653 Chenery Street
in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood
Open to walk-in trade and browsing
Tuesday to Sunday
noon to six
Live Streams Every Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, and more!
View them on our Facebook page or YouTube channel
Saturday, April 3 – 7:30pm
live streamed blues from the bookshop
The Shack-Shaking Music of HowellDevine
“There is no blues band performing today as different as HowellDevine—no
Triple threat talent, Joshua Howell (
Pete Devine (Drums & Washboard)
Originally from Maine, Pete started playing drums when he was six years old. Prior to receiving his first actual drum set, he would sit on the floor and surround himself with pots, pans and a Quaker Oat box or two – anything that put out a fairly nice percussive sound when struck by sticks – and play along to the Louis Armstrong and the Spike Jones records that his Grandmother Helen Devine would play for him. A drummer was born! Pete moved out west (San Francisco) to try his hand at being a professional musician in 1989, and over the years has performed with many superb bands and some savory musicians in and around the Bay Area. Those bands included Bo Grumpus, Gaucho, and his own Devine’s Jug Band. Pete was also a founding member of Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers. To this day, Pete continues to perform with Mal Sharpe’s “Big Money in Jazz” band, playing drums and percussion with that same group of fantastic characters for almost 30 years! Throughout the years, Pete has recorded on over 40 different albums with styles ranging from traditional jazz to blues, jug band music to ragtime, gyspy jazz to good old rock and roll. Pete’s old-time drumming styles and jug blowing talents have led him to perform and/or record with other musical notables such as Dan Hicks, Maya Angelou, Howard Armstrong (Louie Bluie), Bobby Weir, Bobby Helm & Maria Muldaur. Pete says, “though I’ve played in many great bands over the years, HowellDevine takes the cake.”
Joe Kyle Jr.(Upright Bass)
It was during the Great Swing Wars of early-1990s San Francisco, when gigs were plentiful, public cigar smoking was legal, and vintage clothes were still cheap, that Joe was fortunate enough to have been drafted into musical service. Since that time he has become an in-demand player known for his superb feel, musical agility, and adaptability. Joe has been touring and recording with the Waybacks since mid-2001, and in such capacity has shared the stage with a host of notable roots music heroes including Bob Weir, Sam Bush, John Cowan, Joan Osborne, Jerry Douglas, Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, Danny Barnes, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Grace Potter, Mike Marshall, Darol Anger, Jim Lauderdale and Bela Fleck. He might be the only bassist to have played with Martin Denny, Al Kooper AND Pinetop Perkins, although not at the same time, sadly.
Live on Bird & Beckett’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.
$20 suggested donation / pay what your economics allow at this link.
Absolutely no one turned away for lack of funds!
Strapped or flush, we all need this music.
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You can mail us a check or drop by the shop with cash or a check in the coming days.
New to Bird & Beckett’s live streams? Welcome! Be advised we don’t ask the players to work for tips here. Consider your donation a cover charge.
$20 is nice, on a $2 to $20 to $200 sliding scale. It takes a lot of heavy lifting on the part of the audience to allow us to adhere to a “guaranteed fair wage” standard pioneered by that august institution, Jazz in the Neighborhood, and indeed you most always get the job done! When sufficient funds don’t materialize, we dip into the general fund built up from the bookshop’s community — Glen Park neighbors and fans from far and wide. So thanks very much to those of you we count among that number! And thanks as well to the City & County of San Francisco, whose funding agency, Grants for the Arts has contributed substantial operating support to our nonprofit organization, the Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project, a 501(c)3, for the past several years. We couldn’t do it without you, without our neighbors & friends, and without this great city!
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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The Independent Musicians Alliance
Gigging musicians! You have nothing to lose but your lack of a collective voice to achieve fair wages for your work!
The IMA can be a conduit for you, if you join in to make it work.
Read more here - Andy Gilbert's Feb 25 article about the IMA from KQED's site