Bicicletas Por la Paz sounds like the kind of thing people make fun of the Bay Area for. It’s a bicycle advocacy and awareness collective that’s serving healthy meals from its “People’s Kitchen” and building a center for displaced people in Colombia. Oh, and there’s the smoothies stand — blended using pedal power, of course.
So with all that, the thought of them being a band, too, might have you rolling your eyes. Not so fast.
Take the song “Gigante Elefante,” about the perils of dodging cars while rolling on two wheels, which doesn’t sound like fun. And yet it’s a typically frisky — and accomplished — highlight from the debut album, “Musica por Puppets,” being celebrated with an Aug. 29 release party concert at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall.
Throughout, there’s a mix of South American-angled funk, ska, reggae, rock en español and even some credible rap. On “Keep On,” the band even manages to create sort of an organic hip-hop track.