Photos by Kaitlin Layher
Words by Spenser Russell-Snyder
In this week 20 years ago, the first Amoeba Music opened on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, CA! I'm sure none of you need a history lesson, but just in case you do, head over to our "History" page and educate yourself on all that is Amoeba Music! On Sunday, November 14th, Amoeba Berkeley had a birthday blowout celebration featuring in-store performances, DJs, prizes, cookies, and a 20% off used item sale! Here are some pictures from throughout the day:
Kicking off the day at noon was Amoeba Berkeley floorperson Kyle, who spun old time rock 'n' roll, garage, blues, and soul records.
The Berkeley store's Grace had people spinning the prize wheel all day! Also at the prize table, we held an hourly raffle, with all proceeds going to The Berkeley Free Clinic. Prizes from the raffles included "Lunchbox" amp from ZT Amplifiers, a year's worth of Peets Coffee, a $100 Amoeba gift certificate, plus other rad items!
Lori sports the limited edition 20th Anniversary T-shirt while Spenser sets up the sound booth.
After Kyle finished up his DJ Set, the TransBay Boroque-Folk band Foxtails Brigade played a set in the middle of the store and then headed out in front of the store to busk around for the sunny afternoon.
Adam "Doseone" Drucker, of countless Anticon Records projects and a former Amoeba Berkeley employee, came back into the store and spun a great set of electronica and hip-hop records.
Following Adam was Pam The Funkstress of The Coup. Pam was holding it down all afternoon by bringing the party jams better than KISS 98.1's Old-School Lunch Hour!
Pam and Doseone chitchatting at the DJ booth.
Long time Amoeba Berkeley customer Lyrics Born came in to do an instore performance in support of his new record, As U Were. He also shot a What's In My Bag, so look for that online in the future!
Rounding out the night was Oakland Fader and former Amoeba employee DJ Platurn, who spun exclusively 45s for his 2 hour set, beat matching and scratching throughout the night.
There were so many folks in and out of the store -- it was truly a successful day!
Happy 20th Amoeba!