“BIKES NOT BOMBS”
SET FOR AUGUST 2 IN BAND’S BOSTON HOMETOWN
AT BANK OF AMERICA PAVILION-BOSTON HARBOR
SHOW FOLLOWS SLOTS AT MAJOR SUMMER U.S. FESTIVALS
AND BAND’S ONGOING TOUR DATES
Rock bands usually travel to their gigs in a bus or van.
But CHAD STOKES, lead singer and guitarist for the musically inventive and socio-politically conscious STATE RADIO, will ride his own bicycle to the band’s August 2 show at Bank of America Pavilion on the Boston Harbor, the group’s hometown. It’s his way of encouraging fans to reduce their carbon footprint by arriving by bicycle or taking public transportation to this special concert to raise awareness for the Bikes Not Bombs organization (http://www.stateradio.com/action). Tickets are available at: http://www.livenation.com/event/getEvent/eventId/322191/
STATE RADIO–CHAD STOKES (singer/guitarist), CHUCK FAY (bass) and MIKE “MAD DOG” NAJARIAN (drums)–have partnered with Bikes Not Bombs to offer fans a show for a great cause. “Although it seems a tall order, the more we empathize globally with everyone living on this planet, we can create a consciousness moving towards peace,” says CHAD. “If we want to watch our kids, grandkids and great-grandkids thrive we need to get together and see our similarities more than our differences.” He adds: “Bikes Not Bombs offers a grassroots way for everyone to make an impact. It will be great to see how many kids can actually take public transportation or ride their bike. The symbolism of easing off the carbon footprint we all place on a daily level is a step in the right direction.”
Visit mapmyride.com to customize a route from your starting point to the Bank of America Pavilion at (290 Northern Avenue Boston, MA 02210): http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=Bank+of+America&fb=1&cid=0,0,13485242888239957874&near=Boston,+MA&oi=manybox&ct=10&cd=1&resnum=1
All bicyclists will receive a customized STATE RADIO safety item for the ride home. SECURE VALET BIKE PARKING WILL BE PROVIDED.
By public transportation:
The MBTA provides several options for getting to the Bank of America Pavilion via commuter rail, subway, bus, and even ferry. To get there, take the MBTA subway, commuter rail, or bus to South Station and connect with the MBTA Silver Line Waterfront (one level above the Red Line, one level below the food court) to Silver Line Way. You will see the Bank of America Pavilion which is a short walk from this stop.
To customize your best route to the Pavilion via public transit, visit the MBTA trip planner at http://mbta.com/rider_tools/trip_planner/. Just plug in your starting point, the Pavilion’s address (290 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210), departure or arrival time, and how far you’re willing to walk, and you’re there. You can even customize a wheelchair accessible trip. Click here http://mbta.com/riding_the_t/bikes/ for more information about bringing your bicycle on the MBTA.
Directions from all points as well as parking and other venue information can be found at the venue page [http://www.livenation.com/venue/getVenue/venueId/496].
Carpool and State Radio Contest:
We strongly encourage those who can’t bike, walk, or take public transit to the event to use PickupPal’s eco-rideshare program [http://www.pickuppal.com/pup/erp/State-Radio]; save gas money, cut pollution and make new friends all at the same time.
All that travel to the venue by bike or public transportation (save your receipt or Charlie card) will be entered to win one of each of the following prizes:
-Upgrade to 4 pack of front row seats (one prize total)
-Brand new bicycle, donated by EMS (one prize total)
-Pair of passes to the after-show party (20 prizes total)
In order to be entered into the drawings, you must arrive at the venue by 8pm. Contest winners will be picked at random at the contest booth before State Radio’s set.
Ride with State Radio:
Arrive at the venue at 5:30 PM and join the band for a group ride around the harbor! What better way to kick off this great even than to celebrate biking in Boston with an hour long bike tour led by Chad, Chuck, and Mad Dog.
Rock With Us!:
State Radio is pleased to have opening act Apollo Sunshine be part of this spectacular event. Whether you bike, bus, train, plane, or automobile, to the show, make sure you get there in plenty of time to enjoy this great band. Visit: www.myspace.com/apollosunshine for more info.
In addition, the well-known Boston street artist Sidewalk Sam painted a flyer for the STATE RADIO “Bikes Not Bombs” event, to view images click: Photo #1: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3204/2703004154_e8dca7972a.jpg?v=0 Photo #2: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3019/2715029168_5f3870a0bf.jpg?v=0
STATE RADIO continue to make a strong impact with their album YEAR OF THE CROW (Ruff Shod), hailed by New York’s Metromix as “a biting collection of 13 tracks taking aim at, among other things, U.S. detention facilities in Guantanamo Bay and policies in South America, not to mention Halliburton and the current state of affairs in Darfur” (2/15/08). This year, the band has performed in the U.S. and overseas (the U.K., Germany, Switzerland, France). They also joined Tom Morello for a handful of dates on the “Justice Tour” and the Dave Matthews Band for shows as well as appearing at most of the major U.S. festivals this summer including: Bonnaroo, Summerfest, Wakarusa, Rothbury Festival and Mile High Festival.
STATE RADIO’s updated tour dates are as follows:
DATE CITY VENUE
Wed 7/30 Cedar Falls, IA The Hub
Sat 8/2 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion “Bikes Not Bombs”
Fri 8/15 Hasselt, BEL Pukkelpop Festival
Sat 8/16 Erfurt, GER Highfield Festival
Sun 8/17 Hamburg, GER Dockville, Festival
Sat 9/13 Waterville, ME Head of Falls (Closed School show)
Sat 9/27 Tenney Mountain, NH Nor’Easter Festival
Fri 10/24 South Burlington, VT Higher Ground
Sat 10/25 South Burlington, VT Higher Ground
About Bikes Not Bombs
Bikes Not Bombs promotes bicycle technology as a concrete alternative to war and environmental destruction. For 23 years, BNB has been a nexus of bike recycling and community empowerment both in lower income neighborhoods of Boston and in the nations of the Global South. BNB’s programs involve young people and adults in mutually respectful leadership development and environmental stewardship, while recycling thousands of bicycles. For more information on Bikes Not Bombs visit: www.bikesnotbombs.org. Bikes Not Bombs is working hard to help make this a fun, safe, and informative evening of music and cycling. Stop by their booth and say hello, find out more about biking around town, and learn what the City of Boston is doing to make biking a better experience in our community.
5 Rights, Inc. will be bringing a number of human rights’ organizations to the event and will be on hand to provide information and answer questions. Take time to check out all the tables and enjoy demos, watch videos, and more.
State Radio, Bikes Not Bombs, the City of Boston, and all of our partners are committed to making this a safe and fun event. If you plan to bicycle to the show or participate in the group ride, please wear a helmet.
Stay tuned to stateradio.com/action for up to the minute information, answers to common event questions, and a link to the most current news and talk about the event.