Alternating Currents 
The Albany Bulb Event Series


Alternating Currents – The Albany Bulb Event Series was conceived and designed in spring 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting severe limiting of safe performance venues for Bay Area artists and audiences.

Our next event, "HEAR | TOGETHER," is  a collaboration with Music Bay Area, Contemporaneous, Crowden and the Ross McKee Foundation  on Sunday Monday, May 9 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will take  place offsite at the Crowden School in Berkeley. 


Alternating Currents celebrates both the rich and diverse creativity of Bay Area artists and musicians working in all media and genres  and the extraordinary beauty and uniqueness of the Albany Bulb. Alternating Currents is directed by Debra Pughe and Jon Winet, and is a project of the community-arts organization Love the Bulb.

Alternating Currents'  most recent event was "Remnants & Rudiments," on Saturday, April 3. The performance featured poet Maw Shein Win and musicians Dan Plonsey  and Thomas Scandura.  

The poetry was written during the pandemic reflecting on the fractured nature of thoughts and random revelations during lockdown. The music is a mixture of composition and improvisation based on the 13 Essential Drum Rudiments.

In 2020 we presented two events  -
“Spinet Farewell”featuring Sarah Cahill - and “11 11 Caution 20 20 Veterans Day,”  an Intermedia project by musician Dan Plonsey & artist Randy Hussong


All Alternating Currents shows are free. Due to Covid-19 restrictions and a commitment to ensuring the health and safety of performers and audience members,  events are often ticketed and restricted to 50 people or pods.


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Photo by James Gage

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It can get chilly and/or hot out at the bulb. Bring layers & sunscreen
AND Wear comfortable shoes!

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All events are free although some require registration. Donations are welcome.



Free parking is available on site

however space is limited.

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HELP make it happen! Your donations in any amount to the series will support honoraria to artists and production and administration costs.

The button below links to the Contemporaneous website.. They are handling donations to the May 9 special all-day concert event at Crowden

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