Jack Johnson to Play Free Gig for Beach Cleanup Volunteers

Widely known for his commitment to the environment, singer Jack Johnson has come up with a unique way to encourage his fans to partake in environmental activism. On Monday, May 24, Johnson will be performing a free concert at the Santa Monica Pier and has reserved the bulk of the 3,000 available tickets for volunteers who participate in a two-hour beach cleanup on the Saturday preceding the show. The beach cleanup is being led by the Santa Monica based environmental nonprofit Heal the Bay.

Flyer for Jack Johnson beach cleanup concert.

Johnson is also promoting the release of his upcoming “To the Sea” album and tour. Next week’s collaboration with Heal the Bay is just another in a long line of environmental causes that Johnson has championed with his performances. His 2008 tour was a model of sustainability. That tour used 14,000 gallons of biodiesel to power the buses, trucks, and generators, it diverted 65 tons of waste from landfills through recycling and composting, and over 1,400 metric tons of carbon were offset. This year’s tour will take similar measures, and like 2008, Johnson will donate 100% of the tour’s profits to a charity supporting environmental, art and music education.

For those looking to score a free ticket to next Monday’s pier concert, they will need to pre-register online for the Heal the Bay beach cleanup. According to Heal the Bay, volunteers will receive their tickets once the beach cleanup is complete.

Crowds gather on the beach south of the pier for a past concert.

The good news for fans who cannot attend the beach cleanup is that the City of Santa Monica allows concert-goers to hang out in the sand on the south side of the pier, where the music from the stage can still be heard. However, to make sure the fans on the beach don’t undo the hard work of the volunteers, Heal the Bay and Jack Johnson are urging fans that “whatever they bring, they take home, recycle, or dispose of in the proper containers.”

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