ASBURY PARK, NJ - You can try out all-natural cleaning supplies, buy an organic Clearwater tee shirt, get the kids faces painted, learn about what your local environmental groups are doing or just relax and enjoy great continuous live music at the 36th Annual Clearwater Festival Sunday August 20 in Asbury Park.  The free event offers great family fun near the ocean but with lots of shade in Sunset Park on Main Street. The event runs from 11am to 7 pm. 
Inspired by folksinger Pete Seeger’s early call to end water pollution and named for his sloop Clearwater, the Festival is a mix of song, dance, art, crafts, a children’s area and exhibits designed to celebrate the environment.  It is sponsored by the New Jersey Friends of Clearwater, a non profit group that works year round to educate and advocate for the environment.
 
“We are planning a weekend of good music, good fun and good information about what protecting our natural resources.” said Joelle Lundy of Red Bank NJFC President, noting that this year’s theme is Down with Sea Level Rise, Stop Climate Change..
 
Spook Handy, dubbed a modern day troubadour,  Matt Wade, 2010 Best New Artist at Jersey Acoustic Music Awards, folk, rock and country from The Amboys  and Matt O’Ree, a Guitarmaggedon King of Blues winner, to name a few of the more than a dozen performers on two stages.

Off stage but a center of action, the Circle of Song will add another 15 plus musicians and singers who take turns serenading Festival goers who sometimes join in.

More than a dozen environment groups are also scheduled to participate to provide information and exhibits on topics ranging from protecting water resources to recycling to solar energy and ‘green’ vendors will offer environmentally friendly products.  They will be joined by craftspeople selling their creations, and, of course, food vendors.  The little ones can enjoy a special children’s area.

The event is handicapped accessible and sign language interpreters are available. Prospective Festival goers. volunteers, crafters, food and other vendors can get more information at www.mcclearwater.org

Main Stage
4 pm Matt Wade
BEST NEW ARTIST
2010 Jersey Acoustic Music Awards
11 am Mary McCrink
 Acoustic music with an Angelic Voice
12 Noon O’Neil & Martin
Americana Duo
1 pm The Amboys
Folk, Rock, Country
2 pm The WAG
Powerpop Rock Pop Fantastic Harmonies
3 pm Matt O’Ree
Winner of 2006 Guitarmeggedon “King of Blues”
Hosted By BB King
5 pm Jo Wymer
Top Blues Band Award at the Asbury Music Awards

Acoustic Stage
 
11 pm Danny Alderman
Children’s Entertainer with a message
12 noon Robert Francis
Magician Extraordinaire
1 pm Jenny Woods
Musicians on a Mission Co founder
2 pm Kathy Moser
Songs for the Environment
3pm Virago
 Original Songs with Ethnic Melodies and Rhythms
4pm Chuck Schaeffer
Original Country Music
5 pm Spook Handy
Modern Day Troubadour
 
 
Circle of Song
Thomas Wesley Stem
Kacie Baker
Ingrid Heldt
Joe Petraitis
Isis Ra
Carl Croce
Jim Crawford
Sharleen Leahey
April Mae and Catfish
Arlon Bennett
Mike Meade
Sloop Singers
Circle ‘Round the Sun
Jan Christiansen
Eric and Hillary