Photo courtesy of justinancheta.com
Cradle DuendeJustin and Morgan of the band, Cradle Duende.
By Gabby Korcheva
Justin and Morgan, the two members of the band Cradle Duende, crossed the entire North American continent by train and bike as part of their national tour this summer.
Born in San Francisco, Cradle Duende is a premier gypsy band mixing Flamenco and Klezmer with Latin Cumbia and vocals to create a "Klezmenco-Hop."
This band set off across the country to raise awareness on sustainability not only through music and lyrics, but also through their actions.
On his website, justinancheta.com, Justin records the whole trip. From taking off on bikes from San Francisco to taking trains to distances such as Denver, CO, Chicago, IL, and Albany, NY, the group spent a total of 70 hours on train.
The trip had many surprises: Cradle Duende made smoothies (with a bike-powered blender) for an audience in Denver, dissembled their bikes in less than 15 minutes (without power tools!) to catch a train, and played impromptu shows in the train cars.
When they arrived in Albany, they found that their bikes had been left behind in Chicago.
While they awaited the arrival of their bikes, the group nevertheless continued to perform. Making stops in New York City, Vermont, and New Jersey, they played in a variety of venues: from synagogues to nursing homes to yoga studios to 'Pedal-Powered' stages.
Reminiscing about the trip, Morgan and Justin of Cradle Duende found the best moments were when they traveled on bicycle because of the "slow pace to relax and enjoy the scenery while you're mov[ing] your body just enough to stay in shape and be fit."