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Todd Day Wait’s Pigpen goes on the road in a vegetable oil powered airport van – finds new artists to jam with as he travels

Todd Day Wait’s approach to music is exciting and refreshing. Traveling all over the country performing with different musicians ensures his music will always bring something new and unexpected. One of my favorite tracks is “Nowhere To Be” because it truly embodies the spirit of Todd Day Wait’s Pigpen. This is truly music without labels.

Todd Day Wait takes his musical agenda, his group called Todd Day Wait’s Pigpen, on the road across the country in what was once a 1997 airport shuttle van. The vehicle runs on half vegetable oil and half diesel.

By Connor Elfrink

September 9, 2010 | 12:00 a.m. CST

Todd is really a very talented musician. Check out this solo performance of his song “I Sure Love You.”

Todd Day Wait’s Pigpen has been rolling around the country and squeaking out filthy R&B, reggae and soul grooves since 2009. Some musicians take time to craft an eccentric name for their bands, but for Todd Day Wait’s Pigpen, a simple name and a constant rotation of musicians do just fine.

Todd Day Wait’s Pigpen is an environmentally focused band that finds new musicians on the road to jam with each show. Frontman Todd Day Wait is a former member of Columbia’s East Ash Street Band and makes his way around the country in a 1997 airport shuttle van that has been converted to run half on vegetable oil and half on diesel.

Wait’s van represents his musical drive to create a gypsy caravan of sounds, as well as his ability to achieve collaborative musical excellence. The band once made it almost 400 miles from Chicago to Columbia on only $40. Wait panhandles at various mom-and-pop restaurants and McDonald’s for used grease to convert into fuel. He says people support his mode of travel. “There is a pretty strong underground network,” he says.

Wait doesn’t encourage people to eat fried food, but he says Americans seem unwilling to stop, so he would rather put the habit toward something less wasteful. He hopes to encourage others to look into alternative forms of transportation and fuel. “The best part is not giving money to BP,” Wait says. Continue reading

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Salem Live @ the THC Music Fest [VIDEO]

Salem is an amazing pro-active band out of Boulder, Colorado. Todd Anders Johnson (vocals and drums) is the brain behind Salem. All of these musicians who perform with him are incredibly talented.

Todd Anders Johnson is also the creator of the Risan Project, a tour throughout North America dedicated to blending the realms of music and action sports films with events that incorporate alternative energy and sustainability themes.

Salem – “Harvest”

Salem’s music is not to be missed.  Check them out at http://www.salem-music.com/

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Artists Project Earth – APE

These guys are really cool. I found out about them from an artist on MWL that may actually get some sponsorship from them for an eco tour across the US in an eco van. Look out for more on that. For now, check out APE:

APE’s Vision:

Through music and the arts, APE aims to achieve permanent reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to levels that minimise further degradation of ecological systems and human livelihood.

APE recruits internationally known musicians and artists through albums, concerts, art exhibitions and art related projects to raise awareness of climate change and funds for campaigns and disaster relief.