Power to The Peaceful Festival in GGP


It’s cloudy and cool today, but so what? Bundle up and trundle on down to Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park where Michael Franti and Blackalicious are headlining the 8th Annual Power to the Peaceful Festival.

The festival debuted in 1999 in Dolores park to raise awareness of Mumia Abu-Jamal but has since grown in size and scope. 2 stages, a DJ tent, speakers, food and lots and lots of patchouli.

Update: Reportedly 50,000 in attendance, including this enraptured fellow at right, who blew bubbles for the entire Spearhead set, and showed remarkable restraint by donning the clown nose only in the last fifteen minutes of the show.

4 Comments so far

  1. W.C. Varones (unregistered) on September 10th, 2006 @ 11:11 am

    More pics and vids here.

  2. mattymatt (unregistered) on September 10th, 2006 @ 5:57 pm

    Looks like fun. What progress was made toward making the world peaceful?

  3. DavidK (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 11:03 am

    mattymatt> What progress was made toward making the world peaceful?

    Presumably among those 50K are future makers of policy and opinion. The more people out there thinking that it’s better to negotiate with words rather than weapons, the more peaceful the world will become.

    Clown guy above doesn’t really serve this aspect of the event, but I’m guessing the political, religious, and geographical sophistication of attendees of the PTP fest to be greater than that of attendees of say, Warped Tour. Or a Toby Keith show.

    That’s the theory, anyway.

  4. Mattymatt (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 11:41 am

    I’m still not clear on how the cause of verbal negotiation is advanced by arranging for 50 thousand like-minded people to stand in close proximity to each other for a few hours to musical accompaniment.

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