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Monday, December 03, 2012

Upcoming shows in Australia.

I have some shows & festivals coming up in Australia.
I'll be busking in Byron Bay this week. Next week I have a house concert in Newcastle Dec 15. Then off to Sydney for a show with Charlie Jones at the Alexandria Hotel:

An eve of permaculture ukulele songs, cello, beatbox, banter and beer from Charlie Mgee (Grow Do It - Permaculture Ukulele) and CelloJoe (international bicycle touring vagabond troubadour cellist beatboxer) outside at the beautiful Alexandria Hotel beer garden Cnr Henderson Rd & Garden St (yes! GARDEN st!!) - right near Central Station in Sydney. 

Doors open 6pm - $10 donation or $7 if you become a member of the local permaculture group! See you there! Weeeee!

To find out more:


Then I'll be playing at the Gospel Garden in Umina on Dec 21. 

After that it will be off to Glenworth Valley for the Peats Ridge Sustainable Art and Music Festival  

Then I may head to Fest la Frog. Still deciding. 
Then it's on to Melbourne and Rainbow Serpent Festival!!

Hopefully I'll have some more gigs booked in Melbourne before rainbow serpent. We'll see. UPDATE: I have some gigs in Melbourne! 
Jan 16 at Gertrude's Brown Couch and Jan 20 at Bar 303. More details to come. 

See ya down the road,

Friday, November 30, 2012

CelloJoe Gear Photo

Before I set off, I went through all my gear and laid it all out. Here I will describe everything in this picture. From left to right we have: 
  • two dry bags
  • stickers, email book, download cards, banners, batteries for JBL, pedal power motor, pedalometer, two power strips
  • quarter inch and xlr cables, lr baggs DI, RCA cable, mic stand, 2 packs of CDs, 
  • Boss RC-50 looper (sticker box), ZOOM H4N recorder, Power adaptor for loop pedal, 
  • mac nut oil in jar, toiletries, sunscreen, pens
  • keith mcmillan 12 step MIDI pedal, AKAI LPD8 controller, laptop, presonus audio interface, external hard drive, cables and adaptors, chargers,
  • Rock the Bike modified JBL PRX 612, bike helmet, 
  • cello with cardboard case made out of bike box painted by Wombat
  • skully boom, pack cover, rain coat and pants, sun hat, fedora, cycle cap, wool sweater, riding shorts, 3 pair pants, three short shirts, one long sleeve shirt, swim trunks, 
  • sleeping bag, camp mat, tent
And that's all the stuff I have. I estimate that the gear weighs about 60 kilos. The luggage I took weighed 70 lbs and the speaker is about 40 plus the carry-on bag I took which was probably 25 lbs.. so about 135 lbs of gear. then the bike is about 50 lbs. so about 80 kilos in total.  

I went up a super steep hill on the first day and I wasn't sure if I could do it. I had to stop every 100 meters to catch my breath. but I made it up that hill and i've since gone up many more. and DOWN!

see ya down the road,

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Nimbin, New South Wales, Australia

I set up my pedal powered sound system in the food court at Eclipse and was able to get a video of one song by asking Tabitha's boyfriend to film it on my phone.  I hope you enjoy.

It's interesting to note that after the Eclipse festival, I ran into people everywhere I went that recognized me and said, "Hi CelloJoe!" I did play just about everyday on my renegade sound system and twice on the Earth stage. I went for a hike in Speewah and I saw a couple people that had seen me. I was hiking at Mossman Gorge and I ran into some more folks that had seen me. I arrived in Nimbin yesterday and I went to the community center and someone said, "Hey you're CelloJoe. I love your work." He had seen me at Eclipse. Small world.

In some rather sad news, my team aka Toni Tone is not going to be joining me for the last half of the tour due to an injury. She's getting better, but a number of factors combined to cause her to change her plans. I'll miss you Toni Tone.

Here's a few photos:

at the border of queensland and nsw

 I met this dude (i think his name is Kai) from Japan. he'd been on the road for 6 months in portugal, spain, france, turkey, syria, iran, and australia. he had saved up $50,000 USD for his trip. right on buddy. He's the only bicycle traveler I have met so far. 

 Yup. Saw some of these this morning when I woke up. They were 50 feet from me and hopped away when I got out. 

 video update from Sphinx Rock Cafe. 

 Cows and countryside. 
 Dang that's a heavy bike. 

downtown Nimbin 

golden hour

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Day 2: Mount Burrel en route to Nimbin

Mount Burrel, New South Wales, Australia. November 29, 2012 3:55 PM Location: Sphinx Rock Cafe Day 2 of serious hard riding. I rode up some super steep roads with a super heavy bike. Yesterday I rode from Carrumbin to just past Murwillumbah. I stayed with Lee and Tanya and their two kids Ruby and Jack. They shared some dinner with me and I played them a short concert in their home. I had a fantastic week staying with Jamie Mckalainy and his folks Dawn and John, visiting the Daintree Rainforest, going on a SCUBA dive, and playing three shows in row in Kuranda, Cairns and Speewah opening for the Melbourne based band 8 Foot Felix. They I hopped a ride in Will Tait's van with Brenden Jones (both from 8 foot felix) in an epic two day road trip from Speewah to Currumbin. I'm on my way to Nimbin to play at Grapevine Organic Vegetarian Cafe. Gotta go! I'll hopefully add some photos soon! - CelloJoe

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

CelloJoe begins Australia Bicycle Music Tour!

Yeah! I am in Australia. I have been here since the Wednesday the 7th of November. Today is the Wednesday the 21rst of November, so I have been here for two weeks. How time flies.
Here's one of the main reasons I am in Australia:
total solar eclipse.
It's funny. I came half way around the world for this two minute spectacle and it was worth it a million times over. It is definitely one of the most powerful experiences I have ever had and I will remember it forever.

This will be my first long form update from the road. I'll include some pictures and videos and written musings.

It's funny how when you go to another country, you notice all the small differences. Different toilet designs and manufacturers. Showers in the public restroom at the Cairns airport. (That was definitely a very appreciated shower after nearly 23 hours of traveling!) People speak in a unique Australian manner. There are 'heaps' of new phrases to learn and pick up on, but 'no worries.' It's 'too easy.' I 'reckon' by the time I leave this country in two and a half months time, I'll have the colloquial lingo down pat. It seems that people here just shorten everything. "Pass the tom." is short for "pass the tomato sauce" Peoples' names because half as long. Red heads are nicknamed "Ranga" (short for orangutan.)

They have escalators that are ramps so you can take carts on them. Who'd have thought? Australians I guess. 

The Australian character seems very industrious and hardworking. People are so friendly, polite and helpful. Maybe it's the hybridized British accent.

I got to Cairns with all 80 kilos of my gear pretty easily. San Francisco to Sydney to Brisbane to Cairns. It was a lot of traveling and a lot of gear to drag around. Luckily I was able to use carts everywhere.

wow. that's a lot of stuff.

I stayed with a guy I met on CouchSurfing named Nevan. He was such a gracious host and we had fun talking and hanging out. I played a mini concert in his living room for some of his friends, Patti & Josh and his dad John. It was great fun. Thanks Nevan! Really appreciate the help. 

It took me a few hours the next day to assemble my trusty steed Krendara (my bicycle.) Then I caught a bus into town to get online and take care of some internet business. While in Cairns I went to the Telstra shop and got a mobile phone for my time here in Australia. Pretty essential gear for getting in touch with venues, couchsurfing hosts, and directions. I stopped at a pub and was drinking a beer when I overheard a guy saying he was stage managing the Earth Stage at Eclipse. The whole place was full of festival type people with dreads and tattoos and funky clothes. So I said, "Hey I'm playing on that stage!" His name is Craig and we chatted about the synchronicity of meeting then and there. "See ya at the fest!" Craig said as he hurried off to some party. 

So the next morning, Friday Nov 9 2012, I loaded up my bicycle with all of my stuff for the first time as I had packed the day I was leaving San Fran and had never actually put all the stuff on Krendara before. Pedal Powered Speaker, collapsible cello, two bags of gear full of camping gear, music equipment, a few outfits of clothes, and a backpack full of odds and ends. 
not the best photo.. but I forgot to take a pic of it.. will do soon.

I rode the short distance from Kewarra Beach to Smithfield to meet Chloe and Dre who Dan from Coco Poco Loco (a burning man connection through Ashram Galactica) had arranged for me to get a ride up to Eclipse in their rented RV. They had had quite a time getting from the airport to Smithfield. Apparently Dre had clipped a shade structure in a carpark and nearly upended the RV! I hung out at the shops at Smithfield and met them there when they got there a few hours later. We did a supply run and we were off. 

The site of the Eclipse Festival was called Maitland Downs and was a gold mind, but is now a cattle station. It was way out in the middle of nowhere. I met a girl named Una who had cycled there and she said there wasn't any water for 70 km. She had had to flag down a car and ask for water. Good thing I had decided to hitch a ride to the festival. The weather was so hot! 

I was scheduled to play on the Earth Stage at 6:30 pm on Thursday Nov 15. I found out at 1 pm on Monday Nov 12 that my set time had been switched to 2 pm on Monday Nov 12. Luckily I found out this information right after I had just played a short set at the Reggae Cafe (a small renegade stage/cafe) so I had all my gear right there and I just shuttled it over on my bicycle to the stage. It went great and there were actually a lot of people that came over to check out the strange cello beatboxing music (probably a first for Australia I imagine) despite the afternoon heat. There were misters set up under the shade canopy. Many booties shaking and I sold a few CDs to boot. 

view from the Earth Stage

I rocked out pretty consistently and steadily every day. As much as I could, I got out there and played in between the stages on my own mini renegade sound system. People were digging it! They were pedaling to power the speaker and tipping and offering compliments and getting CDs. I also went around and saw some really world class talented DJs and bands. The full lineup is at Eclipse2012.com

I also played at the Cosmic Alignment Gallery which was one of my favorite places in the whole festival. It featured the art of Alex and Allyson Grey, Autumn Sky, Amanda Sage, Luke Brown, Chris Dyer, Android Jones, and more. Here's just a few of the pieces: 

Chris Dyer painted this during the festival.

I unfortunately do not know who did this, but it's awesome!
Autumn Skye
Wednesday at 6:30 AM or so was the Eclipse. SO AMAZING. It was morning and the sun was climbing higher. All of a sudden the light changed to an eerie twilight and I saw the corona of the sun behind the moon as it darkened the whole sky. Really there is no way to explain how magical it was. You had to be there..

On Thursday I was told by Schuddy to check in with the Earth Stage because they might be able to get me on at my assigned slot by shuffling the inter-act DJs a bit. So I got to play on the Earth Stage again! Stoked. Lo and behold, during my sound check, my G string breaks. Imagine my embare-ass-ment! No seriously the G string on my cello broke and I didn't have my extra strings with my cello; they were back at camp. Talk about a bonehead maneuver! You'd think I'd have the sense to keep my extra strings with my cello, but somehow they got separated in all the packing and shuffling and moving around. I was on right then and I didn't have time to go back to camp to get the extra string. So what did I do? I just said, "The show must go on. I'll play with three strings." I proceeded to rock out for 45 minutes with only three strings. And amazingly, I was able to pull it off. A bunch of people came up after and wanted to get a CD and congratulated me on a good show. Who'd have thought? It was an interesting mental exercise to transpose songs so I could do them without a G string. I was playing at 75%, but the show was a ten out of ten in my book!

Well I am racking up a huge charge for my hours on the internet at this expensive as hell internet cafe in Kuranda, Queensland, Australia. I have so much more to post such as videos, and pictures, etc, but I'll have to do it another time. I have to get back to Speewah where I'm staying with the band 8 Foot Felix. We're playing at a party in Kuranda and I have to hitch a ride back to grab my stuff and head to the party. 

I'll update this post ASAP!

Mad love,

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Bike girl by CelloJoe

Bike girl by CelloJoe

This song used to be called "White girl with a ghetto booty."
I like it better now. It's about a bicycle and a girl.

Leaving for Australia in five days!
Donate some money to my campaign!


Saturday, October 20, 2012

CelloJoe Australia Bicycle Tour Fundraiser Video

Here is my fundraiser video for my upcoming bicycle music tour in Australia!

Please visit my donation page and make a donation: http://bit.ly/CelloJoeBikeTour

I'll be riding from Brisbane to Melbourne along the east coast (1,200 miles.) If you have any friends in Australia, send them my contact info ( CelloJoe@CelloJoe.com ) or send me theirs. I'm looking to play house concerts and as many gigs as I can book.

- CelloJoe -

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Austraila and October Schedule!

Update: Austraila and October Schedule!
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I am embarking on a 1200 mile bicycle music journey in Australia! Cello Joe and the Show will be playing two huge festivals (Eclipse 2012 & Rainbow Serpent,) peddling messages of peace and sustainability with beatbox cello grooves, puppets, cycling advocacy, and more, all on bicycle from November 5th - January 30th.

I need to raise a total of $9,600 to cover travel costs, gear upgrades and food (our fuel) for me and my team. I have partnered with Rock the Bike! to potentially include a pedal powered sound system on this tour if I get enough funding. I already received a gracious donation for frequent flyer miles to help offset some of our travel costs, but I still have more to go!


Please visit my WePay site (https://www.wepay.com/donations/cellojoebiketour) to make a contribution to the tour.

As a thank you gift for your contribution I am offering my talents in the form of CDs, private shows for you and your friends, cello lessons, and the opportunity to come on the tour with me. 

Watch my fundraising video that explains more about the tour and share it with everyone you know who believes in riding their bicycle and loves the cello.

CelloJoe Australia Bicycle Tour Fundraiser Video
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Thank you for your loyal appreciation of music and alternative transportation.  But especially, thank you for your sustained contributions by either attending my concerts, purchasing my music, or simply being a positive connection; it is my pleasure to delight you with my 22 years of cello playing experience.  Get freaky, get funky.

So much love,
Cello Joe and the Show

ⒸⒺⓁⓁⓄⒿⓄⒺ - "There's always room for cello."

P.S. At the end of this email is a sticker contest. I'm looking for your feedback on various images. Please email me directly with your feedback.

Check my calendar of upcoming shows before I depart for Australia:

Thursday, October 11 2012 
Device Free Drinks
620 Jones St
San Francisco, CA
Digital Detox presents "Device Free Drinks"
6-9 pm
Free. People check their phones in at the door for access to happy hour and fun activities.

Sunday, October 14, 2012
Vine Street Pub
1700 Vine Street
Denver CO 80206
10 pm to 1 am
HUH? Denver? Yep. Got a gig through a great friend (Thanks Lizzy!)
For everyone on this list that actually reads these emails & wants me to come play a show in your town: just know that if you email me and ask me to come play in your town and you make it worth my while, we can make it happen. This show got added a few days ago!

Wednesday, October 17 2012
Cello Madness Congress 
50 Mason Social House
50 Mason St
San Francisco, CA
8 pm


If you've never been to a Cello Madness Congress you need to come to this one. This will be the last Cello Madness Congress I organize for 2012 (as i'm leaving for Australia for three months..)
It is always a good time. You've never seen or heard anything like it. RSVP at bit.ly/cmcoct17
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 19-21 2012
SF Trolley Dances
Evans Street City College

Finally. I'm doing work with a dance company. Epiphany Productions. Yes.
This is my ticket into the world of doing live music for dancers. It's something
I've always wanted to do and now I'm doing it!
Saturday and Sunday October 20 & 21
11:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Tours leave every 45 minutes starting at 11:00 a.m. and ending at 2:45 p.m. from Intersection for the Arts / 5M Project at the San Francisco Chronicle Building, 925 Mission Street, SF CA 94103.
Tours are on a first come, first serve basis.
Spaces are limited.
Frequently Asked QuestionsBike Map
Free with regular MUNI fare: $2 general, $.75 for children, seniors and persons with disabilities. For wheelchair accessibility please arrive for the 11:00 a.m. tours on Saturday and Sunday.
 Performances by:
Learn more about San Francisco Trolley Dances 2012 in San Francisco BayView!

Saturday, October 20th 2012

Catch the Breeze: Chris Peck, Jonathan Hirsch, Alex Rather Taylor & CelloJoe
6334 San Pablo Avenue  Oakland, CA 94608
Oakland, CA
8pm-peck the town crier
8:45- jonathan hirsch
9:30- alex rather taylor
10:15- cello joe
it's FREE, and ALL AGES :)
come with us, to catch the breeze...
I have been invited to play at two festivals in Australia! AustraliaI've never been there before. 

If you know people in Australia, please introduce me.
I'll need all the help I can get to put together a sweet bicycle tour in the next month.

November 10-16 2012
Eclipse 2012 Festival
Far North Queensland, Australia

(Apparently they think I'm from France..oops...oh well..)
Check out the website! I'm on their Music Line Up page!

http://www.eclipse2012.com/earth_stage (scroll to the C's..)

January 2013
Rainbow Serpent
Lexton, Victoria, Australia.

ⒸⒺⓁⓁⓄⒿⓄⒺ - "There's always room for cello."

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So I want to bring a ton of stickers to Australia.
Which design represents me the best?
1) Psychadelic Visionary Art by Abhi Thati
version A

Version B

2) Melvin Mathews Sticker

3) Kelly Patton sticker

2nd version:

4) Super Simple Stencil Version

So...What do you think?? email me at CelloJoe@CelloJoe.com