Free concert series promotes environmental awareness

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Spazmatics guitarist Brian Young, also known as Bjorn, performs at San Marcos Plaza Park during the Keep San Marcos Beautiful concert series. Free weekly concerts will be hosted every Thursday until mid-April.

Uniting the San Marcos and Texas State communities through art, music and sustainability, the Keep San Marcos Beautiful Spring Concert Series returned Thursday evening and will run through the second week of April.

The free annual event kicked off in San Marcos Plaza Park with a performance by ‘80s new wave group The Spazmatics. The concert series will feature a new musical act every Thursday in the park through April 10. The concert series promotes themes of sustainability and ecological conservation.

“Educating and encouraging the public to be mindful about what they are doing within the community about beautification and recycling and litter prevention is the message that is going to really speak through the festival,” said Amy Kirwin, solid waste program coordinator.

While concerts and music festivals are commonplace in college towns across the country, the Keep San Marcos Beautiful Spring Concert Series has a special meaning the festival hopes to spread to city residents.

Keep San Marcos Beautiful is a chance for residents and students to not only listen to free music by established acts, but reflect on the series’ messages about the community and preserving it for generations to come, said Lisa Morris, recreation program manager.

“The concert series is a opportunity for community service department to provide quality entertainment while promoting to Keep San Marcos Beautiful and the message reduce, reuse, recycle,” Morris said.  

In addition to the musical performances, local vendors and organizations including the San Marcos River Foundation and Sustainable San Marcos will have booths on site to showcase their messages and discuss them with members of the community, said Jennifer Mach, special events coordinator.

 Local artists will have an opportunity to display and sell their works, she said.

“At every concert we will have speed art competitions starting at 6:30 p.m., where the participants compete for a 45-minute time period and everyone gets to judge who wins,” Mach said.

Featured activities like the speed art competition support the event’s message by using recycled materials for the artists’ projects, Kirwin said.

“The general public is really who is benefiting here,” Kirwin said. “The concert is free and it is really helping with a really strong educational outreach for the community of San Marcos.”

Future performances will include The Georges with Ashleigh Stone, The Crystal Creek Boys, The City Limits Us All and The Black Market Club with Christina Murphy.