Volunteering With Reverb

I don’t follow a lot of musicians on Facebook, but I do follow Guster. This Spring they posted about volunteer opportunities with Reverb on their upcoming tour with Ben Folds Five and Barenaked Ladies. This was the first I’d heard of Reverb. At each venue, mostly outdoor, Reverb works with the musicians to make the negative impact on the environment as small as possible, i.e. reducing the carbon footprint. Among other things (see hyperlink above) they have compostable plates and cutlery made of potato and corn starch, extensive recycling stations, solar power where possible, and the use of bio-diesel for all the trucks and buses.

reverb tent and solar stage at the woods at fontanel

Photo by Caryn of Reverb Tent & Solar Stage at the Woods at Fontanel

I applied to be a volunteer in the Eco-Village before and during the first part of the show at the Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel and was accepted within a few days. Volunteers were not just there to educate about recycling, they were also there to talk about the Lacey Act, which prohibits the trade of plants and wildlife illegally taken, transported or sold. We gathered signatures from people wishing to keep the Lacey Act

photo by caryn of the solar stage at reverb nashville

Photo by Caryn of the Solar Stage at Reverb Nashville

(in place since 1900) strong and encourage elected official to not let special interests weaken it. There were some interesting conversations with concert goers about this because Gibson Guitars, one of Nashville’s prized businesses, ran afoul of the Lacey Act a few years ago.

Volunteers received a t-shirt, training, and, after Guster’s opening act, free range to go in and enjoy Ben Folds Five and Barenaked Ladies performances. But, we got a preview on the ‘Solar Stage’ with Ed Robertson and Jim Creeggan from BNL and Reverb co-founder Adam Gardner from Guster playing a few songs. They were delightful and engaging and hit it out of the park with the Talking Heads ‘Psycho Killer‘.

photo by caryn of slow and low bbq bistros food truck

Photo by Caryn of the Slow & Low BBQ Bistro’s Food Truck

Also there were East Nashville’s non-profit Urban Green Lab and food truck Slow & Low BBQ Bistro. I enjoyed learning about Urban Green Lab and Slow & Low’s brisket was so good that I dragged the Junk King and Princess to their restaurant on 54th Ave North the next day for lunch. This KCBS BBQ judge thinks it is the best barbecue restaurant in Middle Tennessee.

So keep an eye out for the release of Reverb volunteer opportunities across the country for the 2014 season. 2013 saw opportunities to also see Fun., Maroon 5, Dave Mathews Band, John Mayer, Yo Gabba Gabba Live, Phish, and Jack Johnson.

Giant Redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument

muir woods national monument

Photo by Caryn, Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, CA

Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, California near San Francisco in the National Park Service is a must visit in any trip to the Bay area.  I was not able to make it this trip, but here are some photos from my last trip three years back. Please note the two people walking on the path between the two trees on the right.  It helps give an idea of the true size of these majestic trees.

muir woods national monument

Photo taken by an unknown tourist of Caryn dwarfed by a Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens)

This park is named for John Muir (1838-1914), a Scottish-born naturalist.  He was a prolific writer and an early advocate for the preservation of wilderness and natural spaces.

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