Berkeley Public Library launches new program series, “Mining the Library: Local DJs Dig the Music Collection!”

October 23, 2013

Contact: Dayna Holz or Michele McKenzie
Art & Music Department


Berkeley Public Library invites you to join us for a series of listening parties at the library hosted by an eclectic array of local disc jockeys from Bay Area public and community radio stations.  Meet the radio personalities behind some of your favorite weekly music programs and learn more about the Berkeley Public Library’s music collection.  Each DJ will dig through BPL’s vast collection of vinyl records and compact discs to uncover musical gems that will expand your appreciation of a range of genres.

The three part series kicks off on Tuesday, November 19th, with San Francisco DJ Dore Stein of KALW’s Tangents radio program.  Dore has been presenting his tangential radio program in the Bay Area since 1995, exploring  the bridges connecting various styles of music, including world and roots music, and creative jazz hybrids.  An avid world traveler, Dore leads annual group music tours of Turkey and Morocco, taking visitors off the beaten path to be immersed in the culture and landscape that influences and inspires the local music and musicians.  His legendary Bay Area house parties give participants an opportunity to enjoy intimate performances with world music artists from around the globe.  Dore brings his mission to stretch listeners’ boundaries and open their ears to the Berkeley Public Library’s Central Community Meeting Room on Tuesday, November 19th at 6:30PM.  Find out more about Dore Stein and Tangents at

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The series continues on December 10th when Rickey Vincent, author and host of KPFA’s The History of Funk show, brings The Funk along with his knowledge and charm to the library for an evening of deep grooves and funky good times. Rickey has just published a new book about the house band for the Black Panther Party called Party Music: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers’ Band and How Black Power Transformed Soul Music. Learn more about Rickey Vincent:

And on January 12th, the series concludes when KALX’s very own Rubberband Girl(a.k.a. Erin Prunchak), brings “Music for a Bachelorette’s Pad,” setting the mood with a mix of Lounge, Psychedelic, and Space-Age Pop music. Rubberband Girl has developed a local following during her seven years on KALX. Her current show can be heard on Friday mornings, where she makes connections between a wide variety of eras and styles, and loves surprising listeners with the best songs they’ve never heard.  More about Rubberband Girl:

All programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library (  For more information, call 510-981-6241 or

Berkeley’s Central Library is open Monday 12 noon until 8 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Sunday afternoons from 1 p.m. till 5 p.m. For more info please call 510-981-6195 or Wheelchair accessible. To request a sign language interpreter or other accommodations for this event, please call (510) 981-6195 (voice) or (510) 548-1240 (TTY); at least three working days will help ensure availability. Please refrain from wearing scented products to public programs.