BMF 2011 NEW VIDEO!

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.

BMF Schedule & Bands 2011

All of these incredible performers on a huge pedal-powered sound system, powered by YOU!
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Don’t forget to bring cash to donate to bands via the famous BMF Golden Geese.
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Here’s the full schedule and links to check out the performers:
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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)

How to participate in a Pedal Powered event

The SF Bicycle Music Festival is the world’s largest Pedal Powered music festival. Follow these tips and you’ll not only know what that means, you’ll be able to fully participate!

Ride Your Bike there:

Welder and art bike creator Jay Broemmel showing up in style at Sunday Streets.

By biking to our event instead of driving, you can help us keep to our goal of being a ‘Carbon Negative’ event. Biking there makes a huge impact — bigger than recycling, composting, reusing and even pedal powering the bands on our Pedal Powered Stage. Plus, you can meet up with other festival goers and spread the word en route.  Riding there is a great warm up for dancing and Pedal Powering the live bands, and helps you clear your mind for an awesome day ahead.

We recommend bringing a lock, even though we aim to provide enough safe bike parking for all of our fans and performers.

But my bike is broken!

Really? Experience shows that 85% of bicycles considered “broken” by their owners require only air in the tires or oil on the chain, and that 75% of statistics are made up on the spot. So why not ask a neighbor this week if you can borrow a pump and some chain lube?Roadie co-captain Ariel adjusting a fan’s bike after a recent Sunday Streets event.

Even if you can only limp on in to the event on your bike, you’ll find “Bike Paramedics,” helpful bike people with tools who can make the little adjustments needed on your bike. If something’s bugging you, ask a crewmember and we’ll help you get your bike dialed.

How to ride in the LiveOnBike parade:Justin Ancheta performs LiveOnBike at the 2010 San Francisco Bicycle Music Festival. Photo: Fossil Fool.

You will not want to miss the LiveOnBike performances on the bike ride between our daytime and nighttime venues. To truly experience the Bicycle Music Festival, you have to take in a LiveOnBike performance! A LiveOnBike performance is an amplified music performance that takes place on a mobile stage in front of a large group of riders. We want these rides to be safe and law-abiding so that our festival keeps a positive reputation in the community. We will have experienced route marshals identified by patches and armbands, who will help keep our group together and safe. Please follow these simple rules:

– Some of the bikes in our group ride will be carrying live performers. These bikes generally require more concentration to ride safely. Please give these performance vehicles extra space so that their riders can maintain focus on safely guiding them through our route.

– Look for Route Marshals who will be identified by BMF patches.

– Do not ride in the oncoming lane of traffic!

– When we are on a multi-lane street such as Oak, stay to the right, keeping one lane open to allow cars to pass. Note that in the photo above, cars would have had difficulty passing the group, because we were taking up more than 2 lanes of traffic.

– How we handle stop signs: We roll through stop signs unless route marshals say to stop for safety or pedestrians. This reduces the amount of time our group spends in intersections and minimizes the delays we may cause to other road users.

– How we handle red lights and major intersections: We approach red lights and major intersections slowly, gathering our group and waiting for a green light. We try then to ride through as a single group. If the light turns red halfway through, we try to continue moving our group through the intersection unless it is unsafe to do so. Please defer to route marshals!

– Be careful of car doors opening if you are riding close to parked cars.

– Please ride predictably and in control.

– Try to stay with the main group, it’s safer and more fun for everyone.

Our 4000 watt sound system is missing one thing: Power.

photo: Celeste Lindhall

Our Pedal Powered Stage relies on you, our fans, for a steady supply of good clean Pedal Power throughout the day. Pedaling is optional, but almost everyone who comes to a Pedal Powered event will want to try pedaling for at least a song or two.

When you want to pedal, make your way to the generator bikes and let one of the Pedal Power coaches know you’re ready. The job of the Pedal Power coach is to keep their eye on the pedalers and know who is ready for a break. The coach will escort you to a bike much like a Maitre D escorts you to a table at a restaurant. The Pedal Power Coach will also help you on and off safely by stabilizing the handlebars, and then raise or lower the seat for you as needed. With the seat height correctly adjusted, you’re almost good to go.  Now is a good time to pedal a few strokes and check the gear ratio. Too hard? too easy? Ask the Pedal Power coach to help you adjust the gears until you find on that feels like pedaling up a little hill. Now you’re ready to contribute. Stay on for as long as you like.

Most of the bikes we use as generators are provided by us, but we do have one Pedal Power rig called the Biker Bar that has places for three regular bikes. In the photo above, the girl with the starry tights is pedaling a regular road bike on the Biker Bar. If you want to use your bike as one of the generators on the Biker Bar, please show it to a Pedal Power coach and we’ll get it involved.

We use “Pedalometers” to communicate the health of the Pedal Power system to our Pedalers, performers, and the sound guy. The Pedalometers are positioned close to the generator bikes. While you’re pedaling, please keep your eye on the Pedalometer so you know when power is needed.

Eat Breakfast:

It helps if the pedalers have energy, so eat some breakfast and drink water before coming to the festival.

What to wear: 
Wear your favorite festival attire or street clothes, basically clothes you can move in. No spandex needed, but if you want to suit up, be our guest! Ladies, consider wearing pants or tights underneath skirts or dresses.

Bring layers! Our festival starts in the hot sun and continues into a beautiful moonlit night. The wind can be cold at night. Don’t forget warm clothes so you can stay with us into the night!

Stay fed and hydrated. Bring a reusable cup, bottle, fork, spoon, bowl:

To reduce the amount of waste at our festival, we need you to Bring Your Own. Bringing your own is much better for the environment than even the most advanced compostable plastics, which still require manufacturing and transportation. Plus, our chefs are extra friendly with portions when you bring your own.

We’ll be serving up delicious Bike Blended Smoothies. Have one!

Our Bike Blended Smoothies are a delicious way to stay hydrated and nutrified at the Bicycle Music Festival. You can be the pedaler that supplies the power to blend them up! Bring a cup for extra-generous treatment from the smoothie chefs. Bike Blended Smoothies are one of the main sources of revenue on the day of our event, so please  try the various flavors we’ll be offering throughout the day.

Directly support the bands you like by giving tips to the Golden Geese:

photo: Dustin Jensen

Please treat the performances at Bicycle Music Festival like those of a good street performer. We rely on audience generosity to make sure our performers get paid. Our hot spandex-clad Golden Geese volunteers make their way through the crowd after each performer, shaking their buckets and calling for donations for the last band. If you want to give but need change, please ask them — they are like human ATM’s. Also, please remember that we have a dozen bands on the lineup, so bring enough to give cash to multiple bands.

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:

Volunteer!

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 Formto let us know how you’d like to help out. Thank you!!
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Say Something!
  • Blog about BMF! Tweet about BMF! Ride through the streets shouting BMF! June 18, 2011. 
  • Follow BMF on Twitterand get live updates on the day of the festival.
  • Invite your friends to the FB event and become FB friends forever.

Make Something!

  • Make your own BMF Spoke Cards – Click Here for printable image

Bring Something!

  • Bring cash for the bands – its how they get paid and a great way to show support.
  • Bring your own cup for a Pedal Powered Smoothie & Ice Cream
  • Read up on how to be a Great Pedal-Powered Event Participant

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 Jeff@bicyclemusicfestival.com 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 jeff@bicyclemusicfestival.com.

Scouting Locations

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

BE THERE for the best damn show of the year!

Route Map & Turn Sheet

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

Follow BMF on Twitter to get live route and performance updates all day!

Click here for an easy way to embed this map into your blog or website

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)

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!

Bicycle Culture

Bike Culture

Bicycle Music Festival is one spoke in a giant wheel of rolling badass bike culture momentum. Here are links to friends, organizations, and companies whose spokes are closely aligned with the Bicycle Music Festival’s:

Worldbike is an international network of bicycle designers and industry leaders, and international development professionals, working together to provide transportation solutions and create income-generating opportunities for the world’s poor. www.Worldbike.org

Rock the Bike, the hub for all things related to rocking your bike: social cruiser ride info and discussion boards, DLG lights, bike-audio systems, and bike blenders. Based in Berkeley, CA. www.RockTheBike.com

SHAKE YOUR PEACE!, San Francisco’s own sustainable, bike-touring band of tricksters. www.ShakeYourPeace.com

The Juice Peddler, home of the bike blended smoothie and bicycle blender manufacturer. Based in Berkeley, CA. www.BikeBlender.com

Xtracycle creators of the world’s first and only sport utility bicycle. Based in N. San Juan California. www.Xtracycle.com

San Francisco Bike Coalition, Tireless two-tired advocates working t’higher the ire of the en-tire SF bike mire.www.sfbike.org

Cyclecide, the heavy-pedal bike rodeo: pedal driven Ferris Wheels, bikes with no seats, bikes with 100-pound motorcycle forks, 10-foot long chopper bikes and tiny kiddie bikes welded and stretched into immense jousting steeds, to name a few highlights. Bike culture pioneers. www.cyclecide.com

San Francisco Bike Kitchen, a cooperative bicycle repair shop run by volunteers. Donate old bikes, learn how to fix up your bike, build a bike from the ground up. www.BikeKitchen.org

Human Powered PA

ou Power the BMF Sound System

This year’s Pedal Powered Sound System, about 10times better than last.


The Ginger Ninjas Sound System, which will be our primary P/A system at BMF this year, was recently road tested on the 5000-mile Pleasant Revolution tour. It rocked Harmony Festival this past weekend. And it will rock you too. There were 60+ people dancing at peak moments at Harmony, and not ’sympathy dancing’, either. We’re talking honest to goodness booty shaking, people! We’re in for a treat!

BMF fans last year tolerated a fair bit of feedback and distortion, as we pushed our two-bike pedal-powered P/A to its limits. But the Ginger Ninjas‘ sound systemis a 4-bike system. Not only does it have twice the available wattage as our system last year, it uses high-end, digitally powered speakers, producing solid bass and clean vocals with less pedaling effort.

Basically, if you enjoyed BMF last year, you’ll be stoked when you realize how much higher the bar for pedal power sound has been raised.

At right: Ginger Ninjas frontman Kipchoge peering inside the SHAKE YOUR PEACE! music cabinet at last year’s BMF, getting inspired to bring the element of Human Power into the Pleasant Revolution tour.

About BMF

About the Bicycle Music Festival

A 501(c)3 project of the San Francisco Parks Alliance – sfparksalliance.org

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 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 14,000 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.

The festival is run by a team of over 40 volunteers and is supported financially both by donations from the public (mostly gathered at the event), and through partnerships with hip companies.

The festival began in 2007, and has since doubled in size each year. Like Critical Mass (another SF-birthed bike spectacle) the concept has begun to be emulated around the world. We encourage you to start one in your city!

 

The first BMF – 2007

The only festival in the world literally hauling its own weight, the BMF possesses 4 distinctive qualities:

1) The human-powered P/A system, which besides being the most fun and green way to amplify a live concert, also transforms every song into an audience participation song, and radically democratizes the concert-goer experience (the power to amplify the people onstage rests entirely in the will of the people offstage; democracy at its healthiest you might say!).

2) Bicycle-mobility of the entire festival: the entire audience/band/stage/crew completely packs-up everything they bring (stage and musical equipment too) onto bicycles, and travels as a large group to the next festival stop. There are no sag-wagons or equipment trucks hauling the amplifiers and other heavy gear – everything is hauled by bicycle.

3) Pilgrimage-style sequential venue schedule: Unlike other festivals where bands are scheduled to play overlapping slots on stages that are set-up just around the corner from one another (often resulting in overlapping sound), the Bicycle Music Festival unfolds like a delightful treasure hunt: in a linear and adventurous journey-form, with only one meaningful development in the plot unveiled at a time, and stages located a full bike-ride away from each other.

4) Live On Bike mobile stage: Artists and bands perform while rolling down the city streets mounted on the backs of cargo bikes and bike trailers outfitted with microphones and amplifiers. The sound is wirelessly routed to “soulcycle” party bikes interspersed throughout the crowd, surrounding the crowd with sound.

The Bicycle Music Festival and its pedal-powered PA system are not only wonderful ways for the community to quite literally empower itself, but also a wonderful way to remind ourselves as we generate electricity with one another, shoulder to shoulder, where power is ultimately rooted.

Get Involved!

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

Volunteer!

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 Formto let us know how you’d like to help out. Thank you!!
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Say Something!
  • Blog about BMF! Tweet about BMF! Ride through the streets shouting BMF! June 22, 2013.
    .
  • Follow BMF on Twitterand get live updates on the day of the festival.
    .
  • Invite your friends to the FB event and become FB friends forever.
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Make Something!

  • Make your own BMF Spoke Cards – Click Here for printable image

Bring Something!

  • Bring cash for the bands – its how they get paid and a great way to show support.
  • Bring your own cup for a Pedal Powered Smoothie & Ice Cream
  • Read up on how to be a Great Pedal-Powered Event Participant

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 Jeff@bicyclemusicfestival.com 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 jeff@bicyclemusicfestival.com.

Scouting Locations

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

BE THERE for the best damn show of the year!