Friday, June 19, 2009

Pedal-power: SF's Bicycle Music Festival

It's one of those rare summer weekends in SF where the sun may beat out the fog. Skip your average street festival for something a little more unusual. A mash-up of Critical Mass and Maker Faire, there's the Bicycle Music Festival:

The Bicycle Music Festival features: a 2000 watt pedal-powered PA system, as many as 15 bands, up to 7 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 whole thing starts at 9:30 at Marx Meadow in GG Park, then rolls to Delores Park at 2:30, then to Pier 7 around sunset. Check out the festival website for the route map, band line-up, photos, and tech details on how the whole thing works, from generators to photos of the custom bikes designed to carry things, like a piano?

But really, get off the computer and go check it out in person. Whatever you do, have a great weekend!

Image from the Bicycle Music Festival

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