EARTH STAGE



Join us on the field for live music and dance. Local celebrities and award winning performers will provide entertainment and inspiration!



Earth Stage Schedule

12:00 - Blessing by Susana Alamanza & Daniel Llanes
Blessing of the four directions by Susana Almanza & Daniel Llanes
12:05 - Welcome by Emcee SualPaul, Dr. Burnette, & Elected Officials
Dr. Burnette welcomes attendees to Earth Day ATX, followed by speeches from elected officials.
12:10 - Rally for Science & the Planet Arrives
Youth superheroes for the planet rally at Blackshear Elementary and parade to the Earth Stage.
12:40 - March for Science Arrives
Participants in the March for Science arrive from the State Capitol.
12:50 - Rap by Saul Paul
SaulPaul delivers a rap and kicks off the day's musical events.
1:00 - Beto and the Fairlaines
One of Austin’s longest standing dance-party-jam-band supergroups.
2:00 - SaulPaul
SaulPaul performs acoustic rap.
2:25 - Penn Johnson
SoulFunk storytelling music.
2:50 - Will Taylor / Strings Attached / Ange Kogutz
Orchestral performance featuring guest singer Ange Kogutz's soul-infused musical stylings.
3:50 - Wendy Colonna
Austin-based singer/songwriters perform together and individually.
4:20 - Riders Against the Storm
Austin's award-winning Hip Hop band.
5:25 - Wendy Colonna
Austin-based singer/songwriters perform together and individually.
5:55 - Kupira Marimba

Traditional Blessing


Susana Almanza and Daniel Llanes lead us in a traditional blessing. In our Mexica, traditional ways, we honor the four directions and the elements they represent. The four directions of the earth are east, west, north and south. The four directions represent the sun, air, water and earth. The four directions represent our elders, our youth, females and males. We honor the four directions that represents the sacredness of life. Find out more at PODER.


Rally for Science & the Planet


Families and afterschool programs will gather at 11:30 at the covered basketball court at Blackshear Elementary A parade/march will take off from Blackshear right after noon and proceed to and through the Huston-Tillotson campus to the Earth (main) Stage. The procession will be accompanied by members of the East Side Memorial March band. Winners of the Regional Science Fair Positive Futures awards will be featured as celebrities in the parade. Everyone is encouraged to make signs, puppets, banners etc and come dressed as superheroes for the planet. We will "deputize" our young Environmental Justice League members.


Welcome: Dr. Burnette / Elected Officials


Dr. Colette Burnette, President of Huston-Tillotson University welcomes Austinites to the campus of Austin's oldest institution of higher education. She will be joined by State Representative Eddie Rodriguez, Travis County Commissioner Brigid Shea, and other local officials.


March for Science


Austinites march in solidarity with friends and allies around the world to support and defend all things SCIENCE! It's more than just important. The march will come to Huston-Tillotson and join us at Earth Stage. A town hall meeting will follow in the chapel.


SaulPaul


Earth Day ATX is proud to have Austinite of the Year, SaulPaul, as our MC to kick off the music. For over a decade SaulPaul has earned an international reputation as a "musician with a message." He has entertained and inspired audiences at amazing events and venues across the world -- including two TEDx talks, GooglHQ, the last 5 Super Bowls and the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.
Part rapper/part singer songwriter, SaulPaul travels the world entertaining and inspiring audiences as he blends his voice, his guitar and his loop pedal to create a live show that is nothing less than an EXPERIENCE.
SaulPaul has seemingly performed at every entertainment or cultural capitol in the United States. He has been awarded the Esme Barrera Music Activism and Education Award and Young Alumni Award from the University of Texas at Austin. He also currently serves as a Texas Governor for the Recording Academy and was deemed an official Creative Ambassador for the City of Austin.


Beto & the Fairlanes


You don't want to miss Beto and the Fairlanes, one of Austin’s longest standing musical supergroups, began in 1976 as a dance-party-jam-band that mostly performed the compositions of Robert "Beto" Skiles", the group's leader and pianist. With excellent musicianship, very danceable rhythms and a large dose of humor, Beto and the Fairlanes continue to delight concert audiences and pack the dance floor! Find out more.


Penn Johnson


Penn Johnson is weaving collective consciousness. His SoulFolk Storytelling is reminiscent of spoken word poetry and encourages audiences to drift into their minds and release their spirits through movement. His latest record Experiencing Turbulence is out now. Check pennjohnson.net to see what other rad stuff Penn does!.


Strings Attached + Ange Kogutz


Local favorite, Will Taylor and Strings Attached have been providing Austin's finest musicians with string accompaniment for years. Taylor and Strings Attached have won multiple awards. They have played with some of the biggest names in regional music. Joining them at Earth Day will be singer Ange Kogutz.


Wendy Colonna


Troubadour. Adventurer. Yogi. Bookworm. Pollination Ecology Enthusiast. Hula Hooper. The Austin-American Statesman wrote “Wendy Colonna is not just a singer-songwriter, she’s a force of nature.” Hailing from the gulf coast of Louisiana and calling Austin, TX home since 2000, Colonna is a regular southern renaissance woman: a seasoned troubadour, yogi, bookworm, adventurer, pollination ecology-enthusiast and hula-hooper. But it’s her songwriting and voice that draw in audiences in like bees to nectar. Wendy’s resonant, signature voice is grit-infused-honey and her songs echo swampy southern tales of loss, mortality, joy, reclaimed innocence and celebration. With ease, she moves from a sweet whisper to a full on bayou-soul-shout without skipping a beat.


Riders Against the Storm


Riders Against the Storm (RAS) is a musical movement from Austin, TX that can only be described as 'historic.' As recent recipients of both 'Band of the Year' and 'Best Hip-Hop/Rap' at the 2014, 2015, AND 2016 Austin Music Awards, Chaka and Qi Dada (husband and wife) represent a significant first in the 'Live Music Capital.' Riders Against the Storm casts out an invitation to the world - come and party.


Kupira Marimba


Come dance and sway with Kupira Marimba and let the music of Zimbabwe fill your hearts and souls! A full-sensory experience, Kupira Marimba's high-energy joyful music is a foot stomping, heart pounding, hand clapping event for the whole family. Under the direction of master percussionist, Joel Laviolette, Kupira highlights include the Austin City Limits Festival, Utopia Fest, Sunset Valley Arts Fest, Long Center for the Performing Arts, Levitt Pavilion, Do512 Family Picnic, and many more.