Archive for ◊ May, 2008 ◊

Help us distribute BMF postcards!

Hey BMF fans, the postcards are finally here. Their big, bold “Bicycle Music Festival” leaves no room for doubt. BMF is coming June 21. People are coming from as far as Seattle and LA. If you’ve got two wheels and two legs in this city, you know you need to be there.

And if you have a hankering to ride around to bike community hotspots like Zeitgeist, Ritual, and Atlas, bike shops like the FreeWheel, not to mention churches, synagogues, festivals, sustainability smokeouts, and night clubs like the Elbo Room and Bruno’s, and help with grassroots publicity for the BMF, please pickup some postcards and help us do distro. email paul@ or gabe@ this esteemed web site if you’re interested.

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• Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Volunteers starting to emerge from the SF Bike Community.

I got a cool phone call from Keeeth (representing Pedal Express in Berkeley) offering to help carry gear and instruments at BMF. He has a dependable trailer that he used last year to carry most of the drum set. Big thanks Keeeth! And to  all you other potential volunteers… If you’ve got an Xtracycle or a trailer or some other cargo conveyance, please contact Gabe or I.  Gabe@ or Paul@  the address of this esteemed website. It’ll be fun, and it’s for a great cause — bringing music to the streets, parks, and people of the Mission.

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• Thursday, May 29th, 2008

BMF – Momentum Magazine

Bicycle Music Festival, San Francisco

By Krisztina Kun
Momentum Magazine
May 2008

The san francisco bicycle music festival combines two of the best parts of summer: open air concerts and riding around town with friends, creating a roving, interactive community celebration. On June 21, the longest day of the year, the festival starts at a Farmers’ Market and winds through the streets of San Francisco pumping music with a pedal-powered sound system. Stopping at parks throughout the afternoon, the ride becomes a sunset street party with stilt walkers and fire spinners, and ends at a converted auto body shop turned artists’ studio where the party continues until midnight. more…

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• Friday, May 23rd, 2008

SHAKE YOUR PEACE! touring Utah

SHAKE YOUR PEACE! touring Utah

Four members of SHAKE YOUR PEACE! are biking through Utah, performing with their pedal-powered P/A. Frontman Gabe Dominguez is my BMF co-organizer. SYP! sounded great at the Maker Faire last weekend. Best of luck Gabe, Sonya, Sean, and Scott!

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• Sunday, May 11th, 2008

Rock the Bike's Pedal Power Stage at Maker Faire a cool BMF shakedown

Guitarist from Lee Maverick band pedal powers his own guitar solo.

We had 11 bands over two days at last weekend’s Maker Faire. We had three pedal power bikes powering two 400-watt JBL powered speakers. Unlike the ones the Ginger Ninjas took to Mexico, these speakers were powered by traditional amplifiers, not digital amps. So the three pedal power bikes were barely enough. We couldn’t really have kids pedal one of the three, because they just didn’t put out enough power. And you really can’t kick a kid off a bicycle and feel good about yourself at the end of the night. So we said “adults only.” Fortunately for this year’s BMF, it’s looking like we’ll have the Ginger Ninjas in effect, with their Pleasant Revolution sound system, road-tested after 5 months through Mexico.

Anyway, there are some great shots from the Faire on Flickr. Hope you dig it.

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• Sunday, May 11th, 2008