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


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.

All the performers for this intimate evening of extraordinary live music play for Bread & Roses isolated audiences. Hot Buttered Rum is rooted in west coast bluegrass and performs what has been called California’s own acoustic music. Singer/songwriter and guitarist Jeffrey Halford opens and is “a talented wordsmith with the soul of a rugged roadhouse rocker.” Celebrated journalist and entertainer Ben Fong-Torres will emcee. He is a SF Chronicle columnist, Moonalice Radio DJ & former senior editor/writer at Rolling Stone Magazine.

Erik Yates of Hot Buttered Rum (HBR) says, “For years, Bread & Roses has provided HBR the opportunity to give back to the Bay Area with what we do best - performance. We've been honored to play in special needs schools, halfway homes and outreach facilities to weave our little patch of Americana into the fabric of other folks' day. We look forward to doing so for years to come.”

benmimiwebEmcee Ben Fong-Torres says, “It has been my pleasure to work with Bread & Roses since the 70s when Mimi Fariña and I co-hosted one of the first acoustic music festivals in Berkeley to raise funds for the organization. As a B&R performer, I see first-hand how welcome, valuable and important the work continues to be.”

jefferywebInternationally touring performer and opening act Jeffrey Halford has recently performed several institutional shows with his daughter Hannah Halford, a talented vocalist. He says “I wanted my kids and I to be a part of uplifting the human spirit through music. I see how Bread & Roses teaches them how meaningful it is to give back to others.”

Town Hall is a very special venue located at the Delancey Street Foundation in SF. Founded by Dr. Mimi Silbert, it is a model residential educational, recovery and rehabilitation program for those who need to turn their lives around. Bread & Ross has served Delancey St. for over 20 years and they are one of the organization’s most appreciative and enthusiastic audiences.


According to Bread & Roses Executive Director Dave Perron, “We go wherever people are isolated and can’t get out to hear live music on their own. The support of our community is vital to sustain our program and facilitate the many talented entertainers who perform for isolated folks almost every day of the year around the Bay Area.”

Bread & Roses is a nonprofit organization founded by the late singer-songwriter/guitarist Mimi Fariña in 1974. It is now in its 42nd year of bringing free, live music and other performing arts programs to isolated people in over 120 different Bay Area institutions including day care centers for low-income children, special needs schools for teens, homeless shelters and mental health facilities for adults, senior convalescent and veterans hospital audiences. For more info, visit

Post by Marian Hubler

Photo Captions:

1) Hot Buttered Rum band. Photo by Lech Naumovich.

2) Ben Fong-Torres with our founder, the late Mimi Fariña, circa 1979. Photo by Roger Ressmeyer.

3) Jeffrey Halford with daughter Hannah Halford at a recent Bread & Roses show at The Cedars of Marin. Photo by Marian Hubler.  

4) At a recent Bread & Roses concert at Town Hall earlier this year, the residents of Delancey Street gave Dirty Cello a standing ovation. Photo by Peter Merts.


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