Rock and Roll, Baby!

SFPL’s Tricycle Music Fest West Returns for Fourth Year

For Immediate Release
Contact: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282;

July 27, 2012

Rock and Roll, Baby!

San Francisco Public Library’s Tricycle Music Fest West Returns for Fourth Year

San Francisco Public Library presents eight free family rock concerts this summer and fall for its fourth year with the return of Tricycle Music Fest West. The festival kicks off Aug. 5 at the Mission Branch in partnership with Sunday Streets, rolls through neighborhood libraries, and concludes with a costume ball finale on Oct. 28 at the Main Library.

The Aug. 5 Sunday Streets Stage features the infectious tunes of Alison Faith Levy’s Big Time Tot Rock, magical melodies and heartbreaking harmonies of The Corner Laughers, zany antics of The Monkeybutts, and teen talents from the San Francisco Rock Project’s House Band.

Festival headliner Recess Monkey members are Seattle-based elementary school teachers by day, kindie-rockers by night. Noted as “…the heart of kids’ music today” by Zooglobble and described as “not only do the tunes fail to induce adult headaches, some even sound like the kind of retro hipster music you might hear in a Wes Anderson flick,” Time Out NY Kids. With Beatle-esque pop, charismatic shows, the most prolific trio in kids’ music take the stage in the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium on Sunday, Aug. 19. Festival closer Lucky Diaz and The Family Jam Band, appearing Oct. 28 at the Main Library, just had its album named one of the top cool kids albums by People magazine.

“San Francisco families love music and libraries. Tricycle is the perfect combination to showcase our libraries as magical family destinations. Four years later, I still beam watching families, friends and community experience the library in a new way,” said Christy Estrovitz, SFPL’s early literacy specialist.

Tricycle continues in September and October with neighborhood concerts with The Hipwaders, Charity Kahn, The Monkeybutts, Frances England, Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower, and more.  All branch concerts are head outside, weather permitting, except at the Main Library.  Skip the nap, grab your boogie shoes and join us. Tricycle Music Fest West is made possible thanks to the rock-star support from the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. Find the complete schedule, photos and more at

2012 Tricycle Lineup:

Alison Faith Levy’s Big Time Tot Rock, The Corner Laughers, The Monkeybutts, San Francisco Rock Project -  Aug. 5, 11:30 a.m.– 4 p.m., Mission Branch, Sunday Streets stage

Recess Monkey - Aug. 19, 3 p.m., Main Library

Charity Kahn, Sept. 15, 3 p.m., Ortega Branch Library

Alison Faith Levy’s Big Time Tot Rock, Sept. 29, 1:30 p.m.,  Mission Bay Branch Library

Frances England, Oct. 6, 3 p.m., Parkside Branch Library

The Monkeybutts, Oct. 13, 3 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch Library

The Hipwaders, Oct. 20, 3 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch Library

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, and Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower, Oct. 28, 3 p.m., Main Library, Costume Ball Finale event

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