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Rock the Green Milwaukee...


Rock The Green is the Midwest's first near-zero waste festival presented by Veolia Environmental Services.  The festival was held at Veteran's Park in Milwaukee and was produced with eco-friendly methods and featured many local, sustainable vendors. Along with utilizing many sustainable practices at the actual event, proceeds from ticket sales went to the Urban Ecology Center as well as The Park People

The day of the concert was overcast and cold but that didn't stop thousands of people from showing up to support Evan Christian, Parachute, Michelle Branch, Fitz and the Tantrums, Ben Folds and The Fray. The way this festival was physically organized provided amazing sound from anywhere within the festival grounds, which meant that you didn't have to be jam-packed in a crowd to hear the music. 





We started our festival experience by visiting some of the local vendors. 






Instead of water bottles and plastic cups, the festival featured re-usable water sacks as well and had these space-age looking water stations for re-fills. Upon entrance to the festival, every ticket holder received a re-usable water sack.  


Sprecher created a Rock The Green Amber Ale just for this event...


Classy Girl Cupcakes {my favorite!} was there as well featuring their newest creation, the Rock The Green Velvet cupcake. The cake was made with green tea and was topped with cream cheese frosting, it was amazing... and mine was gone in about five seconds...


Bacchus, a Bartalotta restaurant, was on hand dishing out gourmet grilled cheese to festival goers... My friend had a mozzarella and tomato grilled cheese while I chose the Gouda with orange marmalade option... the marmalade was surprisingly refreshing with the grilled cheese, definitely a new favorite of mine! 



An interactive no-waste graffiti wall...


We showed up at the festival with jackets and scarves, but as the day went on we quickly decided to purchase blankets from the merchandise tent {smartest move we could have made}. Around 3:00, the weather quickly turned harsh, with high winds and pouring rain scaring off many of the festival goers. 


By the time Ben Folds hit the stage, his piano had to be covered with a tarp. He played as long as he could until he proclaimed to the audience, 'I just can't see that piano get ruined like that.' He ended up singing a few of his songs with the help of an audience chorus and nothing else {which works perfectly for Ben Folds if you've ever heard his song Not The Same...}


By the time The Fray hit the stage, the rain and wind was worse than ever and they stagehands actually had to set up tents to shelter the drummer, guitarist and bass player from the rain. Isaac Slade, the gentleman that he is {and I must admit that I may potentially be The Fray's biggest fan, so obviously I will never talk ill of them...}, stayed on stage even when they had the rest of the band leave the stage to avoid getting electrocuted! Isaac stayed on the stage with his piano and acoustic guitar until the very end, saying 'okay guys, one more song' over and over... 

Before the band left the stage however, we did get to hear a few songs off of their new album that's set to be released in February... the new songs were amazing, February cannot come soon enough!


All in all, the festival was a success. Even with the rain, wind and cold, I still had the time of my life, was able to be a part of a great cause and got to see my favorite band perform live, once again!

5 comments:

Melissa Blake said...

ahhh, this looks like so much fun! xoxo

iheartvegetables said...

That sounds awesome! One of my good friends is from milwakee and she was visiting there this weekend!

LeeLee said...

Sounds sweet, and great photos.

i'm leslie said...

What a GREAT weekend!

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Niki said...

I was so sad to be out of town for this! Looks like you had a fun time, despite the rainy weather.

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