Skidmore's Annual Earth Day Festival: Kicks off Saturday at 1 p.m.

Posted by Jesse Shayne

Not sure if you want to attend Skidmore's annual Earth Day Festival this Saturday? Confused as to what exactly the event entails?

Well, for starters, Earth Day will feature the most popular band to grace Skidmore with its presence this semester (based on Facebook likes)--BadBadNotGood. The experimental jazz trio, based out of Toronto, dabbles in hip hop, and has collaborated with Tyler the Creator and Frank Ocean. Their unique sound, mixing elements of new age jazz with classic hip hop beats and samples, stole the spotlight at South by Southwest Festival earlier this year. Check out this video to get a sense for their style.

Ava Luna, a soul pop quintet based out of New York, will also play on the Case green stage before jetting off on a European tour following the release of their second album, Electric Balloon--which received a 7.7 (a highly respectable score) from Pitchfork.

But that's hardly all. Five more bands, including Skidmore's battle of the bands winner, Queen Ambrosia, are set to play. Slothrust (New York), Endangered Speeches (Boston), The Rooks (New York) and Zula (New York) will round out the exciting lineup.

Earth Day will also feature a number of "Earth-centered" activities, including a petting zoo, tie-dye, silk-screening, gardening, bike repair, a bonfire and s'mores. Oh, not to mention free Chipotle, Ben & Jerry's and Comfort Kitchen burgers, as well as a beer garden for those who have a campus event card in hand.

In the spirit of sustainability, there will also be a clothing swap (from 1:30-4:30) at the event. Wondering what to do with your old clothes? In need of some new summer essentials but too broke to foot the bill? Now is your chance to capitalize on your peers' impressive stylistic tendencies and generosity.

So come celebrate the Earth, good weather and the end of the semester with impressive grooves and free food, Saturday, from 1-9 p.m. on the Case green.  

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