On Saturday, July 5th and Sunday, July 6th, the annual Mountain Keepers Music Festival will be held at
The purpose of the concert, according to local citizen activist Larry Gibson, is to show support for "human rights, health and water rights, and basically everything that we have." Larry Gibson, whose family has lived on the same land for over 230 years, has been working to protect his health, his heritage, and his community from the ravages of Mountain Top Removal. The concert will be for remembrance of the homes and jobs lost, while also celebrating communities' efforts to resist MTR and promote sustainable jobs for a better future.
The festival will feature many emerging artists who celebrate their homes and heritage. Elizabeth LaPrelle (www.old97wrecords.com/ elizabeth-laprelle/about.htm ) will be singing with her mother, Sandy LaPrelle, on the fiddle. Jim Savarino (www.jimsavarino.com), who has played at festivals from
There will be free camping available Saturday night. Please bring camping supplies, water, and snacks if you plan on staying. Attendees are encouraged to bring a covered dish.
For more information about the concert: www.myspace.com/mtkeepersfest
For more information on the effects of mountaintop removal, please visit www.crmw.net, www.ohvec.org, or www.seac.org.
This is a drug and alcohol free event. This is a free concert, but donations are welcome and appreciated.
This event is sponsored by the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Student Environmental Action Coalition and Coal River Mountain Watch.