6th Annual Everglades Awareness Benefit Concert at Tobacco Road hosted by Ploppy Palace Productions 3/21/09


Currently, the Everglades is one of the most threatened natural habitat in the western hemisphere. Residential development, water management and agricultural use have shifted natural water patterns and have altered the vitality of the ecosystem. With an alarming number of people moving into South Florida every year, we need to come together and help to protect the Everglades for our survival.

On Saturday, March 21, 2009 Ploppy Palace Productions and Tobacco Road will be hosting a concert to raise awareness and funds for the Hold The Line Campaign and for Everglades protection. As part of this four stage extravaganza, some of South Florida’s top bands, spoken word artists and community activists will join together to raise awareness for this vital natural resource.

The Coffee House Gypsies (winners of NINE Status QuO South Florida Indie Live Music Awards last December) will perform at 4:30 PM. There will also be a broad variety of musical styles including jazz, rock, folk, blues, traditional Peruvian, vocal harmonies, melodic keyboards, Latin, funk, experimental, tribal rhythms, world beat fusion, psychedelic grooves and various interactive jams. Local folk legend, Valerie Wisecracker is also in the lineup of performers.

In addition, Linx, Anibal Fernandez, and other creative artists will be rendering live art demonstrations and there will be a DVD slide show from the Everglades Art Exhibition. Conservation advocates from Miami Sierra Club will be speaking about their involvement in the Hold The Line Campaign. Other speakers will include Mario Yanez from Earth Learning, Ray Scattone from the F.I.U. Dept. of Environmental Studies, Dawn Shirreffs from Clean Water Action as well as a selection of special guests.

Clean Water Action, Artists for Community Evolution, F.I.U. Dept. of Environmental Studies and other community organizations will have information booths with handouts and contacts to help educate about social issues and the environmental risk that threatens the natural balance of the Everglades. The event will work to raise funds and awareness for the Hold The Line Campaign and support efforts by a selection of various organizations.

There will be vendors and small businesses promoting and selling their merchandise, including The Wallflower Gallery, Sergio Torres, Progressive Rags, Between Spirit & Stone Jewelry, and selected independent corporations.

The 6th Annual Everglades Awareness Benefit Concert is sponsored by Ploppy Palace Productions, Atlas Audio Productions, Anamaze Productions, 7th Circuit Productions, Cymbal Outfitters, Mystic Cat Productions, Antidote Productions, Online Gigs.com, Music Art Love, and The Wallflower Gallery.

6th Annual Everglades Awareness Benefit Concert will take place Saturday, March 21, 2009, from 4:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m. at Tobacco Road (626 South Miami Avenue, Brickell/Miami, FL 33130). 21 Years Old + with ID. Admission is $ 12. Venue contact number is: 305-374-1198

For event info is available at: www.myspace.com/evergladesawareness or contact: events@ploppypalace.com

Coffee House Gypsies Band info is readily available at: www.myspace.com/CoffeeHouseGypsies
*** Sponsorship and vending opportunities for this event are still available.