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High Fees Drive Yet Another Music Festival Out of Golden Gate Park: Power to the Peaceful 2012 Canceled

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Why is it that fees get waived for unpopular events like Larry Ellison’s boat race next year* and yet fees get increased for popular events like the formerly-annual Power to the Peaceful?

I don’t know.

Anyway, this is what it looked like. Well, this was a yoga heavy warm-up, but the actual event attracted huge crowds and people like Alanis Morissette would play for free: 

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And this is why it’s gone:

“Due to rising city fees which have ballooned our operating costs over the past years, we regrettably announce that The Power to the Peaceful Festival will not be staged in September of 2012.

In what would have been our 13th year of free festivals in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park the only way to have produce the festival this year would have been to turn it into a ticketed event. We wish to thank all of our supporters and volunteers and look forward to the next chapter of the Power To The Peaceful team working to promote peace and positivity in our community at future events.”

Oh well.

So why is Power to the Peaceful considered so bad and why is the America’s Cup considered so good?

Perhaps because Mayor Ed Lee mostly cares about the boat-loving billionaires and millionaires who give money and support to his campaigns?

*What are we paying for this thing? $10 million? $20 million? More?

 

Crystal Bowersox Guest Stars at Michael Franti’s Power to the Peaceful Festival 2010

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Our annual Yelp-rated Power to the Peaceful music festival went off without a hitch (except for the PTTP website, from which it was hard to get useful information, but oh well.)

I got there too early and had to leave but Luke Thomas has a brace of photos here at the Fog City Journal. See? Loads of people.

Here’s what it was like early on:

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Yoga to start the day:

Just hundreds of yoga-ites:

And here’s CB herself.

Then it got sunnier and then it got a lot colder by the end of the day. That’s the west si-iiide for you…

Oh, here’s the lineup, after the fact:

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See you next year!

There’s an after party tonight and more stuff going on tomorrow Sunday:

The day will end with the official PTTP Afterparty at The Fillmore in San Francisco where Michael Franti will present The Rocking Heads – see Michael and special guest musicians rock the stage performing classic Talking Heads songs.
 
On Sunday, September 12th, The Fillmore will play host to a morning of Yoga & Brazilian Arts Workshops with yoga led by Seane Corn and Michael Franti along with Afro-Brazilian dance with Master Teacher Rosangela Silvestri. Later that afternoon, kids of all ages are welcome to the Power to the Peaceful Family Matinee featuring music, face painting, crafts, eco vendors, and Michael Franti & Friends singing songs to enlighten the hearts and minds of youth and big kids alike.

12th Annual Power to the Peaceful Festival Set for September 10-12, 2010 in Golden Gate Park

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Well, there’s a whole long story involving the annual 911 Power to the Peaceful Festival in Golden Gate Park and the number 911 – it involves Mumia, the World Trade Center attack and the number you dial for the police. But forget all that cause it appears as if that particular number is off of the official title for this event for good.

So, these days, it’s just PTTP, Power to the Peaceful.

This year, the main day of the  fest will be, wait for it, Saturday, September 11th, 2010.

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All the deets:

MICHAEL FRANTI TO HOST 12TH ANNUAL POWER TO THE PEACEFUL FESTIVAL IN SAN FRANCISCO September 10th, 11th and 12th
 
Franti and Spearhead Set To Release The Sound of Sunshine Album on September 21st

 
Musician and human rights activist, Michael Franti, will host the 12th Annual Power to the Peaceful Festival (PTTP) on Saturday, September 11th, 2010 at Speedway Meadow in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. PTTP is one of the nation’s largest free annual music festivals with over 50,000 attendees, featuring a variety of international musicians, visual artists and over 200 exhibitors and green vendors. Launched in 1998, the festival has grown to become one of San Francisco’s cultural traditions, which combines music, the arts, action and yoga in order to educate attendees on issues of social justice, non-violence, cultural co-existence and environmental sustainability.
 
The three day-long event begins Friday night, September 10th, at The Fillmore with the Power to the Peaceful Pre-Party where Michael Franti will give a special acoustic performance of his new CD, The Sound of Sunshine. The album is set for release September 21st. In addition, the international humanitarian organization, CARE, for which Michael is an ambassador, will present the 2010 Global Action Forum featuring a short film on Michael’s recent journey to East Timor, a film clip of the award winning documentary “A Powerful Noise” and a short Q & A about CARE’s work to empower women around the world to overcome poverty and how people here in the US can get involved.
 
On Saturday, September 11th, Speedway Meadow will feature main stage performances by Michael Franti & Spearhead, Rebelution, Rupa & The April Fishes, SambaDaì, plus headlining the DJ Tent is Washington DC’s Fort Knox Five with more acts to be announced. The PTTP festival will also kick off with 1,000 Yogis for Peace, a morning yoga practice led by Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini of Maya Yoga and Seane Corn. The day will end with the official PTTP Afterparty at The Fillmore in San Francisco where Michael Franti will present The Rocking Heads – see Michael and special guest musicians rock the stage performing classic Talking Heads songs.
 
On Sunday, September 12th, The Fillmore will play host to a morning of Yoga & Brazilian Arts Workshops with yoga led by Seane Corn and Michael Franti along with Afro-Brazilian dance with Master Teacher Rosangela Silvestri. Later that afternoon, kids of all ages are welcome to the Power to the Peaceful Family Matinee featuring music, face painting, crafts, eco vendors, and Michael Franti & Friends singing songs to enlighten the hearts and minds of youth and big kids alike.

Ever more deets, after the jump

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Alanis Morissette Entertains All at Power to the Peaceful – Isn’t it Ironic?

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

No, it’s not ironic at all, but that’s O.K. Everybody loved her anyway.

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via Steve Rhodes - he’s Everywhere You Want To Be.

And hey, here’s Michael Franti, the man who started Power to the Peaceful, back in the day:

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Oops, that was Rasputin. Similar stare though. Here’s Mike Franti. Sort of reminds me of that other charismatic, yoga-loving, 9/11 Truther About Town

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…Mark Morford:

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Would Rasputin be a Truther if he were around today? Hells yes.

And wasn’t Rasputin into yoga as well? Sure, he could have been.

Isn’t it ironic? Don’cha think?

(And what’s this, the controlled demolition crowd isn’t welcome in the Truth Movement anymore? I’m confused, srsly. Is is possible to have a Pearl Harbor without FDR-Let-Pearl-Harbor-Happen theories springing up? Apparently not. IIIDYT?)

A Massive Lightning Strike Woke Up Central San Francisco this Morning – Power Outage

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Were you “jolted awake by a blinding white fireball that engulfed” your building this morning around 8:36 AM, Saturday 12, 2009? If so, you were not alone. And if you miss that kind of stuff, as world-famous Xeni Jardin does, then you’re not alone, again!

It sounded like an airplane crashing into the Fillmore Center, if you happened to be at the intersection of Geary and Divisidero as I happened to be. Was it a groundstrike into Hayes Valley or the Western Addition or (or the NoPA, oh no, not the NoPA!) or Pacific Heights?

Of course the Pigs Giraffes & Elephants at our local PG&E power monopoly were dealing with power outages earlier this morning, but some additional service was lost by this big strike. (“Saint Francis Woods,” like there’s more than one? Where do these writers live, freaking Walnut Creek?)  Utility workers should focus their attention on soggy Golden Gate Park to make sure that Alanis Morrissette can put on her show this afternoon at Power to the Peaceful.

Did a transformer get hit? We’ll find out soon enough. Power at Post and Webster was out this morning just after the Big Boom of 9-12-9, so the strike couldn’t have been too far away.

Courage people, courage.

[UPDATE: Jay Barmann at SFist has the scoop. Here's the clap of thunder (craaaaaack!) and here's the result via PDX503. That's one less Audi, Chariot of the Yuppie, on the Streets of San Francisco.]

If only Megan Fox were here, to fix our transformer.

Oh, here she is, fixing the transformer of a 1976 Camaro in the movie Transformers:

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Or maybe PG&E, perhaps they could help….

It was Miller Time at the scene of yesterday’s lightening strike after workers towed away the cars and patched things back up. Actually, strike that, the bolt darkened the ground so let’s call it a darkening strike.

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For all you do, this Miller Time is for you.

Alanis Morissette and San Francisco First Lady to Star at “Power to the Peaceful” Events

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Let’s see what our little town has up this weekend – hey, how about the popular Power to the Peaceful Concert and Festival on Saturday in Golden Gate Park and then the Power to the Peaceful Global Action Forum & Celebration on Sunday at the Herbst Theatre

Singer Alanis Morrissette is the draw on Saturday and San Francisco First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom is the draw for Sunday. The whole joint is being put on Michael Franti, as per usual. But what’s that? Isn’t Franti a 9/11 Truther, since, among other things, he “signed” the same petition as Van Jones back in 2004? Well actually, you just don’t know, not enough information. See below.

Power to the Peaceful (fka911 Power to the Peaceful“) in Golden Gate Park, as it happened last year. It featured Ziggy Marley, but without the Melody Makers. Click to expand:

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So why did Franti call this event “911 Power to the Peaceful” until 2008? Well, you see, it’s not “9/11″ -  it’s “911″, as in “911 is a Joke

Here’s an explantion from 2002:

“The first two 911 Festivals (1999 and 2000) were held on September 11 to draw attention to the emergency state of the court case of Mumia Abu Jamal. Last year’s events involving the World Trade Center and the world abroad brought new significance to the subsequent festivals. Michael Franti states that the 4th annual 911 Power to the Peaceful Festival ‘will create a compassionate space of healing for ALL those people killed or displaced by terrorism and by the war on terrorism.’”

Some of the Truthers are a little hazy on this score, it seems. Oh well. 

And oh, by the way Truthers, do you know that you’ve been banned from writing about your conspiracy theory on the Huffington Post? Let’s hear from Arianna:

“I despise 9/11 “truther” conspiracies. Indeed, one of the guidelines for bloggers on HuffPost is a ban on posts putting forth those kinds of theories.”

Oh snap! Hit me! That’s right, Truthers, they’ve gotten to Arianna! Who will They get next? No se. Moving on…

Let’s just say Thank You to Alanis for coming to town and having the courage to ask “¿Qué tal zanahorias transparentes colgando?”

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All the deets on San Francisco’s biggest event this weekend:

“This coming Saturday, Bay Area native and Billboard-chart topping musician, Michael Franti, will host his annual Power to the Peaceful concert and festival in Golden Gate Park which is expected to draw more than 70,000 attendees with performances by Alanis Morissette and others.  On Saturday, at 1:30 pm at the park, Franti will hold a press conference to kick off the weekend of Power to the Peaceful festivities.  Joined by a variety of musicians and renowned speakers, Franti will speak on topics ranging from cultural diversity and non-violence to environmental sustainability and socio-political causes.
 
The following day, Sunday September 13, Franti will join forces with the global humanitarian organization, CARE, to host the Power to the Peaceful Global Action Forum & Celebration which will bring together experts on issues including climate change, hunger/food aid, and girls’ education with community members to discuss solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing women and girls around the world.
 
Opening with a welcome message by First Lady of San Francisco, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, and closing with an intimate performance by Michael Franti and friends in the historic Herbst theatre, the Global Action Forum & Celebration is an afternoon and evening event that will include engaging sessions on critical global issues, as well as yoga, music, dance, a reception and more.  
 
Michael Franti and CARE Present
the 11th Annual Power to the Peaceful Concert and Global Action Forum & Celebration:
Empowering People to Create Solutions to Poverty
 
WHAT:  For the past 10 years Michael Franti, singer/activist and ambassador for the global
humanitarian organization CARE, has hosted the free Power to the Peaceful Concert in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.  On Saturday, September 12, this one day event will bring more than 70,000 attendees together for a day of music and inspiration to serve people and the planet.  This year, the Power to the Peaceful Concert will be followed on Sunday, September 13 by an afternoon forum that will harness the public’s energy and enthusiasm to tackle global poverty issues, particularly those affecting women. The Power to the Peaceful Global Action Forum & Celebration will feature experts from the global poverty-fighting organization CARE, as well as civic and community leaders who will discuss topics including Global Climate Change, Girls’ Empowerment, and Hunger and Food Security.  Each session will examine challenges and solutions facing women in the developing world, and participants will leave with tangible strategies to affect change at home and abroad. Simultaneously, yoga practitioners can attend the Power to the Peaceful-sponsored yoga session and Brazilian capoeira/dance workshop. The event will culminate with symposium attendees and yogis joining for an evening reception featuring an acoustic concert with Michael Franti and friends and performances by Aguas da Bahia & Tambores Julio Remelexo drum and dance ensemble. 
 
TICKETS:         
The Power to the Peaceful Concert on Saturday, September 12 in Golden Gate Park is donation-based. Tickets to the Global Action Forum & Celebration, which starts at 2:00 pm on Sunday, September 13 are on sale now at
www.care.org/forum
 
WHO:              
-          Michael Franti, musician/activist and CARE Ambassador
-          Acclaimed photographer Phil Borges (
www.womenempoweredproject.com), representatives from Back to Earth, Ode Magazine, Office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Potentia Foundation, Room to Read, Spark, UC Berkeley, and Vitamin Angels, as well additional participants to be announced.
-          A message from First Lady of San Francisco, Jennifer Siebel Newsom.
-          Experts from CARE including: Marcos Neto (Climate Change); Sarah Bouchie (Basic & Girls’ Education Unit), and David Kauck (Hunger/Food Aid)
 
WHERE:          
The Global Action Forum & Celebration will take place in the Herbst Theatre and Green Room, in the War Memorial Veterans Building at 401 Van Ness Avenue at McAllister Street in San Francisco.
  
ABOUT:           
CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. We place special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE’s community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.
www.care.org.

Join thousands of people at Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park and be part of the international community coming together to build, inspire and pledge service toward those in need and help the planet. The 2009 event takes place at 11am on September 12th and will feature a full lineup of bands, speakers and information booths. In addition to morning yoga, main stage performers include Michael Franti and Spearhead, Alanis Morissette, Sly & Robbie and a slew of renowned DJs.

2009 Event Details:The weekend-long festival begins on Saturday, September 12, 2009 with confirmed main stage performances by music luminaries: Michael Franti and Spearhead, Alanis Morissette , Sly & Robbie, Cherine Anderson , Vieux Farka Toure’ , Sellassie and Truth Universal; a variety of renowned DJ’s include: Miguel Miggs, Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist, DJ Heyman and DJ Adnan, In addition to the main stage of musical artists the PTTP Festival will kick off the festival with 1000 Yogis for Peace, a morning yoga practice sponsored by Yoga Tree SF with teacher Seane Corn. From Tibit, keynote speaker, Namkha Rinpoche, will address global, personal peace and his service of teaching Buddhism in the western world “by making unhappy people happy. The main practice of Buddhism is compassion and patience.”

Saturday’s festival is a family-friendly event with a kid’s zone with conscious carnival games, flag making, face painting, marionettes, stilt walkers, and a chill tent for napping and feeding. The Kids Zone Stage will feature performances by: PopLyfe, Jaden, Peace Outs, Gabby La La, Bird School PTTP Band and the Bay Area Girls.

Cost: FREE”

Power to the Peaceful 2008 in Golden Gate Park

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

This is what it looked like at Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park at the 10th Annual Power to the Peaceful Festival 2008, Music Conciousness Action, featuring Michael Franti and Spearhead, Ziggy Marley, Warren Haynes, Rebelution, Martin Luther, King Britt, and Cheb i Sabbah.

No longer known as the “911 Power to the Peaceful” festival as it was in 2007, this year’s effort allowed you to hear about Aloysius Weasel Bear, and see about how to “connect the dots from Palestine to Pine Ridge,” and wonder about the call-and-response question, “Can you feel me?”

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Yoga Tree was in the house to inspire.

And there were 5 or 6 dudes trying to sell you weed brownies.

Of course.