Community Building

Dear family on earth,

Apologies for the absence from my muse. I have been deep in growing my inspiration and vision for community and sustainability. The idea that we can localize and conserve our precious earth, local economy, and deepen our relationship with each other, finding family and friends near us, is very inspiring to me. I am in the heart of Oakland, California, an area where many consider to be dangerous and many other things I’d prefer not to repeat here.

I’m here to let you know that I just walked around the neighborhood for a 2 mile stretch (1 mile on each side of the street), and met as many neighbors as I possibly could. The people that you might think would be dangerous end up being the nicest, offering power for the stage from their home, or show their personal excitement for #loveourhood coming June 4th. This is a big celebration for me. It is a cry to keep believing in human existence and the goodness that we all have within us. No matter what color, gender, sexual orientation, or belief, we all have goodness. We were born with it. I hope you can come out and celebrate June 4th with us!

To honor this day that I have been spending the past 3 months of my life to, I am releasing a single “Dark Winter Night” at Love Our Neighborhood Day. I’ll be performing at 12:40 p.m. sharp with Del Corazon dance troupe coming to do their rendition of the song. I’d like to honor nature and the earth we live on. The festival of the commons that happens in this same neighborhood has brought me to tears during their ceremonies, and if there is any way we can gather a vibe of ceremony on June 4th, I ask you to show up with your colors flying, your tears, laughter, and smiling faces. Thank you again for your continued support on this path. I am praying we find balance in this world asap. I think the fastest way is to find it within ourselves. I’m working on that!

Here is the press release of Soul Graffiti Productions:

Soul Graffiti Productions, 6323 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94607 #530.305.9819


Date: 6/4/16

Where: San Pablo Ave. from Ashby Ave. to Stanford Ave.

Time: 11am – 4pm

Event link (FB):

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On Saturday June 4th, 2016, Walk Oakland Bike Oakland and locals from the Golden Gate, Southwest Berkeley and Emeryville neighborhoods will be producing our third annual Love Our Neighborhood Day.  The event will be open from 11am-4pm.

Love Our Neighborhood Day will happen in the street on San Pablo Avenue, from Stanford to Ashby.  All lanes of traffic on San Pablo will be closed to cars during the event.  This is a huge achievement for our neighborhood – we’re closing historic state highway 123 for the day to enable shared celebration and reclaiming of urban open spaces.

In 2015, we saw about 10,000 visitors to Love Our Neighborhood Day.  We expect 15,000 to attend this year because of the increased enthusiasm and interest shown by the community, as well as the addition of several new key event partners, performers, and city support.

Activities and Key Partners (North to South on San Pablo)

Dozens of local organizations, performers, artists, and others from throughout the region will join us on event day, including:

  • Citizen Five Music Stage: Happening at Folger and San Pablo just south of Ashby, local artists from the neighborhood are featured: DJ Hercules Records, Make Jazz, Lil’ Elephant, Genius 13 yr. Old solo act, and Supa Knova & Nebi.
  • MILO Foundation will host pet adoptions.
  • Mysterious Creatures Art Collective & Gallery will be hosting a live art mural production on their building, demos and interactive events, including a stage of local artists: Drea M., Diana Gameros + Brother, Michael Ruffo, Heather Normandale, & Dashboard Buddhas,
  • Homegrown Acoustic Stage: featuring Guatam and Dennis D., is a relaxing zone of kids games, great food, and acoustic music to relax in the shade.
  • The Grease Diner will be hosting DIY silkscreening
  • Oakland Fitness, Cliff Bar and others will be hosting a Games area for all ages
  • Berkeley Maynard Academy and Yu Ming School will be collaborating on student projects for the event, hosting events reaching out to the local community
  • Riveropolis will return for its second year at Love Our Neighborhood Day – Riveropolis is sculpture and furniture featuring elevated waterways and fantastical landscapes, bringing the magic of running water to schools, museums and public places
  • Rock the Bike Center Stage will return with their pedal-powered music stage, smoothies and a stellar line-up:

– 11 a.m. Zumba w/ Angie

– 11:40 Ecstatic Dance w/ DJ

– 12:40 Justin Ancheta Single Release “Dark Winter Night” w/ Del Corazon

– 12:50 Bay Balkan Brass

– 2:00 Downs Choir

– 3:00 Bicicletas Por La Paz

  • Grand Opening of the Charles Porter Golden Gate Recreation Center: with live activities of basketball, zumba, and a 1:30 pm celebration and announcements.
  • Destiny Arts will produce an all-day stage, including performances by their youth dance groups, DJ entertainment, dance classes, and more
  • KALA Art Institute will be hosting several artists in their Print Public program, creating art on the street during the event
  • Namaste Pizza Stage at 61st and San Pablo will host Local Hip Hop and artist from Hip Hop for Change, with including local folk artists all day long. There will be a pizza give-away and crazy photo’s with your favorite pizza’s. Stop by to see and hear, and eat!
11:00- Opening Hip Hop performance by Vik Gosain11:10-11:30 Acoustic Soul by Chris Bryden11:35-11:50  Stand up comedy by Matt Gubser

12:50-12:55 Beatboxing by Gabriel Martinez

1:00-1:05 Hip hop dance by Scott Duong

1:10-1:15 Hip hop performance by Vik Gosain

1:20-1:30 Spoken word by Marjorie Bartolome

1:35-1:45 Hip Hop collaboration by Lance And Cameron

1:50-2:30. Hip Hop for Change

2:35 Open Mic

3:00-3:15 Live guitar and Breakdancing by Thanh Tran

3:15-3:45 Hip Hop performance and Open Dance floor!

  • Athletic Playground will host all day events of acroyoga and monkey games for all ages by Stanford & San Pablo
  • Capoeira and Karate demonstrations by Studio Naga, the Capoeira Foundation, CapoeiraMandinga and more!

Street Closures

San Pablo Avenue will be closed to all traffic from Ashby Ave to Stanford. All side streets will be detoured around the event, but will be open to traffic up to San Pablo. For residents or businesses who need access into and out of the neighborhood on event day, side streets can be used to access main arteries surrounding the event (Ashby, Hollis, Stanford, Market/Sacramento) and get into and out of the area. Street closures will start at 9am, and streets will reopen by 6pm.

Public Transit

The AC Transit 72 Line buses will be routed via Ashby and Stanford to Sacramento/Market. All 72 Line stops on the Event Route will be posted with directions to nearby alternatives. Transit re-routing will start before 9am and resume normal operation after 6pm (when the roads are open).

Volunteers Needed

Please go to this form to get involved hosting an activity, or volunteering to make Love Our Neighborhood Day a fun and engaging family experience:

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31 Dec 2015, by

Happy New Year 2016!

Thank you for your support over the years people. It is so great to know that there is a community of people that are supporting the independent artists as myself. Please stay in touch by signing the email list. Here is a clip from last weeks show at the Crazy Horse. Enjoy!:

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20 Dec 2015, by

Come through to an xmas fiesta in Nevada City with Justin Ancheta, Electric Honey, and Cello Joe! We will be getting our jam on starting at 9 pm for FREE. A not to miss show where we will be tapping into the best of new and old tunes to bring you an eclectic night of music.

Crazy Horse, Nevada City CA 9 pm start time.

Event RSVP here:

Happy Holidays from us to you!

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14 Oct 2015, by

Awaken Cafe 10/16/15

Thanks for your patience on the new material we are creating in our studio. precious time is being taken to create some new audio jewels. Hope to share soon! For now, Please come to one of our shows coming up. The next one I am really excited about is THIS Friday at Awaken Cafe, October 16th. I’ll be doing an acoustic set with Damian Sol (JAB), and Alex Scammon (JAB) with guest musicians as well. This will be a unique experience to here some of the new material, plus some old favorites with a looping flare. Here is the link. Please share!

I’m also doing a fabulous run of shows with Honey Of The Heart, who will also be at Awaken this night. Check out our shows coming up at:

And some old school info from years past to enjoy:

Here are some tidbits of the album to listen to, plus video from ‘live-on-bike’ sunday streets, SF with Rock The Bike, and the press release for the upcoming album. Thank you so much for staying involved with us. I am really excited to share the new tunes with you all, as well as share where I go to create some positive actions. Now! Please spread the word about the upcoming releases, like out page, and let’s have some fun!

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Hey all,

It’s been lots of work and play in the past year. The studio is looking amazing and we are working on recordings like mad. Really excited to share new JAB tunes soon, as well as other projects such as HOTH, and SYP! – The next big show I’m really promoting and getting behind with all my energy is October 30th at the Nevada Theater. Please get your tickets early here: – and please share the event and RSVP

Lots of shows in October in California and Oregon for Honey Of The Heart:

Hope to see you at a show soon.


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26 Apr 2015, by

Excited to announce that I am asked to present at TEDx, Cupertino on May 9th! I hope to share a video from it in the coming months. I also will be featured at the San Francisco International Arts Festival May 22nd. Please grab your pre-sale tickets here! it’s way cheaper then the door and guarantees entry:  [share the link on your facebook for a FREE cd as well, just email us your post at]

The studio is rocking and sounds are being produced daily when we are not touring in California somewhere. We are really excited to be biking down to the Maker Faire to perform Saturday/Sunday May 16th and 17th. If you want to get into the festival, come talk to us and we can potentially arrange something ( Here is the facebook invite to so you know about the ride details.

Any interest in going to the World Music Festival July 17th weekend and biking from the Bay Area with us? Contact here if you have interest and we might create a social ride to support this by bike and train:

I’m looking at an avocado tree that I just potted using the kitchen dinette as a greenhouse. It looks happy! With all the crazy things going on in the world this week, I hope that you find some peace in the simple things on your daily path. Enjoy the sunshine and rain when it is here.

My heart goes out to Nepal, and to people that have been grieving this week.

My love,

Justin Ancheta

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11 Mar 2015, by

Hello Friends,

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!

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5 Feb 2015, by

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 for the shows on 2/13 Auburn, 2/14 Nevada City, and 2/15 San Francisco.

JAB is writing and practicing for the upcoming 2015 shinanigans we set out to do. Excited to share soon!


Justin Ancheta

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4 Dec 2014, by

Less Cars, More Bikes on Oahu, Hawaii

Dear Friends & Family,
I’m excited to be participating in the ‘Pleasant Revolution’ of Oahu, Hawaii. We are bringing pedal powered music to the island for the first time. Our goal is to bring the Bicycle Music Festival to Hawaii in 2015, starting with this trip in December, sharing our music and stories around the island about a brighter and more sustainable future for transportation around the island. The island is currently choked with vehicles and cars and traffic are to be seen throughout the island, especially in the metropolis areas.
We have partnered with the Hawaii Bicycling League, the Mayor Kirk Caldwell, and kicking off the new Cycle Track of Honolulu on December 6th, followed by the trip around the island spreading the word of bikes and usage to schools and communities throughout the area.
So far, we are 100% out of pocket for this event production, and with your help, you can help us fund the trip, which includes artwork and promotion of Hawaii-Bikes and safe lanes, by artist Rich Black of the ‘occupy-movement’, as well as help fund the transporting of gear and crew to take part in the movement December 6th, 2014. The mayor will be coming out to speak on our system, and we are hoping you can support by contributing anything you can.
Thank you for your time and please check out our platform below, as well as share it with your friends and family. Mahalo! Justin Ancheta

Amazing crew of artists and activists for 2014 include:
Justin Ancheta (Guitar/Vocals/Percussion),  – Northern California, via Hawaii
Maren Metke (Vocalist),  – Vashon, Washington
Caroline Chung (Bass), – Seoul, South Korea
Claudio (Photography), – Uruguay
Kalyana (Videography),
More information at:
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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’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.

December 6th: King Street Bike Lane Opening Party

12 pm Pedal powered music,

1 pm Mayor Kirk Caldwell speaks

Following with a bike ride and more Pedal Powered Music


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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:

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.

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