Power to the Peaceful falls silent for a second year 

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  • Michael Franti

Not everything that comes free can be sustained.

One of San Francisco’s most well-known free concerts in Golden Gate Park will not return — for the second year in a row — because of rising fees.

Power to the Peaceful, which began in 2001, announced last week that the fall show will not go on.

“Due to rising city fees which have ballooned our operating costs over the past years, we regrettably announce that The Power to the Peaceful Festival will not be staged in September of 2012,” said the announcement on the concert’s website, powertothepeaceful.org.

The organization had previously announced that the 2011 concert was postponed to 2012 in hopes the fee situation would be resolved. Guerilla Management, which helped run the concert, would not comment on the decision, but did confirm the concert “unfortunately” will not go on next month.

Past festivals have included music, art and action sports for the reported 50,000 people who attended annually. Organizers worked with grass-roots organizations and businesses to “raise consciousness about the needs of the world today” and tried to inspire action.

Each year, Bay Area native Michael Franti and his band Spearhead were headliners of the daylong event. Franti also founded the festival. Past performers have included Alanis Morissette, the Indigo Girls, Ziggy Marley and Woody Harrelson, among many others.


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