For the third year in a row, music will combat litter in Dallas during the Trash Bash Music Stash next weekend at the Truck Yard. 

Started by Brandon Giannasi, the festival brings together hundreds of volunteers to clean up trash along Greenville, Ross and Henderson Avenues. Following a quick free breakfast and an hour of clean-up starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, all volunteers head back to the Truck Yard for food, live music and raffles until 2 p.m.

Following litter pick up along Ross, Henderson and Greenville Avenues, volunteers watched four live music performances at the 2014 Trash Bash Music Stash festival.

Following litter pick up along Ross, Henderson and Greenville Avenues, volunteers watched four live music performances at the 2014 Trash Bash Music Stash festival.

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Various artists including Elizabeth Dryden and Jeff Skele donated art for the raffles and are also helping clean up trash. 

Aaron Puzey, Brandon Giannasi, Paul Slavens and Poppy Xander will perform for the volunteers as they enjoy Truck Yard's food with their free $5 gift cards given out once they get back from cleansing the streets of all the trash they can trudge up.

When the bash first started, Xander said she remembered fighting off a hangover with the free coffee, doughnuts and the excitement of watching people trickle in for one purpose, to clean up the city.

Xander and her tuba player would also crack jokes about the trash they were picking up, trying to figure out how something like an antacid bottle would end up under a bench at a bus stop. 

"You do a little community service because you love your city, and you get the rest of the day to have a great time," Xander said. "It's exactly how Giannasi imagined it, and I hope it grows every year."

Note: Volunteers must sign up online first to receive the free gift card for lunch following clean-up. 
Trash Bash Music Stash 2016

Giannasi said his experiences with the way people treat will throw trash anywhere without regard to the damage being done is what led him to starting this festival.

"I was born in Dallas and cannot believe the amount of litter I see out on the highways & streets," Giannasi said. "It is truly repulsive when I see people throw things out of their window."

As an artist himself, Giannasi said he knew that he could get people to help clean up the city by being rewarded with one of life's simple pleasures: music. 

The event is also supported by Kevin Lefebvre who works for the City of Dallas in the Office of Environmental Quality. In a speech at the first annual Trash Bash Music Stash, Lefebvre thanked everyone for their work after describing how walking down Ross Avenue made it obvious to him that a lot of people think that street is an ashtray. 

Each year the festival has gathered more and more volunteers and has so far cleaned up over 8,500 pounds of litter. Giannasi hopes to increase the number of volunteers to 250 this year and has 3 back up routes in case an unprecedented number of volunteers show up. 

Eventually, Giannasi would like to expand the event to include even more venues around D-FW and hopefully multiple states one day. 

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