653 Chenery Street
in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood

[email protected]

Open to walk-in trade and browsing
Tuesday to Sunday
noon to six


Live Streams every weekend!
Refresh your browser
to catch a show in progress!
Visit our Facebook page or
YouTube channel!

But nothing beats being in the room
with the music & the musicians!

So much January 2022 behind us now — check some of the videos here

Sunday 1/30 Live + Live Stream, 5:00pm
$25 cash cover charge ($10-25 sliding scale)
Ahkeel Mestayer Latin Jazz/AfroCuban Quintet
Ahkeel Mestayer, percussion
Emilio Davilos, percussion
Eric Peralta, piano
Julio de la Cruz, bass
Thomas Pridgen, drumset

Catch our live streams on Bird & Beckett’s YouTube channel or Facebook page. Donate per the information on the screen if you can. The stream is a crucial artist/audience lifeline in a tough time, and the support of the home viewing audience is also crucial to make it sustainable.

If you’re careful, and just a bit brave, you’ll find there’s nothing like live music and poetry among a few friends. Capacity is 20 in the shop for this month’s shows, so call ahead, don your mask, wash your hands, bring your own beverage, and come to the little village that is Glen Park to enjoy another fine night of San Francisco culture! Bring cash for the talent, as well as something to sip!


Here’s what’s January been all about — most come and gone, a couple yet to come!

Sunday, January 2nd – live stream only – at 5pm
Avotcja & Modúpue. Here’s the recording: YouTube


Thursday to Saturday, January 6-9
three live events in the shop, also live streamed on our YouTube channel and Facebook page

Thursday 1/6, 7pm – Poets Judith Ayn Bernhard & Silvi Alcivar followed by an open mic. Jerry Ferraz & Michael Koch, M.C.s  –  video here
Friday 1/7, 7:30pm – Jon Frank Trio  — video here
Saturday 1/8, 7:30pm – 4tet Apocalyptique  –  video here

[Sunday 1/9 – The Seducers postponed to 3/13 – video of their December date here]

Monday 1/10, 7pm – online only: Poets!Zoom featuring Dan Brady and Garrett Murphy followed by an open mic, all hosted by Kim Shuck – find the zoom invitation on our website post about the event.

Tuesday to Sunday January 11-16
four live events in the shop + live stream

Tuesday 1/11 – 7:30pm
Handy/Essiet/Cuenca Trio
Saxophonist Craig Handy
Essiet Okon Essiet, bass
Sylvia Cuenca, drums
check out the recording here!

Friday 1/14, 7:30pm
Larry Vann Trio
funk & jazz
video here

Saturday, 1/15, 7:30pm
Jinx Jones Trio
jazz & exotica
video here

Sunday, 1/16, 2:30pm
Book event hosted by Tate Swindell
Author Thomas Antonic with his book,
Amongst Nazis: William S. Burroughs in Vienna 1936/37


Thursday to Tuesday January 20-25
four live shows in the shop + live stream

Friday 1/21, 7:30pm
live in the shop and in the live stream
A Journey to the Center of the Jazz
The Scott Foster Quartet, spelunking in the caves of improvised music, with Bruce Ackley (reeds), David Brandt (drums) – check out the recording here!

Saturday, 1/22, 7:30pm РSa̼l Sierra Latin Quartet
with Marco Diaz (trumpet), Charlie Gurke (saxophones), Saúl Sierra (bass), Julio Perez (percussion) video here

Sunday, 1/23, 5pm – HowellDevine – rural blues juggernaut – video here

Monday, 1/24 – online only – at 7pm – Poets!Zoom all open mic, hosted by Kim Shuck
use this zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us

Tuesday, 1/25 – 7:30pm – Jeffrey Burr Organ Trio w/Adam Shulman & Eric Garland, plus guest Brian Charette – video here


Thursday to Sunday January 27-30
live in the shop and live streamed
catch the shows on our youtube channel or facebook page

Thursday 1/27, 7:30pm – Walker Brents III – Walker Talks on William Everson
video here

Friday 1/28, 7:30pm – Tony Johnson Quartet, w/Bob Kenmotsu, tenor saxophone
Keith Saunders, piano & Eric Markowitz, bass
video here

Saturday, 1/29, 7:30pm – Russian Telegraph, w/Beth Custer, clarinet & voice; David James, guitar & voice; Alisa Rose, violin; Jordan Glasgow, keyboards; Keith McArthur, bass; John Hanes, drums
video here

Sunday, 1/30, 5pm – Ahkeel Mestayer Quintet, w/David Lechuga, guitar; Emilio Davilos, percussion; Julio de la Cruz, bass; and Thomas Pridgen, drumset

catch all our live streams on YouTube or Facebook


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Doors open ten minutes before showtime.
Reservations encouraged, as the room does fill up for many shows.
(capacity is set at 20 for the time being)
To reserve, call 415-586-3733 prior to the day of the show if possible.
Reservations must be claimed by showtime. Once the show starts,
we allow anyone waiting for a seat to take what’s available.

Please bring proof of vaccination and a mask,
plus cash for the cover charge, usually $20 per person; BYOB.
(Pay more if  you can, as our guarantees to the musicians
remain constant even as capacity is reduced)
Keep your mask up except when actually taking a sip!

Can’t get to the shop for the show?
Or just can’t get in due to the (small) throng?

Catch the live streams on Bird & Beckett’s
YouTube channel or Facebook page.
Donate per the information on the screen if you can.
The stream is a crucial musician/audience lifeline in a tough time!


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