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Bread & Roses licensed the rights to the Bread & Roses song for the film called "Pride" now being shown in Bay Area theatres. The movie features a stirring version of the Bread & Roses song with lyrics by James Oppenheim and music by our founder, the late Mimi Fariña. Based on an inspirational true story, the film follows a group of gay activists in London: "Lesbians & Gays Support the Miners" who rally to support the rights of Welsh coal miners who went on strike in 1983 for better working conditions.  

In the film, Bread & Roses is sung first by talented Welsh vocalist Bronwen Lewis, who is joined in a moving rendition by the entire ensemble of miners and activists in the miners’ community hall. This scene alone demonstrates the timeless nature of the sentiment of the song for which our organization was named.

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“The harmonica is in so many ways just like the human voice,” said Mark Hummel from the stage at the historic Lark Theater to over two hundred enthusiastic Bread & Roses supporters and harmonica playing fans. “I’ve been involved with the instrument for so long. It was really fun to see all the folks I've known and worked with up on the big screen.”

This special one-time benefit event was a collaboration between Bread & Roses and the Lark Theater featuring a screening of the definitive film “Pocket Full of Soul: The Harmonica Documentary” followed by a lively concert with harmonica ace Mark Hummel & Friends. 

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San Francisco is known throughout the world as a place where lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) people can live openly. It has become a mecca for those with alternative lifestyles to find an accepting home. This population often becomes isolated as the next, younger generation of people move into the city.

Openhouse is a San Francisco-based non-profit organization that provides housing, direct services and community programs for LGBT seniors living in the Bay Area. They have regular gatherings of the community where these seniors and their caregivers can socialize, network and support each other.

David-Facer-ParadoxBread & Roses has been providing Openhouse with free, live entertainment since 2011. Various facilities allow the group to come together for meals and a fun afternoon. This partnership has allowed hundreds of LGBT seniors to enjoy performers like Phillip Percy Williams, Paradox MagicLinwood Project Community Chorus, The Mad Maggies, Garden Party, Magic Jeanne and more. 

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We are pleased to announce that Bread & Roses Executive Director Cassandra Flipper will be honored as Folk Alliance's FAR West "Best of the West" Ambassador, along with legendary vocalist Barbara Dane, at a special awards luncheon at the Marriott Oakland City Center on Sat. October 18, 2014 as part of their western regional conference .  The 11th Annual FAR-West Music Conference will take place Oct. 16-19, 2014 in Oakland, CA and includes performer showcases, panels & workshops, the awards luncheon, a networking center exhibit hall, master classes as well as jamming and song circles.

About her upcoming award, Cassandra recently shared  "I am deeply honored to receive this year's FAR West Ambassador Award from the Folk Alliance.  Bread & Roses is fortunate to have so many acoustic-based musicians who volunteer every day throughout the year for people who are isolated in the greater Bay Area – performing their original songs as well as folk favorites.  For the past fourteen years, it has been a great joy to lead this humble organization that creates space for all of our performers to give their best gifts to those who need live music most."

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b2ap3_thumbnail_UncleGerry_web.jpgOn Friday August 15 and Sunday August 17, Music Together in Marin will host two special concerts for families with children (up to age 8) with recording artist "Uncle Gerry" aka Gerry Dignan.

Music Together of Marin staff Beth Crespan will host the 4pm concert on Friday August 15 at the San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street in San Rafael. Sing-Dance-Play staff Elina Coulter will host the concert on Sunday, August 17 at the Homestead Valley Community Center, 315 Monford Avenue in Mill Valley. Tickets are available on a sliding scale of $5-10 per person or $20 per family. The concert is open to the public and proceeds will benefit Bread & Roses. For more info, visit: marinmusictogether.com.

Approximately one-third of Bread & Roses 600 annual programs are for children and youth in a variety of institutional settings throughout the Bay Area including day-care centers for low-income children, special needs schools and juvenile detention facilities.

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We are happy to announce that three new members are joining the Bread & Roses board of directors: Greg Beattie of Veritas Corporate Law; Catherine Less of Baker Street Advisors; and Stacy Nelson of Stacy Nelson & Associates LLC. We are thrilled to have such talented individuals join us.

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For almost twenty years, Greg Beattie of Lafayette, CA, along with his wife the talented vocalist Victoria Blythe, has been a volunteer performer with his band Calaveras. Their moving song Ready to Fly was inspired by a story they heard while playing for a senior convalescent audience for Bread & Roses. In addition to being a talented songwriter and musician, Greg has a law degree from Harvard and a B.A. from Stanford. He is the co-founder of his own boutique law firm, Veritas Corporate Law in Berkeley and San Francisco, CA.

Catherine Less of San Rafael, CA has been a committed Bread & Roses supporter and major donor since 1988 who has attended many benefits through the years. She has performed for Bread & Roses institutional audiences with the Lighthouse Singers and has a B.A. in Music from U.C. Berkeley. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), who currently works as Vice President of Baker Street Advisors, a comprehensive investment firm in San Francisco, CA.

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We all know someone who is a veteran – a family member, a friend, a relative of a colleague, a son or daughter of a neighbor. So many sacrifices have been made for our freedom.

As I drove down to Menlo Park on Memorial Day, I could not think of a more appropriate place to be than the Veterans Hospital. I thought about my grandfather Colonel Robert L. Hubler who served in the trenches of WWI and my Uncle Paul Carey who was a disabled Korean War veteran.

It was a beautiful outdoor setting at the brand new Welcome Center at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. We had older veterans from the convalescent hospital at their Community Living Center along with veterans from their Homeless Veterans Rehabilitation Program, a Western Blind Rehabilitation Center, and First Steps of Recovery, a substance abuse treatment program. Some veterans had family members and/or caregivers in attendance as well. 

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We are making a special effort to bring more interactive programs to audiences across the board, especially to children and youth. Many talented performers excel at putting music and stories together in an interactive way with magic, movement, puppets, juggling and other performance art. 

Thanks to storyteller Kirk Waller; children's musicians Beth CrespanMadeleine KingGary LapowSpike SikesMiss KittyJoni de Gabriele; magicians Dan RaspyniDavid Facer, Frank Olivier; and so many others who are contributing to this effort. 

Recent efforts include a wonderful clown workshop with much audience participation by Circus of Smiles at 24-Hour Childcare in Oakland

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 Bread & Roses hosted a sold-out and spectacularly successful 40th Anniversary fundraising event on Saturday March 1, 2014 at the Marin Center and Showcase Theatre.Transformed with twinkling lights and a stunning red and black décor, The Exhibit Hall was a fitting venue for the 280 guests who came to celebrate our legacy of four decades of live music for our neighbors in need who are isolated in the Bay Area.

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Bread & Roses is often asked by the facilities we serve for special programs to help celebrate the landmark events of each season. In February of this year, Noah Griffin and Phillip Percy Williams (with Si Perkoff on piano) presented outstanding programs on behalf of Bread & Roses for Black History Month at the Orin Allen Youth Rehabilitation Facility in Byron, CA and at The Tamalpais in Greenbrae.

Noah_GriffinNoah Griffin, a vocalist and recent founder of The Cole Porter Society, is also a historian who has a wealth of knowledge about black people who are important to history in the United States. On February 15, 2014, he captivated his audience of a hundred teen-age boys by starting out with stories about some of the well-known and inspirational athletes like Jackie Robinson in baseball and Arthur Ashe in tennis. 

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We are continually reminded of all the performers who have done shows for Bread & Roses through the decades, especially those who are no longer with us.

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Like piano and bass player the late John Chase Lewis who did hundreds of Bread & Roses shows for seniors and cheerfully accompanied many different vocalists through the years. John loved the joy of collaboration with other artists as well and played with many musicians for Bread & Roses including vocalists Joan Getz, Daria and Kat Fitzgerald, violinist Yehudit, jazz pianist Si Perkoff and the late Dr. Bill Pemberton and James Jenkins.

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Bread & Roses 40th Anniversary Benefit Celebration & Concert will be held on Saturday March 1st at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall and intimate Showcase Theatre in San Rafael at 5:30 pm.  This annual fundraising event, an important part of sustaining our program into the future,  will feature a once-in-a-lifetime concert with "Explorer of the Musical Universe" Bobby McFerrin backed by members of The Yellowjackets and the imaginative a cappella ensemble SoVoSó.

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sofiHow do we keep it real, fresh and upbeat? Through the generosity of a new wave of emerging artists who are joining the hundreds of volunteers who are the backbone of our program and who have been a huge boost for our youth audiences in particular.

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bobby_mcI think we listen to music because we want to be changed. Music is not solely for our entertainment. Music has such tremendous power to bring joy. To me, that’s our job as artists. Not happiness, not a groove, whatever. You must bring joy. I think that’s the assignment. I have no doubt about it.”Bobby McFerrin

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Pete Seeger, beloved singer, songwriter and activist, was an inspiration in the way he performed folk music to support the causes in which he deeply believed. A true friend to Bread & Roses, he performed with his grandson Tao Rodriguez-Seeger at Bread & Roses 25th Anniversary Benefit with Mimi Fariña at the SF Opera House in 2000.

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Kudos to Bread & Roses Board Chair Jim Kennedy and Volunteer Performer Mark Hummel for being this year's Bread & Roses nominees for the 21st Annual Heart of Marin Awards.

Jim was nominated by Executive Director Cassandra Flipper for Excellence in Board Leadership and Mark was nominated by Program Director Carolyn Gauthier for Volunteer of the Year.

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Bread & Roses is fortunate that Michael Pritchard is not only our Ambassador-At-Large but has been an ambassador of hope for many of our institutional audiences through the years. A gifted motivational speaker, Michael brings all of his life experiences to every program in a way that is immediate, compelling, humorous and life-affirming for those who most need to hear his message of the importance of having self esteem and caring about others.

Following a recent program for teens at Mt. McKinley School at Contra Costa Juvenile Hall in Martinez, teacher Ray Booker told Michael "It really makes a difference when you visit. You colorfully put into words and sounds many of the random and not-so-random thoughts they get but haven't found a way to express yet."

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Pianist/song-writer and sound-sculptor extraordinaire Marco Benevento and special guests Reed Mathis and Cochrance McMillan from Tea Leaf Green performed an outstanding concert to benefit Bread & Roses on Sunday December 1 at The Chapel, a stylish new music and restaurant venue on Valencia Street in San Francisco's Mission District.

The concert was a unique opportunity to hear Marco play -- in collaboration with Reed and Cochrane -- an inspired set of exuberant music with soaring instrumental melodies. A true highlight of the evening came when Marco invited any member of the audience to join him onstage in exchange for donating a dollar or two to Bread & Roses and piano teacher Holly Bowling responded.  A fan of Marco's for a long time, she came to the concert on her own and played Heart and Soul with him when she first sat down at the piano. The audience went wild when she then began to play with finesse a duet with him on his original song Atari. Click here to read the article "One Fan's Experience Sitting in with Marco Benevento" to hear what it was like first-hand. 

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Bread & Roses hosted a fun Blues Brunch at the Hard Rock Cafe (SF) on Sunday October 27th with Everybody Is A Star. All who were there enjoyed a delicious breakfast buffet and soul-satisfying, live music. With world-class harmonica player Mark Hummel's Blues Blowout, special guests Nick Gravenites and Ron Thompson thrilled all with their spirited blues playing.  Performances were also given by  Loren Moale, Eva Sapper and Jeannette Denny from Everybody is a Star.
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Thanks so much to Bob Boemer at the Hard Rock Cafe on Pier 39 for donating the use of his stylish venue dedicated to the celebration of Rock & Roll to support two extraordinary organizations that share a belief in the power of music to transform lives and lift the human spirit.

We also appreciated the support of Howard Sapper and his volunteers who helped organize a raffle. Hats off to former board member Mary Doan who helped Bread & Roses kickoff the concept of this special collaboration.

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Rita_DancingOn Saturday Oct. 12, an outstanding cabaret concert was given by Rita Moreno at Coventry Grove in Kensington, CA , to benefit Bread & Roses.  Stephan Stubbins with Leah Sprecher and Robert Petrarca from "Broadway Under the Stars" opened giving all a sense of the wonderful music they present each summer at Jack London State Park.

Generous host Danny Scher opened his home and lovely amphitheatre amidst the redwood trees for our afternoon event to support our ongoing program of live music in 600 annual concerts for isolated people around the Bay.  On the board of the Bill Graham Foundation, Danny has been a supporter since Bread & Roses early days when he helped with production for our benefit concerts at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley.

Rita Moreno's intimate cabaret-style show (with trio Russell Kassoff on piano, David Rokeach on drums and Andrew Higgins on bass) transported all in feeling to the coziest club on Broadway.    It was thrilling to hear Ms. Moreno unearth such gems as An Errand Girl for Rhythm, Smoky Joe's and Send Me. She performed songs like Honeysuckle Rose about different women's lives.  She told funny stories mixing in real experiences from her life as she introduced each piece.  Her scat singing was a revelation on songs like Brasil. She even sang an early holiday song from her first home in Puerto Rico.

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We loved playing Openhouse! The audience was great. Everyone was fun-loving and welcoming. Thanks t...
Mags of the Mad Maggies
What a fun evening. The film was informative and entertaining, and Mark Hummel along with his band f...
Carolyn Gauthier
It was a fantastic show. I am honored to be working with such talented women. thank you!
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Kelsey was wonderful to work with. Those Oberlin students are very special.
Carolyn Gauthier
I am extremely proud to say that I have been a volunteer performer for Bread and Roes for over 10 ye...
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