EarthBeats Festival Opens April 21 in Downtown Knoxville

Knoxville, Tenn. – World’s Fair Park Amphitheater will pulse to the rhythm of local bands April 21 at the EarthBeats Festival, a new event for Downtown Knoxville with an Earth Day theme.

The Saturday afternoon event features music from The Theorizt, Big Country’s Empty Bottle, Jodie Manross, and Smiley and the Lovedawg. Local comedy collective the Black Liver Society will emcee the event. Hours are 1 to 7 p.m.

The event is organized by Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM) and the University of Tennessee’s Students Promoting Environmental Action in Knoxville (SPEAK).

Other environmental and public interest groups will participate. Among them, the League of Women Voters of Knoxville/Knox County will register voters and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy will display an electric car.

Kimberly Mays, a Knoxville SOCM member, said, “The EarthBeats Festival will not only be a fun event featuring local bands of different genres, but it will also be an opportunity for people to get involved in local organizations working to improve our community. I’m excited for more people to learn about and get involved in the work of SOCM to bring more green jobs to Knoxville. We need good jobs in our community.”

The EarthBeats Festival serves as a finale for SPEAK’s Earth Week events. It also marks a beginning for SOCM’s new Knoxville Chapter.

Those attending the EarthBeats Festival can help build the Sustainable Knoxville Quilt. They’ll be given a square of fabric and asked to draw or write an answer to the question: “What does a sustainable Knoxville mean to you?” The squares will be put together to form a quilt, which will be presented to Mayor Madeline Rogero at SOCM’s Knoxville Chapter meeting on May 14.

The EarthBeats Festival is family and pet-friendly. The World’s Fair Amphitheater event is walking and biking distance from the UT campus and Downtown Knoxville. Free parking is located at the Locust Street parking garage.

Admission to the EarthBeats Festival is $5. All proceeds go to SOCM and SPEAK to further promote environmental justice work in Knoxville.

SOCM and SPEAK would like to thank the Central Business Improvement District, WUOT, WDVX, WUOT, Blank Newspaper, ARiES Energy, and Smoky Mountain Ziplines and Canopy Tours for their support.

SOCM and SPEAK Present the EarthBeats Festival

What: Concert promoting sustainability.

Who: Featuring The Theorizt, Big Country’s Empty Bottle, Jodie Manross, Smiley and the Lovedawg, and the Black Lung Society.

When: 1 – 7 p.m., Saturday, April 21.

Where: World’s Fair Park Amphitheater.

Admission: $5.

Info: Free parking at Locust St. garage. Children and pets welcome.

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