Bay Area cyclists should head to San Francisco today for the seventh annual, always free and always fun San Francisco Bicycle Music Festival that runs all day (noon to 9pm) today between Golden Gate Park and the Mission District. Rightfully lauded by organizers as "the world’s largest human-powered mobile music festival that’s 100% powered by bicycles," the first part of today's fun event takes place at the Pioneer Log Cabin Picnic Area of Golden Gate Park at Stow Lake Drive East from noon to 5pm before the entire festival (the concert stage with all the speakers powered by 14 bike pedals, as well as the musicians and the festival goers) packs up and pedals off on a bicycle music parade through the city for one hour. They will arrive in the Mission at 6pm where the ready-to-go stage parks and begins part two: the 6pm to 9pm evening concert. In addition to the music and the cycling, there will also be art bikes on display and bike-blended smoothies and old-fashion hand-cranked ice cream.
Music scheduled for the noon to 5pm Golden Gate Park segment of the day will include folk/bluegrass from Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, reggae act Justin Ancheta Band, SF band Manicato who meld Puerto Rican plena, reggae, rock, and hip hop, folksinger John Craigie, bassist Uriah Duffy, beatboxer/cellist CelloJoe, and DJ Real. Then for the LiveOnBike Parade between 5pm and 6pm from the Park to the Mission, as everyone cycles, there will be live music on wheels from Jason Brock (hometown finalist from The X Factor). And then when the bicycle parade arrives in the Mission (Bartlett St. and 22nd Street) there will be sets from New Orleans music rooted band Quinn DeVeaux & the Blue Beat Review, Oakland hip-hoppers Earth Amplified, electronic meets rock act The Seshen, Classical Revolution, and Shredder who'll perform on her glowing aerial hoop from a branch of El Arbol – the tree bike. There will also be food from local vendors, courtesy of the Mission Farmer’s Market.
Head to the Golden Gate Park portion of the day (noon to 5pm) which is near the old Log Cabin Meadow, just north of Stow Lake near where 16th Ave. would cross JFK Drive. Or you could just do the one hour ride from the Park to the Mission (5pm to 6pm), or join the festivities in the Mission at Bartlett St @ 22nd St – next to the Revolution Cafe. Or partake in the whole day long event from noon to 9pm - but if you do remember to drink lots of liquids along the way and be prepared with sunscreen and warm clothes for today's SF weather forecast that predicts highs of 72, sunny, no wind, and humidity of 71%. For more festival info click here. Below is video clip from last year's 2012 SF Bicycle Music Festival with Rupa & The April Fishes performing "Weeds" in the Park.
Rupa & The April Fishes Perform "Weeds" at the 2012 SF Bicycle Music Festival