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May 11, 2011 08:00 ET

The Music of Maker Faire: A Faire Full of Music Makers, Handmade Instruments and Unique Performances

SEBASTOPOL, CA--(Marketwire - May 11, 2011) - Featuring stages powered by solar power and pedal energy, with musicians using homemade instruments both simple and complex, and with performances that range from viral hits to small town wonders, the music at Maker Faire is as unusual as the festival itself.

Maker Faire Music Highlights Include:

Pedal Powered Stage
By climbing aboard a 15-foot-tall bike tree called "El Arbol" that is both a power generator and 1500-watt loudspeaker, fairgoers will create the power that amplifies the music of 10 bands over two days by pedaling these bikes.

And for the ambitious, the music starts before the Faire when Rock the Bike leads a group ride from San Francisco's Dolores Park to Maker Faire's San Mateo location on Saturday, May 21, at 8:30am, promising great music and fun along the way.

Look for Pedal Powered Stage sets from the following bands:

  • Sour Mash Hug Band
  • Dgiin
  • Yacouba
  • Justin Ancheta
  • Fossil Fool
  • Zen Finger Painting
  • McPuzo & Trotsky
  • Mongoloid
  • Shovelman
  • Valerie Orth

Staged in and around the Digital Sound Space in the Fiesta Hall is the Pulsewave/Chiptunes fest, inspired by the peppy electronic sounds generated by vintage computer and video games. Bands there include:

  • Love Tech
  • Doctor Popular
  • Starpause
  • Crashfaster
  • Mr. Spastic
  • and others . . .

Listen to folk and acoustic music on an ole-timey country stage. Sounds from:

  • Brass Farthing
  • Hobo Gobblins
  • More

The Solar Stage hosts main stage acts in the South Lot with all-day line-ups. There you'll find:

  • Aurora Activity Pony
  • Pulsewavesf/Chiptunes musicians
  • Young musicians from the School of Rock
  • And much more . . .

Sponsor Spotlight
Ready to ride into the future? Test-drive the new Chevrolet Volt at Maker Faire.

Chevrolet will provide an interactive product experience at this year's Bay Area Maker Faire. Chevrolet brings its latest products for display and to drive in a short closed course. Enjoy the opportunity to have a hassle-free product experience, and walk away with an informed opinion about Chevrolet products

The test-drive area will have new Chevy products such as the Volt, the new Camaro convertible, and the economical Cruze ECO.

We encourage attendees to pre-register to test drive the Volt at The first 100 people to pre-register will receive two free passes to Bay Area Maker Faire 2011. (Specific information about this promotion can be found on the website.) All who stop by the Chevy display will have an opportunity to test drive the Volt and receive a free gift.

Produced by MAKE Magazine and O'Reilly Media, Maker Faire is part playground, part science fair, part welding shop, part county fair and 100 percent unique.

Calendar Editors
A celebration of DIY culture, Maker Faire Bay Area 2011 runs Saturday-Sunday, May 21-22, at the San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. Saturday, 10am to 8pm; Sunday, 10am to 6pm. $5-$25; 3 and under are free. To purchase tickets, including weekend passes:

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Maker Faire Sponsors
Maker Faire Bay Area 2011 sponsors include: ASUS, Autodesk, CLIF Kid, Chevrolet, Digikey, element14, Epilog Laser, Esurance, GE, GeekDad, GOOGLE, HP, Etsy, Microchip, Seded Studio, ShopBot Tools, Sparkfun Electronics, and Techshop.

About Maker Faire
Maker Faire Bay Area 2011 is slated for Saturday-Sunday, May 21-22, at the San Mateo County Event Center. Started in California in 2006, and now held in Detroit and New York, Maker Faire is the premier event for grassroots American innovation. Maker Faire is supported by Make: Magazine and O'Reilly Media, the information source for leading-edge computer technologies. For more information about Maker Faire, please visit

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