653 Chenery Street
in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood

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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, May 21 – 7:30pm
Scott Foster & Friends debut their “Basement Sinfonietta”
jazz! live-streamed from the bookshop
every Friday evening

Back in March 2020, as San Franciscans first took cover in their individual homes, those that had homes!, guitarist Scott Foster began to compose a tune a day for a good long stretch. Scott presented a generous number of those tunes in a solo live stream from Bird & Beckett on August 21, 2020, five months into the pandemic. You can hear that concert by clicking here.

Along the way, as the pandemic wore on, Scott enlisted three colleagues — Larry De La Cruz, saxophone; Andrew Higgins, bass; Russ Gold, drums — to work with him to bring the compositions to life, developing and recording an album’s worth of material over time and distance with his colleagues. Now, that album is ready for release.

Tonight, Scott Foster brings the quartet to the Bird & Beckett stage and live stream to celebrate the release of this recording project of all original material, written and recorded during the pandemic, as they say, “out of necessity.” The band will be playing live together for the first time ever, until now having only traded recorded tracks back and forth. All generously contributed from their home studios over this past year, but this is the first time they will have played together, in a room, in real time and broadcast live through the magic of the interwebs!

Join us for the maiden voyage of the new album, Scott Foster & Friends’ Basement Sinfonietta!

Get a taste now of what’s to come:


View our live streams on our

YouTube channel and our Facebook page.

No audiences in the shop yet.

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

We pay a “guaranteed fair wage”
$150 to each musician performing
in our Friday and Saturday evening 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
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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