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Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 04/19/2009

Earth Day on the National Mall: Live Updates

By David Malitz

Here's to hoping the weather stays dry for today's Earth Day festivities on the Mall. Schedule updates, brief reviews and other tidbits will be updated below throughout the day.
* Opposite of We Are One concert; perfect weather, plenty of room. Still got Wilco as pre-show music, though. 1:07 p.m.

* Official set times: Black Violin 1:28, Urban Impact 1:45, Los Lobos (acoustic) 2:03, DJ Spooky 2:59 (not 3pm!!!) 1:15 p.m.

* More set times-- HU Drummers 3:28, moe. 3:43, Flaming Lips 4:54 for 50 minutes. 1:16 p.m.

* Chevy Chase is giving directions to the First Aid tent and general safety info. It's his best work in nearly a decade. 1:26 p.m.

* Hilda Solis, Sec of Labor, has talked for 6 minutes without taking a breath. I think she's fillibustering Checy Chase's next speech. 1:35 p.m.

* "Green Generation" is the official phrase of the day. Every speaker saying it at least a few times. 1:37 p.m.

* First band, Black Violin, already 10 mins behind schedule. A DJ and two violinists. Like Wu-Tang Clan samples, but played live. 1:41 p.m.

* Again, main set times of note - Los Lobos 2:03, DJ Spooky 2:59, moe. 3:43, Flaming Lips 4:54 2:03 p.m.

* Be sure, this is NOT a concert. Lots of speeches with a little music interspersed. 2:11 p.m.

* Los Lobos takes the stage nearly 20 minutes behind schedule. Most certainly not acoustic. 2:22 p.m.

* Los Lobos livens things up. Some roadhouse rock, some border jams, a little bit of Allmansy riffin'. 30 solid minutes. 2:53 p.m.

(More after the jump.)

* Not a single bit of messaging from Los Lobos. Have a feeling the following bunch of speakers will more than make up for it. 2:54 p.m.

* Big poster advertising all the bands performing, with electric tape covering the name of one performer: Mos Def. Guess he had better plans. 3:03 p.m.

* DJ Spooky starts 22 mins late. That number won't get smaller. It's hard to see any speaker going UNDER allotted time. 3:22 p.m.

* DJ Spooky just uttered a surprisingly offensive expletive for 315 pm on a Sunday at a free Earth Day concert. 3:25 p.m.

* Crowd's filling in - 15k maybe? - but still plenty of room all around. Would have no problem walking about 5 rows from stage. 3:32 p.m.

* Only 10 minutes for DJ Spooky, highlight being Hendrix's "Star Spangled Banner" remixed with some hip-hop beats. 3:34 p.m.

* Howard University drummers playing on empty water bottles. Recycling! 3:44 p.m.

* Someone asked me how long moe would play. I responded, "Probably 35 minutes." Random woman says, "Yeah, so like one song." Zing! 3:56 p.m.

* moe.'s bongo-groove-almost-rock is not quite as bad as that description makes it out to be. Not quite. 4:10 p.m.

* The guy with dreadlocks, peace sign t-shirt and tie-dyed hula hoop seems to be enjoying moe. Think that's the target audience right there. 4:16 p.m.

* Watching the Flaming Lips equipment get unloaded - complete with Wayne Coyne putting on giant fake hands - more entertaining than moe. 4:24 p.m.

* The sign language interpreter really doesn't have much to do when moe plays. 4:33 p.m.

* A bit of a hippie clearout after moe. finishes. Congressman Markey speaks as the Lips equipment gets set up. Should go on just 15 mins late 4:51 p.m.

* Flaming Lips road crew, all in bright orange jumpsuits, setting up lots of bright orange lights, amps and stacks. Orange generation. 4:58 p.m.

* Matthew Modine wants you to bike to work. You going to say no to Private Joker? 5:07 p.m.

* Wayne Coyne of Flaming Lips appears on the video screens and promises an appearance by Joy of Motion dancers during Lips set. OK, Wayne. 5:17 p.m.

* Looks like the famous plastic ball has made the trip to DC with the Lips. Drizzle has started. "Race For the Dry" 5:24 p.m.

* Its tough to be serious when Wayne Coyne's standing behind you wearing giant rubber hands. 5:32 p.m.

* Wayne Coyne is currently crowdsurfing inside a plastic bubble. 5:35 p.m.

* Confetti and plastic rain down as "Race for Prize" kicks things off. Not very eco-friendly but come on, it's a Lips show. 5:38 p.m.

* That was some unauthorized confetti, according to Coyne. He may spend the night in local lockup. 5:45 p.m.

* Here's the song featuring the person in the inflatable caterpillar-in-metamorphosis costume. Of course. 5:52 p.m.

* Best Madonna cover with lots of gong I've heard in ages ("Borderline"). "Yoshimi" up next. 6:02 p.m.

* Safety from evil robots is an environmental issue, right? 6:05 p.m.

* A megaphone that spews multi-colored sulfuric smoke. The Lips aren't exactly the most perfect eco band. But they are pretty fun. 6:19 p.m.

* "She Don't Use Jelly" remains one of the great random oddball hits of the last couple decades. 6:23 p.m.

* "Do You Realize??" closes things in an uplifting manner. Seeing the Lips perform on the Mall, in front of the Capitol has been truly odd. 6:31 p.m.

By David Malitz  | April 19, 2009; 11:35 AM ET
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I thought "Earth Day" was Wednesday.

Posted by: mortified469 | April 19, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

How come whenever there is an even for Earth Day, the pictures on the front page always show the hippie-looking, stoner-types who no one ever takes seriously? I am out of town this weekend, so I am obviously not there, but I am an environmentalist and am an environmental professional. I am usually wearing a collared shirt and jeans when I head out, not a Dead t-shirt and long hair. I am sure there had to be some people there who didn't fit the cliche look of an "environmentalist".

Posted by: BurtReynolds | April 19, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

stop crying w/ your blue jeans and button up shirts, downplaying the people who choose no to live behind some fake front so we wont appear to be part of some cultural reject society. dont judge a man/woman by their style of dress or way of hair, judge a person by their charecter and decision making abilities. Cultural individualism not represented by your apperance, but by actions, and way of life. Why focus on what was portrayed in the picture (hiippy) but focus on what that individual stands for, and his beliefs.

Posted by: cienfuegoent | April 19, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Stupid overgrown hippies.

Posted by: fudador | April 19, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

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