The first Earth Day in 1970 sent a message to national decision-makers that Americans care deeply about the environment. Now, a coalition of the leading national environmental groups and Campaigns For the Environment join together with many of America's favorite musical artists to send a message to Congress: Americans want more environmental protection, not less.
What: Benefit Concert for Earth Day
When: Tonight at 6
Who: Toad the Wet Sprocket, Darius Rucker (of Hootie and the Blowfish), Collective Soul, Natalie Merchant and They Might Be Giants
Where: Merriweather Post Pavilion
Tickets: $25 for center-section seating, $19 for lawn seating; available at Record & Tape Traders as well as by phone through PRO TIX
Call: (410) 581-0110 for tickets, (410) 730-2424 for information
What: 25th Anniversary National Earth Day Rally
When: Saturday, noon-6 p.m.
Who: Boyz II Men, Kathy Mattea, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Darius Rucker, Sawyer Brown, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Branford Marsalis, Natalie Merchant, the Mavericks, Bruce Hornsby, Brownstone, Shawn Colvin, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and LeVar Burton
Where: The National Mall, 3rd Street N.W.
Call: (202) 244-8333
In addition to musical performances, the multi-media rally on the Washington Mall in front of the Capitol will feature speeches by the nation's pre-eminent environmental leaders, including Gaylord Nelson, former Wisconsin senator and governor, who conceived the first Earth Day in 1970.