The Bean has been the forum for many types of entertainment. It started at our first "Java Jive", or Open Mic, in 1990. Over the years, we have hosted many benefits and provided space for many different genres of artistic presentation. It seemed that this type of entertainment, which is all based in the Folk Tradition, just wanted to be here.
The entertainment has ranged from Celtic Folk to Cajun Zydeco, from story telling to poetry reading. Over the years we have tried many things to help create awareness for this type of entertainment, and continue to do so, including here on the World Wide Web.
When there is print and radio media to help support a venue, it can work - without it; it's a struggle. We have something in our favor; we're a restaurant primarily and a music venue second. We can support this type of entertainment, but we need your help as well. Please help to spread the word about this place. Help keep the Folk Tradition alive in Northeastern Connecticut and in New England.
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To get the latest entertainment and Vanilla Bean news, including artist descriptions, benefits, and cafe stuff, we now offer Bean Soup in a PDF. format to be viewed or printed at your leisure.