Friday, May 8, 2009

Coming Up - Rogue Wave

Photo taken at the Gorge in WA State, on the 2008 Jack Johnson tour.

The Surfider San Francisco Chapter will have a presence at the Sunday, June 7th, 2009 Rogue Wave show at the Independent. We are very excited to have this opportunity to talk with fans about Surfrider! Thanks Rogue Wave, Zeitgeist Management, and the Independent!

Doors are at 5:30pm, show starts at 6pm. Tickets start at $18.

This is the 4th Annual Benefit for the D.A. Taylor Charitable Foundation.

On March 20, 1995, D.A. Taylor died from meningitis as a teenager. His family and friends founded the D.A. Taylor Charitable Foundation in 2006 to honor D.A.'s spirit and the quintessential and symbolic good that he represented.

Rogue Wave is a Bay Area-based indie-pop band with Brushfire Records. They are also a Clif Bar & Co "GreenNotes" artist partner.

GreenNotes supports emerging musicians - passionate about the environment in their own right – who may not yet have the resources, expertise, or funds to integrate environmentally friendly touring practices.

GreenNotes provides artists with the resources and the technical assistance required to integrate several eco-friendly touring practices. These include: fueling their buses with biodiesel, printing on recycled paper using soy-based ink, selling organic cotton t-shirts at shows, working to provide locally and organically grown foods backstage, and buying renewable wind energy credits to offset their remaining carbon dioxide emissions (CO2, a greenhouse gas, is the major cause of global warming).

Rogue Wave contributed the song "Chicago X 12" to GreenNotes' album "Protect the Places We Play." A portion of the sales of this album benefit the Surfrider Foundation!

Check it out and download free tracks here.

Last Friday I went to see the premiere of "D Tour" at the San Francisco International Film Festival. What an amazing film and story. If you have the opportunity to see this film, then don't miss it!

D tour chronicles Rogue Wave's Pat Spurgeon's search for a living organ donor and the challenges associated with finding a viable match. Pat’s choice to keep touring and working toward the band’s goals is put to the test; the absolute need to perform dialysis daily and to focus on his health became top priority while being on the road. D tour also addresses issues with the health care system, the lack of affordable insurance, the importance of organ donation, plus much more.

We hope to see you at the Independent on June 7th!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Coming Up - Cloud Cult

Surfrider's San Francisco Chapter will have an outreach table at Cloud Cult's show at the Independent in San Francisco on Tuesday, May 12th.

The doors open at 7:30pm. The show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $15. Tix are still available at the Independent Box Office (open M-F from 11am-6pm) for purchase, with no surcharge. just awarded Cloud Cult a "Best of Green Award" for "Best Indie Rock Band."

Check out this write up from the Discovery Channel's Planet Green:

Cloud Cult hasn't garnered the big-time recognition of a band like Radiohead, but they're a great example of a band that's green because they really believe in it.

The Minnesota-based band is led by Craig Minowa, who, when not busy writing, recording and touring with the band, is a scientist for the Organic Consumers Association, so he really knows his stuff. Disappointed by the options available elsewhere, Craig started his own record label, Earthology Records, which along with the band's studio (and Minowa's home) is located on a small organic farm in Northern Minnesota, is powered by geothermal power and wind energy, and the recording studio is built from recycled and salvaged materials.

Cloud Cult CD inserts and print materials are on 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper and printed with non-toxic soy inks by a local, family-owned print shop. Cloud Cult's CD shrink-wrap is not the industry standard toxic PVC; instead, they are packaging all of their materials in a 100% earth-friendly shrink-wrap, made of non-toxic biodegradable corn cellulose.

On tour, the band offsets all of its energy use through renewable energy credits, its van runs on biodiesel and even boasts solar panels on the roof, and also plants trees to offset the shipping and other resource depletion incurred when producing their albums. Oh, and Cloud Cult donates all profits, after expenses, to environmental charity work.

Look for us at the show! We'll be talking with fans about our new Music Outreach Program Campaign, Hold On To Your Butt! (That'd be cigarette butts.)