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Monday, May 15, 2006

Music and environmental awareness top ‘Earth Day Jam’

BOARDWALK, SUBIC BAY – Dimitri Productions, the group behind the annual Earth Day festivities, has combined once more live music and environmental issues to the forefront to reach a wider and younger market. Knowing that people may find it plain and boring to see crusaders preach about what causing nature to deteriorate, Dimitri’s "Earth Day Jam 2006" made the whole affair audio-visually entertaining.

Several environmental video clips were inserted in the opening and almost in between band sets for both "Earth Day Jam" activities held on April 21 in Cubao and on April 29 in Subic Bay. There were alterations in the artist line up and guests from the government sector who basically spoke about the simple ways of caring for mother nature. Radioactive Sago Project, Akafellas, Lou Bonnevie, Pinikpikan, Paolo Santos, Session Road, 6Cyclemind, and Brownman Revival comprised the April 29 set.

Radioactive Sago Poject made a stirring opening, that one man from the audience couldn’t help himself that he scaled the high stage and danced! Vocalist Lourd de Veyra just named the guy "Mang George" and ignored him most of the time. A younger guy also went on stage at the latter part and Lourd called him "Anak ni Mang George." The crowd, maybe thinking it was all part of the show, just had a good time with the strange showmen. Lourd announced that his band is set to release its new album in two months.

Right after Radioactive, hosts Shannen Torres and Lou Bonnevie called a local DENR representative who talked about proper waste segregation. The young crowd looked interested and was absorbing all the details. Basically, the Subic Bay area and Olongapo are already aware of the importance of cleanliness and preserving nature. They are disciplined as opposed to the urban city dwellers.

The all-voice, no-instrument group Akafellas followed as the second set. Video snippets were again flashed on giant white screens, this time it’s the celebrities who were giving words of wisdom and greeting people "happy earth day." The global celebration actually falls on April 22, with 168 countries participating, according to Lou, who is also part of Dimitri.

Other coinciding activities in the Subic Bay event were the skateboard exhibition and the body painting contest prior to the concert. Three Ms. Philippines Earth young ladies gamely jammed on stage with Lou and co-host Karel Marquez of MYX in the middle of the show. They were also shown in one footage assisting in some environmental chores with the local folks.

More residents and visitors flocked the free concert at the Boardwalk close to midnight at the height of the set of Pinikpikan, soloist Paolo Santos, Session Road, and 6Cyclemind.

Brownman Revival, the closing act, left the troopers wide awake even it was then almost 2 a.m. All helplessly swayed in the sand to the reggae beat, which was perfect for the shore setting. Lou jammed with the boys at the finalè song, Bob Marley’s "Jammin,’" with some members of Pinikpikan and Session Road doing the percussions.

The two "Earth Day Jam 2006" events were made possible in cooperation with local government units, Quezon City and Subic Bay, and the Department of Tourism. The Subic concert was sponsored by SBMA administrator Armand Arreza in association with Earthday Network.

By JHI D. GOPEZ, Manila Bulletin


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