The Pleasant Revolution is an ongoing world tour that began in 2007 and ends in?
The Ginger Ninjas, guest bands, and crew travel by bicycle, primarily, carrying all their equipment on their own bikes, unsupported by automobile. Occasionally, we make use of buses and boats and hitchhikes, though no planes so far.
Tours, upcoming and past
Leg 1 (N. Cal to S. Mex)
November 1, 2007 to May 25, 2008, biked from North San Juan, CA to Palenque, Chiapas, México, returned primarily on bus with some stretches of biking and hitchhiking. Played 100 shows, in plazas, bike shops, schools, and seasides, all but one of which were human powered on the band’s bicycle generator system. Guest bands/acts (who traveled on some portion of the tour) include: Shake Your Peace!, Cello Joe, Fossil Fool, Tobin, StitchCraft, Somer Moon, Bear Dyken. Ginger Ninjas on the tour (in order of appearance): Kipchoge, Eco, Jessie, Enoc, Curtis, Cello Joe, Brock, Jared (and disappearance) Enoc, Curtis, Jessie, Cello Joe. The tour started with 15 members, had as many as 19 riding through Mexico on a given day, and averaged about 10. Around 40 people participated in some leg or other. An album called “the Pleasant Revolution Sampler” was put out before the tour, and a live album as well as a film are upcoming.
Leg 2 (East Coast USA)
August 15 to October 8, 2008, Millie the veggie oil bus from Oregon to Northern California to Denver for the Democratic National Convention, Amtrak to New York City, bicycle around New York and New England playing colleges, boarding schools, health food store parking lots, punk basements, and bike advocacy events. Part of band returns west via Amtrak. Part of band quits. Part of band stays in Florida home for vacation. The band: Kipchoge, Jared, Brock, Eco. The guest: Crystal Stafford.
Leg 3 (Mexico to Panama Guatemala)
January 10 to April 29, 2009, ride from North San Juan, CA to Sacramento, CA, bus to Guadalajara, Mexico City, Cuernavaca, Cholula, Oaxaca, and San Cristobal de las Casas, bike to Panama, return by bus. We made it as far as Antigua, Guatemala before an illness in the family forced us to return home. The band: Kipchoge, Jared, Dave Scandurra on drums, Cory on lead guitar. Crew: Laughter, Josh, Matt, Andrea. We’ll continue this tour in
2010 the future!
Leg 4 (Cascadia and Burning Man, North America)
August and September 2009, Millie from North San Juan to Eugene, OR for Bicycle Music Festival, Millie to Portland for BMF, ride to Seattle for BMF, ride to Vancouver BC for BMF, Amtrak to Portland, Millie to Burning Man for BMF. This tour marked the first time we invited several acts on the road with us. It was also the first time we attempted to organize bicycle music festivals along the route. The transition to this style of tour enables us to more effectively work with local rowdies, bands, activists, NGOs, and media to create a lasting demand and capacity for creating bicycle music events. The band: Kipchoge, Jared, Terry Miller on drums, Michael Logue on lead guitar. Other acts: Bear Dyken, StitchCraft, little j, Grace Totherow, Cello Joe.
Originally planned for June 1 to October 25, 2009, postponed. May 2010–November 2010. Amtrak to New York, Queen Mary 2 to Southampton England. England, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, France, Spain. Co-created bicycle music festivals in more than 10 cities throughout Europe over the Summer and Fall. The band: Kipchoge, Buck Meek on bass (first half), Joachim Brunson on drums (first half), Thomas Spellman on lead-guitar, Jared on bass (second half), Brock on drums (second half), Louis Gasper on trumpet, Ed Montgomery on sax, Jessie Montgomery on violin, Cello Joe on cello. Lots of guests. Other acts: Cello Joe, StitchCraft, the Genie, Amanda Mora, Fossil Fool, Justin Ancheta. Some fun facts about this leg.
Leg 6 (Victoria, B.C.–North San Juan, CA)
May–August 2011. With StitchCraft. This time we add the Wild and Scenic Film Festival to the mix, creating Bicycle Music and Film Festivals (BMFFs) all along the way. Weeeeeeeee!
Leg 7 (San Luis Obispo to Chiapas, Mexico)
October 2011–January 2012.