Arts | Oregon

Great Coal Train Tour Comes To Astoria With Music And Message

Coast Weekend | April 3, 2013 2:36 a.m. | Updated: April 3, 2013 10:49 a.m.

ASTORIA — Singer Dana Lyons and Columbia Riverkeeper are hosting a free evening of great music and conversation starting 7 p.m. Friday, April 5 at the Blue Scorcher Bakery and Café, 1493 Duane St., Astoria.

Lyons, a singer/songwriter and environmental educator, has perfected his musical talent to both entertain and inform audiences about the threat of coal export to our river, our health and our climate.

The concert is part of the popular Great Coal Train Tour – a musical tour spanning from the coal mines of Wyoming to the proposed coal export terminals and impact towns throughout the Northwest. Coal companies are targeting the Columbia River as the gateway for coal export, such as the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminal in Longview, Wash. This is sure to be a fun, inspirational and educational performance that is good for the whole family.

Lyons has a body of work extending well beyond his hit song “Cows with Guns.” He has eight albums, including “Circle the World” with Dr. Jane Goodall and “At Night They Howl at the Moon: Environmental Songs for Kids.” Lyons works with Goodall and her environmental group Roots & Shoots. Hailing from Bellingham, Wash., Lyons has taken the Great Coal Train Tour throughout the states affected by coal export. You can find more about Lyons at www.cowswithguns.com

The concert is a fundraiser for Columbia Riverkeeper, whose mission is to protect and restore the water quality of the Columbia River and all life connected to it, from the headwaters to the Pacific Ocean.

For additional information, contact Carol Newman at 503-458-6837 or Columbia Riverkeeper’s Community Organizer Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky at 503-929-5950 and visit http://columbiariverkeeper.org

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