BEANBENDER's - Creative Music Series in Berkeley, California:
Who We Are and
How We Got Our Name

Beanbender's Crew: L-to-R: Alan Brightbill (in shadows), Bill Hsu, Dan Plonsey, Doug Carroll, Nancy Clarke and Moe! Staiano.
Photo by Michael Zelner, 3/1/98.

NEW-Thing /
OUT-jazz /
avant-garde /
Creative Music /
Improvised Music /
Anomalous Experience
Yet another odd location
at which serious listeners
can be distracted by the
antics of performers!
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BEANBENDER's Creative Music Series began on March 1, 1995 in Berkeley, California, managed by Seth Katz, Bill Hsu & me (Dan Plonsey). After Mr. Katz retired, we welcomed Nancy Clarke, Alan Brightbill, Moe! Staiano and Doug Carroll on as partners (Nancy and Doug are more-or-less on leave right now). Through Jan 31, 1999, Beanbender's was housed in a building which was once a Crocker Bank, then became The Berkeley Store Gallery Annex. Then, on April 25, 1999, our home became:
The Berkeley Fine Arts Cinema
(at 2451 Shattuck @ Haste).
(Meanwhile, the building which housed The Berkeley Store Gallery Annex changed hands a couple times in a series of complicated transactions and is presently a branch of Kinko's.)

Now we have no fixed location, but continue to present occasional concerts.

The series is called BEANBENDER's after a club in Daniel Pinkwater's The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death (republished as part of a five-volume Pinkwater omnibus; an absolutely essential tome!) where musical entertainment is at times provided by a Bolshevik accordianist, and a band consisting of guitarist, tap dancer, and singing chicken. (Just one of many fine books in the Daniel Pinkwater oeuvre.)

Upcoming Shows
Past Shows

Dan Plonsey or call (510) 237-9007.