Late in the evening, after Gabe and I had officially closed the Bicycle Music Festival, Sanjay got on the Choprical Fish and began singing very soulfully along with the music. I passed him the mic and he shredded the place!read more
I’ll be there playing to start things off for the bicycle music festival.
email@example.com (I really want to get one of those cool portable music bikes) – anyone that can help out… I’d appreciate!
The Bicycle Music Festival is distinct from every other summer festival in that its success rides completely on the sweat and leg-power of the community. With its trademark human-powered P/A system and Critical Mass-style bicycle party caravans between festival venues, the Bicycle Music Festival is the only festival where every song is truly an audience participation song!
The Bicycle Music Festival isn’t only the greenest music festival ever conceived, with zero use of cars and trucks to transport musicians and PA equipment, it also breaks exciting new ground in festival dynamics.
At the Bicycle Music Festival, the audience rides their bicycles to the next venue alongside both the stage-crew and the bands. With everyone arriving together the stage-crew works quickly to setup the human powered P/A equipment. As the bands get ready, enthusiastic festival-goers line up to pedal the P/A system, offering to pedal for a song or more. To help folks know how hard to pedal, simple displays of voltage and power sit on the handlebars. If a band is delivering an uninspired performance, a pedaling festival-goer can simply decide to stop pedal-powering the music, and if no one is feeling the music enough to replace them, the volume level will drop until the band is singing a cappella. With the power of audience veto built in to the festival, it quite literally puts all the power in the hands (and feet) of the audience: democracy at its healthiest you might say.
With this in mind the festival line-up includes the best bands and musicians from the bicycle-music culture, artists who are sure to keep festival-goers not only pedaling the P/A, but bouncing in their saddles.
With the nimblest festival infrastructure ever to roll, the bands slated to perform at the Bicycle Music Festival will play in one of several different spots selected throughout the city. After each performance, the audience, bands, and crew will all pick up, pack up, and roll out to the next location. The Caravan to the next stop on the festival schedule will be an outrageous mobile party, with “soul-cycles” (bicycles with mobile audio systems) rocking the block as it cruises by – promoting the next stop on the festival schedule to the public in mid-roll.
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.
The Southbay Cruiser Crazy Olympics Ride:
WHO ARE THE SOUTHBAY CRUISERS?
We are a group of recreational riders and bike commuters in Southbay Los Angeles. We’re not a pub crawl, or a gang-just a group of cruisers riding through the southbay. We host themed night rides on the third friday of each month. See our website at www.southbaycruisers.com for details.
WHAT: Our 9 – 10 mile ride will take us through the streets and neighborhoods of Redondo and Hermosa Beach,CA. We will have at least one bicycle with a Soul Cycle bicycle stereo system to provide some groovin’ tunes along our route. Our “Crazy Olympic” theme will have us take part in some unconventional olympic games along our ride. Should be fun! Come check it out!
WHERE: We will meet in front of
The Lighthouse Cafe
30 Pier Avenue
Hermosa Beach,CA 90254
The Lighthouse Cafe is located on Hermosa Pier Plaza right next to Hermosa Beach Pier.
WHEN: August 17th, 2007 Meet at 8:15PM/Ride at 8:30PM-RAIN OR SHINE
Slovenly Pete has modified his Conference Bike (seen below in full neon regalia on the Playa) with a drumset and 10 channel mixer. The video screams for itself.
Noticed a couple videos on www.midnightridazz.com of what appears to be a recumbent rider with an Ice Down Low Glow at a recent ride. It’s about 1 minute in. Check ‘ out!read more
Sean and his wife run www.FlowToys.com — they make light toys for Poi dancing and staff spinning. They recently came out with a new product called the FlowLight, a cool fish-shaped toy with about a dozen different light modes that look especially cool while spinning or moving. The LED’s flicker in ways that cause a ‘persistence of vision effect‘.
Sean was heading to the Oregon Country Fair, a multi-day festival, to sell his wares. He tricked out his Xtracycle with bins to showcase his staffs and store his inventory. There are shimmering reflective holographic stickers on the main triangle of the frame. He also purchased some custom “ghost” colored Down Low Glow (a light purplish white).
Sean came up with a custom kickstand for his rig too.
It should be noted that Xtracycle frames have a cantilevered rear section. So supporting it from the rear is not appropriate for some applications, like bike blending, when there will be a rider on the bike.
Come check out what’s been happening in our Berkeley workshop! Nate and I have been tricking out some great bikes over the past few months. And we’re excited to show you what’s been happening. Bike on over to our workshop and enjoy some after work snacks and drinks. There’s always a potential for some live music on our stage.
So bring instruments if you’re so inclined.
A quick sunset cruise around Berkeley is also a possibility. Hope you can make it.
Location: 1336 Channing Way, Berkeley CA 94702
Best BART from the city: Ashby. Ride downhill on Ashby to California, turn right. Left on Channing.
Best Bart from the city if you’re hardcore: West Oakland. Take Mandela north from the BART station, all the way till it curves towards Best Buy compound. Left on Horton, right on 53rd by Novartis campus. Left on Hollis. Right on Stanford. Left on Vallejo. Right on Ocean. Left on San Pablo. Right on 66th. Left on Mabel. Right on Dwight. Left on Valley. And you’re there. Or map it yourself.
This bike ride was a transforming experience that forever changed my life and you should go to every one from now on. Diverse throngs of people cheered us on as we paraded through the city streets with Fossil Fool the Bike Rapper leading the way, and Gabe and JoJo providing the amplification of the jams. we danced with families to uplifting house-funk from an outlook in the golden gate park whilst delivering a message of true freedom and independence through bikes and music. we watched the Golden Gate Bridge fireworks from the beach at crissy field with barry white and opera from pucchini as the soundtrack. Pucchini received applause from the crowd when complemented by a fireworks spectacular. We had a freestyle session near the fisherman’s wharf with some radtastic 15 year old kids. These culture creating/transcending rides are not to be missed! love to you all, see you on the next social adventure-