PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
Earth Day

THERE IS FUN for everyone at the Placerville Earth Day Celebration set for Saturday, April 20 at the El Dorado County Library in Placerville. Democrat file photo

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Celebrate Earth Day

The 2013 edition of the Placerville Earth Day Celebration will be held on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the green at the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville.

This event has something for everybody.

For the children there will be face painting, scarf dancing, a fire truck, a very special appearance by Smokey Bear plus other fun activities.

There will be a dazzling array of hand-made earth friendly arts and crafts by the talented artisans of El Dorado County for sale.

There will also be information booths on many subjects that affect everyone.

The center of the Earth Day Celebration as always it is an all day concert. Once again the day begins with the Bear Foot Singers performing Native American drumming, music and storytelling to awaken the spirit within us all.

Placerville favorite Joaquin Fioresi will bring his healing sounds to the fest. Fioresi has been at every Earth Day save one whether singing solo, doing poetry or performing with the band Sol Bridge.

The (Celtic) Method of Michael and Christine Knapp will once again bring their special blend of traditional and original Celtic music and acoustic rock to the festival. This much traveled duo is celebrating 19 years of performing together. Last year they released their ninth full-length album “The Mystical Talisman” with a 10th slated for release later this year.

The New Miners Of El Dorado pay tribute to two of the most popular bands of all time The Grateful Dead and The Band. Fueled by the exciting lead guitars of Greg Bee and Brandt Collings, the band shows strong influences of Jerry Garcia and Robbie Robertson. Dave Klein on keyboards relies heavily on the Hammond organ/electric piano sound of the ’70s. The rhythm section of Jim Smith on drums an John Winger on bass lay a solid foundation for the three soloists to improvise from. Every song is an adventure in the hands of the New Miners Of El Dorado.

The Followers of Sunshine is a newly formed group, based in Sacramento. The group is an eclectic pop rock outfit that oozes the essence of the ’60s and ’70s. The band consists of singer/songwriter Jaime Espinosa on guitar, Mark Hegenbart on bass and Mike Steel on drums. Though the band is new Espinoza and Hegenbart have played together in other bands for many years.The Follwers mix strong drumming, creative bass lines and beautiful guitar with catchy vocals that are both instantly recognizable yet highly original.

Rounding out the bill, in its second Placerville Festival performance is Bay Area outfit Rock Beats Scissors.” The band consists of Mike Pelczynsli on guitar, bass and keyboard; Jason Moore on drums and keyboard; and Richard Raffino on electric and acoustic bass. The group plays the music of the ’60s through ’90s with a few originals.

This non-political event is designed to bring everyone together for a full day of family fun. Please no dogs or alcohol (or alcoholic dogs). There is no admission.

For more information call 530-620-4364.

This event is presented by the El Dorado County Earth Day Committee and is sponsored by the Placerville Natural Foods Co-op and the Cosmic Café.

El Dorado County Earth Day Committee

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