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!

Friday, June 11 – 7:30pm
Michael Zilber Quartet
live-streamed from the bookshop
every Friday evening

As we begin to emerge from the pandemic,
we once again are pleased to present the
Michael Zilber Quartet!

Four major talents on one bookshop stage.

Michael Zilber, saxophone
Matt Clark, piano
Peter Barshay, bass
Jeff Marrs, drums

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It was Michael’s appearance on our stage for an audience of several on March 13, 2020 that launched our first tentative steps toward the Bird & Beckett live stream. Check this little facebook live test, shot by our own Angie Bennett on a borrowed iPhone. We made do with that approach until Nico Mesa came along and set us up with our current gear and Angie moved over to become a remarkably talented sound engineer. The live streams are much more beautiful to view and listen to now, though the musicianship, spirit and soul have always been there. All along, we’ve kept it going, week after week after week.

Please do tune in this evening!
These are fine players, pleased to be sharing the stage and playing for you.

Michael Zilber is a formidable talent. Follow this link and learn more!

And don’t take the live stream for granted! Donate what you can to help us pay the musicians. They’re professionals who have been underemployed for the past fourteen months, and we’re committed to a $600 guarantee for quartets in these tough times. That’s a high bar, what with folks being not terribly accustomed to offering money for what they take in on YouTube and Facebook…  We can’t begin to express how much we appreciate your support.

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View our live streams on our

YouTube channel and our Facebook page.

No audiences in the shop just yet.
Maybe by the end of June!

$20 suggested donation
or pay what your economics allow
at this link

We pay a “guaranteed fair wage”
$150 to each of the artists performing
in our live streams
and you are the first ones we look to in order
to get that money together, so please do what you can!

We are extremely grateful as well to the many individuals
in the community who donate to our nonprofit
Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the “BBCLP”)
to help us build up the general fund from which
we augment audience donations when necessary!

Monthly donations are particularly helpful.

Donate to the BBCLP at this link to further our work!

Any questions?
Email [email protected] or call us at 415-586-3733!

We also thank and gratefully acknowledge
the City & County of San Francisco’s Grants for the Arts
for operating support of the Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project!




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The Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project

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

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