Live Streams Every Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, and more!

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thollem dre

Saturday, August 28 – 7:30pm
Andre Custodio / Thollem McDonas Duo
jazz from the out side

Thollem McDonas – Keyboard
André Custodio – Drums/Electronics

Live in the shop and viewable as a live stream on YouTube or Facebook.

Doors open at 7:20pm. Music at 7:30pm.
$20 cash cover charge at the door.

Call for reservations – 415-586-3733 during regular store hours, Tuesday to Sunday, noon to six pm.

Proof of vaccination required on entry; masks required while in the shop.
BYOB. Please only lower your mask only when sipping whatever it is your sipping. Thanks!

Click here to read music journalist Andrew Gilbert’s piece on Thollem published August 23 on the KQED website.

Thollem and André have been playing together on and off for over ten years in between numerous side projects. The first set will be a classic duo of drums and keyboard (Organ, Rhodes, Clavier, and more). 2nd set will employ an expanded palette of sounds using electronics and an unconventional approach to acoustic instruments.

Thollem McDonas:
“One of the most captivating pianists working today”
– Rui Eduardo Paes, (Portugal)

André Custodio:
“He possesses the technique, finesse, and discrimination to sound like Max Roach, Tony Williams, or Elvin Jones, as the occasion warrants”
– Stephen Carenfix, Oakland Performing Arts Examiner


Attending in person? $20 cover charge; cash please. BYOB. Proof of vaccination required for shows.

Regardless of vaccination status, masks are required inside the store, except for performers, who may use their own discretion. If you’re sipping something, fine; just put your mask back up between sips. Please protect each other.

Viewing in the live stream? You’ll find it on our YouTube channel or Facebook page (links above). Call the shop if you need help navigating there. You can use Paypal, Venmo or the Cash app, or bring/send cash or a check to the shop at 653 Chenery. If you’re taking in the show online, please donate $10 or what suits you to reward the musicians for their efforts and to defray the streaming costs. Bird & Beckett pays a guaranteed “fair wage” of $150/performance to each musician and goes to considerable effort and expense to bring you the stream.

That said!, if you’re not among the winners in this disaster capitalism economy, and there are many of you, please pay only what doesn’t hurt. Take it in for free if you are in financial stress; the music is for you.

Major donors to our nonprofit BBCLP, and there are quite a lot of you, need not donate for an individual show…thank you for your consistent financial backing and for making the music and poetry available to all. Some scoff at the idea that we’re all in this thing together, but on the other hand, in many ways, we are.

Our events are put on under the umbrella of the nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the "BBCLP"). That's how we fund our ambitious schedule of 300 or so concerts and literary events every year.

The BBCLP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit...
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