Listening Parties at Berkeley Public Library Continue Dec. 10 with KPFA DJ Rickey Vincent

December 06, 2013

Art & Music Department
Berkeley Public Library


Berkeley, December 3, 2013 – Join the Art and Music Department of the Berkeley Public Library for thesecond in a series of listening parties, Mining the Library: Local DJs Dig the Music Collection, on Tuesday, December 10, at 6:30 p.m., with Rickey Vincent – author, educator, and host of KPFA’s The History of Funk program. The listening parties bring together Berkeley Public Library’s music collection and disc jockeys from Bay Area public and community radio stations. 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.

Rickey brings The Funk along with his knowledge and charm to the library for an evening of deep grooves and funky good times on December 10th in the Central Library’s 3rd floor Community Meeting Room. Along with teaching classes about the history of music at UC Berkeley and City College of San Francisco, Rickey literally wrote the book on Funk with 1996’s Funk: The Music, The People, and The Rhythm of The One. He 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 which is receiving critical acclaim. Learn more about Rickey Vincent: and don’t miss out on this opportunity to get down at the library!

Stay Tuned!

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:

This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library (

For questions regarding this program, call 510-981-6241.

The Central Library is open Monday, noon-8 p.m., Tuesday, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Sunday afternoons from 1 p.m. till 5 p.m. Wheelchair accessible. For questions, please call 510-981-6195 (voice) or 510-548-1240 (TTY) or visit the library’s website:

Please refrain from wearing scented products to public programs. 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.