Summer camp on wheels - Page 2

Two local bands are touring the Bay Area on bikes, and invite you to ride along

Bike party atop the hill with Shake Your Peace and Rupa & the April Fishes

She adds, "it's not asking for permission, it's just doing what you do as a musician, which is to mobilize yourselves...bring people on your journey, have a chance to interact with them in another way, which is so different than get on the tour bus, be isolated, be backstage. We're going to create the stage, we're going to create the experience."

Both bands make the kind of music that invites interaction and discussion, so an interactive tour, flipping the tradition of a clear separation between artist and audience, seems the right direction.

Rupa & the April Fishes — now wrapping up their third studio album, Build — have long been fixtures on the global music scene, a Bossa nova bumping mix of Brazilian, Indian, Latin, and French influences, sung in three languages. While based out of San Francisco, they're often out exploring the world, most recently Chiapas, Mexico; Amsterdam; and Athens, Greece.

Shake Your Peace started out in New York as folk trio, but now "Shake Your Peace 2.0" makes a style of music that Dominguez has dubbed "whup" — a melding of Afro-Latin beats with bluegrass instruments such as fiddle, and gospel harmonies.

"W-H-U-P, it's a celebratory spirit with a philosophy, a political approach," Dominguez explains excitedly. "We're not just fighting for better wages, we're fighting for life. It's the spirit of your heart kicking. The scream when you come out of the womb. Life, yaow!"

He appears equally amped on the Bay Rising tour itself, adding again that others should join the rides with the bands — "they're welcome to experience this rolling summer camp with us." And they'll both be Tweeting their locations along the way for the day rides.

As the effusive conversation in Nervous Dog comes to a close, Dominguez and Marya are still talking about the logistics of the trip, including where they'll crash at night, and the importance of gathering tarps to cover all their gear, just in case of bad weather. 


With Rupa & the April Fishes, Shake Your Peace


Various venues, Bay Area




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:

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 (, 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 !

Posted by Justin Ancheta on Apr. 18, 2012 @ 8:07 am

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