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BMF Photos!

The first batch of photos are being added to Bicycle Music Festival Flickr pool.
Here’s the slideshow from Bicycle Music Festival SF.

These photos were taken by a number of super talented photographers. Click on the photos to view credit info on Flickr.

Add your own photos!  Join the BMF Flickr group to add photos to the pool!

• Monday, June 20th, 2011

Route Map & Turn Sheet

Here’s the Route Map & Turn Sheet for this Saturday, June 18th.

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Route Map

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Here’s the Route Turn Sheet:

Bicycle Music Festival Turnsheet – June 18th 2011

BEGIN 5pm — Old Cabin Meadow, GGP (JFK & Stow Lake)

  1. West on JFK
  2. left on Kezar Dr
  3. merge into right lane
  4. right on Stanyon
  5. left on Haight
  6. left on Masonic
  7. right on Oak
  8. right on Scott
  9. left on Haight
  10. right on Steiner
  11. cross Duboce
  12. continue on Sanchez
  13. left on 18th
  14. right on Dolores
  15. left on 19th
  16. right on Valencia
  17. left on 24th
  18. left on Florida
  19. right on 17th
  20. left on Wisconsin
  21. cross 16th, enter parklet by Cafe

ARRIVE 6pm — Showplace Triangle (16th & Wisconsin)

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• Friday, June 17th, 2011

Get Involved – How to Help

Roll With the BMF! It’s easy to get involved…
Here are some great ways to be part of the action:


Wanna be a Bike Roadie? Rock the Merch Table or the Smoothie Station? Be a Golden Goose? Perhaps you’d like to post fliers or help test/build equipment before the day-of? Fill out the Volunteer Signup Form to let us know how you’d like to help out. Thank you!!

Say Something!


Make Something!

Bring Something!

Take Something!

  • Post your Pics! Add your pics to the BMF Flickr pool
  • Pack-In Pack-Out - BMF is a “leave no trace behind” event. Please help by picking up your trash and leaving the event sites better than you found them.

Give Something!

  • Become a Sponsor of BMF – BMF is made possible by the support of some wonderful local individuals, businesses, and organizations. We encourage support via Financial Contributions or in-kind materials/services to help support the Bicycle Music Festival. All Donations are Tax-Deductible! E-mail for more info.

Represent! Calling All Bay Area Community Organizations

Collaborate with us! Do you have a cool community activity that we can tie-in to the BMF like a farm workday, social activity like a capture the flag game that you and your friends are organizing, or want to table for your non-profit organization at the BMF? Let’s do it! Contact

Scouting Locations

Please let us know if you’ve found an awesome spot for a future pedal-powered concert. Email

BE THERE for the best damn show of the year!

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• Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

What's New at BMF 2011?

8-foot wide mobile stage!

Our featured LiveOnBike performers, the Ginger Ninjas and SF opera singers, will be standing on an 8′ wide mobile stage towed by an electric cargo bike. We’ve been wanting to elevate our LiveOnBike performers and provide a more comfortable performance platform. The new stage will allow our LiveOnBike acts to sing, dance, and get our festival rocking all the way to our night venue. See lots of great LiveOnBike videos at

Better sound! More Pedal Power generators!

Our Pedal Powered Stage will be twice as powerful as last year’s! 12 pedalers will allow us to run a 4000-watt system, complete with a dedicated subwoofer for rich, danceable bass! Our recent experience building a 16-bike system with a group in New York has shown that more generators makes a big difference. So we’re building up new ones just in time and calling out to the Pedal Power community for more.

Ice Cream Bike!

Rock The Bike recently finished an amazing Pedal Powered Ice Cream maker for a creamery in Brooklyn, NY. We’re finishing up a second Ice Cream Bike in time for this Saturday’s festival. We’re hoping for a hot day!


See you at the Festival

~The Bicycle Music Festival crew

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• Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

BMF Schedule & Bands 2011

All of these incredible performers on a huge pedal-powered sound system, powered by YOU!
Don’t forget to bring cash to donate to bands via the famous BMF Golden Geese.
Here’s the full schedule and links to check out the performers:
12pm Golden Gate Park (old log cabin meadow)
12:00-12:35 StitchCraft(freak folk)
12:45-1:20 Cradle Duende feat. MC RAI(klezmer flamenco rock meets virtuosic Arab singing)
1:20-2:00 Evan Francis Jazz ~ (funky intelligent jazz from SF’s acclaimed Jazz Mafia)
2:15-3:00 rollicking barn dance with dance caller Alan Winston and live old time band led by Kathrine Gardner (old time)
3:15-4:00 Locura(female-fronted Latin rebel rock)
4:00-5:00 Loyd Family Players ~ (huge sound, booty rocking drum line)

5:00pm Live-On-Bike performances
- Opera Duets feat. Brooke Munoz & William O’Neill from SF Conservatory (opera)
- Kipchoge and the Ginger Ninjas ~ (folk rock)

6:00pm Showplace Triangle (16th St. & Wisconsin)
6:00-7:00 boom boom boom boom boom! feat. Izzy*Wise (hot Bay Area DJ)
7:00-7:45 Fito Reinoso ~ (Cuban salsa)
8:00-8:45 Sukhawat Ali Khan ~ (ecstatic booty shaking N. Indian bhangra rock)
8:45-9:00 aerial performance by Tara Quinn (acrobatics/ circus)
9:00-9:45 California Honeydrops ~ (blues, gospel, New Orleans jazz, early r&b)
10:00-10:45  Ashel Eldridge/ Seasunz ~ (Oakland progressive hip hop)
10:55-11:25 Fossil Fool the Bike Rapper ~ (SF bike activist hip hop)

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• Wednesday, June 01st, 2011

BMF 2015 Sponsors

Bicycle Music Festival is supported by some really amazing sponsors. We thank these partners for contributing to their communities and helping this event be the best San Francisco BMF ever!

rock the bike logo large

Rock The Bike designed and provides the Pedal Powered Stage we use at BMF, and also created the LiveOnBike Mobile Stage. Founder, Fossil Fool, is one of the co-directors of BMF, and many of the core BMF team work for Rock the Bike.

 Yuba logoYuba Bicycles makes the Mundo and Boda Boda cargo bikes used as haulers (and generators) by BMF’s roadies.  Yuba helps us achieve our goal of using zero fossil fuels to transport and power all-day music festival!

new belgium logoNew Belgium Brewing Co is a groovy eco-minded beer company that’s committed to hyping bike culture and supporting local bike advocacy organizations!




The Bicycle Music Festival is a 501(c)3 project of 350 Bay Area


Please support the Bicycle Music Festival by making your tax-deductible donation.

Questions about becoming a Festival Sponsor? Email Jeff Blumenthal at

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• Wednesday, May 25th, 2011


Power to the Pedal! SF Bicycle Music Festival 2010 from John Hamilton on Vimeo.

The mission of the Bicycle Music Festival is to promote sustainable culture in general and bicycle culture in particular, by physically engaging and immersing our community in the magic of bike culture, and cultivating and nurturing a network of local sustainable musicians, through our staging of free, community participatory, bicycle-based music events.

The Bicycle Music Festival is the largest 100% bicycle-powered music festival in the world. The free, all-day (and late into the night) event takes place annually in San Francisco, California on the Saturday closest to the summer solstice.

The Bicycle Music Festival features: a 2000 watt pedal-powered PA system, as many as 15 bands, multiple festival stops, outrageous Critical Mass-style bicycle party caravans between festival stops, and zero use of cars or trucks.

With its completely bike-haulable stage, the event is packed up and deployed numerous times: staged sequentially at different public parks and also on a moving “Live On Bike” stage which rolls down city streets.

Credit: John Hamilton

• Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Become a BMF Grant Writer!

The San Francisco Bicycle Music Festival is the largest 100% bicycle-powered music festival in the world!

Featuring the original fully bike-portable Pedal-Powered sound stage, mobile LiveOnBike performances, and over a dozen Bay Area musical acts, the Bicycle Music Festival is a free annual event founded in 2007. Taking place on the Saturday closest to the Summer Solstice, the Festival runs all-day (and late into the night) and has been called “the greenest music festival ever conceived.” It has showcased the music of prominent and talented local artists such as Sean Hayes, Manicato, Oona Garthwaite, Tornado Rider, Jazz Mafia, and more.

It is also the most imminently-grantable and underfunded community arts and environment program around…

In 2010, we evolved from our humble roots as a guerrilla-style operation to a fiscally-sponsored non-profit project under the auspices of the San Francisco Parks Trust’s Park Partner program. Armed with a 501(c)(3) tax ID, we successfully raised about $3,500 for permits and supplies, including a $1,500 Community Arts Grant from the Zellerbach Foundation.

For 2011, Bicycle Music Festival (the entity that produces the SF Bicycle Music Festival) is in need of a grant writer who appreciates the mission, the culture, and has the skills and passion necessary to help us fund a 2011 budget of $10,000-$15,000.

Ideally, the Grant Writer will be paid out of the grant itself, although another pay arrangement based on our collective ability to raise money may be possible. Interested persons should send a short email explaining some combination of your background as a grant-writer, your passion for bicycles/sustainability/community empowerment, and why you are interested.

Email: with letters of interest and/or questions.

The BMF Team

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• Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

BMF Route & Venue Map

This is the projected route map that the Bicycle Music Festival LiveOnBike Ride will take between the two venues (Speedway Meadow in GG Park to Showplace Triangle, 16th & Wisconsin).

You can also follow BMF all day on Twitter –
We’ll be tweeting frequent location and route updates, so you can catch up en-route!

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• Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Pack In – Pack Out!

Pack In – Pack Out

As always, the Bicycle Music Festival aims to achieve a “Pack-In-Pack-Out” mentality. This means that audience members, volunteers, and musicians – participants of ALL kinds – work together to generate ZERO trash in the parks and streets that BMF passes through.

Please help us by leaving no trace behind you (except for the lovely ringing strains of music!) and pitch in if you can to help clean up at this year’s BMF (July 31!)

You can also help out by Spreading the Word!


Also, this year BMF is bringing back the Bicycle-Blended Smoothies! These delicious fruity delights will cool your belly while you work up a sweat dancing to all the amazing music of the day.

Help us generate less trash and bring your own cup to fill at the smoothie station.
Questions? Contact Jeff [at] BicycleMusicFestival [dot] com.

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• Saturday, July 24th, 2010