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Pedal-powered music collective will play three shows in Seattle this week

Seattle-ShowsPleasant Revolution doesn’t just tour by bike, their shows are even literally powered by bikes.

During three shows in Seattle this week they are calling the Biketopia Music Festival, members of the audience will pedal stationary bikes to generate the power used on stage by Bicicletas Por La Paz, Heather Normandale, Maisha Lani and Kristina Bennett.

You can catch them 7 – 10 p.m. Friday at Peddler Brewing, 7 – 11 p.m. at Outlander Brewery and 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Bicycle Sunday on Lake Washington Boulevard (bike with the bands from Mt Baker Beach to Seward Park for a show hosted by Bike Works).

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The festival was inspired by the Ginger Ninjas, a band that toured by bike and powered their sound via audience pedal power in the mid-aughts. That same band inspired the 2010 Seattle Bicycle Music Festival, which was a blast.

More details from Pleasant Revolution:

This summer, a collective of musicians, artists and cyclists known as the Pleasant Revolution will embark on a tour through the Pacific Northwest, with a mission to produce exhilarating and inspiring concerts completely off­ the ­grid. Why is this important? As global warming effects more and more communities across the planet with droughts, melting glaciers, and other drastic ecological shifts, there is a need for educational empowerment and a growing demand for cooperative self-­sufficiency that this tour aspires to address.

The events on this tour are called Biketopia Music Festivals; all of the sound amplification is powered by stationary bicycles. The Pleasant Revolution collective works with local musicians, bike enthusiasts and environmental groups to co-­create these grassroots, community empowered festivals.

The Pleasant Revolution is currently scheduled to land in Vancouver, Salt Spring Island, Victoria, Seattle, Bellingham, Olympia, Astoria, Portland, Eureka, Arcata, Santa Rosa, Petaluma and a grand Bay Area return. They will also be putting on impromptu concerts in unexpected locations along the way. The music on the tour will be performed by Latin circus funk band Bicicletas por la paz ( Bicycles for Peace), neo­folk­soul artist Heather Normandale and various other artists both on the tour and from the towns they will be visiting. The mission of the Pleasant Revolution is to inspire cooperative community effort through music and through the collective effort of the audience producing the show’s electricity on bikes! This tour will be hauling all of their gear on bike, no “sag wagon” required. The impact of this project is not just about showcasing good music and sustainable technology; it is to inspire and empower creative minds to think outside the box and realize the power that exists in community.

The Pleasant Revolution has recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to help raise funds needed to launch this traveling musical and theatrical extravaganza. The funds raised will helped pay for the pedal­-powered sound system, cargo­bikes, crew food and maintenance.

The Pleasant Revolution is a concept invented by Kipchoge Spencer who first took his band, Ginger Ninjas on bike tour in 2005, and has since toured through the states, Europe, and Mexico over the past 10 years putting on self­-produced bicycle music festivals. This year, two bands who both have a history participating in musical bike tours will pick up the torch and continue the project’s mission.

Carolyn Herlehy of  Bicicletas Por La Paz and one of the main organizers of the tour said, “The first time I saw a pedal­powered show, I was floored, I just couldn’t believe it.” Herlehy continues, “Bicicletas Por La Paz has toured for multiple years inspired by this idea”. We never had a pedal­-powered sound system and we’re ready to take it to the next level.”

Heather Normandale who toured and performed with the Pleasant Revolution in 2014, commented “ We really have so much to learn from our natural environment, bike touring allows me to be closer to what inspires me as an artist, and pedal­-powered music is a fun way to involve audience members in the show.”

Paul Freedman, owner of Rock the Bike and designer of the pedal powered technology for this summer’s tour said, “People­powered shows allow the audience to connect with the musicians and allows a space for the audience to believe in their human potential.”

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2 responses to “Pedal-powered music collective will play three shows in Seattle this week”

  1. Bob

    I was Amazed y Blown away by bicicletas por la paz as they were So Great in Port Townsend! Nice folks,talented Not only as performers but More Importantly as Good Caring cyclists and people! See Them this weekend in Seattle! Go enjoy their energy,music,smiles and So Much More! All of them are Givers,Not Receivers! Go check out their sites on bicicletas por la paz or biketopia! They will be performing this fri thru sun(15-17 july) in seattle! Go now! Please pedal forth and enjoy their talents!

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