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“Keep the Earth clean. It isn’t Uranus. (No offense to Uranus.)” That’s one of our favorite Earth Day slogans reminding us to tread lightly and kindly on this (thus far) singular planet we call home.

Locally, Sol Seed, Whole Earth Nature School and Pedal Power Music are reminding you to do the same with their Earth Day Celebration, a fundraiser for the school, 7 pm Friday, April 22, at Hi-Fi Music Hall; $12 adv., $15 door.

Sky Guasco of Sol Seed tells EW the benefit was a no-brainer because the nature school gives “youth the opportunity to experience nature hands-on and grow along with it. In today’s society, kids are more often separated from the outdoors … For us to have the chance to play an all-ages event and help shine light on local folks making a difference is a bonus.”

Sol Seed. Photo by Athena Delene.

Pairing with Pedal Power Music was the obvious choice for Sol Seed. “With innovative bike-powered electricity, folks at a Pedal Power Music show can add their energy to the overall experience by powering anything from event lighting to on-stage monitors or instruments,” Guasco says.

Pedal Power Music founder Dave Villalobos says bike-powered performance breaks down barriers between performer and audience, adding that it’s about “making a bike fun with music. Redefining the collective power of humans working together, uniting for a fun reason.”

The Earth Day Celebration will be broken into two parts: an all-ages early show, including songs performed with students, at 7 pm, followed by a 21-plus show at 10 pm.

Claudia Schmidt brings her brand of jazz, folk, blues and spoken word to Tsunami Books 7:30 pm Saturday, April 23; $16.50 adv., $18 door. The Michigan-based musician cemented her place in the acoustic folk scene in the ’70s and has since gone on to make multiple appearances on A Prairie Home Companion and create her own record label later bought out by the major roots label Rounder Records. For tickets, contact

Experimental instrumental band Bazil Rathbone may have relocated to Portland, but the quartet is kicking off its West Coast tour for its new album Hemlock in Eugene 8 pm Wednesday, April 27, at Wandering Goat; $5, 21-plus. Bands Naked and PhiloPhobia join the party. Visit to stream the album.

Cottage Grove’s Axe & Fiddle pub features three nights of eclectic music in a row that’s worth the drive down I-5. Misner & Smith, an indie-folk duo whose gorgeously wispy harmonies have caught the ear of American Songwriter, who compared them to Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, takes the stage 8:30 pm Thursday, April 21; FREE. Next up is Portland’s rising hip-hop artist TheDopestMatrix 9 pm Friday, April 22; $5. Then comes Steve Poltz, whose musical record includes founding indie-rock band The Rugburns and collaborating with Jewel — together they created the 1996 hit “You Were Meant for Me.” Poltz has gone on to a successful solo folk-rock career, deemed in 2000 “San Diego’s Most Influential Artist of the Decade” by the San Diego Music Awards. According to Axe & Fiddle, his live shows are “the stuff of legend.” See Poltz 7 pm Saturday, April 23; $12. Following Poltz that same night is freewheeling indie-poppers Dressy Bessy; $7. The band also plays Luckey’s April 22. Listen to Bessy’s infectiously upbeat track “Lady Liberty” at