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  • Writer's pictureMarian Hubler

Backyard House Concerts Help New Supporters Connect to Bread & Roses

Music is in the air and hope is on the horizon!

Many new friends of Bread & Roses had a chance to connect in person and enjoy some outstanding outdoor music in a spectacular Marin setting during a recent “Night Under the Stars” at the home of generous hosts Tucky and John Pogue. Carlos Reyes, an extraordinary player of electric harp and violin, along with jazz and soul singer-keyboardist Janice Maxie Reid, shared their buoyant sounds with mostly new supporters who drew chairs close in to take in the ambiance. While dancing to Marvin Gaye’s What’s Goin’ On and listening to John Lennon’s Imagine, all were transported to a place of joyous connection. Deep gratitude to everyone who continues to support our program of live music for youth, adults and seniors who are isolated in Bay Area institutional settings. As things begin to open up again, we are deeply grateful to all the generous contributors who are sustaining our expanded program of outdoor concerts, Zoom shows and indoor music again as it is possible.

Another recent "Night on the Lawn" benefit house concert in the South Bay was also a much-appreciated way to raise funds for our ongoing mission of live music for isolated audiences. An early evening in a beautiful garden on the Peninsula was the perfect setting for family and friends to enjoy the thoughtfully curated and masterfully played songs of Lebo (guitar/vocals) and Jason Crosby (keyboard/violin/vocals). Thanks to our co-hosts Circle of Advisors Member Matt McWright and Board Member Alex Wellins for setting the stage for their guests to enjoy live music outside to benefit Bread & Roses. Alex's son, Max Wellins, came in from Colorado to sit in on saxophone adding a transcendent note to the closing medley of Grateful Dead tunes.

One of the music-loving supporters in the audience that night sent the following: "Wow! What an amazing evening! Thank you so much for including us! That venue was beyond gorgeous, and the music (by Lebo and Jason Crosby) was the perfect soundtrack to our collective re-emergence from this pandemic. It was a well-curated set that was hopeful, thought-provoking, and, especially at the end, playful and fun. And all songs so well played by those masterful musicians, including the talented Max Wellins."

Photos by Marian Hubler, Samantha Dueñas, and Alex Wellins


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