Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) was super excited to hear from Peter Mulvey, veteran singer-songwriter, passionate cyclist and rail-trail supporter, who will be performing a 12-hour online concert, a.k.a. Peter Mulvey’s One Day World Tour, on Jan. 25, 2015.
Each hour of this “pay what you want” event, Mulvey will play a 45-minute set and give a shout out to a different nonprofit. And guess what? Hour 11 (6 p.m. CT/7 p.m. EST) will be dedicated to RTC. How awesome is that?
If you’re familiar with Mulvey, you might know about his history of giving concert tours by bike. Several hundred miles. No support vehicle. To use his own words, they are just “[him] and a guitar strapped to the bike rack.”
When asked recently why he’s so passionate about trails and biking, here’s what Mulvey told RTC:
“I've spent my life traveling, by car and by airplane, seeing Europe and America on countless tours, and I've loved it. But eight years ago, when I did my first concert tour by bicycle—traveling with a small band of friends under our own power across the landscape—I felt as though I'd been connected with something deeply human. When your group is passing by a clearing, and someone puts out their arm to point out dozens of Sandhill Cranes in the morning mist, and you've got miles behind you and miles ahead, that's transcendent.”
The concert will be streamed live via Concert Window from the Café Carpe in Fort Atkinson, Wis., and we encourage you to tune in! And, if you live near the Café Carpe, you can even check out Mulvey’s last two sets in person. RTC’s hour (second to last) will be an acoustic set, and the last set will include a full band.
Mulvey and Concert Window have graciously decided to donate half the proceeds of the concert to the 12 nonprofits recognized during the day. RTC is thrilled to have been chosen for this honor, and we extend our gratitude to both Mulvey and Concert Window for their support of America’s trails.
For detailed information about the concert, check out Peter Mulvey’s One Day World Tour Web page.