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Leonard Cohen’s Sister Esther Cohen is a Fan of Conspiracy of Beards! #throwbackthursday

Conspiracy of Beards has traveled to New York City annually for the last 6 years for a show at the Highline Ballroom, and every year Esther Cohen, Leonard Cohen‘s sister, and her friends have come to our performance. Esther is one of the sweetest and most supportive fans of the choir. This year the choir decided to focus on touring the greater Bay Area and to skip the NY trip. Our only regret is not being able to serenade our friend Esther. Here is a short clip of Esther from our documentary project “A Midnight Choir.”

Conspiracy of Beards – 2013/14 Season Kicks Off


2013/14 Season Kicks Off

The Beards are stepping up our game this year with bigger shows, better venues, interesting collaborations, and a renewed dedication to singing our hearts out. With 8 new singers and a whole bunch of veteran Beards, our 11th season will be an amazing one, and we would love to see you swooning to our harmonies! Check out our first three performances below.



Palo Alto Art Center

Opening Night
Friday, October 11th – 7:30pm
Join the Beards for Friday Night at the Art Center & Opening Celebration/Reception for their Bibliophilia exhibit. Our very own choir member, Scot Velardo, will be showing his beautiful artwork, as well as singing baritone.Join the Facebook Event Page for this performance.You can find directions and more details here: Palo Alto Art Center

This is a free show.


West Coast Live Radio Program

KALW – 91.7FM
Saturday, October 19th – 10am-12pm
To help kick off our 2013/14 season and to promote our participation in Litquake’s San Francisco Lit Crawl event later that same evening, the Beards return to Sedge Thomson’s West Coast Live radio program to sing and play. This episode, performed live at the SF Ferry Building and airing on KALW 91.7FM as well as many other stations around the country, will be a Litquake special, and we are excited to share the airwaves with two other amazing Lit Crawl participants:TC BOYLE: the beloved California writer joins us to release the second volume of his collected short stories Collected Stories Vol II.ERIC PUCHNER: the critically acclaimed author of Music Through the Floor brings us his achingly tender and funny portrait of an unraveling family in Model Home.

You can attend the live performance, here’s how: West Coast Live


Fellow Barber Shop

Lit Crawl
Saturday, October 19th – 7pm
The Beards singing in a barber shop? Yep, and one of us might even get a trim. We will be performing at Fellow Barber Shop (F.S.C. Barber – 696 Valencia St, SF) as part of Litquake’s 2013 Lit Crawl, a three phase literary event, much like a pub crawl, that happens at venues all over the city. We plan to mix it up a bit and add splashes of Leonard Cohen’s poetry in with our set. We go on at about 7pm as part of phase two of Lit Crawl.Lit Crawl 2013, spread over more than three hours, will host live readings of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and more in bookstores, bars, art galleries, restaurants, stores, caf├ęs, a bowling alley, and community spaces.Join the Facebook Event Page for this performance.

This is a free show.

The Conspiracy Takes Manhattan Inn

Last spring 28 Beards flew to New York for a one weekend whirlwind tour, and it turned out to be a huge success and an inordinate amount of fun. This video, the latest in a series, captures a glimpse of the good times we had wandering the streets, singing on the subway, and taking the Manhattan Inn at midnight.

Check out the other videos that document our 2011/2012 season here: http://www.youtube.com/user/ConspiracyofBeards