A rock 'n' roll tour is usually the last place you'll find anything good happening for the environment. Tour buses, huge trucks hauling gear, massive amounts of energy used for sound and lighting, and disposable paper plates for all that awful concert food -- all of it is pretty bad news.
Luckily, Jack Johnson's 2008 summer tour is not your average music event.
First of all, Jack obviously takes environmental issues very seriously (he's a surfer, after all). But this year he's taking it to another level with the All at Once Community. Essentially, he has teamed up with local and national environmental nonprofits and is giving them a place to set up booths and educate concert-goers at all of his shows.
(Full disclosure: A good friend of ours is traveling all summer with the tour, working Patagonia's Vote the Environment booth.)
Then there are all the little details: the tour is buying offsets for all its energy use at the shows, the concert catering is local and organic, all the concert paraphernalia is printed on recycled paper, etc. Get the details in this short video, produced by Treehugger.
Then, check out all the venues and dates for the show here. There's also a feature on the website that allows you to arrange to carpool to the concert.
So, go ahead: Get your mellow, beachy groove on and feel green about it.
Photo by Edward Sellman; jackjohnsonmusic.com