Earth Day concert benefits whale research



Posted on April 22, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 22 at 6:42 PM

Whale advocate Michael Harris pulled together Graham Nash, Joan Jett, Country Joe and others who are joining Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart in an Earth Day concert in a killer benefit for killer whales.

On Tuesday afternoon Ann and Nancy Wilson signed guitars for a benefit auction, tonight they will play them for a cause near and dear to their hearts - orca whales.

"They're part of our home, part of our landscape,” Ann said.

"They're the jewel of the Pacifc Northwest,” said Nancy. "They're our neighbors."

They'll take the stage at EMP with Joan Jett, Graham Nash and others. Proceeds will go to local whale researchers.

Meanwhile, Seattle's Bullitt Center was offering tours of the world's greenest building, hosted by one of the founders of Earth Day, Denis Hayes.

"Forty-four years ago a  generation that I was part of, of  young people, jumped up on the stage, seized the microphone and began to demand some important changes in the way America does business,” said Hayes.

Also at the Bullitt Center the 'Big Thing' was unveiled. Hundreds of people submitted selfies to the project which activist Laura James then used at pieces to form a mosaic of her favorite Puget Sound native.

"This is a small juvenile giant Pacific octopus, a picture I shot off of Alki Beach and it's made up over 500 images,” she said.

The eventful Seattle Earth Day will end on a royal note and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will join other artists for that benefit concert.
Graham Nash fell in love with whales years ago while sailing with his longtime band-mate.

"I was on a boat with Crosby which I don't recommend to anybody...not for nine weeks anyway,” he said.