For Immediate Release — Friday, March 24, 2006
Mary E. McCrank
Media Relations Officer
Indie rocker favorites Guster to bring Campus Consciousness Tour to SUNY Geneseo April 15
GENESEO, N.Y. — Using biodiesel fuel to travel here and offsetting its concert with wind power, Indie rock favorites Guster will make a stop Saturday, April 15, at the State University of New York at Geneseo during the band's Campus Consciousness Tour. This show is the band's only performance in upstate or western New York.
Teaming up with Reverb, a not-for-profit organization founded by the band's guitarist-vocalists Adam Gardner and his wife, Lauren Sullivan, Guster hopes to spread environmental awareness and inspire students to get involved with earth-friendly causes.
The concert will be at 7 p.m. in Kuhl Gymnasium. Tickets are $15 for SUNY Geneseo students, $18 for Geneseo faculty and staff, and $20 for the general public. Tickets are not yet on sale but will be available soon from the Student Association Ticket Office at (585) 245-5873 or (800) 525-2070. Tickets also can be purchased through Ticketmaster. The band's Web site is www.guster.com. The concert is sponsored by the college's Activities Commission Concerts.
Reverb will "green" the tour by using biodiesel fuel and offsetting the concerts with wind power. The National Biodiesel Board is partnering with the tour to fill the tour buses with biodiesel fuel, which burns cleaner than other fuels and is made from renewable sources like soybean oil and other fats and vegetable oils. In addition, concertgoers can buy $2 Cool TagsĒ at the show to help reduce global warming. Each tag will offset approximately 300 pounds of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to approximately 300 miles of driving in a car. Sales of the tags will be used by NativeEnergy, a Native American renewable energy company, to build wind turbines.
Reverb will set up an interactive "Consciousness Pavilion" at each stop. Booths and exhibits will educate concertgoers about renewable energy sources and local and global environmental not-for-profits, as well as samplings of eco-friendly products. In addition, community service organizations, such as City Year and Rock for a Remedy, will respectively recruit students in each town to organize a community service project and conduct a food drive at each show.
To encourage attendance at the pavilion, Guster will raffle off two autographed guitars by Guster at each show. And the concertgoer who donates the most food measured in pounds will receive two passes for a meet and greet with the band. Concertgoers may bring non-perishable, non-glass items only. Items needed are: canned vegetables, canned fruits, tuna, canned meats, soups, stews, chili, peanut butter, cereal, pasta, rice and beans.