rock the bike

Answer a few questions for us: Do you like music? Do you like cycling? Do you live for events that combine the two in creative and environmentally-friendly ways? If you answered yes to at least two of these questions, then the Bicycle Music Festival is for you.

Hailed as the biggest pedal-powered concert in the world, the event will host 7 local bands at Lake Merritt Amphitheater in Oakland as a part of the day’s Love our Lake event. Yes, the entire event is powered by bicycle! The 30,000 watt PA system from Berkeley-based Rock the Bike will get its electricity from the pedal power of 30 lucky music fans, who also get a sweet front-row view of the show. Take a peek at this video from 2008’s Bicycle Music Festival for more information about how this whole set-up works:

But the Lake Merritt shindig is only part of the event! Bring your bike to take part in the LiveOnBike parade, where Major Powers & the Lo-Fi Symphony will perform on a moving  stage through the streets of Oakland. The event concludes at its night venue Omni Commons, where 6 more local artists take the stage to benefit Bicycle Music Festival’s non-profit operations.

Paul Freeman, the co-founder of BMF, is excited about the unique opportunities the event creates for artists and fans. “When the audience provides the power for the performers,” he says, “there’s a symbiotic relationship between them that increases the connection people feel with the music.”

Check out the full lineup and more information below:

Black Nature Band
Diana Gameros
Earth Amplified
Dominique Christina
Shake Your Peace
MJ’s Brass Boppers
Major Powers & the Lo-Fi Symphony
Steep Ravine
Mission Delerium
MC Rai
DJ Izzy-Wise
Josh Healy

Bicycle Music Festival VIII + Climate Rally
Lake Merrit Amphitheater & Omni Commons
September 20, 2015
12pm-10pm, All Ages