Rock the Green's 12th Annual (FREE) Earth Day Celebration
presented by Milwaukee Riverkeeper
Saturday, April 22, Noon-3pm
The Garage @ Harley-Davidson Museum
UPDATE: Due to forecasted cold temps, the Celebration is moving INDOORS to The Garage
The zero-waste Celebration features
Live concert on the famous pedal-powered stage featuring Rock the Stream 2020 alums
SistaStrings and Klassik
12pm 🎵 Klassik
1pm 🌎 Earth Day Remarks & Rock the Green's Dan Aukofer Earth Day Rockstar Award
Earth Day Remarks from Milwaukee Riverkeeper, Harley-Davidson, City of Milwaukee's Environmental Collaboration Office & Rock the Green
Rockstar Award Recipient: Milwaukee Riverkeeper's Cheryl Nenn, celebrating 20 years of environmental dedication
Performance by Jonah Denae
17-year old Milwaukee rap artist and poet
2pm 🎵 SistaStrings
Thank you to the cycling clubs for donating their legs to power up the stage
🚲 Vélo Femmes, Cadence, Black Girls Do Bike, Red Bike and Green Milwaukee & Tosa Spokesmen 🚲
ROCK YOUR BODY GREEN @ THE RTG BOOTH
Caroline Carter, Certified Raw Vegan Chef of PBS television series, Cooking Raw
Make a quick healthy snack for the whole fam!
Claire Vouga, owner of reOrient
Mini wellness sessions with Claire, a licensed Acupuncturist, Tui’na Massage Body Worker, Dietary & Chinese Herbal Therapist, Juicing, certified Relaxation Therapist, formerly certified Personal Trainer & Fitness & Yoga Instructor
Wisconsin Climbers Association
Curious about rock climbing?
The Wisconsin Climbers Association is a collective group of advocates whose mission is to serve as a voice for Wisconsin climbers. They partner with Access Fund serving as a local climbing organization for the state of Wisconsin. Together we foster connections within the community and addresses access issues while promoting stewardship of the land.
SistaStrings & Klassik merch
RTG organic tees
Erik & Russ of Wisconsin Drunken History Podcast
Chat Wisco history & beer with Erik and Russ
🎧Tune in to our Earth Day Extravaganza podcast HERE
Eco-education from community nonprofits & orgs
Alliance for the Great Lakes
City of Milwaukee Environmental Collaboration Office
Forest Home Cemetary & Arboretum Green Burials
Friends of Lakeshore State Park
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
Milwaukee Water Commons
Riveredge Nature Center
Our Future Milwaukee
Ozaukee Washington Land Trust
River Revitalization Foundation
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust
The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Climbers Association
Wisconsin Drunken History Podcast
Wisconsin Music Ventures
NEW for 2023
Rock the Outdoors presented by Arch Solar featuring fam friendly action on wheels
Harley-Davidson kids electric-powered balance bike demos for kids (ages 3-7)
Milwaukee bred sisters, Monique (Vocals, Cello) and Chauntee Ross (Vocals, Violin), spent their entire music education not quite fitting any particular mold. Raised by two ministers, enrolled in conservatory at young ages, Monique and Chauntee embraced what made them different. Their art is meant to reflect their varying musical interests in a way that draws the listener in. Music becomes a journey and SistaStrings invites you to find your path.
Collaboration has been at the forefront of SistaStrings’ art. The sisters grew up playing their instruments in the church which is where their love of harmonies and improvisation was cultivated. Their entire childhood was immersed in music and making music with their peers in many different settings. It wasn’t until 2014 when both Monique and Chauntee moved back to their hometown, Milwaukee, WI when they began this project. They began exploring their sound as SistaStrings and collaborating with a variety of Milwaukee artist and found a strong creative community.
During their “discovery phase”, SistaStrings met and began to collaborate with fellow Milwaukeean Peter Mulvey. They’ve recorded two albums together. 2021 opened a new chapter for the duo as they relocated to Nashville. They have participated as members of The Rainbow Coalition of the Loving, Allison Russell’s touring band. Monique and Chauntee are currently touring with Brandi Carlile. It’s no coincidence that collaboration is a strong point for the sisters. They believe that music and the arts reflect life and use their music to create opportunity for others and promote love and acceptance.
“We grew up appreciating different genres from classical to gospel to soul to hip hop, our music is a criss-cross marriage of all sorts of genres to make it something truly our own. It’s music for the soul.”
-Chauntee Ross, Interview with Rock the Green for Rock the Stream benefit concert series
Multi-instrumentalist producer/singer/rapper/songwriter from Milwaukee, WI, pulling from years of jazz saxophone study and music production to craft a unique blend of rap/jazz/soul.
Klassik is as dexterous a rapper as he is an impassioned and soulful singer, often highlighted by his intense and incisive falsetto. All of this is intertwined with his own unique, personal and unbridled storytelling. With a penchant for curation and collaboration, which he likens to that of one of his biggest inspirations, Quincy Jones, Klassik’s production is crafted with intent, beauty and depth of musicality.
Most recent album (QUIET, 2019) was named the #1 album of 2019 by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and garnered awards for Best Solo Artist and Critic’s Choice for Album of the Year at the 2019 Radio Milwaukee Music Awards.
A true class act, Klassik works to stir the souls of listeners into action with empathy, passion, and purpose through his own self-reflective sonic art.
Kellen 'Klassik' Abston performed at Rock the Green's Sustainability Festival in 2016 & 2017
Born and raised in Milwaukee, grown in an environment where determination was a must to be developed, Jonah Denae is an up and coming female rapper/artist with a sound you don't necessarily hear from the music scene in the city. But still, catering to the influence. To the structure of pen, endless discography of lyricism and rhyme schemes and a flow intertwined with versatility, Denae is a promising figure to bring back the feel of femcee hiphop that gives you a looksee of being rough around the edges and the realness of what can blossom within the cracks of the concrete. Poetry within her words. Rhythm within her lyrics.
"If I want it, i'ma get it. By any means necessary. Under no circumstance."
This is, Jonah Denae
Support the artists, buy their super sweet merch NOW and at the Celebration
Tees, hats & stickers available for purchase at RTG's Earth Day Celebration
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Klass Act. Merch
Shop Klass Act. hats & hoodies NOW & at the Earth Day Celebration
Presentation of RTG's Dan Aukofer Earth Day Rockstar award to Milwaukee Riverkeeper's Cheryl Nenn
Before joining Milwaukee Riverkeeper, Cheryl consulted on environmental projects for the U.S. Forest Service; provided forestry and wildlife management planning for private landowners for the Michigan DNR and Dept. of Agriculture; and helped manage forest restoration, reforestation, and erosion control projects for the City of New York, Department of Parks and Recreation. She also served as a forestry extension/environmental education Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador, and as a Crisis Corps volunteer in Honduras, helping with community rebuilding and reforestation projects after Hurricane Mitch.
As Riverkeeper, Cheryl identifies sources of pollution to Milwaukee’s rivers, actively patrols the rivers for issues of concern, and looks for collaborative solutions to these problems. Cheryl also manages our citizen-based water quality monitoring project, the Milwaukee Urban Water Trail, and various restoration and stormwater demonstration projects.
Cheryl serves on the Board of the Waterkeeper Alliance, as a Project Team leader for the Southeastern Wisconsin Watershed Trust (Sweet Water), and as a member of several Technical Advisory Committees for SEWRPC and WDNR relating to water quality and the Milwaukee River Estuary Area of Concern. She has a BS in Biology from the University of Illinois and an MS in Natural Resource Ecology and Management from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment.