Saturday, April 22nd was the Annual Earthday Festival held every year in Boston at the MDC Hatch Shell. This year was a bit soggy. It rained for most of the festival which ran from 11 am to 6:30 pm. . The rain slowed down around 4 pm when Marcy Playground came on. One of the biggest problem was that the vendor areas where vendors and organizations set up their booths were ankle deep in mud so it made visiting them a challenge.

We caught up with Marcy Playground, made up of band members: John Wozniak (vocals, guitar), Dylan Keefe (bass guitar) and Dan Reiser (drums), at the festival. The band got its name from the grade school John Wozniak attended as a child, Marcy Open School. He spent many recesses watching the other kids play in the yard since he couldn't join them. He feared the bigger kids who threatened to beat him up in the playground! The band got its big break while opening for Toad the Wet Sprocket in 1997. The band recently released its second CD, Shapeshifter, last November.

Edwin McCain, ex-pizza cook, closed the day out signing some of the songs off of Misguided Roses, like "I'll Be", and songs off his new CD, Messenger.

We asked McCain what he liked best about being in the music industry and the best thing is not having to work in the pizza place, work on the golf course and in general not having to do anything manual for work. Being able to do what he loves for work, making music. And who could ask for more?

McCain started years ago singing in the church choir and performing in community theater when he was growing up. The band got its big break when it was the opening act for Hootie and the Blowfish. Edwin McCain writes all of his music except for the latest single, "I Could Not Ask For More", which was written by Diane Warren. Of the song writing process, sometimes a song can come as quickly as ten minutes or it could take years to write.

His current favorite song is "Beautiful Life" off of the Messenger CD. The band is currently touring to promote Messenger and were headed up to Concord, NH after Earthfest. The band will be working on a new CD to be released in January. They will be doing the pre-production in New Orleans and then recording the CD in Memphis.

Other artists in attendance included Entrain, Shannon Curfman, Sonia Dada, Marc Cohn, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

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