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


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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!


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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Posted on July 22, 2014 by heather

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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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

More information at: http://www.cellojoe.com,http://www.caminosflamencos.com

March 1st CD Release

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9-29-12 12-3 pm – Come support and hear a free show at the Panhandle, San Francisco – supporting District 5 Supervisor candidate – Julien Davis. Supporting local small businesses, families and community, as well as bikes and public transportation. More info HERE.

I’m working diligently in the studio with some of the best musicians of San Francisco, preparing to make THE 2013 debut album I have been wanting to create my whole life; no pressure or anything! In the meantime as well, I have some great shows for October coming together to keep me on my feet, including many great events with Rock The Bike, and SHAKE YOUR PEACE! Happy Bday to October bday friends – Paul Freedman (October 3rd) and Gabe Dominguez (October 13th) – Make sure you give them a phatty kiss on the cheek!

It is my honor to support with my music the Environmental Group of Marin that teaches classes on GMO food and ways we can live more sustainably. This is happening on October 13th. I should be Biking there, anyone want to ride with and support this organization? email: if you are interested in making the ride October 13th. Tickets are $25 and includes food, music, and drink at the event.

I have taken some video of pre-production but am not too inspired to share it, as I really want to focus on recording and the music. I know sometimes I have to pay respects to this thing we used called technology, as it is my means to connecting with you all. Trying to find the balance. It is amazing how much computer I am using for pre-production, a lot!

Finding the balance.


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