For those of us with another half century or so of life left in us, the serious effects of climate change will be felt in our lifetime. The time for thumb-twiddling is over.
This Saturday, the 24-hour, seven-continent (rock on, Antarctica) Live Earth concert series will take place across the globe, using "the global reach of music to engage people on a mass scale to combat our climate crisis." Metallica will rock London, Shakira and Enrique play Hamburg, and Lenny Kravitz will croon for a million Brazilians on Rio's Copacabana Beach. NBC and their affiliates, MSN.com, and Sirius and XM radios will broadcast the shows, reaching an estimated two billion people.
In Charleston, the HeatIsOn campaign hosts a Change the Climate concert at the Farm in conjunction with the worldwide festivities. Featuring Analog Moon and local favorites Danielle Howle and Josh Roberts, Charleston's show may also reach a worldwide audience through its broadcast online at www.CharlestonCrystalBall.com.
Howle is a veteran folkie based out of Columbia. For years, she fronted roots-rock band The Tantrums and regularly performs as a solo singer-guitarist around the South. Her latest album, Thank You, Mark, was produced by guitarist and engineer Mark Bryan (of Hootie & The Blowfish).
At 8 p.m., the event kicks off with the premiere of a documentary by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy about how global warming will impact us locally. Organizers hope that the momentum created will help push climate change to the forefront of topics at the upcoming Democratic debate in Charleston. As water levels rise over the next hundred years, our city will be among the first to go, so come out and support, groove to some music, and be glad we're not swimming down King Street (yet).
The S.C. Change the Climate Concert with Analog Moon, Danielle Howle, and Josh Roberts takes place at the Music Farm (32 Ann St.) on Sat. July 7 at 8 p.m. Cover is $8 Check out www.heatison.org/Charleston. www.musicfarm.com, and www.daniellehowle.com for more.