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The Roots, Ziggy Marley, Menudo To Honor Earth Day and Certain Green Plants

March 25, 2008 4:38 PM ET

Eight U.S. cities will host festivals on April 20th to honor Earth Day. The Green Apple Festival and Earth Day Network will stage the events, which will feature performances by the Roots, Gov't Mule, Mickey Hart's Mass Drums, Ziggy Marley and other jam-happy acts spread over the eight cities. Hmm, a bunch of jam bands playing ecologically friendly venues to hippie crowds on April 20th? Sounds like the concertgoers will be celebrating something other than Earth Day. It's not all thirty-minute guitar solos, however: Arrested Development and Menudo will headline the Miami show, while the Chicago event at the Lincoln Park Zoo boasts a special emcee appearance by Chicago Bears backup quarterback Kyle Orton. And don't even get us started on the prospect of Big Head Todd & the Monsters rocking NY's Central Park.

2008 Earth Day Network/Green Apple Festival Free Line-up

NEW YORK
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
Big Head Todd and the Monsters
Vusi Mahlasela
Vienna Teng

WASHINGTON, DC
The Roots & Friends
Gov't Mule
Toots and the Maytals
Thievery Corp - DJ set
Warren Haynes - solo acoustic set
Umphrey's McGee
DC Boys Choir
City Dance

CHICAGO
Derek Trucks Band
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Meshell Ndegeocello
Chicago Afrobeat Project
Miss Lori Holton Nash
The Gwalla Gwallas
Event MC- Kyle Orton - Chicago Bears

MIAMI
Menudo
Arrested Development
Baby Loves Salsa
Caravan of Thieves

DALLAS
Los Lonely Boys
Martin Sexton
Junior Brown
Cas Haley
The Steps
George Stanford

DENVER
The Neville Brothers
The Benevento/Russo Duo
Rose Hill Drive

SAN FRANCISCO
Mickey Hart's Mass Drums
Yonder Mountain String Band
Brett Dennen

LOS ANGELES
Taj Mahal
Ziggy Marley solo acoustic
Juliette and the Licks
School of Rock Hollywood Allstars
The Frequency
Coby Brown

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