Source: PhillyVoice :
On Friday, former Flyers enforcer Riley Cote – now an assistant coach with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms – will be returning to Philly along with some more musically-inclined friends for the Hemp Heals Music Festival on Penn’s Landing.
Now in its fifth year, the show is put on by Cote’s Hemp Heals Foundation, which he started after a post-retirement “awakening” and has continued to develop throughout his coaching career. Headlining the event this year will be 311 and Matisyahu, but that’s just part of what will be taking place at Festival Pier.
“It’s got music, and I think that’s a great way to tie in the message,” Cote said in a sit-down interview with PhillyVoice last month. “The demographics seem to be younger, so you’re kind of shaping minds the right way so you don’t need to reprogram them. You’re giving them the truth and guiding them the right way from the start.”
In addition to the concert, there will be vendors who specialize in hemp-based products like clothing, paper and skin and hair products. And not only will these vendors be selling the items, but they’ll also be there to tell you more about the importance of hemp and its many benefits.
“If you walk around to all the tents and the vendors, you’ll see a lot of the different faces of cannabis and hemp,” Cote said. “You’ll see hemp clothing, skin and hair products, hemp paper, you’ll see a guy from Lancaster who sells a hemp pretzel. He calls them Hempzels. So it’s also inspiring young, entrepreneurial minds and giving them a tool and a resource to use in a different, innovative and eco-friendly way. … The sky’s the limit. I think there are over 30,000 different things you can do with hemp, from obvious things like accessories and socks to building materials, biodiesel, filters, the list goes own.”
HEMP HEALS MUSIC FEST
When: Friday, 6 p.m. | Doors: 5 p.m.
Where: Festival Pier, Penn’s Landing