For Immediate Release: May 19, 2014 Contact: Betsy Weber, EDC, Communications Director
TOAD THE WET SPROCKET TO PLAY SPECIAL ACOUSTIC SET AT ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE CENTER EVENT
Santa Barbara — The Environmental Defense Center (EDC) today announced that Santa Barbara’s best-loved alternative rock band, Toad the Wet Sprocket, will perform a special acoustic set at the organization’s annual event, from 2-5:30 PM on June 8th at Rancho La Patera and Stow House in Goleta. The event has been named Green & Blue: A Coastal Celebration to honor the Santa Barbara Channel and the coastal lands that help define California’s south central coast that EDC serves. Green & Blue will include great food and local wines, a silent and live auction and environmental hero awards, environmental art work for sale from Oak Group artists and this year will feature an acoustic set by the recently reunited, Toad The Wet Sprocket.
Since 1977, the Environmental Defense Center has worked to protect and enhance the local environment through education, advocacy, and legal action. With a full time staff of ten, the organization works in the public interest to advance environmental protection and is completely funded through private donations, receiving no government assistance. Green & Blue is the Environmental Defense Center’s biggest fundraising event of the year, raising approximately 10% of the funds the organization needs to protect the on and offshore environment from Ventura to Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo counties.
The highlight of this year’s event will be the appearance of special guest, Toad the Wet Sprocket, the homegrown band and local favorite which thrilled audiences across North America and Europe with their five studio albums and five major radio hits before breaking up in 1998. The band is best known for charting on Billboard with their beloved hits, “Walk on the Ocean”, “All I Want”, “Something’s Always Wrong”, and “Fall Down.” Reuniting this year to tour in support of their first album of new material in more than 16 years, New Constellation, Toad offered to play a short acoustic session at Green & Blue as a way to give back to an organization which has helped preserve the natural environment that defines their home region. This year marks the band’s twenty-fifth anniversary and they will be touring coast-to-coast with their new album.
The Environmental Defense Center’s Green & Blue will also feature paintings for sale by artists with the prestigious Oak Group. Oak Group artists are passionate about nature and committed to preserving local lands for wildlife, recreation, ranching, or farming. Working with conservation groups and landowners, Oak Group members record the beauty of these endangered landscapes to draw public attention and help generate funds to protect them. To this end each painting sold will benefit EDC.
Green & Blue will also honor two local Goleta conservation groups with our Environmental Hero Awards, Citizens for Goleta Valley and the Goleta Valley Land Trust. These outstanding organizations were chosen based on their longstanding commitment to preserving and protecting our region’s natural resources. “The Environmental Defense Center is deeply honored to have artists like Toad the Wet Sprocket and members of the Oak Group helping to make our event a success,” said Owen Bailey, EDC’s Executive Director. “With this lineup and with deserving honorees like the Goleta Valley Land Trust and Citizens for Goleta Valley, we believe Green & Blue will be our most successful event to date.”
The Environmental Defense Center, a non-profit law firm, protects and enhances the local environment through education, advocacy, and legal action and works primarily within Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties. Since 1977, EDC has empowered community based organizations to advance environmental protection. Program areas include protecting coast and ocean resources, open spaces and wildlife, and human and environmental health. Learn more about EDC at www.EnvironmentalDefenseCenter.org.