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News and information from Bread & Roses, a non-profit organization that presents live music to bring hope, healing and joy to the community.

Gathering of Bread & Roses Renewed Circle of Advisors

The towering blossoms that reached for the sky were an apt metaphor for Bread & Roses Presents gathering of its newly revitalized Circle of Advisors on Wednesday July 19 in a beautiful garden at the Kentfield home of generous hosts Anne and Tony Campodonico. Advisory Circle Committee Co-chairs Stacy Nelson and Tucky Pogue organized the event for old and new friends and dedicated supporters to get together to celebrate our many successes and spark ideas on how to maintain our momentum. 

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Rockin' The Roses Spring Benefit Concert: An Exceptional Night of Music

Rockin’ the Roses Spring Benefit Concert on May 18, brought to us by Jeff & Laurie Ubben, was an exceptional night of music in a spectacular venue. From our earliest benefit concert in 1977 at the legendary Greek Theatre in Berkeley to our latest sold-out success at San Francisco’s grandly elegant Great American Music Hall, Bread & Roses Presents knows how to throw an incredible fundraiser in a special setting. 

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Bread & Roses Presents Awarded California Arts Council “Local Impact” Grant

State Funds Extend the Reach of the Arts to Local Underserved Populations

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The California Arts Council announced its plans to award $10,800 to Bread & Roses Presents as part of its Local Impact program. The Local Impact program fosters equity, access, and opportunity by providing project and partnership support for small arts organizations with operating budgets under $1 million. All projects extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations that have limited access to the arts. 

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Fearless Harmony by San Domenico Advanced Vocal Ensemble at Atria Tamalpais

An appreciative group of seniors at Atria Tamalpais Creek, a senior living facility in Novato, were treated recently to the musical magic of a largely a capella group of eleven talented teenage girls from San Domenico School in San Anselmo. The Advanced Vocal Ensemble (known as AVE and pronounced like Ave Maria) is from the middle school. The poise of these girls belies their age (12 and 13.) Several of them sang solos with the others backing them up, and one young lady sang an original song, accompanying herself on piano. 

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Musician James Nash inspires Bay Area teens to play music

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Bread & Roses Presents Volunteer Host Bob Rose had the following to say after a recent show at the Phillips Academy in Oakland with nationally touring musician James Nash, a co-founder of The Waybacks. "He was off the charts. He is hands-down, the best representative of Bread & Roses and our ideals that I have witnessed. Not only is he an amazingly talented guitarist and singer, he could not have been more patient, friendly or interactive... A computer science graduate from Stanford, James not only provided sensational music, he also came to the school with a powerful message of hope and courage, and clearly inspired many of the students to use music as a positive way to communicate and express their feelings. If ever there was a performer who should get a thank-you from us, it is James Nash!"

Nash, a renowned guitarist and teacher, started his program with an opening instrumental that he recently wrote. His remarkable string-bending and intricate performance immediately caught the attention of the isolated teens at this alternative school for diverse youth in the East Bay. 

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Sensational Irish Singer-songwriter Hozier to Headline Rockin’ The Roses Benefit: Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real with HoneyHoney on Triple All-Star Bill

HOZIERrockinrosesIn an intimate acoustic performance, sensational Irish musician Hozier will headline Bread & Roses Presents annual spring benefit concert on Thursday May 18 at the Great American Music Hall with rockin’ trio Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real rounding out the triple bill with Americana duo HoneyHoney. Master of Ceremonies Jonny Fritz will anchor the evening of support for Bread & Roses programs that bring hope and healing through live music for isolated Bay Area audiences. General Admission and VIP Tickets are still available for this very special evening of exceptional contemporary music, brought to you by Jeff & Laurie Ubben.  

The twenty-seven-year-old Irish musician Hozier is a multi-instrumentalist, Grammy nominated, award-winning multi-platinum singer-songwriter. His first two EP’s “Take Me To Church” and “From Eden” established him around the globe as an artist to be reckoned with for his spirited unfiltered storytelling and deftly woven signature sound.

Hozier's “Take Me To Church” video went viral in 2013 prompting his world-wide breakout success. His self-titled debut album, co-produced by Rob Kirwan (PJ Harvey and Depeche Mode), entered the Billboard Charts at #2 and is now double-platinum in the U.S.

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Innovative Partnership Between Bank of Marin, Fantasy Studios & Graham Nash Helps Support Our Program

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Bank of Marin sponsored a private event at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley on Tues. March 21 to benefit Bread & Roses Presents. This innovative partnership helps support our ongoing program of live music for isolated audiences in over 600 annual Bay Area shows. Rock icon Graham Nash with guitarist Shane Fontayne performed a retrospective of his amazing songs beginning with his days in The Hollies, through Crosby Stills Nash & Young and including a song from his recent CD This Path Tonight.” After the concert, he shared anecdotes from his recent memoir Wild Tales. Journalist and rock historian Paul Liberatore moderated a Q & A with Graham followed by an encore of Teach Your Children that he dedicated to Bread & Roses volunteer host Lynn Colombo

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Brotherhood for Bread & Roses: The Legendary Mighty O’Town Passions at Crossroads in Oakland

As the name implies, The Legendary Mighty O’Town Passions are a musical force to be reckoned with. More than a performing group, they are a musical ministry for good. They take their uplifting songs to the streets, to the stage and to the shelters – as they did for Bread & Roses Presents on February 16, 2017.

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Bread & Roses Presents: A Record-breaking Year in 2016

Over 600 shows presented to more than 30,000 isolated people

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Bread & Roses Presents gave a record-breaking 626 shows in 2016 to isolated people in Bay Area senior day care centers, convalescent hospitals, juvenile detention facilities and other institutional settings where residents have few opportunities to experience live entertainment by professional performers.

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The California Honeydrops Bring Joy to Audience at HealthRIGHT 360 Walden House

The classic Wilson Pickett song Don’t Let the Green Grass Fool You was an apt message from The California Honeydrops for the men at HealthRIGHT 360 Walden House who are working so hard to turn their lives around.

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With a lot of soul, Delta Blues, Bay Area R&B and a big dash of New Orleans style, The California Honeydrops came out of the recording studio to play a stellar show for Bread & Roses Presents at this drug and alcohol recovery program for men in San Francisco. The audience responded with great enthusiasm to the uplifting songs and incredible musicianship of this vibrant band, an inspiration with their amazing chops and rapport with the audience as well as each other. Much appreciation to their manager Heather Newman, a Bread & Roses volunteer, who facilitated this special concert.

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Volunteers Share Why Hosting Shows Makes A Difference

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Volunteer hosts are an essential part of sustaining our program throughout the year at Bread & Roses Presents. With the help of our hosts, we presented a record-breaking 626 shows in 2016, the most ever. Forty-one active volunteers hosted 350 of these shows last year, a whopping fifty-six percent. We are so grateful for our many volunteers, hosts as well as performers, who bring hope and healing through live music to 34,000 people in the Bay Area annually who are isolated and need uplifting.

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An Inspiring Night at “Thanks & Giving” Fall Benefit Concert at Delancey Street

There’s no question people have been pre-occupied for a long time by the presidential campaign and recent election. A big cheer to all those who came out to join us for our “Thanks & Giving” Fall benefit concert on Fri. Nov. 18 at Delancey Street Foundation in SF, an isolated audience served by Bread & Roses Presents since 1995.

There’s nothing quite like the magic of live music in a beautiful venue like Delancey Street’s Town Hall with its cathedral-like wooden-beamed ceiling and cozy ambiance with white lamps and tall candles. Rental income from various venues at their San Francisco facility, including Town Hall, helps support the friendly and professional Delancey Street servers and event staff who work hard while in their recovery program.

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Thanks & Giving: Bread & Roses Benefit Concert on Nov. 18 at Delancey Street in SF

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Corte Madera, CA -- November 4, 2016 -- A festive fall concert will benefit Bread & Roses Presents on Fri. Nov. 18 at the Delancey Street Foundation at 600 Embarcadero in San Francisco with Hot Buttered Rum, Jeffrey Halford and Ben Fong-Torres. Proceeds benefit Bread & Roses programs that bring hope and healing through live music in over 600 yearly concerts for isolated Bay Area audiences. Funds raised will support many annual holiday concerts for children, adults and seniors who need music most. The event includes a VIP Reception at 7 pm, General Admission at 8 pm, and the Concert at 8:30 pm. Cash bar available. All concert attendees will receive a special limited edition poster by Alexandra Fischer contributed by Moonalice Posters.  Get your tickets online here or call 415-945-7120.

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Performers Create Community for Bread & Roses Isolated Audiences

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Mickey Hart, best known as the drummer for the Grateful Dead and a member of our Circle of Advisors, talks about the rhythm of music that connects us all in a common heartbeat. At Bread & Roses Presents, we are fortunate to witness on a daily basis the transformative power of music and the performing arts to bring diverse audiences together in a communal experience. Wiley and Debbie Rankin of Jump for Joy Music, Ross Commons and Gail Muldrow are among the many performers who create community for Bread & Roses isolated audiences in a variety of ways.

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Collaboration With Salesforce & "Pass the Music" Bring Our Mission To Their Creative Team

At their impressive headquarters in downtown San Francisco, Bread & Roses Presents was invited to “pass the music” at Salesforce on September 22 to educate their creative team about our mission. J.D. Swartz from Salesforce shared that it was a welcome break from intensive planning for their Dreamforce conference held every year in early October.

He introduced Bread & Roses Executive Director Dave Perron who gave an update about our organization and noted that today’s performer Megan Slankard is one of over 1,000 volunteers who help bring music in over 600 annual concerts around the Bay Area to audiences of children, adults and seniors who are isolated.

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Congratulations to the 2016 Winners of the “Oh Say, Can You Sing” Contests

Bread & Roses Presents is thrilled by the participation in our second annual “Oh Say, Can You Sing” contests for both the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s. Congratulations to winners MUSAIC for the Giants and Cathryn Flores for the Oakland A’s. Second-place winners Susan Zelinsky and Felicia Foster each won five hours of recording time at Fantasy Studios. A number of our volunteers and new supporters participated in the contest and nearly $20,000 was raised. A special thanks to our friends at the San Francisco Giants, Oakland A’s, Nelson and Salesforce for sponsoring and promoting this year’s contest.

 

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Audience Interaction at Recent Programs Shows the Power of Connection

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Audience interaction is the best way to see the power of connection at every Bread & Roses show. Our volunteer hosts report on the impact that our program has on the audiences we serve. Here are excerpts from a few recent shows that beautifully illustrate the healing power that live music has for those who are isolated and need uplifting.

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Volunteer Celebration “The JAM” 2016 -- A Day of Joy, Appreciation & Music

Once a year we gather together our volunteer community to celebrate and recognize the many accomplishments of our tribe of dedicated performers, hosts and other supporters who help us produce over 600 annual concerts for isolated audiences throughout the Bay Area.

“The JAM” is always a special day, for it is the one time during the year that our volunteers have the chance to meet and play music with each other. Executive Director Dave Perron welcomed everyone and said “It’s all about the volunteers and how they support our community in an intimate way.”

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Rock the Bank – Raj Gopal & Friends Benefit Concert for Bread & Roses

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Board Member Raj Gopal put on a fun evening of rock & rollin’ with music, singing, fundraising and celebration for Bread & Roses Presents on June 29 in downtown San Francisco. Fellow board member Alex Wellins and Blueshirt Group provided the venue in the Next15 building. Many of Raj's colleagues from his office a few doors down at Bank of the West attended, including Dan Beck, the bank’s CFO, who as Raj noted “knows the saxophone as well as numbers and he’s not afraid to show it!”

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Backstage 365 Club Special Show: Delancey Street Foundation Welcomes Dirty Cello

Rebecca Roudman and Jason Eckl of Dirty Cello have been volunteering since 2015 and are already dedicated Bread & Roses Presents performers. Novato-based and internationally renowned, Dirty Cello is known for their energetic mix of bluegrass, blues and classic rock. They have played with artists such as Santana, Joan Baez and Deltron 3030, and they performed their first show in June at The Delancey Street Foundation in San Francisco.

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Delancey Street is a beloved audience served by Bread & Roses since 1996. An innovative residential self-help center since 1971, they teach substance abusers, ex-convicts, homeless people and others who have hit bottom how to turn their lives around through social entrepreneurship, education and rehabilitation. The residents are a famously enthusiastic audience. Rebecca mentioned before the show that she got a round of applause when she first walked in to the Town Hall to set up. A larger Bread & Roses audience than she has previously played for, she said she was looking forward to it and “we have a high energy show planned!”

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