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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


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


This year is going to be UNBELIEVABLE!

We’ve got Sean Hayes headlining, Locura, Manicato, and Judgement Day supporting… Somebody pinch me!

This is going to be the best festival ever.

and the secret weapon of the fest: Tri Tip Trio coming out of nowhere to burn down the house!  I can hardly handle myself!

View the full schedule on our “BMF SF 2010” page

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• Sunday, July 25th, 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!

View Bicycle Music Festival SF 2010 in a larger map

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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

BMF Interview – SF Events Examiner

“If you’ve ever imagined what a post peak-oil San Francisco Ecotopia sun festival might look like and feel like, the Bicycle Music Festival is pretty much that.” ~Gabe Dominguez

Here’s a great article/interview with BMF founders Gabe Dominguez and Paul Freedman about the upcoming Bicycle Music Festival SF 2010!
Thanks to Sona Avakian of SF Events Examiner!

Pedal-Powered Music Coming Your Way
July 31

By Sona Avakian, SF Events Examiner
Read full online article

If you’ve ever wanted to ride your bike through the city listening to live music (and who hasn’t?) July 31 is your next chance. This is the fourth year of the Bicycle Musical Festival, an outgrowth of Rock the Bike and it’s doubled in size each year. The festival is a roving, roaming troupe of merry musicians and all their music is powered by bicycle. Nothing is plugged in, no money goes to PG&E and no pollution is created. This year’s festival begins at noon at Speedway Meadows in Golden Gate Park with (among others) Diana Gameros, a puppet show and Sean Hayes. Then a LiveOnBike bicycle parade across the city will bring the festivities to Showplace Triangle at Sixteenth and Wisconsin Streets where The Derailleurs, Manicato and many more bands will play. Check here for the full schedule.

I met Paul Freedman aka Fossil Fool, Rock the Bike’s founder and the Bike Festival’s co-founder/director at a mutual friend’s barbecue this past Fourth of July. I quickly hit him and co-founder/director Gabe Dominguez up for interviews.


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• Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Volunteer at BMF – Here's How!


Hello everyone!

The Bicycle Music Festival is only days away and it’s time to get you on a volunteer team! Please be sure to invite all your friends to the event, and hey! why not encourage them to be volunteers as well?!

Thanks to those of you who have already had an opportunity to step up and get BMF rolling. If you are for sure coming to BMF and you’re hoping to lend a hand, please join our BMF Volunteers Google Group to receive all further notifications.

Here’s the direct link to the BMF Volunteers Google Group:

Below, you will find a list of crews which need volunteers. Please let us know which team you are going to hop on, and we’ll make sure your team captain has your contact info.


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• Friday, July 23rd, 2010

BMF Receives Zellerbach Grant

Bicycle Music Festival has been awarded a Community Arts Grant from the Zellerbach Family Foundation.

“The Mission of the Zellerbach Family Foundation is to be a catalyst for constructive social change by initiating and investing in efforts that strengthen families and communities.”

Many thanks to the Zellerbach Family and the Foundation for supporting bicycle music, from the community, by the community, and for the community.

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• Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Festival lineup!

This year’s festival is Permitted! We are proceeding with the blessing of the city and have even received honors from two of SF’s Supervisors, Eric Marr and Ross Mirkirimi. Many thanks to them and to you for showing up on your bike, ready to power SF’s greenest and most dynamic music festival ever!



Highlights include:

Sean Hayes — One of SF’s most beloved rockers. Sean stuck with us last year when our arrival at Dolores was delayed by two hours, even playing acoustic for the waiting crowd, then busted out with an awesome pedal powered set.  Be there to pedal power Sean and his band this time as he breaks it down in the hot sun at Speedway Meadows! See Sean and Ezra Lipp performing “turnaroundturnmeon” at last year’s festival.


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• Saturday, July 10th, 2010

BMF Rescheduled!!

Dear BMF Family,

The 2010 San Francisco Bicycle Music Festival has been RESCHEDULED for Saturday, JULY 31.

Going legit has been harder than we thought! With 3 weeks to go, we still hadn’t gotten all the police approvals we needed for our LiveOnBike rides and street closure. We want our Festival to be fun for our crew, bands, and fans. The unknowns were adding a lot of stress to an event that we do for pleasure. We’ve decided to postpone it, giving us long enough to ice the permits, focus on the creative aspects, and bring the fun back. We hope you understand!

Saturday, June 19 we are going to have a crew picnic at 3PM in Dolores Park — come join us pot luck style if you want to get involved as a volunteer!

Lots of good progress:

- We have raised $2500 so far this year, thanks to generous support from Rainbow Grocery, Rock The Bike, and the greater Bicycle Music community, enough to cover our permits and several other key costs.

- We’ve processed a check request for the Golden Gate Park venue.

- Great bands are on board: Manicato, Spaceheater, The Get Back, La Collectiva, and more.

Please enjoy the additional time we have to make this year’s BMF great and groundbreaking, and pass along any ideas you have for building our community and strengthening our foundation.


Paul, Gabe, and Jeff

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• Monday, June 07th, 2010