Wednesday February 26, 2014 at the Avalon nightclub in Hollywood marked the 11th annual Pre-Oscar Party for the 20-year strong Global Green USA, the American affiliate of Green Cross International. Eco-conscious electronic dance music superstars Moby and the Crystal Method provided the entertainment for the evening, the former with a live show, the latter with a DJ set. Depending on which tier of ticket the attendees purchased (general admission $125, bottle service with six tickets and exclusive seating $650, VIP concert with patron dinner $2,500), the evening also included a sit-down dinner with plant-based fare courtesy of Culver City’s Akasha Restaurant, known for its use of sustainable ingredients. Post-dinner was an auction led by Christie’s where guests could bid on items such as travel getaways. Also depending on which package bought was the added bonus of numerous celebrity sightings. Among these, Twilight’s Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene, Veep’s Matt Walsh, Joan Rivers, Maggie Grace, Malin Akerman, Luke Perry, Billy Zane, Ed Begley Jr., Eliza Coupe, Michelle Branch, and Alison Sudol. In keeping with Global Green’s ethos of advocating smart solution to global warming, the event was billed as one with zero-waste.
Celebrities spoke on ways in which they practice being green as they arrived on the Green Carpet. Moby, who is known for being a pro-active and very vocal environmentally conscious citizen, said, “I’ve been vegan for 26 years. I live and work in the same place so I don’t drive that often—even though I live in LA. “
“We both have [electric vehicles],” said the Crystal Method’s Scott Kirkland. “We have charging stations at the studio so we drive to work and plug our cars in to charge.”
“We also have a green rider, where we ask for a recycle bin, glasses instead of cups, biodegradable plates, real silverware,” said the Crystal Method’s Ken Jordan. “There’s not a lot we can do on the rider, but we make an effort.”
The Crystal Method is hitting the road this summer with an eye to plan their tour as far ahead in advance as possible in order to be able to move in as eco-friendly a way as possible. Kirkland jokingly mentioned they were hoping to use Willie Nelson’s bus, which runs on the artist’s own brand of farmer-supported, earth-friendly biodiesel called BioWillie. Nelson headlined Global Green’s Pre-Oscar Party last year.
Moby played his only scheduled live show of 2014 at the event. The venue’s main floor was still filled with round dinner tables and forgotten flatware and wineglasses but that didn’t stop the revelers from getting into Moby’s dialed-in performance. Flanked by a full band clad in all white with satin accents, Moby himself was in a black T-shirt and jeans, alternating between brandishing an electric guitar and smacking bongos. The set list featured crowd-pleasing numbers pulled from Moby’s extensive catalog, and at that price point, they better please. Party people bumped their hips against the tables as they threw themselves into the spirited strains of “Bodyrock” and Moby’s early rave smash, “Go,” which still hits the mark some two decades later. The flow of the set shifted smoothly from high-energy to more emotional songs, including the gorgeous “Porcelain.” Auction winners of the “ultimate Moby experience” got to dance on stage with him while Moby’s lead female vocalist and his back-up singers, The Silver Lake Chorus, brought an immeasurable warmth and depth to the entire performance. Moby gamely sang an acoustic version of “Perfect Life,” from his most recent album, The Innocents, which led to his closer, another gem from 20 years ago, the palpitating “Feeling So Real.”
At this point the Crystal Method took over the decks, transitioning the crowd to a late-night, bumping club experience. The sharply-dressed Jordan and Kirkland played a selection of upfront tracks including material from their current, self-titled album—despite the fact that the house lights were slowly being raised, probably to make sure people didn’t hurt themselves, what with the tables still being set up and clogging the dancefloor. Nevertheless, the duo ripped through the crowd with its single, “Over It” featuring Dia Frampton as well as some signature breakbeat numbers and some bass-heavy stormers.
The evening raised $20,000, and counting, for the organization, as well as bringing attention to ongoing environmental issues. --Lily Moayeri
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