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BMF musicians, roadies, and fans scaling a large hill

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• Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

2nd Bicycle Music Festival grows 200% over last year

Cruising from Precita Park to Dolores Park at Saturday’s BMF
2008 Harrison St. Photo


photo: Adam Aufdencamp

Cruising from Precita Park to Dolores Park at the first annual BMF in 2007
2007 Harrison St. Shot

The largest crowds at Dolores Park showed similar growth.

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• Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Photo captain Adam Aufdencamp posts initial shots from yesterday's festival


Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

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• Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Bring supersoakers tomorrow, cause mother nature's bringing the heat!

BMF falls on the longest day of the year, and it’s going to be one of the hottest. Bring squirt guns!

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• Saturday, June 21st, 2008

Rolling with 88 weighted keys on the nighttime cruiser ride

Some interesting scenes from the workshop this week. The musical part starts at 3:05. It was awesome to see the expressions on our neighbors’ faces as we cruised around West Berkeley with Janaysa singing and playing.

Folk / Soul singer Janaysa came by the workshop on Tuesday to test-ride the piano mount on the Mundo. She was initially ‘concerned’ but left on a high after a good try out.

Come see Janaysa perform on Saturday as part of the cruiser ride! Don’t miss out on the night time festivities. Bring a bike to Dolores Park! Catch BLO, Stitchcraft, Ginger Ninjas, Manicato, La Malamana, and BMX flatlander Pete Brandt. And then join the BMF cruiser ride.

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• Friday, June 20th, 2008

Bicycle Music Festival is a community supported busking festival. Bring Cash!

BMF does not pay bands to perform. Instead, we pass the bucket amongst the crowd after each band plays. Some bands go to great lengths to be part of the BMF, and all of our bands have spent years developing their musical act. So show your support for the bands you like by throwing some cash in the bucket. It’s not cool to support bands early in the day, then run out of money for the later performers. Please bring plenty of ones and fives, or tens and twenties, high roller! As co-organizer Gabe says, “please take a few bucks out of your pocket, then put the rest in the bucket.”

Big thanks to this year’s Golden Goose, Kathy Rose, who’ll be leading the charge on our busking efforts.

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• Friday, June 20th, 2008

How does it feel to pedal power live music?

Video from Rock the Bike’s Pedal Power stage at Maker Faire this year. The sound system we’ll be using at Saturday’s BMF is even better.

Nice clips of SHAKE YOUR PEACE! performing.

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• Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Folk / Soul singer Janaysa set to Rock the Bike this Saturday at BMF

We had a great practice ride tonight in the neighborhood around the Rock the Bike workshop in Berkeley. Passersby applauded as Janaysa serenaded the quiet streets at dusk. The new aTractor Seat and custom bamboo piano mount were both strong and comfortable, allowing her plenty of leg room. She practiced about 5 songs, giving me time to see how the bike handled. The handling was difficult but manageable. Even the slightest uphill made it noticeably harder to maintain a straight line, because her weight is so far behind the rear axle. The frame was up to the task, but the front end just felt light. I had to really maintain focus and keep my arm muscles tensed at all times.

The sound of her voice and piano playing made it all worth it, though. I’m really excited to help bring her unique music to the streets at BMF, live!

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• Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Mounting a piano on a bike for mobile performance at this year's BMF

piano mount on Mundo

Soul singer Janaysa will be going mobile, performing at the nighttime cruiser ride (beginning at Dolores Park). She’ll be playing piano and singing. The piano will be rigidly mounted to the back of a Mundo Utility Bicycle, using a custom bamboo piano mount. The red tractor seat is another recent mod designed to turn this bike into a serious mobile performance venue.

Other mobile performers in the nighttime cruise will include Mafiosa Felice and Joel Elrod. Joel (shown below street performing at KFOG Kaboom) will be backing me up on the Roland 808, and Mafi will be playing cuatro and singing.

Joel Elrod will back up Fossil Fool on electronic drums at the Bicycle Music Festival

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• Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Moon will be 87% full on the night of BMF

Just checked the lunar schedule for BMF. We’ll see moonrise at 11PM, hopefully while cruising to the afterparty!

The moon will be 4 days past full, or 87% full.

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• Thursday, June 12th, 2008