For a second year in a row, I was asked to play the San Francisco International Arts Festival. It is an honor to be a part of a program that is striving to recognize local musical acts of the Bay Area and integrate a night of sharing of styles from around the world. Buy your tickets to the May 22nd show in San Francisco HERE. Much more good lovin’ news below as well. Enjoy!
Thanks for staying with me as I traverse the slippery slope of the music industry. I have been hard at work creating new sounds at the studio, taking time to get it right, as well as booking some great shows for 2015.
The most exciting news I just received is the acceptance into the World Music Festival in Grass Valley, California as one of the many featured acts at this awesome festival. Honey Of The Heart also got accepted, so get your tickets now and spend the weekend with us in the trees camping and enjoying good music!
We [Honey of The Heart] were able to open for Taj Mahal two weekends ago to a sold out audience at the Center For The Arts in Grass Valley CA. Thank you for the support and kindness of Taj Mahal and the Center For The Arts for having us! We look forward to more sold out shows with a $68 ticket price! wow. I’m impressed. Next big show for Honey Of The Heart is march 20th at Studio Grand. We have some great guest artists sitting in: Eliyahu Sills on Bonsuri Flute and Stand Up Bass, and Josh Mellinger on Tabla and Cajon. Also the amazing Adrienne Shamszad on guitar and Vocals!
More shows can be found on our ‘shows’ page, and we are planning to partner with Rock The Bike for some more pedal powered fun this spring and summer, so stay tuned for those fun shows as well.
We look forward to seeing you our show soon!
Lots going on as usual and 2015 is kicking off in the right ways. Rock The Bike has partnered with 350 Bay Area and helping produce a pedal powered Climate Rally THIS Saturday in Oakland. RSVP HEREand come hear the new tunes of the Soul Graffiti and RTB line-up. We are expecting 3000+ attendees, possibly one of the largest pedal powered shows to date. I’ll be performing one new song with Maren Metke, Alex, Scammon, Paul Martin Sounder, and Marlon Aldana as well. I hope to have a demo of it up soon for the online peoples to hear and share. Also performing is SHAKE YOUR PEACE! and Fossil Fool from RTB.
Tonight I’ll also be at the Honey Of The Heart Thursday’s at the Revolution Cafe in SF 8:30 – 11:30 pm Tonight, Thursday! RSVP HERE and please share.
If I don’t see you this weekend, I’ll be busy in Auburn and Nevada City for Valentine’s day, then SF that Sunday. So check my schedule at www.justinancheta.com for the shows on 2/13 Auburn, 2/14 Nevada City, and 2/15 San Francisco.
Dear Friends, Family, and Fans,
It has been a fruitful year for JAB, now officially an East Bay located band, with the studio in full swing. We are excited to be so close to Rock The Bike, our friends and partners in Pedal Powered Extravaganza’s around the Bay Area and beyond. We have been working hard on the getting the studio dialed in and ready to record both JAB and the community of strong musicians and bands we have seen thriving around us in the Bay. Some fun shows in the near future include: Wild & Scenic Film Festival Pedal Powered Show and the Caspar Inn. We are already booking some great shows out into October 2015, so keep your eyes peeled for us in your City. If you want us to head your way, just give a shout out! We are enthusiastic about outreach in 2015 and beyond and building a strong community where we go.
We look forward to seeing you soon at an event! Come check out the studio sometime. Justin Ancheta is starting to teach music out of Soul Graffiti Studio’s, so if you are wanting to learn Ukulele, Guitar, Vocals, Piano, or Drums, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big props to our team of outreach and web support: Amanda Joon, Alex (Garcia) Scammon, and Damian Sol.
To another year of music at it’s fullest,
On the horizon, plans are being made to coordinate with the Hawaiian Bicycle League and the local municipal authorities of Oahu to bring a celebration of bike culture to an island choked with cars. We are looking forward to announcing our plans for this December’s bike tour soon!
Support us here at our IndieGogo: Less Cars, More Bikes on Oahu.
Current project motivator, Justin Ancheta, who has been visiting his extended family in Oahu for the past 30 years, has been cultivating a relationship with the island’s hills and paths during small scale bike tours in 2012 and 2013. “My vision for this project is that we can influence the choices that people make that will make or break a sustainable future in the Hawaiian Islands.” There are well over a million cars on an island that is only 44 miles across and 30 miles wide. One might hope for there to be a vibrant bike culture on such a small island with such great weather. Instead it takes commuters takes 2 hours to travel only 10 miles on the H1, Hawaii’s busiest interstate. Honolulu is listed #1 in Forbes.com’s “Most Traffic-Jammed Cities in America”
Read more about Hawaii’s history of all things bicycle here.
What the Bicycle Music Festival is: We focus on identity. We motivate people to become cyclists. The cultural, emotional, social (community building), psychological/ marketing (identity/brand -building work of bicycle advocacy – creating magic. Like music does. We bring the je ne sais quois make biking fun, sexy, social. We motivate people. We associate bicycles with the magic and power of music.
History – Over the last 7 years we’ve created a culture like no other. We are the originators and as an open source idea it’s spread all over the world. Thousands of cyclists.
As an open source idea, the original Bicycle Music Festival has been emulated in cities around the world by autonomous groups of . Bicycle Music Festivals can now be found in: Seattle, Chico, Toronto, Barcelona,
For any cultural movement to be successful, it needs two parts: the concrete/ rational, and the magical/ emotional. In our home city of San Francisco, a group called San Francisco Bicycle Coalition does the important work of the concrete, logical aspects of bicycle advocacy: focusing on political, legal, and educational campaigns. In this respect, the Coalition performs a similar function to that performed by the Hawaii Bicycle League. All of these efforts are critical to increasing ridership and rider-experience in the city.
Currently, the bands on the line-up of this project, who are all co-collaborators in the planning process of this festival, Justin Ancheta, Maren Metke (Honey Of The Heart), Heather Normandale and Diana Gameros.
12 pm Pedal powered music,
1 pm Mayor Kirk Caldwell speaks
Following with a bike ride and more Pedal Powered Music
Dear Friends, Family and Fans,
I appreciate the support over the past Decade + of music, mostly in Northern California, but sometimes branching out to the east coast, Europe, Hawaii, and Mexico. I hope to make it to South America this spring! If you hear of any good plans/tours for making music, let me know.
I am writing on behalf of a huge momentous occasion that will be taking place THIS Saturday at the NEW PARISH in Oakland, CA. For over a decade I have been captivated by the spirit and music of Flamenco, Traveling twice to Spain to indulge more in the land of where this style transformed into what it is today. One of the most prestigious Flamenco groups of the Bay Area, ‘Caminos Flamencos’ is performing a set at the New Parish Saturday Night. Please get your tickets soon!
I am being featured at the show for the first time. I remember in 2002, I walked into Yaelisa’s class in Sacramento, certain I would learn and/or help the class with my guitar skills. I didn’t get more then a bar into playing before I was stopped. Appreciating the sincerity of the style and how you either have it or you don’t type of attitude. I cannot say I know Flamenco to this date, but I am happy to be performing a piece with the Acclaimed Jason McGuire, Flamenco Guitar virtuoso, on a rendition of some new tunes I have created in the past years, inspired by the Balkans, as well as Flamenco. You will here ‘Nuevo Flamenco’ this night, what Caminos Flamencos is known to bring to the table with outstanding dancers and singers.
Marlon Aldana (from JAB) will be on percussion, as well as Paul Martin (Bass JAB sub), so you will here a full rich sound coming from the club. Come get your tickets now and reserve a seat with a good view. Get there early to not miss out on when I perform the song(s).
The full band is gearing up to head to ‘Mendocino’ November 21st for a Fukushima Benefit. More info soon at: www.justinanchetaband.com — As well, we will have some get-togethers in Nevada City and Auburn in December. hope you can make it.
There is also a residency I am doing for the next two months at the ‘Revolution Cafe’ every 3rdwednesday. Please come check it out 8:30 to 11 pm in San Francisco.
Thank you all for the lovely show at Awaken this past weekend. The vibes were high and the dancing went off with a full house. Appreciating the support and grateful for the musicians and friends in my life.
All my love, and I look forward to seeing you at one of the shows in November: www.justinancheta.com
Really excited about the next big show in the Bay with the band. Get your tickets now, as the last 3 shows there were packed!
We are excited to feature Kuckaw! and Honey Of The Heart opening the night.
RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/345272202304277/
We are working on new recordings at Soul Graffiti Studio’s and will have some demo’s up soon. As well, Justin is about to go do a video shoot for ‘Boon Carri E’ a unique song that has been in the works for a year now. Stay tuned here and please sign up for our email list. We are also doing a benefit for Fukushima in Caspar, CA – November 21st, if you all want to take a ‘road trip’ with us. All the best, Justin and crew.
Saturday, March 1st:
Cello Joe CD Release Party, featuring music by: Justin Ancheta & Jason McGuire.
The Awaken Cafe and Soul Graffiti Presents today announced the CD Release party for Cello Joe, Featuring music by: Justin Ancheta & Jason McGuire. A rare look into the local talent of the bay, Cello Joe is the frontier Beatboxing Cellist of the time, shaping rhythms and loops and fusing electronic styles with a natural element with conscious lyrics. He also was one of the first people to teach Ancheta how to ride and survive on a 100+ mile bike adventure. Justin Ancheta is coined as ‘folklyrico-americana’, influenced by Jason Mcguire for the past ten years, he dives into a multi cultural rhythmic soup of deep melodies and flamboyant rasqueado’s. Jason McGuire is the music director of Caminos Flamencos, the premier Flamenco dance and music company of the west coast. This show is going to be amazing. Get your tickets now HERE. This show may sell out!
*if you are part of the press for photo’s or writing article reviews, you can come for free to the show, just email your credentials and contact information to email@example.com
I just returned from an epic journey through jungles and waterfalls and around the island of oahu, Hawaii. The trip was fruitful for personal growth and enjoyment, as well as reaching out to the local community and gathering resources to create the first BMF of Hawaii! Bicycle’s are not used enough on the island and are mostly looked down upon because only the smelly homeless and drug users living under bridges use them. I do not say this with judgement myself, but I do recognize how the community there fears these people as well as looks down upon their lifestyle, therefore, the bicycle as well. So, with your help and everyones help, we hope to create a better vision for sustainable transportation on an island that has a perfect climate, as well as minimal hills. In the most downpour of rain-weather, you can enjoy a ride in warmth on the island. More news on that soon.
For now, I am excited to go back to the snow and visit family and friends in the hills. Some shows on those occasions are – The Club Car December 20th this Friday! (https://www.facebook.com/events/583742045044829/)
as well as an after party for the Wild and Scenic Film Festival at the Stonehouse January 10th in Nevada City. (https://www.facebook.com/events/660143807370709)
After making it through 2013, the apacolypse and the completion of ‘PLANT’ the new album released April 2013, I have been busy tending to my creative side, getting inspired by writing and playing with great musicians in the area. Here is one of my favorite music nights in awhile, when Jason McGuire of Caminos Flamencos, sat in at La Peña in Berekeley. I have a recording of our first time ever playing together. New songs in the moment came out like THIS one. If you want to see a show of us play together, email back stating so and I’ll forward on to Jason and get the ball rolling ; )
I’m back from the Yucatan, and ready to play lots of music and create some good happenings here in the Bay. First things first, I’m moving to Oakland in 6 days! so I’ll probably seeing more of the East Bay, I’m sure.
Check out the upcoming shows! lots of really cool things happening THIS weekend, as well as the following two weekends – Auburn at Club Car, and then the ULUV Festival in SF. All the details are in the show listings below. I’ve been working a lot with Cradle Duende, as well as doing many DJ gigs. Yes, I have accepted that I can still find pleasure in music while pressing a button. Don’t worry, I’ll make sure instruments and voice stay strong in my life. I’ve been sick for awhile and finally feeling my voice and body in good health again. After a long pause like that, the simple things of just talking or singing normal, or feeling normal, is such a blessing.
I’m still working in the Environmental and Social Movements where I can. Rock the Bike is a good outlet for me. I’d like to see more bikes and electric vehicles, car shares programs, and simplifying of life, in the happiest of ways. I find myself in front of computers too much so one of my goals in the coming months and following year is to minimize computer time and maximize garden and growing time, allowing my feet to touch the earth and soil. Maybe the hike on the dirt path or through the trees; or even down the road.
Much love from SF – soon-to-be OAKLAND.