After four years of touring heavily around North America, Europe and Asia by way of planes, trains and automobiles, San Francisco’s global mashup band Rupa & the April Fishes have co-organized a human-powered tour of the SF Bay Area together with local bicycle music touring veterans SHAKE YOUR PEACE! In celebration of Earth Week 2012, these two groups will present the BAY RISING TOUR – pedaling their bicycles 200 miles around the entire perimeter of the San Francisco Bay, presenting concerts with a bicycle-powered sound system that converts the leg-power of volunteer pedalers from the audience into electricity to run the sound system. Both of these SF-based bands trace the origins of their unique sound to the resilience of the human spirit, facing challenges with bridge-building, savvy, rambunctious energy and an uncompromising sense of YES!
The purpose of the tour is to give both of the bands, and those who join them on their rides between show stops, an opportunity to learn about the dynamics of the San Francisco Bay Bioregion in an adventurous, sociable, and direct way. The tour is inviting cyclists of all skill levels to join the bike rides between the tour stops; and because each of the band members will be hauling up to 100 lbs of musical equipment behind them on bike trailers, no one is likely to be left behind.
The 10-stop tour will include performances in traditional music venues and guerilla art spaces. The bands will head south from San Francisco to kick it off on April 19th at Stanford University and will proceed counterclockwise around the Bay. Key stops include the SJ Bike Party, the Center for Sustainable Living in Oakland, a teach-in with local elementary schools examining water quality in Richmond, a ceremony at Glen Cove paying homage to the original Ohlone inhabitants, a dance party up in Sausalito and a show for prison inmates at the San Quentin Penitentiary. The tour will conclude with a Saturday night concert at the Independent on April 28th in San Francisco, where folks can bring their bike helmets to the merchandise table to receive a free poster by SF artist Hugh D’Andrade.
Rupa & The April Fishes are currently working on their third studio album, “Build” with acclaimed composer/producer Todd Sickafoose (Ani DiFranco), due out in Fall 2012.
SHAKE YOUR PEACE! is a San Francisco-based band founded by lead singer Gabe Dominguez known for their ebullient live performances, radical ecological & social justice politics, and bicycle-based music tours. The band plays a new style of music he calls “Whup” – a celebratory and political dance music style combining: Afro-Latin rhythm, bluegrass fiddle, black gospel choir-style harmony, call & response, and spirit invocation, and Dominguez’ own anarchistic take on the American folk and pop/rock music traditions.SHAKE YOUR PEACE! is also currently in the studio working on their debut album.
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DEPART FROM SAN FRANCISCO, the morning of 4/19:
rally/departure point: the baseball fields at the bottom of Glen Canyon Park. Take-off @ 9 a.m. – Chenery & Elk Street.
– Heading 35 miles to Stanford University Synergy Co-op.
APRIL 19th–Depart SF by BIKE–PALO ALTO–Stanford Synergy Collective at 8 pm! 550 San Juan St. Sliding scale donation-$1-25
APRIL 20th–SAN JOSE—SJ Bike Party. Live pedal-powered music presented in the middle of the ride. Time and route information posted here the week before the ride: www.sjbikeparty.org
APRIL 21st–FREMONT – Earth Day Celebration–Meet up at Fremont Earth Day grounds at Washington Hospital 2500 Mowry Avenue Fremont at 3pm for group ride to pedal-powered show in outdoor setting.
APRIL 22nd–OAKLAND – Earth Day Dinner/Show at the Sustainable Living Center at 1121 64th Street, Oakland. Dinner provided by HomeGrown Farms. Dinner at 6pm, Show at 7pm. $20 for show with dinner, $10 for show alone. ALL AGES SHOW.
APRIL 23rd–RICHMOND–Keller Beach 1085 Dornan Drive, Richmond CA – 4 pm – After School – Bike to School Earth Week -Riparian Bike tours presents Water quality science before the show.
APRIL 24th–MARTINEZ–Martinez Plaza on Main Street, 4-6pm. FREE!
APRIL 25th GLEN COVE (VALLEJO) – 1pm. Ceremony at the GlenCove occupation site honoring the first human inhabitants of the SF Bay , the Ohlone, and inviting their presence into our present day awareness.
APRIL 26th–SAN RAFAEL—dance party at the Downtown San Rafael Farmer’s Market (http://www.sanrafaelmarket.org/), Co-presented by Arizmendi Bakery. @ the plaza in front of Arizmendi Bakery: 1002 Fourth St. Music from 6-9pm. Bring tips. All ages.
APRIL 27th–SAUSALITO at The Seahorse. Doors 8pm, Show 9pm. Tickets $15
305 Harbor Drive, Sausalito, CA
APRIL 28th–San Quentin Penitentiary. Private Show. Sorry.
APRIL 28th–SAN FRANCISCO–Homecoming celebration at THE INDEPENDENT. It will sell out. Get your tickets NOW ! http://www.theindependentsf.com/event/98329/
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Bicycle Music Festival – 2008