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Radio 92.9 celebrates 20 years of EarthFest concerts

Posted by Emily Wright  May 17, 2013 03:43 PM

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Boston-based station Radio 92.9 is hosting the 20th annual EarthFest concert at the Esplanade's Hatch Shell this weekend, and this year's event will feature performances by Vertical Horizon and Fastball.

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The concert, which starts on Saturday at 11:15 a.m., is the largest free radio station concert in the country and 92.9 expects more than 100,000 people will attend. Gates open for the event at 10 a.m.

EarthFest also showcases environmentally-friendly products and local non-profit environmental organizations, and will have a special area for children called Kids Planet. This youth-focused area promises performances by Zumix, Super Cool Beans, and more. Kids Planet is targeted for children 12 years-old and under, and opens at 10:45 a.m.

Radio 92.9 is urging festival attendees to donate at least $1 to the One Fund to benefit the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Note for potential spectators: The DCR has updated entry and safety protocols for this year’s event. Backpacks, coolers, blankets, large bags or open containers will not be allowed into the festival and all bags will be subject to a discretionary search. Small bags and necessary items such as strollers will be allowed in with checks. Festival attendees may access the event at the Charles Street Footbridge or the Dartmouth Street Footbridge. There will be no access to the event via the Fiedler Footbridge, at the corner of Arlington Street and Beacon Street.

For more information on EarthFest, head to Radio 92.9's official website.

Do you plan to attend? Have you gone in the past? Let us know in the comments.

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