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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

eMAP Concert Series to Raise Environmental Awareness Kicks Off June 25

Posted By on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 6:15 AM

The eMAP kickoff will be at Blank Space, 2847 Cherokee St. - MABEL SUEN
  • Mabel Suen
  • The eMAP kickoff will be at Blank Space, 2847 Cherokee St.

There is only one thing better than live music — live music paired with both a good cause and free beer. The Environmental Music and Arts Project, or eMAP, plans to do just that, bringing together local musicians and artists to raise money for the protection of the environment.

eMAP's bi-monthly events will bring together musicians, artists and awareness for environmental issues. A different local environmental non-profit will benefit from each show.

For the kickoff on June 25, that's the Missouri Prairie Foundation, which has been working for 50 years to protect the state's native grasslands. The show, held from 2 to 6 p.m. at Blank Space (2847 Cherokee Street), will feature performances by iLLPHONiCS, Kid Scientist, and Letter to Memphis, a showcase by local artists Tony Renner and Brandon Barnes, and complimentary beer courtesy of Schlafly. 

Musician Kevin Koehler received a $1,000 grant from Earth Day St. Louis to kickstart the project.

Says Koehler, “The hope is that we see a lot of community engagement with this by making its a fun and enjoyable concert for people where we can also talk about the environment."

In addition to the concert's proceeds, the Missouri Prairie Foundation will be given time during the show to promote their cause. Ten percent of all art sales will go back to the foundation as well.

This concert will also feature booths from both non-profit and for-profit organizations that support sustainability. Koehler notes that any organization wanting to support the cause is more than welcome to represent themselves at eMAP events.

The second eMAP event is already in the works for August 20. It will also be held at Blank Space.
  • Courtesy of Kevin Koehler

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