BMF 2015 coming September 20 at Lake Merritt in conjunction with Love Our Lake Day.
After 7 years of Bicycle Music Festivals in San Francisco, we took 2014 as a sabbatical year, and enjoyed it mightily, while dreaming of bringing BMF to Oakland. During this time, we experimented with new ideas, and reimagined the future of Bicycle Music Festival. Our Pedal Power mad scientists had a chance to put on events before audiences three-times larger than previous records, like the Peoples’ Climate Rally, pictured below. Our musical roots ran deeper in the community.
This year’s festival is in partnership with Love Our Lake Day, an independent street closure organized by WOBO. At the 2014 Love Our Lake Day, there were two Pedal Powered Stages, one organized by Rock The Bike at Home Away From Home and the other by Justin Ancheta at the Amphitheater. So we’re both familiar and really into Lake Merritt as a venue.
The most recent events we’ve worked at Lake Merritt Amphitheater have included 2 Climate Rallies, an anti-GMO rally, and an environmental global water day. So it’s fitting that this year’s BMF is going to be a Climate Concert — a concert punctuated by intelligent and inspiring speeches. At those rallies we helped Pedal Power, there was some music, but mostly speaking. At BMF it’s going to be mostly music with some speaking. At 5PM we’ll still go on our famed LiveOnBike performance parade to our yet-to-be-announced Night Venue. Below: the Night Venue of the 2013 BMF: a street closure in the Mission.