EcoChallenge Launch Party
Have You Signed Up?
The Green Drop Garage, an environmentally friendly auto garage located in SW Portland was a unique yet fitting setting for the 2012 EcoChallenge launch party on Friday night. The crowd at the event gathered together arou 2000 nd a lot full of old cars and inside a garage littered with disassembled motor parts to listen to some free music, have some drinks, eat some food all while working towards a greener earth.
EcoChallenge is an annual event that challenges everyone to make small changes in their life to help reduce their impact on the environment. For two weeks participants are asked to take part in different categories ranging from transportation to trash, energy and food. The EcoChallenge is helping its participants become aware and make a change in the way they do things in their everyday lives in hopes of creating a lifelong change for the better.
Three Portland based bands played for the event. Up first for the evening was recent Portland transplant straight from Austin Kivett Bednar. Bednar played a deep rooted blues set that showcased twangy guitar chords accompanied by deep and soulful vocals. Bednar wailed out tunes that were reminiscent of other blues legends like Eric Clapton and RL Burnside His songs contained deep and soulful lyrics that could have come from a much older blues man.
Next up was a dreamy set from the musical duo Nathan Jr. and Rebecca Rasmussen of Duover. The Portland based band serenaded the audience with a down home country folk sound mixed with both poignant and often times unconventional lyrics that injected both humor and interesting storytelling into their songs.
The last band of the evening was Portland’s own Strangled Darlings. The band got the crowd dancing with their combination of satirical lyrics, warbling off a song completely about Anna Nicole Smith and her large breasts, and a skillful musical assembly. The songs were folksy and fun with a serious jazz injection.
Also in attendance was Jefferson Smith, one of the mayoral candidates for Portland. The candidate was the perfect politician to speak at the eco event, with his own campaigns dedication to sustainability as well as environmentally minded policies. Smith mixed it up, going from genuine humor and then getting serious and launching into the importance of some of the more crucial environmentally issues affecting the Portland area. He spoke with sincerity to the crowd and the crowd responded with cheers and applause.
The evening was a lot of fun but most importantly it helped remind the audience about the importance that one change in their life can make on the world as a whole. The festivities helped to bring awareness to EcoChallenge and their idea that a small change in the lives of a few can create a great change in the world.
If you would like to participate in the EcoChallenge yourself or would simply like more info you can visit their website here. The challenge goes from Oct.1 to Oct.15