What it is: Pedal powered grassroots music fest in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park
The Dirt: Bikes are more than just exercise and transportation—they’re the antidote to the rest of the car driving, carbon producing world. That’s what this festival highlights: peace, love, keeping it local and bikes. Twenty plus bikes with volunteer riders power the stage’s sound system. Another half dozen power lights, internet access for the Skype call with activist Bill McKibben, and ice cream and smoothie making. Participating bands are asked to arrive by bike with their gear—festival organizers help haul with bike trailers. “At most music fests, the content of the music is peace, love, and saving world,” said founder tk. “but the actual dynamics of festival aren’t in line with that—they’re diesel powered. This festival shows that bicycles can make a music festival that’s done in a more beautiful way.”
Details: Free, donations for the musicians are encouraged. June 22, 2013.