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Ben Harper & The Innocent 
Criminals Headline Rock the Green

Rock the Green, a local nonprofit with a mission to educate and empower the community to take actionable steps to live sustainably, welcomes Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals to headline the fourth Rock the Green sustainability festival September 9, at Reed Street Yards. Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals has received Gold and Platinum certifications overseas for their eclectic mix of blues, folk, soul, reggae and rock music.

“We are thrilled to have such iconic artists like Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals headlining the main stage this year,” says Lindsay Stevens Gardner, founder and executive director of Rock the Green. “Ben is a well-known environmental activist whose beliefs align perfectly with Rock the Green’s mission to educate the community and empower its members to take actionable steps that result in sustainable living.”

Other musicians performing at this year’s festival include Barns Courtney, Mondo Cozmo, Baio, Reyna, and Evan Christian on the main stage; and Girls Rock Milwaukee, the Evan Christian Band, Devil Met Contention, Klassik, and D’Amato on the Pedal Power Stage. Returning highlights from the festival include the Eco-Kids stage with interactive children’s activities; locally grown, sustainable and healthy cuisine in the Farm to Fork area; and a gathering of 18 local environmental nonprofits in the Eco-Champs space.

Rock the Green is a Travel Green-certified event, and it has been recognized as one of the greenest music festivals in the world by the UK-based nonprofit organization A Greener Festival. Last year the festival’s zero waste efforts set a new record by diverting 90 percent of the event’s waste from landfills. “Rock the Green sets a great example for other organizations in the community of what actionable steps toward sustainability look like,” says Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. “The City of Milwaukee is happy to support its fourth annual sustainability festival.”

Hours: 2 to 11 p.m. Cost: $50; free for kids ten and under; $100 VIP admission. Location: Reed Street Yards, 222 S. 3rd St., Milwaukee. For more information, visit

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