SOURCE: Rock the Earth

Rock the Earth

June 01, 2012 16:09 ET

Rock the Earth to Play Key Eco-Role at the 11th Annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

RtE Hosts Bonnaroo Solar Stage Artist Performances & Interviews, Presents "Green Screens" Films, Plus Leads Festival Mobile Phone Recycling Drive

DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - Jun 1, 2012) - Rock the Earth, a national not-for-profit environmental organization that partners with the music industry, announced today, for the eighth year in a row, its participation in the largest music festival in the United States -- the 11th Annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., June 7-10.

Rock the Earth will hold a series of artist interviews and performances live on Bonnaroo's Planet Roo Solar Stage, as well as present a series of environmental films at the festival. To coincide with its environmental programming, together Rock the Earth and Bonnaroo are conducting a cell phone recycling campaign that will reward those participants who recycle their old and unused mobile phones with free goodies and entry into the daily drawing for prizes.

Moderated by Rock the Earth's founder and Executive Director, Marc Ross, the theme of this year's performances and discussions on the Planet Roo Solar Stage will be "Social Change Through Music." Attendees will learn what inspires musicians to be activists, and it will explore the synergies between the artists that create music and music's interconnectedness to the environment and world.

The "Social Change Through Music" interviews and performance participants include: Chad Stokes (Dispatch; State Radio); Ivan Neville, Dennis Casey & Bob Schmidt (Flogging Molly); SOJA; ALO; Blind Pilot; Infamous Stringdusters; Katie Herzig; Rubblebucket; Hey Rosetta!; Honey Island Swamp Band; Stooges Brass Band; Red Baraat; The Deep Dark Woods; Bhakti; Charles Hambleton (The Big Fix); Ayn Pivonka (Gulf Restoration Network); Matt Wilhelm (Calling All Crows); and several more to be announced.

In addition, Rock the Earth will again host "Green Screens Presented by Rock the Earth," an award-winning environmental film series that will take place in the Cinema Tent, featuring Q&As moderated by Deb Shufelt. The following films will be featured:

  • Sundance Winner "Chasing Ice" introduced by Director/Producer Jeff Orlowski who will also lead a post-film Q&A;
  • "The Big Fix" introduced by Ivan Neville, with a post-film Q&A with Producer Charles Hambleton and Ayn Pivonka of Gulf Restoration Network;
  • "The Island President" introduced by Bob Ferguson of Oxfam and the film's soundtrack features Radiohead who will be performing at the festival;
  • "Last Call at the Oasis" introduced by a special guest, with a post-film Q&A with Lindsay Guetschow of the film's distribution company, Participant Media, and David Whiteside of the Tennessee Riverkeeper;
  • "#ReGENERATION" introduced by special guests, with a post-film Q&A with Film Director Phillip Montgomery and Producer Matt DeRoss;
  • "Approaching Zero: Bonnaroo's Evolving Sustainability Program" a short film by Ashley Hillis.

For a complete music schedule and Cinema Tent line up, please visit Bonnaroo's home page and Bonnaroo Cinema 2012.

Mobile Phone Recycling Campaign, Win a Pair of 2013 Bonnaroo Tickets
Now in its fourth year, the Rock the Earth's 2012 mobile phone recycling campaign kicked off on Memorial Day weekend at Summer Camp in Chillicothe, Ill., Del Fest in Cumberland, Md., and MeadowGrass in Colorado Springs, Colo., and will continue over the next two weekends at Mountain Jam in Hunter, NY, Wakarusa in Ozark, Ark., and Bonnaroo.

If you are not attending these festivals, All Good, Floyd Fest and High Sierra will also be hosting Rock the Earth phone drives this summer. Everyone who participates receives free goodies, such as a 20 percent discount from the LiveNation Store (not good on concert tickets) and other items courtesy of Rock the Earth and the festivals.

In addition, each phone redeemed is worth one entry in a daily drawing for fantastic prizes, such as CDs, DVDs, t-shirts, free music downloads from Live Downloads, 2013 festival passes and more. You may also recycle your old cell phones online with Rock the Earth at

Useful Links
Rock the Earth
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
Mobile Recycling Campaign

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About Rock the Earth
Rock the Earth is a national 501(c) (3) public interest, not-for-profit environmental advocacy organization dedicated to protecting and defending America's natural resources. We act as advocates to ensure the existence of a sustainable and healthy environment for all and represent those individuals and communities whose environment whose natural surroundings are directly and adversely affected by others. Thanks to generosity and support of a network of music industry partners and the world wide environmental community, we are able to carry out grassroots organizing, education, and legal action to mobilize public support and empower social change. Please visit for more information.

Contact Information

  • Marc Ross
    Executive Director
    Rock the Earth
    (303) 454-3304
    (412) 953-6280
    Email Contact

    Deb Shufelt
    PR and Communications Chair
    Rock the Earth
    (303) 454-3304
    (646) 398-0268
    Email Contact