Come celebrate the return from our two month summer tour in Berkeley tomorrow. Tickets are HERE.

8-25-17 Soma House Concert. in Berkeley CA. FB HERE and Tickets HERE.

Nalu and the crew are safe and sound and we are on the I-5 heading south back to the Bay. Excited to get back into the studio and lay down some tracks!

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17 Aug 2017, by

Hey All,

I’ve been enjoying touring with Honey of the Heart, a collaboration with Maren Metke. We are joined by our good friend Heather Normandale and playing some rad shows in the coming week. Please check out the schedule at We have a list below for ya to see quickly. Enjoy!

And tonight: 8/17/17 Secret Garden Concert in Bellingham

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Pedal Power in The Emerald City

Nothing is cooler than self-powering your own musical entertainment. That is exactly what the crew over at Rock The Bikebrings to reality for concert goers, music lovers, and anyone else looking to power up a PA using human energy and the science of cycle generated power.Formed in Berkeley, CA in 2005, Rock The Bike is the brainchild of Paul Freedman, a.k.a. Fossil Fool. Collaboration and community are underlying values at RTB, and their connection to the extended network of musicians in the Bay Area has helped make pedal powered music available to performers looking for the greenest ways to present their music to new audiences. Rootfire is pleased to announce that artist Justin Ancheta & Soul Graffiti will be performing pedal powered sets between acts at Rootfire In The Emerald City, Saturday, July 29th in Seattle.  

Attending the fest? We’ll be looking for pedalers!

Ancheta has been making waves internationally with his eclectic brand of reggae influenced funk and jazz. Touring the United States and Europe via bicycle and train, Ancheta backs up the conscious message of his music by taking direct action to improve the global music community. The Justin Ancheta Band has played across the world from Oahu’s Hawaii Spirit Festival, to MannaFest in Grass Valley, to Barcelona’s debut Bicycle Music Festival, performing with The Wailers, Joan BaezCreedence Clearwater Survival, and Charles Neville. Rootfire had a chance to catch up with Justin about his upcoming appearance at Rootfire In The Emerald City.

Rootfire: You have a production company called Soul Graffiti Productions that focuses on education, recording, performing, and event production. How did the relationship between Soul Graffiti Productions and Rock The Bike come about?

Justin Ancheta: I started Soul Graffiti Productions 12 years ago with a dream to have an artist-for-artist collective label. In the past 3.5 years, I was able to find Rock The Bike’s new home on San Pablo for Paul, friend and owner of Rock The Bike, and he offered the upstairs rental in gratitude for finding the space for his business expansion. A bit before then, and more so after, I have been working on event production for both pedal powered and non-pedal powered events from that location. Soul Graffiti often partners with Rock The Bike to produce amazing entertainment and pedal power for festivals, organizations and companies. The first successful partnership happened in 2011 when Soul Graffiti took on the pedal power offering at Maker Faire, San Mateo, CA. It was the first and only year so far that the pedal powered stage got 7 of 7 first place prizes. Since then, Soul Graffiti has been producing events for Rock The Bike, including Pedalfest, Maker Faire, and a handful of other national events. We now have the first pedal powered studio in the world. You can check us out at:

RF: Both conceptually and aesthetically pedal power has a lot of pleasing elements for performer and audience alike. In your experience, what are some ways pedal power empowers the participants?

JA: I think it gets people moving, literally and creatively. People start thinking about how much energy it takes to put on a rock concert, or consider how much energy different appliances take in power. It’s educational, fun, and engages people to hopefully get on bikes more and try it for a local transportation method. This is how I got involved with bikes myself. I was the first performer at the first Bicycle Music Festival in San Francisco. Since then I have ridden bikes throughout the world–the United States, France, Spain, Hawaii– putting on pedal powered shows. I know bikes won’t save the world, but it is the most hands-on way I’ve been involved in revolution in my life. People can work on their own mode of transportation easily, fixing parts with little skills needed, and you get in shape going to the places you need to go. Imagine gyms having energy from their bikes harnessed for their lighting consumption in the gym. It’s a model for where we can be with technology and human civilization. I’m tired of being a parasite race on the world; I’m ready to make the necessary changes to work toward a sustainable future, and pedal power is a great gateway. It’s a mind-opening experience.

RF: Climate change is a pinnacle crux of our lifetime. Art and music have always provided a platform for cultural commentary, and it seems that more and more people are looking for ways to walk the walk of a sustainable lifestyle. What’s your advice for artists and musicians who are looking for ways to incorporate greener choices into the day-to-day workflow of their craft?

JA: I’d say try alternative transportation tours–bikes, trains, etc. Try doing some pedal powered events and engage your audience to power your entire show off-grid. I’m an avid believer in the music carrying a show and harnessing the power of community, but combine that with good, clean pedal power, and you will have a revolution every time you play a show.

RF: There is a great sense of community surrounding the Rock the Bike movement. Where can people find out about bands and venues that are using pedal power?

JA: There are still very few doing pedal power worldwide, in comparison to the amount of music and bands out there. However, some spots to look have been Bicycle Music Festivals that pop up world-wide, thanks to the ethos of Gabe Dominguez and Paul Freedman, Co-Producers of the first festival. Since then, we’ve seen Biketopia Music Collective pop up, and the Pleasant Revolution doing pedal power throughout many countries. Other organizations are starting to pick it up and ask for their own system to do off-grid shows. There has been talk about organizing a community hub. I haven’t seen one exactly that encompasses us all, so I just made this group for interested folk. Please share if you want to get involved.

RF: Super pumped to catch you later this month at Rootfire In The Emerald City. What can you tell us about the music you’ll be playing there?

JA: I’ve been doing live looping and DJ’ing since the early 2000’s, before most people did it. I now include some DJ technology to the mix with live instrumentation. The style of music is hard to put down, as I’m from a mix of musical backgrounds, similar to my cultural and ethnic background. I guess you could say: Reggae-Rock-Flamenco-Infused-Jazz-with some world funk-hop included.

RF: And finally, are we going to be seeing massive summer music festivals powered by cyclists? What’s the big picture for the future of pedal powered music?

JA: I like the quote from Margaret Thatcher: “never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” I believe pedal power has a capacity to still grow a bit more with line-delay speakers reaching audiences upwards of 50,000. That being said, I think the most special moments are around a campfire with an intimate group of people, or a smaller-sized show where everyone’s collective energy hits the same chord. Pedal powered shows have an opportunity to create pockets of community and connection where society has seemed to falter. Some of us have dreams of making larger shows where pedal power can reach more of the masses. My dream is to create smaller shows throughout the world that revolutionize the meaning and the power of the individual, or the community that empower the individuals. I’d personally like to make a festival with about 5,000+ people with many smaller stages that allow the intimacy and engagement of the music to be fully downloaded into our subconscious as we recreate our vocabulary of cultural connection by making sounds together.

Ancheta will be performing through the patented “One Bike-One Speaker” system, but Pedal Power is capable of so much more. Check out their Fender BlenderRecharge StationsLEDgehammerEl Arbol: The Bike Tree….there’s even a fully pedal powered stage.  It’s cooler than words can do justice and we can’t wait to give you a taste of things on July 29.

See you in The Emerald City!


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Earth Day Celebration with Pedal Powered Music

The Justin Ancheta Band is going to Rock The Bike at the Earth Day SF event at Ghirardelli Square from 12-4 pm on April 22nd, 2017.

Here is the official Press Release for you to share:


Where: Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco CA

When: 4/22/17

Price: FREE


FB Event RSVP:

More information:




900 North Point Street, San Francisco CA

April 22nd 12-4pm

Coming back for the 2nd year in a row, Soul Graffiti Productions, and now also Rock the Bike are partnering to put on an Earth Day celebration at Ghirardelli Square. You will hear live performances of regionally acclaimed artists, featuring the Justin Ancheta Band, DJ Scratch, and special guests to-be-announced.

The Justin Ancheta Band is a positively-charged, high-energy band from the Bay Area, California. They bring together world sounds with some heavy doses of funk and reggae. Lacing socially-conscious lyrics with horn, violin and guitar melodies over a steady foundation of drums, percussion, and bass, the band creates a dance party for everyone to enjoy. Tthey play venues such as the Independent, Slim’s, Yoshi’s, and the Great American Music Hall. Their tour schedule has taken them from Barcelona to Hawaii. After more than a decade of shows and touring, they have shared the stage with The Wailers, Joan Baez, Creedence Clearwater Survival, Charles Neville and many more musical luminaries. 

Earth Day has reached into its current status as the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year, and a day of action that changes human behavior and provokes policy changes.

Today, the fight for a clean environment continues with increasing urgency, as the reality of climate change becomes more apparent every day. We invite you to be a part of Earth Day and help write many more chapters—struggles and victories—into the Earth Day book, together!

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day. In honor of this milestone, Earth Day Network is launching an ambitious set of goals to shape the future of 21st century environmentalism. At this event, the audience will be invited to use their own muscles to power the show together, experiencing how close we are to a clean energy future.

“The environment needs a voice. We can be this voice through our energy and attention, finding ways to live within the means that support our natural environment. Earth Day is a day to celebrate this connection and each other”, says Ancheta from the Justin Ancheta Band.

What you will find at this outdoor, family friendly event, is fun activities and games in a beautiful outdoor setting by the wharf. You will enjoy music, food, wine, and Ghirardelli’s famous chocolates. The purpose of this event is to inspire and celebrate as community and connect us to each other, the earth and a more sustainable path.

Ghirardelli Square is located at 900 North Point Street at the corner of Beach and Larkin Streets. It is on the West side of Fisherman’s Wharf, two blocks east of Van Ness Avenue and one block west of the Cable Car turnaround at Beach and Hyde Streets.


“A beat that is global in scope.” — Gus Thompson, Auburn Journal

“One of the best and brightest bands…” — Mark S. Allen, Good Morning Sacramento (KMAX Channel 31)

The bands activity has been recently focused on completing their own audio and video production studio called “Soul Graffiti Studios” in Oakland. The goal is to enable to band to offer a resource to the music community in the Bay Area tools that can uplift our scene of artists with creating an “Artist for Artist” collective Label. So far the success have been rolling out with producing shows that sometimes include JAB (Justin Ancheta Band), but offering shows and entertainment to the region, and farther out to nationally and internationally. Watch out for JAB and Soul Graffiti artists in your neighborhood. And look out for the upcoming audio and video we will be sharing monthly very soon.

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16 Mar 2017, by

Here is the latest Radio show from this past Tuesday in SF. Enjoy! And Mark your calendar for this Saturday’s house concert! Here is the information. PLEASE SHARE!


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12 Jan 2017, by

Shows in 2017

This Weekend!
Justin Ancheta & HOTH shows

We’re keeping our honey flowing with the warmth of creative inspiration!
We are excited to be playing two special upcoming events this next weekend:

Saturday January 14, 2017

Gottschalk Music Center recital hall, 1502 E St., Modesto
Doors at 7:00, music at 7:30
$15 general/free for kids 12 and younger
Limited seating: email or call 209-543-5306 to reserve seats
Presented by Modesto Unplugged and ModestoView

Sunday January 15, 2017

Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Commercial St Plaza, Nevada City, CA –  People Powered Music

6:00pm – 7:00pm Honey of the Heart will close the Festival
We have a great lineup of local talent performing on the people powered stage at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival.
Come pedal and make the power. This year we’ll be at the bottom of Commercial St, in the plaza in front of the Chamber of Commerce and the pelton wheel.

Brand New Video Release!
Honey of the Heart is proud to release “Catch the Wave”, filmed, recorded, mixed & edited live at Soul Graffiti Productions!

Watch HERE! on FB
OR Watch Here on YouTube

We are so blessed to have the community and resources that we have! Our artist for artist collective/studio/production team has been busy helping us crank out some lovely visual audio art for HOTH in the last month. Soul Graffiti Studios, and the people surrounding it are so inspired, lovely and warm that we have almost forgotten it is Winter. 😉 Heres to an easy flow of golden Honey for us all!

Stay tuned for more videos coming, including a sweet collaboration with amiga & colleague, Heather Normandale, and our brewing NPR’s Tiny Desk submission, all in the next few days!

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Upcoming Shows:
Sat Jan 14 2017
Modesto GMC
1502 E st.
Age Limit: All Ages
Sun Jan 15 2017 6:00pm Wild and Scenic Film Festival, People Powered Stage.
Nevada City, CA
Age Limit: All Ages
Thurs Feb 2 2017
Revolution Cafe
San Francisco, CA
Age Limit: All Ages
Tuesday Feb 14 2017
Evergreen Lodge, Yosemite Age Limit: All Ages
Fri Feb 17 2017


7:00pSat Feb 18
Time TBA

House Concert ~
TBA, Auburn, CA
Honeyroot Barn Dance Fundraiser
Age Limit: All Ages
Details: TBA

*Feed Your Ears & Heart*
*Get Your HOTH Album Now*

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13 Sep 2016, by

October News.

Dear community,

It has been a whirlwind of a summer, going by fast with some highs and lows. To wrap things up sweetly, I am taking part in a great music bike ride with friends to the Bicycle Music Festival, Nevada City, – And then to SHRIMPFEST 2017! Some special musical collaborations will take place and I welcome you to come along and enjoy the ride with us. We will be staying at some of my favorite local river spots along the way.

Thanks for your support and patience with the new album work. I really thought I would have got it out over this summer, but the decompression from being the Director of Love Our Neighborhood Day took a bit more energy then I expected. A great learning experience, and so good to see the vision of a closed San Pablo with all the good people enjoying the open streets of east bay as we did June 4th! Here’s a sneak peak of the upcoming video. If you want to support the completion of this video and many more to come, please visit our patron page HERE.

Check out the shows listed and share with your friends. If you love live music, nows the time to support! There are a lot of entertainments out there these days and I do sometimes feel like a dinasour, however, we have some tricks for you at the next show! excited to show you.

Be well and stay alive and happy.


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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):

More information:

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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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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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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!


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