Earthday Birthday rocks its way to Central Fla.
Coachella is over, but festival goers may not want to put their hippie-styled attire and flower headbands away just yet.
The annual 101.1 WJRR's Earthday Birthday music festival will mark its 22nd anniversary on Saturday at the Central Florida Fairgrounds.
"Earthday Birthday is one of the largest locally produced annual rock festivals in the state, and draws upwards of 15,000 music lovers from around the globe," according to an Earthday press release.
The festival will feature three music stages, plus other attractions, including Al Capone Cigarillos Midway, Mel's Bad Girls Club Art Walk and Kickstart by Mountain Dew BMX Demos.
"This year is probably one of the largest lineups we've ever had with national acts," said WJRR Promotions and Marketing Manager Lea Reynolds.
The lineup in past years has averaged 13 to 15 bands; but this year, the festival will cater to 18 national acts, including Five Finger Death Punch, Rise Against, Flyleaf, All The Remains and Buckcherry.
With many other festivals gaining popularity, Reynolds said the large lineup for Earthday makes it the biggest festival in the southeast.
There will also be 52 charities involved, such as BASE Camp Children's Cancer Foundation, Rock Pink and Libby's Legacy Breast Cancer.
Reynolds describes the environment as "a beautiful day in the sunshine, filled with music, rides, entertainment and of course, people-watching."
"It's a chance for everyone to get together and party," she said.
Earth Day, celebrated each year on April 22, is known to many as the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970 — during which some people spend the day finding ways to make the planet a cleaner place.
In Orlando, Earthday Birthday still stands as a premier annual event, aiming to rock even harder than years before — you know, for the sake of the good Earth.
After the local radio station WJRR converted into a rock station in 1993, it also conceived Earthday Birthday as a small rock concert held at Tinker Field in Downtown Orlando.
As the station grew with its ratings, so did Earthday — growing into one of Florida's largest single-day music festivals for rock fans.
"[The festival] just gets bigger and bigger every year and we're not stopping now," Reynolds said.
To purchase tickets for the Saturday events, visit www.wjrr.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
Marina Guerges is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @marinaguerges or email her at MarinaG@CentralFloridaFuture.com.