911: Power to the Peaceful Festival
PTTP has been produced in San Francisco as an annual open-air series of free, community Music and Arts Festivals since 1999. The first festival was on September 11th in Dolores Park and gathered an audience of 6,000 people from the community growing in 2000 and 2001 to upwards 10,000 people. In September 2002 the popularity and capacity of the music and arts festival had grown and attracted an international audience of more than 20,000 in attendance and we moved to the location to Speedway Meadow in lush Golden Gate Park.
Last year, 2003 PTTP Festival drew an exceptional crowd of 30,000 people in the lush square mile of Speedway Meadow, according to SFPD and with positive support and lasting community impact.
PTTP Festival has been graced with inspirational performances by Michael Franti and Spearhead, Saul Williams, Alice Walker, Ram Das, Talib Kweli, KRS-One, Amy Goodman, Keller Williams, The Coup, Digital Underground, Woody Harrelson, Lyrics Born, Jello Biafra and Angela Davis among others.
"Stand Up and Be Counted" is this year's tag line for the festival and its mission is to engage people to get to the polls and vote! Michael Franti states, "The Festival began in 1999 as an international day of art and culture in support of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal. The name and date 911 were chosen to call attention to the emergency status of Mumia's impending execution. We expanded the event in 2000 to show support for all prisoners on death row, and to speak out against the exponential growth of the prison industrial complex. In 2001 the day of September 11th took on a wider significance as a result of the tragic loss of life by the attacks of the day. The 4th and 5th events in 2002-2003 created a space for healing and compassion for ALL the people killed or displaced by terrorism and the war on terrorism."
In addition to the main stage, the festival features an open-air art gallery of visual artists, a healing arts tent offering massage and yoga, guerrilla theater, a DJ tent, green commercial vendors and food booth, alternative fuel sourced vehicles and demos, kid's zone, bicycle coalition and a diverse array of social, environmental and political organizations will be tabling. PACIFICA radio station KPFA has broad-cast the event live for the past two years and is a major sponsor for the festival.
PTTP Festival will be promoted as a Western Regional Mobilization and Concert. Bring your faith in the power of peace and justice and join us at the 6th Annual Power to the Peaceful Festival, promising to be an enlightening, enraging and inspiring event!
Saturday September 11th, 2004
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA
All Ages / Free Event
Event Times: 11am-6pm
Featuring Live Performances With:
Michael Franti and Spearhead
String Cheese Incident feat. Keller Williams
Gift of Gab of Blackalicious
John Butler Trio
Featuring Keynote Speakers:
Amy Goodman (Democracy Now!)
DJ Performances By:
Ren The Vinyl Archeologist