FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
9th Annual Love the Everglades Benefit Concert Scheduled for September 18 at Gramps in Wynwood
Co-hosted by Love the Everglades Movement and Ploppy Palace Productions, the event will feature music, spoken word, dance, live art and community speakers
Miami, FL – August 30, 2016 – In a continuing effort to raise funds and awareness of environmental issues, Love the Everglades Movement and Ploppy Palace Productions will host their annual benefit concert on Sunday, September 18, 2016. The event, which will be highlighted by musical performances by the Spam Allstars, Iko–Iko, the Magic City Hippies, the Baboons, the Nag Champayons, Army Gideon and others, will be held at Gramps (176 NW 24th Street, Miami, FL 33127), beginning at 2 p.m. All ages are welcome; admission is $10, children under 12 are free.
“I’m looking forward to this year’s benefit concert, which is shaping up to be our best yet, and is truly focused on giving back to the Everglades,” says Reverend Houston R. Cypress, co-founder of the Love the Everglades Movement, and one of the featured speakers. “We hope to continue the important work initiated at the Summer Symposium, especially with this being an election year.”
This year’s lineup of guest speakers include: FL State Rep. David Richardson, Laura Reynolds from Conservation Concepts, Rhonda Roff from Sierra Club Callusa Chapter, Dara Schoenwald and David Doebler from VolunteerCleanup.org, George Cavros from Floridians for Solar Choice, Sam Van Leer from Urban Paradise Guild, Michael Gibaldi from Surfrider Foundation Miami Chapter, Samuel Tommie and other concerned citizens.
“This event offers a voice for the community to share our concerns about the Everglades,” says Flash, one of the show organizers from Love the Everglades Movement and Ploppy Palace Productions. “This is a celebration of the Everglades and we are working to secure its vitality. The Everglades gives South Florida life and we must protect it.”
The Everglades Awareness Benefit Concert Series is a grassroots platform for community participation that strives to bring people together through the arts. With a diverse roster of performers and speakers, this event provides entertainment and education about the Everglades. The showcase works to present the issues and inspire people to get involved, while having a good time.
Additionally, there will be spoken word by Alonso, Marcus Blake, Rio and more, dance performances by Venus Rising: Women’s Drum and Dance Ensemble, Elviza’s Rockabelly Hippies featuring Elviza, Symphony & Sofia Luna plus Melody Gedeon and others, as well as live art by Anibal Fernandez, Linx and Rei Ramirez plus there will be a digital environmental art show featuring more than 30 artists who will be showcasing photography, painting, sculpture and mixed media pieces. Submissions will be accepted through Tuesday, September 13 – go to www.ploppypalace.com for more details.
Also scheduled to perform: Medicine Box, the Oski Foundation, Blue Sky Drive, Chantil Dukart, Above the Skyline, Spank, Zen Per Capita, PATH, Kuyayky, Rachelle Coba, Sarah Packiam, Michelle Forman Duo, Steve Minotti, Grant Livingston, Anthony Nelson, Mr. Grim Reapa, Orion, Raven, Michelangelo, Matt Bodi Brenowitz, Haviken Hayes and more TBA.
There will be another up Everglades clean-up on Sunday, September 25 – more info TBA. Tickets to the concert can be purchased in advance online here: evergladesconcert9.eventbrite.com. Those who cannot make it to the concert in September can still help the cause by making a donation to the group’s online fundraiser: www.gofundme.com/lovetheeverglades.