Shredder (Aerialist)

Oct 18, 2012Posted by in Music | Comments Off

Shredder (Aerialist)

Website Link: http://www.shredderhoops.com/

Shredder Hoops is on a mission to enlighten and inspire by example. Strength, style, and the courage to shine combine to create her testament to the moment…don’t underestimate it’s potential. Anything is possible.

In 2004 Erin Shredder was moved deeply while watching Hoopalicious perform at Burning Man.  With this newfound inspiration a new purpose materialized and a love affair with the hoop ensued. Shredder Hoops was born. By early 2006, Erin Shredder was contracted for her first national tour of the US with the New Cole Brothers Circus performing for over half-a-million spectators in 97 cities spanning over 11 months. Upon returning to San Francisco, Shredder Hoops was recruited by Vau de Vire Society. Together with her cutting edge circus troupe, Vau de Vire Society, Erin Shredder has performed across the US at high profile events and recently completed a tour across the US.

Thriving on adventure and self-discovery, this hoop artist extraordinaire has a passion for circles and beauty and a demonstrated mastery of both. Erin Shredder is a professional circus artist who spends much of her time spinning on the aerial lyra, deftly manipulating any number of hula hoops and lowering the jaws of the general populous.

Shredder’s great athleticism is unquestioned when she performs. Everyone knows she is the bomb when it comes to the aerial hoop. Now Shredder is looking into getting an Xtracycle to get to our events, carrying her hoops, costumes, and her pre-performance gown.

 

For booking please contact Erin Shredder at erinshredder@yahoo.com

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Cradle Duende

Oct 3, 2012Posted by in Music | Comments Off

Cradle Duende

Website Link: http://cradleduende.org/

Cradle Duende presents a combination of Kezmer and Flamenco “klezmenco” with an infusion of reggae and cumbia dance rhythms. Cradle Duende takes its name from the Spanish word “duende”, in reference to a musically heightened state of emotion, expression, and authenticity; and a merging of disparate musical traditions that each evolved from independent cradles of civilization. Cradle Duende brings the strength of deep cultural roots into the party atmosphere.

Cradle Duende is near and dear to Rock the Bike, as their two lead members are now biking regularly to shows. Before meeting Rock the Bike they were touring the west coast in an RV. Their music spreads a message of community and peace, so to be more consistent with that they ditched driving and hoped on bikes! Now they are having adventures with it, doing their own bike camping on their way to events. Cradle Duende even rode 4 days with us to perform on the El Arbol Stage at Gaia Festival.

Also in 2012 Cradle Duende appeared at MannaFest Grass Valley (A celebration of group action); on SHAKE YOUR PEACE‘s Pedal Powered Stage for Pro-Bike Supervisor Candidate Julian Davis; and Rock the Bike’s stage for the Critical Mass 20th Anniversary Celebration.

 
“Cradle Duende’s great playing and amazing repertoire reaches from Poland to Morocco with many wonderful stops in between. They were a big hit.”
                                                  -MC Bill Schechner, Co-Anchor of NBC News-Overnight
 

Cradle Duende exists as a duo (clarinet, guitar, & vocals) as well as full band (drums, bass, sax, violin, trumpet) depending on your event.

 


Listen and watch Cradle Duende

 

For booking please contact Morgan at morgank.n@gmail.com

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Oona

Jun 22, 2011Posted by in Music | Comments Off

Oona

Oona is one of Rock The Bike’s premiere dance pop bands, a perfect match for pedal power to the next level of excitement.

The Examiner in San Francisco put it this way… “Oona Garthwaite is a force to be reckoned with. Her talent level is through the roof, on a level reserved for those musicians who stop you in your tracks and suck the breath out of you with awe—and her stage energy is unique, energetic and equally mesmerizing. And that’s just Oona—the rest of her band is just as talented. One phrase the band uses to describe themselves is “the dance-pop of your dreams,” (Amber Gregory, Examiner), and that is a pretty perfect description.

 

For booking information, please contact Dave at oonamusic@gmail.com

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Cello Joe

Jun 22, 2011Posted by in Music | Comments Off

Cello Joe

There aren’t very many singing, rapping, beatboxing, cello players in the world. You could probably count them on your fingers, if you knew any of them. But there’s a particularly funny and funky curious one you should remember and he goes by the name of cellojoe.

Like most cello players, Joseph Abraham Tal Tien-Ru Chang Jr. Senior III esquire (or just Joey for short) started out as a classical cellist. A mild-mannered suburbanite kid from Los Altos, California, Joey began studying the cello at age ten. His first instrument was actually piano which he started at age nine. For the first eight years, there were weekly private lessons and many music summer camps. There were also weekly youth orchestra rehearsals. And from this fertile classical ground sprang forth a very unusual weed from a crack in the suburbial sidewalk.

Joey discovered playing on the street after eight years of classical training. First, he played his classical repertoire over and over. This practice got old pretty quick. He realized that playing on the street was a great opportunity to begin improvising. After a fair amount of purely instrumental improvisation, he thought that being able to sing and play the cello would be infinitely cool and different and would thus attract more attention and hopefully fill the case with money. Slowly and surely this talent developed. Hip hop had always been part of Joey’s listening diet and because of this habit, beatboxing naturally began to work its way into his improvisations on the street.

In addition to being a veritable cello monster, Joey is also very interested in organic farming and has traveled to and worked at organic farms in Canada, the west coast of the U.S. and the island of Maui in Hawaii through the organization WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms or Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms.)

He is currently living in Santa Cruz, and working on a puppet show and a west coast U.S. tour on an xtracycle equipped bicycle for the cello. If you know any great places to play, be sure to contact him!

 

For booking, please contact cellojoe at cellojoe@cellojoe.com

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SHAKE YOUR PEACE!

Jun 22, 2011Posted by in Music | Comments Off

SHAKE YOUR PEACE!

Bicycle-music-touring since 2005, folk band SHAKE YOUR PEACE! continues to define and embody the values of the sustainable music community. With the rallying call of: “harmony onstage and harmony offstage,” SHAKE YOUR PEACE! plays everywhere from green meadows to green festivals, red rock outcroppings to San Francisco music halls, and has gone on 4 bicycle-based music tours (no van support) hauling all their own gear and instruments (including a Rock The Bike human-power rig), and a walking tour, with more of both on the horizon.


Above: SHAKE YOUR PEACE! breaks it down at one of their many stops during the Bay Rising Tour

The band strives to not only reduce its negative environmental impact in ways you may have seen before (hosting their website with 100% wind power, using only 100% recycled and eco-benign CD packaging, etc.), and in ways we all hope to see more of (touring exclusively on bikes, on trains, walking, hitchhiking, public transit, and on boats, and often using a human-powered PA system). It aims to extend the green-cultural field of vision entirely ~ from the: “same old shit, just greener, and slightly more expensive” vision, to a vision as broad and free as the Earth itself. One way SHAKE YOUR PEACE! enjoys doing this is by presenting its songs and merchandise in their vulnerable, unfettered, and wild state: un-copywritten, and un-pricetagged. They sum up the philosophy as: “No prices. Like nature: nothing’s for sale and nothing’s for free.” You can read more about SHAKE YOUR PEACE!’s vision on their website.

SHAKE YOUR PEACE! is proud to align itself with the other artists on this page and organizations like Rock The Bike, in the collective effort to bring the performing arts down to earth.

For booking, please contact Gabe at gabe@bicyclemusicfestival.com


Get the crowd movin’ and shakin’ at your next event with SHAKE YOUR PEACE!

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The Ginger Ninjas

Jun 22, 2011Posted by in Music | Comments Off

The Ginger Ninjas

In 2007, the Ginger Ninjas became the first band in the history of rock and roll to tour by bicycle, unsupported by automobile. On a 5000 mile odyssey from their home in Northern California to the pyramids of southern Mexico, they promoted transportation cycling while also exploring the frontiers of pedal-generated electricity, using their own bikes to power a hyper-efficient sound system. The audience took turns getting on stage to pedal the bikes to make the sound, taking crowd participation to a new level. Originally conceived as a one-time adventure/statement/experiment, the band became addicted, and now has its sights set on a world tour.

“Before the Mexico tour, I honestly didn’t know if what we were setting out to do was even physically possible,” says front man Kipchoge Spencer. “A couple of months in, we realized that it wasn’t just possible, but there was something easy about the rhythm of it (despite the grueling uphills with 200 pound bikes), and the next logical thought was, ‘let’s tour the world this way.’”

The Ginger Ninjas’ mobile human-power stage is the first of its kind in history. Coupling super efficient digital amplifiers, lightweight components, and generators attached to working bicycles (as opposed to purpose-built stationary bikes), the system allows a band to play off-grid anywhere, wall outlet or no, and to also carry the system to a gig on the same bicycles (Xtracycle sport utility bicycles, a company started by Spencer). This enables a new kind of completely self-sufficient bicycle touring, sans automobile support. On the band’s most recent tour, the system and touring style enabled them to avoid generating close to 60,000 pounds of CO2, or 95% of what a similar sized band creates in a similar tour.

They call their style “mind shaking love groove folk funk roots rock explosive international pedal powered mountain music for a pleasant revolution.”

The Ginger Ninjas and supporting act, Crystal Stafford (indie-electro-folk), will be launching their world tour in August, hitting the Democratic and Republican Conventions before cycling around the East Coast and Florida through September and October, and then leaving the country for points south, east, and west.

A feature film of the first tour is expected in 2009 from the award-winning Argentine director Sergio Morkin, and his crew will film the current tour as well.

For booking, please contact kipchoge@xtracycle.com

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