Twice over the last month, we've looked at the green efforts of two major summer music situations: Sasquatch!, and The Dave Matthews Band. And while we applaud both entities for their efforts to reduce their carbon footprints through investments in offsets, encouraging fans to carpool, and recycling, we're not convinced they're taking the giant leaps they could be toward reducing carbon emissions.
First, the Dave Matthews Band. We'll set aside, for now, the fact that the five members of the band encourage fans to carpool, yet take five different buses to their shows. No matter how many offsets they buy, you can't escape the fact that most of the 20,000 daily attendees of your three-day stay at the Gorge have to drive their cars at least 100 miles to get to the show. The easy move is to bring in locally-grown organic food for the band, fill up on biodiesel, and buy offsets. The tough pill to swallow would be breaking up the three-day stay at the Gorge in favor of tour stops in three different cities -- Spokane, Portland, and Seattle -- so fans in those urban areas could take public transportation to the shows, or at the very least, reduce their drive immensely.
Sasquatch!, well, what can we say. You're what we've got in the area for regional summer music monstrosities that suddenly have become all the rage. But, again, by planting yourself out in the middle of the desert, you're attracting the same kind of eco stench that your friends in the DMB are. You've been kicking it at the Gorge since 2002. And we've been loving it. We love getting out of the city. We love camping. We love the freakish hailstorms. We love the sunsets. We love cliff jumping into the Columbia the morning after. But, if you and every other secluded summer shindig