CelloJoe - Cello, Beatboxing, Singing & Looping - Classical Hip-Hop. International bicycle touring vagabond troubadour cellist beatboxer

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

CelloJoe schedule at Lightning in a Bottle!

CelloJoe schedule at Lightning in a Bottle!

5:00p Joey Chang – Traveling Cello Minstrel (find Joey & his Cello by the picnic tables!) at the Satya Yuga Temple Stage
12:00p Green Touring: Bicycle Music Adventures around the World by Joey Chang at the Lumi Cafe
This is the one where I'll be doing a slideshow and giving a talk about riding around with a cello.
3:00p Joey Chang – Traveling Cello Minstrel at the Lumi Cafe
12:00p Joey Chang – Traveling Cello Minstrel (find Joey & his Cello by the picnic tables!) at the Satya Yuga Temple Stage
Here's the blurb about the talk:
Green Touring: Bicycle Music Adventures around the World
I have traveled 10,000 miles by bicycle with my cello and played all over the world at festivals, bars, clubs, schools, plazas, on boats and on street corners. For all of these journeys, we transported all our gear by bicycle and public transportation; we didn't use a support car, truck, or van. Also, we utilized generators on our bicycles to make electricity for pedal powered sound systems which allowed us to perform anywhere from the beach to the forest to plazas in city centers without needing to plug into the electrical grid. Learn how you can transition into a new type of music touring that is more sustainable, builds community, and reduces our impact on the environment. I will show incredible pictures from all of my travels.
I may be sitting in with Metal Mother/Tara Tati at the following times:
2:00p Metal Mother at the Lightning Stage
3:15a Metal Mother at the Lumi Lounge & Cafe
11:00-11:30p Tara Tati at the Satya Yuga Temple Stage

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Playing in Santa Barbara (Isla Vista) on Tuesday May 24 2011

Facebook event page: on.fb.me/cellojoesb

I'm playing in Santa Barbara Tuesday. I haven't played in Santa Barbara since I was last through here on the Pleasant Revolution. I played at Bici Centro that time. Here are the details for Tuesday May 24th 2011:

Tuesday, May 24 · 8:00pm - 11:00pm

dashain/"graffiti house"/across the street from bean night/6719 sabado tarde rd.

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Come one, come all! Beatboxing cellist extraordinaire Cello Joe is stopping by to perform at our humble abode on his bike trip down from the bay to Lightning in a Bottle! Check out his skillz:


Interested in free-styling/peanut butter and jammin with Cello Joe? Contact me or just show up!

Highly suggested donation of $10 but no one will be turned away. Come dance with us/laugh with us/love with us. Stay tuned for an update on additional acts!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Learning lessons on ride to LA

I have learned a few lessons during this ride to LA with Jennie Dickenson and Jenny Barker.

Carrying a JBL 612 12 inch loudspeaker, a cello, a tent, a camping mat, a sleeping bag, clothes, loop pedal, cables, mic stand, batteries, plus chargers, odds and ends, etc is too much for me to carry alone. I haven't weighed it all but, I estimate that it weighs about 150 pounds. That's as much as I weigh.

On Monday May 16, we rode from San Francisco to Skylonda and guerilla camped under an awning in the rain across from Alice's restaurant. We rode along the Crystal Spring reservoir on the San Andreas Bike Trail and the Sawyer Camp Bike Trail. Beautiful ride. It's the same way I went in 2007 with the Pleasant Revolution, except there was a bridge out and we had to take a detour near 92 this time. When we got to Woodside, we stopped in at Buck's Restaurant and I mentioned that I had met Tyler, the owner's son, in SF. We asked for a bicycling discount and they filled up our tupperware containers full of chili and clam chowder for free! Wow, thanks! 

Going up Old La Honda Road was very difficult. We stopped for a break in a driveway, totally exhausted. Within five minutes, a sheriff came and checked our IDs to "make sure we weren't ax murderers." We met a lady named Janelle who stopped her car and got out and said her kids wanted to give us granola bars. We told her our plan to go to Alice's and when we got there, they told us that Janelle had called and that she had offered to buy our drinks! Thanks Janelle! 

We got up early Tuesday morning to a light mist and rain. We rode to Applejacks in La Honda. All downhill from skyline along hwy 84. Great way to start the day. We got an "Applejack" apple cider with yukon jack and I ran into Kevin the owner. After our morning eye-opener and a warm alcohol buzz in our bellies, we set off to ride up Pescadero Creek Road. It was tough, but not as long as Old La Honda. The rain picked up as we descended the other side and was stinging my eyes as I bombed down the hill. "This is kind of dangerous," I thought. "I should probably slow down." 

We stopped in at Fly Girl Farm and said hello to Airielle Love. Check out her stand at the Half Moon Bay Farmer's Market and the Pacifica Farmer's Market

We went to the Pescadero Gas Station Taqueria and they filled our container with rice, beans, and salsa for a few bucks. Awesome. We took Cloverdale Road for a nice shortcut to highway one and we made it to the ocean! Yeah! Plus, the rain let up and we had a nice rainfree ride and were able to listen to music on the PA. We made a pit stop at the Swanton Berry Farm stand to get out of the rain and ate some cheese cake brownie with a chocolate covered strawberry on top and truffles too. Then right through Davenport and we made it to Santa Cruz where we knew we had a hot tub waitin for us at Jenny Barker's house. When we got into town we rode up to Another Bike Shop and I was able to fix a bolt in my seat that I had neglected to fix since when I was in Europe last summer. They helped us even though they were closed and they even gave us beers! This was when I realized that my phone was sitting in a puddle inside my raincoat pocket. It is now pretty much dead. I've tried drying it in a bag of rice for a couple days and it seems like it is toast. Bummer. So expect less mobile uploads from me!

We got sort of a late start on Wednesday. Jen Barker joined us. Stretchbreak!

We enjoyed a leisurely ride through watsonville and strawberry fields forever. 

We met Tim, The Bike Rambler along the way. He had a neat setup. 

We eventually got to Monterrey and rode along bike paths along the ocean for a lot of it. We guerilla camped in Veterans Memorial Park up in the hills about Monterey. There's always one last hill at the end of the day. 

On Thursday, we woke up and went to a cafe to charge phones, ipods, etc. We got advice to ride around the monterey peninsula. It's the same way I went in 2007 with the Pleasant Revolution and we took 17 mile drive along the coast and through Pebble Beach. Truly one of the most beautiful rides ever. 

Eventually, we got to Carmel and did some research into whether it was possible to get past the landslide on Highway 1. Closed to all traffic. So we rerouted around it and ended up having a good time in Carmel Valley. Joseph Nichols invited us to camp at this house and we had a good 'ol time drinkin wine. 


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Another Bike Shop in Santa Cruz is awesome!

I wrote Another Bike Shop in Santa Cruz a review on Yelp because they were so helpful!

"We were riding in the rain all day on a trip from san francisco to LA. we got to another bike shop and Z was super helpful in getting my seat fixed. the guys were hanging out out back and helped us even though it was after closing time! 

they offered us a couple beers to drink as well!

Thanks guys!"

video update may 17

A video update from the beautiful hills of pescadero

having a great time except my phone died in the rain. we'll see if it can be resurrected.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


people take videos of me when i play on the street.. then i find out about them through the power of google alerts. thanks google for reading everything on the internet for me!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

CelloJoe playin' four shows shows in the next week.

Tonight! Wed May 4th 2011! 9 pm!

50 MASON st
San Francisco, CA

CelloJoe : Beatboxing+Cello+looping+singing+rapping=boogie
FiddleBox : old-time fiddle/banjo tunes with beatboxing

If you freestyle, beatbox, or rap, you are cordially invited to a freestyle cypher session at

50 Mason Social House
50 Mason St
downtown San Francisco
2 min from Powell BART station

9 pm
FiddleBox at 9 pm, CelloJoe at 10 pm
FiddleBox combines oldtime fiddle/banjo music with beatboxing.

CelloJoe will be dropping beats for creative, conscious, collaborative cypher flows as well of doing some of his tunes.
CelloJoe is an anomaly in the world of cellists.
By combining cello with beatboxing, he has created a unique genre: classical hip hop. Looped and layered beatboxing beats (vocal percussion) and funky cello form a rich soundscape for intelligent lyrics; CelloJoe spreads joy, laughter and consciousness raising vibrations.

CelloJoe rides his bicycle with his cello and has traveled from San Francisco, California to the bottom of Mexico; from Portland, OR to Vancouver, BC; from Logan to Provo, Utah; and in England, Holland, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, France, and Spain with the Pleasant Revolution.

Friday! May 6th 2011! 6 pm!

MAPS Visionary Art Gallery - First Friday Art Tour

When: May 6, 2011 (Doors open at 6 pm)
Where: MAPS Office, 1215 Mission St, Santa Cruz
Suggested Donation: $10
Sponsors: MAPS & Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Arts
Description:  As part of Santa Cruz’s First Friday Art Tour, MAPS will be hosting a Visionary Art Gallery on May 6th. The Art Tour provides a unique opportunity to learn about MAPS’ clinical research, contribute to our organization by purchasing masterpieces from our gallery, and support visionary art, all while enjoying the Santa Cruz night life.

Hosting works by internationally acclaimed visionary artists Martina HoffmannA. Andrew Gonzalez, live painting by local artists Sarah Huntley and Khalila Friedman, and works by local artist Ishka Lha. In addition to this amazing line up of artists and masterpieces we will also be featuring a number of highly enjoyable entertainment experiences, including virtuoso cello, beat-boxing, and vocal looping by Cello Joe; live mixing and bass by Homunculous Rex; fire performances by Nocturnal Sunshine, and the gong chamber experience by Danny Goldberg.

Enjoy complimentary drinks and refreshments and (of course) the company of MAPS staff, volunteers, and supporters. This is an excellent time to learn about MAPS and support our research by making donations or purchases from our stock of books, literature, DVDs, clothing, artwork, and other merchandise. All proceeds from the event help fund MAPS’ psychedelic and medical marijuana research and educational projects.
Visit the First Friday website for more information.
SUNDAY! May 8th 2011! 3 pm! 24th and Florida for SUNDAY STREETS!
12 Noon -- Izzy Wize -- Electro Cumbia.
1 PM -- Rupa & The April Fishes
2 PM -- Cradle Duende
2:45 PM -- Cello Joe
3:15 -- Pack up and transition to LiveOnBike:
3:30 - end : Fossil Fool LiveOnBike with Zori on conga.

We look forward to seeing you at our next event in 2011!

Sunday May 8th, 11am – 4pm, Mission Route

Friday! May 13th 2011! 5:45 pm!

Schedule at a glance:
*CelloJoe plays during Reception and Raffle Sales
5:30-6:45 Sound Stage: 1st Floor Fine Arts Building, FA143
*Awards/Guest Speaker/Raffle Winners Announced/ Film Finals Program
7:00 – 9:30 pm : J. Fenton McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts Building, San Francisco State University
Seats fill up quickly, so please purchase your tickets ahead!

Sunday! May 16th 2011! Early!

I'm going to start riding my bicycle down to Lightning in a Bottle. I'll be hauling a battery powered PA and playing everywhere I can along the way. LIB runs May 26-30. It's going to be an adventure. 
Who's coming with me? Especially if you play an instrument like flute, violin, cajon, clarinet, trumpet, accordion, trombone, etc. We can play music the whole way! call me or email me. 650-208-7149 cellojoe@cellojoe.com Take the plunge. It's two weeks of magic.