Dear Bicycle Community Enthusiasts,
Right when you feel like the world can’t keep up with itself in consumption, BAMMM! – the Umpteenth Quasi-Annual Yuba River Bicycle Festival happened up in the Sierra Foothills of Nevada City. The movement is inspired by community power, where the pedalers not only get from point A to point B, but they also power the speaker systems. This year was special because we welcomed back the Pleasant revolution crew “Bicicletas Por La Paz, Heather Normandale & Aisha, back from biking 1500 miles from the Canada border down to the Bay Area, California over the summer months. It was the Ginger Ninjas reunion, where Kipchoge and crew came back together after years break to rock the streets of Nevada City and the Barn two nights in a row. And, we had one of our most famous performers ‘Live-On-Bike”, the Polish Ambassador graced the stage with Ayla Nereo. To all the performers of the 2016 Yuba BMF, we solute you. And to all the bicycle and music enthusiasts that came out and helped pedal the revolution, Thank you from the bottom of our burrito bellies.
There aren’t too many days where you can see that many moving parts coming together to create just the right balance of chaos and connection to inspire what we call the Bicycle Music Festival that we love so much. If you want to get involved, please comment, email us directly, and start your own BMF in your city/town. We look forward to seeing the world we want to live in and it takes all of us doing the best we can to make it happen. Thanks for believing y’all.
The Polish Ambassador Live On Bike 2016 BMF.
• Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
The Umpteenth Quasi-Annual Yuba River Bicycle Festival Returns to Nevada County to Celebrate Human Power and Champion Bike Culture
The Yuba River Bicycle Music Festival is a good for the heart, good for the Earth, great for the community festival that inspires, empowers, and ROCKS. Featuring live musical performances amplified with power generated by the audience as they pedal special generator bikes — using no petroleum or grid power the whole day– and showcasing the contagious fun of a group bike ride from Grass Valley to Nevada City as the riders groove together to live musical performances happening on specially outfitted bikes. A must-see!
Date: October 1st
Music and festivities begin 11:00 at Condon Park. Group bike ride with live musical accompaniment from there to Nevada City at 3pm. More pedal-powered music on Commercial Street from 5pm to 9pm. Bring your bike! This is a free event, however please bring some cash, as there will be a hat passed around to support the artists.
It’s an unparalleled experience to feel the power you can generate by pedaling, and how biking can galvanize a community to great things. We are honored to again present this model for inspiration, participation, empowerment, and bicycle advocacy to our beloved foothills community. Please join us for the Pleasant Revolution!
A free, family-oriented, pedal-powered music event that travels by bike between two venues, with live performances at each AND during the caravan ride between them. Bring your bike!
• Thursday, September 15th, 2016
Hey peoples of the Bay Area. The night venue for the Bicycle Music Festival holds 600 people at capacity. If you want to get a ticket ahead of time and guarantee access to the 4 awesome bands playing and this amazing collective venue, well HERE is the link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bmf-2015-omni-commons-benefit-show-evening-celebration-tickets-18404929640-… — We will still have tickets at the door for the many in the parade, but we hope to get an RSVP line started that will expedite the entry so WATERSTRIDER has a great crowd. The are an awesome band that you should see at 6 pm this Sunday! 6-10 pm is the night venue.
• Thursday, September 17th, 2015
Today the Bicycle Music Festival got a great write up in the San Francisco Examiner! Dig it:
Bicycle Music Festival 2013 SF Examiner Headline
Bicycle Music Festival 2013 SF Examiner Article
• Thursday, June 20th, 2013
We got a great write up from Mike G at The Bay Bridged today! Check it out: http://www.thebaybridged.com/2013/06/19/bicycle-music-festival-taking-the-show-on-the-road-literally/
• Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
Check out this cool radio story about Bicycle Music Festival 2011, by Ali Budner. Produced for KALW’s show: “Crosscurrents.”
• Friday, July 15th, 2011
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 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. www.rockthebike.com
Yuba 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 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 Jeff@bicyclemusicfestival.com
• 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
“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
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.
• Saturday, July 24th, 2010
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.
• Tuesday, July 13th, 2010