2007 - 2015
As the Co-Founder and Co-Director of San Francisco's award-winning annual music festival, I coordinated an army of over 100 volunteers, a dozen bands, worked with diverse community stakeholders ranging from police and parks departments to climate activists, pulled permits, printed posters, and produced a pedaling parade!
In 2007 I co-founded the award-winning San Francisco Bicycle Music Festival and co-directed it annually through 2015. With the mission to: “promote sustainable culture in general and bicycle culture in particular,” we were profiled by press outlets as diverse as Treehugger and Scientific American; heralded as "iconic" by NPR, lauded as "the best bike fest" by Outside Magazine, and awarded The City of San Francisco's "Certificate of Honor" for "redefining what a green music festival can be."
The festival featured a 30-bike bicycle-powered sound system which my friends and I invented. Community-powered through and through and proudly declining corporate sponsors, I coordinated the efforts of over a hundred volunteers, dozens of diverse musical acts ranging from Grammy Award winning bluegrass artists to Tony-winning hip hop artists, guest speakers ranging from 350.org’s Bill McKibben to 4-time national slam poetry champion Dominique Christina, numerous city departments including SF police and parks, and like-minded non-profit groups such as the San Francisco Bike Coalition (10k members), to reach over a thousand fans each year.
The free, all-ages event consisted of a day venue and a night venue, connected by a performance parade that featured a live band perched atop a bicycle-drawn stage, playing for a rolling audience. Eschewing trucks, all festival equipment was hauled by bike. An open-source idea, BMF's and BMF-inspired events are now found around the world from Canada to Uruguay to South Korea.