Local Music Vibe Main Stage Schedule

Keynote Speaker: Van Jones

Be sure to catch our keynote speaker Van Jones, who will present on the Main Stage at 3:00pm.

Note that times and presentations may change before the event.

10:30 – 11:30

Trashion Fashion Show

Models will walk the catwalk in ocean-diverted plastic waste couture.

11:30 – 12:30

High School Environmental Programs

Speakers will include students in the environmental programs at The Branson School, Marin Academy, Sir Francis Drake High School, The Woolman Semester School and San Rafael High School.

12:30 – 1:00

Social Media for Social Good

Joey Shepp is an Internet entrepreneur, professional speaker and sustainability consultant. He is the sustainable programs director at Dominican University of California and founder and principal consultant of Earthsite, a digital media agency for sustainable brands. Joey consults brands on how to leverage digital media for sustainability communications. In his 15+ years of experience, he has developed hundreds of green business websites and speaks extensively at green and technology conferences. Joey holds a degree in ecological design from UC, Santa Cruz, an MBA in sustainable enterprise from Dominican University of California and is a black belt in aikido. He lives and works in the North Bay Area, California.

1:00 – 2:00

Local Innovator: Andrés Edwards

Andrés Edwards is a sustainability consultant, educator, entrepreneur and award-winning author. He creates innovative ways to illustrate the relationship between individuals, the built environment and living systems. His work includes writing, teaching and consulting with businesses, municipalities, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations. His areas of expertise include developing environmental assessments and resource efficiency strategic plans and training and communication programs that promote an organization’s sustainability mission and goals. For more information, visit andresedwards.com – or to purchase his books online, visit indiebound.com.

2:00 – 3:00

Local Music: Mike Gibbons & Megan Slankard

Mike Gibbons is a wandering singer-songwriter who found his home in Northern California in 2003 after growing up in locales such as Bangkok, Nairobi, Cairo and Brussels. These wide and eclectic cultural influences play a large part in his music, which exhibits a global musical sensibility beyond his years. After having spent the last year living in Thailand with his wife, Mike is returning to the Bay Area and will be performing a “Back to the Bay” tour. Mike will feature songs from his newest album, “Marigolds: The Bangkok Sessions.” mikegibbons.net

Though only in her 20′s, singer-songwriter Megan Slankard has sold nearly 30,000 copies of four independently released CDs. Megan’s newest release, A Token Of The Wreckage (Spring 2011), is “an edgy alt-rock release that is a breath of fresh air” (Maverick Magazine),“gleaming, grooving, and gritty” (Minor 7th), with “thoughtful construction and clever wordplay” (Performer Magazine). The CD, which was recorded with help from David Bryson (Counting Crows) and Jerry Becker (Train), held a spot in the 10-best-selling albums on CD Baby for weeks. meganslankard.com.


Keynote Speaker: Van Jones

Van Jones is president and cofounder of Rebuild the Dream, a platform for bottom-up, people-powered innovations to help fix the U.S. economy. A Yale-educated attorney, Van has written two new York Times best sellers: The green Collar Economy, the definitive book on green jobs and rebuild the Dream, a roadmap for progressives in 2012 and beyond. In 2009, Van worked as the green jobs advisor to the Obama White House. There, he helped run the inter-agency process that oversaw $80 billion in green energy recovery spending. For more information, visit vanjones.net.


Local Music: Sofi Rox 

Sophia Roxanna Setrakian, also known as Sofi Rox, is an open-hearted singer-songwriter with a deep love for the truth. Sofi is celebrated for her songs of nature and love with simple accompaniment, wistful melodies and dynamic vocals. Not easily categorized, the 24-year-old folk and pop performer harkens back to Woody Guthrie while incorporating soul music with her grandfather’s instrument the ukulele. For more information, visit sofirox.com.


GMO UpdateLori Grace 

Lori Grace, M.A., has been an active member of the Sierra Club, NRDC, EDF and the Union of Concerned Scientists for more than 20 years. Lori trained with Al Gore at the Climate Project in January of 2007 and is committed to sharing information about global warming. She enjoys teaching how you can make a significant contribution to our planet by substantially reducing your carbon output, all while saving money and having fun! Lori is also a leader in the alternative fuels movement and practices this with her own cars. For more information, visit sunrise-center.org.


Music Headliner: Ricardo Lemvo

Ricardo Lemvo’s blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms with pan-African styles (soukous, Angolan semba and kizomba) has been described by the LA Times as “seamless and infectious.” This Congo-born artist of Angolan ancestry is the embodiment of the Afro-Latin Diaspora which connects back to Mother Africa via the Cuban clave rhythm. Lemvo is equally at home singing in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Lingala and Kikongo. Since forming his Los Angeles-based band Makina Loca in 1990, Lemvo has refined his craft and vision, raising his joyous voice with strength, singing songs that celebrate life, and most importantly, inspiring his audiences to let loose and dance away their worries. For more information, visit makinaloca.com.


Hang Solo Performance: Laura Inserra

Laura Inserra is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, teacher and artistic director. She is a classically trained musician with a strong improvisational background. She plays contemporary and world music in different projects as a percussionist, multi-instrumentalist and composer. She writes and performs music for theater, dance performances and exhibitions as well as soundtracks for movies with internationally acclaimed musicians. For more information, visit laurainserra.com.