertainment to all -- a can’t miss event for music fans in New England.”

The 2009 Radio 92.9 EarthFest is committed to offering festival goers an opportunity to learn how they can make a difference and help save Planet Earth. The festival will feature exhibits and environmental displays, staffed by sponsors and non-profit environmental organizations from New England . Each exhibitor is committed to raising awareness and offering educational information about different environmental issues facing the planet.

Radio 92.9 is also working hard to ensure the event is carbon-neutral, creating little impact on the environment. A comprehensive recycling program will be put in place throughout the duration of the show and
Mass Bike will be onsite staffing a free bike-valet program, offering concertgoers an alternative to driving to the festival.

In addition to the musical per for mances on the main stage, the 2009 Radio 92.9 Earthfest will also feature Kids’ Planet – an expanded interactive family area. The perfect destination for families and kids of all ages, Kids’ Planet will feature a stage with a wide variety of musical acts and entertainment as well as environmental activities and educational displays. Activities in Kids’ Planet will begin at 10 a.m.

Musical per for mances on the main stage will begin at 12:00 noon. This year’s performers include:

· Soul Asylum, an American alternative rock band formed in Minneapolis in 1983. The group was an outgrowth of a previous band, Loud Fast Rules, formed in 1981. After being picked up by
Columbia Records, they released the double-platinum album Grave Dancers Union in 1992 featuring their Grammy Award-winning single "Runaway Train.” They also scored a platinum record with the album Let Your Dim Light Shine in 1998. In 2006, Soul Asylum founders Dave Pirner and Dan Murphy returned to rock’s front line with THE SILVER LINING, their first new studio release since Candy From a Stranger.

· The son of a Boston attorney and a fashion model, Evan Dando (vocals, guitar, drums) formed The Lemonheads with his high-school classmates in the early 90’s. After developing his signature blend of pop, punk, and country-rock on several independent records in the late '80s, Evan Dando moved The Lemonheads to Atlantic Records in 1990. Two years later, It's a Shame About Ray made the group into media sensations. The Lemonheads recently signed to Brooklyn, NY-based THE END RECORDS and will be releasing their long-awaited covers collection, VARSHONS in June 2009.

· Within the alternative world, Seven Mary Three has often been compared to the mainstream-sounding, garage/arena rock of post-Ten Pearl Jam, but the group insists that their refusal to alienate themselves from the rest of the world makes them different; instead, Seven Mary Three offers songs concerning self-discovery and true outsiders isolated from society. Based in Virginia , the group was signed to the Mammoth label after its first single, , was played on a Florida radio station and generated a huge response. Their debut album, American Standard, was released in 1995; Rock Crown followed in 1997, and a year later Seven Mary Three returned with their third LP, Orange Ave. In December 2008, they reissued Churn, the much-talked-about and long-out-of-print debut CD from 1994.

· Atlanta-based folksinger and songwriter Shawn Mullins was serving as a member of the U.S. Army Airborne Infantry Division when he released his first self-titled cassette on his own SM label in 1989. Following the release of 1991's Everchanging World, he left the military after eight years to pursue music on a full-time basis. After 1995's Jeff's Last Dance, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, live companion discs recorded jointly with Matthew Kahler, Mullins returned a year later with the solo Eggshells. Soul's Core, his first album for major label Columbia , followed in 1998, scoring a Top Ten hit with the single "Lullaby." The album eventually went platinum; paving the way for an anthology of his early work with 1999's The First Ten Years. The Essential Shawn Mullins collection arrived in 2003, followed by 9th Ward Pickin' Parlor for Vanguard Records in 2006 and Honeydew in March of 2009.

Radio 929 recommends festival goers ride their bikes or take the MBTA to the Hatch Shell. Take the Green Line to Arlington Street or take the Red Line to Charles Street / MGH. For more details, visit the MBTA website at

For additional in for mation on the 16th Annual Radio 92.9 EarthFest please visit

Radio 92.9/WBOS-FM is owned by Greater Boston Radio, Inc.,, a subsidiary of Greater Media Inc., the parent company of 23 AM and FM radio stations in the Boston , Charlotte , Detroit , New Jersey and Philadelphia markets. Greater Media also owns a group of weekly newspapers in central New Jersey and several telecommunications towers located throughout the United States .

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