On Saturday, April 19 from 2 p.m. to sundown, Avondale Brewing Company (201 41st Street South, Birmingham) will host Earthbound's Earthfest, Earthbound's annual outdoor concert benefiting the Black Warrior Riverkeeper.
Earthbound's Earthfest is an annual, family-friendly Earth Day concert featuring live musical entertainment, great craft beer, tasty food, and local art. The centerpiece of the event is a performance by Earthbound, a local favorite that describes their sound as a combination of traditions "such as Americana, folk, country, bluegrass, jazz and psychedelia." Avondale Brewing's fine craft beer offerings will be available for purchase to enjoy throughout the event, and MELT Food Truck will be on-site to serve up gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches to pair beautifully with all of that tasty brew. Local artists will also be in attendance with art displays and merchandise available for you to browse while you enjoy the concert.
These amazing people and businesses have all come together for the same reason: to raise funds and awareness for the Black Warrior Riverkeeper. The mission of the Black Warrior Riverkeeper is to promote clean water for drinking, swimming, watersports, fishing, and wildlife habitat throughout the Black Warrior River watershed. The Black Warrior River serves as a major source of drinking water for cities such as Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Cullman, Oneonta, and Jasper; but it sadly remains one of Alabama's most endangered rivers. Currently, the largest threat to the river is the proposed Shepherd Bend Mine, a coal mine that would discharge pollutants in unprecedented proximity to the Birmingham Water Works Board’s Mulberry Fork intake. Avondale Brewing, Black Warrior Riverkeeper, the Birmingham City Council, and over a hundred other organizations and businesses have publicly urged the University of Alabama System to refuse to lease or sell land or mineral rights for the proposed Shepherd Bend Mine. The Black Warrior Riverkeeper will be on-hand throughout the concert to provide attendees with information on the Shepherd Bend Mine, other issues concerning the river, and how we all can help.
“Earthbound’s Earthfest will feature fantastic music, art, beer, and food while highlighting how citizens can protect their water from preventable disasters like the Shepherd Bend Mine,” added Charles Scribner, Executive Director of Black Warrior Riverkeeper.
Entrance into the event can be gained for a suggested donation of at least $5 at the door. Entrance donations and proceeds from the sales of shirts, art, beer and food will go to support Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s effort to protect local water resources from threats such as the Shepherd Bend Mine.
If you are looking for a wonderful event where you can enjoy an Alabama spring afternoon with the family, Earthbound's Earthfest has you covered in just about every way imaginable. Best of all, you get to recognize and support Earth Day and the incredibly important work of the Black Warrior Riverkeeper just by going to a concert. Go ahead and mark April 19 on your calendars to ensure you are at this fantastic event. Prost!