No one knows if Bean Summer's five-day music festival at Lenny's is "Beanstock" or "Beanstalk." It appears differently on every flier. "Spelling is a cheap trick used by the upper classes," Bean laughs from his downtown art studio. "I have dyslexia, so to me both are correct."
He's a slapdash, working-class artist who explores a universe of sound using electronic toys as instruments in the band Toy Party Attack. At any Lenny's show he can be seen navigating the room, PBR in hand. He stops for a quick greeting before moving on to business. Even at his 29th birthday party at the Drunken Unicorn last Monday, he made a brief appearance before heading back to Lenny's by 10 p.m.
Beanstock boasts performances from nearly 30 mostly local bands, and kicks off with an experimental music night at Eyedrum Tuesday, Nov. 6. The festival then moves to Lenny's and peaks with a performance the following night by reformed Chicago-based math-rock monster, Don Caballero.
The festival isn't a celebration of Bean, but of the community in which he is involved. "I set up the festival to celebrate a week in the life of booking," he says. "I wasn't able to have every great local band play because of booking politics and touring, but I was able to take one week and celebrate what has happened in my life for the past several years. This is about everyone who makes art, plays music and performs live in the city of Atlanta; it's a celebration of our life as artists."
Beanstock takes place at Eyedrum and Lenny's. Tues.-Sat., Nov. 6-10. For more information, including admission and schedule lineup, visit www.lennysbar.com.
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