Beet The System blends a rockin’ tapestry of cross pollinating original ear worms with a generous helping of world beat, groove, bluegrass and punk-ish fertilizer. This hungry quintet feeds on its diverse musical roots to cook up a boundary-defying, hip shaking stew seasoned with tasty, nutrient-rich metaphors for a flavor befitting a rapidly changing world. In other words, culinary rebel rock.



  • Raw Beets will be playing at the Danville Street Festival next Friday, 11/29. We’ll get going around 6pm and wrap up around 8-8.30ish. Pretty casual affair, come by, hang out and take in the late autumn vibe in the old historic district. Rumor has it......

  • Raw Beets will be at the Monkey House in Berkeley this Sunday 11/24. Doors will open at 4pm with our good friends The Overextended kicking things off at 4:30pm, followed by Raw Beets at 6pm. The Monkey House is an intimate venue with great acoustics. There is no bar or food service......

  • What an amazing time we had at Amstock West! Thanks to everyone who made it out, all the musicians who contributed their great talent, Tanoa & Justin from A-Town for hooking us up with great sound, and of course Darrell, Rob and all the great......


Beet The System

Raw Beets [Beet the System Acoustic]

RAW BEETS, the acoustic offshoot of Beet The System, distills the band’s boundary-defying, hip shaking stew of diversified musical roots to its essential ingredients: tasty melodies with nutrient-rich lyrics for a flavor befitting a rapidly changing world. Featuring Baba Ndjhoni on ukulele, mando & vocals, Tim Kelly on upright bass, and Sven Eberlein on guitar and vocals, plus special guests.

The Story

Beet the System is an uplifting and organic-fresh yet well-seasoned ensemble that has grown out of the compost fermented by one of San Francisco’s beloved aughts bands, Chemystry Set. Its genesis was inspired by Vermont artist Ben Levitt, aka breakfast, whose Beet the System art inspired  long-time tubersmiths Baba Ndjhoni (mandolin) and Sven Eberlein’s (guitar) second musical seeding.

Along with new shoots Dan Bonnin (drums), Tim Kelly (bass) and Obadiah Butterworth (guitar), the original plantings were nurtured to maturity into a rockin’ tapestry of cross pollinating original ear worms with a healthy dousing of world beat, groove, grass and punk-ish fertilizer.

Wandering yonder, down the untilled path, Beet the System is digging beneath the surface to unearth the real dirt on boundary-defying, hip shaking and message-driven musical roots. Lettuce turnip the beet at a thriving pasture near you!

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