by Dan Bolles
Because of some unavoidable confusion, this week's issue of Seven Days contains no listings — beyond typical weekly events — for everybody's favorite hipster haunt, Radio Bean. In my column, I promised online updates as they became available. Well here we are on Friday afternoon and I finally have some info to pass along.
The Radio Bean music schedule for this weekend is: Absolutely nothing! And that includes residencies such as Irish Sessions and Honky Tonk Tuesday. The slate, this week anyway, has been wiped clean.
I wish I was joking, but alas, the Bean has scaled back its schedule from now until Sunday, March 23. I'd rather not get into the particulars of why, exactly, the change was made — I'm sure the more able-minded among you can figure it out on your own. But I will tell you what Lee Anderson and Co. have lined up in the interim.
Here's a snippet of an e-mail I received from the man himself:
The scene at The Bean is going to be totally different for the next 9 days. We're not going be having any music at all, including our usual residencies. We're calling it "The Aye-Yi-Ides" and it can be listed in the paper that way. Basically, we're going to be serving dinners, home-made ice cream, having an open discussion salon every night with different topics, and generally see what happens. Then, Sunday 3/23 everything goes back to 'normal' (whatever that means around here).
So there you have it.
On the plus side, this is the perfect opportunity for the jackasses who like to go to The Bean and talk through entire sets to gab to their hearts content, without fear of drawing the ire of folks around them who actually show up to listen to music. See? There's always a silver lining.