Agua-Palooza will flood the Knitting Factory Saturday, Oct. 15, to raise awareness about resource sustainability and conservation. The festival will include a number of local bands and artists, and all of the proceeds will benefit Growing Change Inc. a local nonprofit environmental start-up.
Growing Change aims to install environment-friendly community water purification systems. These systems use solar powered LEDs and florescent lights to produce a UVC wavelength that will eliminate harmful bacteria. The nonprofit hopes to install these along the Boise Greenbelt and, eventually, in developing nations such as Guatemala. A model of the filtration system will be set up at Agua-Palooza.
"One of our ideas is to use these funds to purchase or rent an office space so that we have a face to the community, so that people can come in and we can teach them water management techniques," said Antonio Bommarito, executive director of Growing Change. "We want to use some of the money to do research, to find out what community demands are in Boise, and possibly buy a greenhouse so that we can grow food and have a community garden year-round."
Agua-Palooza will feature sets from local rockers Actual Depiction, hippie jammers Jupiter Holiday and Neo Tundra Cowboy, as well as funk/soul act Danger Beard and folk-rockers Pat McDonald and the Tropical Cowboys.
"We want to use music and local resources to teach about our mission," Bommarito explained. "To do that, we are using all local bands and local artists. It's going to be like a local artist festival. So, we get to support our cause and we get to support local artisans to help them stay afloat."
Doors for the event open at 6 p.m. and tickets range from $5 to $8.