Save the Date: Spring Benefit May 26th at Terrapin Crossroads!

Spring News 2016, Key Notes Issue #789
Blasting Off Into 2016: Momentum Builds in Our 42nd Year
 
"As a former board member for Bread & Roses some thirty years ago, I take heart in seeing that the hope and healing we bring through live music is needed now as much as ever. It is an honor to continue to bring our founder Mimi Fariņa's enduring legacy to isolated audiences throughout the Bay Area," says Executive Director Dave Perron (pictured here with Ronnie Lott, emcee at the Keb' Mo' benefit at the Sweetwater last year.)

Last year was a pivotal time for Bread & Roses Presents -- a year of transition as we move into our fifth decade. We had a banner year for our program in 2015 as we produced 617 shows, our most since our founding in 1974. We brought joy and uplifting music to over 34,000 audience members in 120 facilities in eight counties throughout the Bay Area. We also had 388 shows hosed by volunteers, over ten percent more than the previous year.
 
Making A Difference: New Corporate and Community Partners

We are heartened to be cultivating new relationships beginning last year with many corporate and community partners such as Bank of MarinBlue Shirt GroupFantasy StudiosNelson & Associates, Robertson StephensOakland A'sSan Francisco GiantsSalesforce and Wareham Property Development. We are excited to embark on new collaborations with our partners including the possibility of presenting workshops through the Institute for STEM Education in the East Bay. (Read more)
Save the Date - Thursday May 26:  "Bringin' It Home" Spring Benefit with  Fantastic Negrito & The Lady Crooners at Terrapin Crossroads

Mark Your Calendars for May 26 for our very special upcoming annual spring benefit concert with Fantastic Negrito and The Lady Crooners at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael. These generous performers are volunteers who have recently played outstanding concerts for our institutional audiences.

A musically inventive performer and truth-teller from Oakland, CA, Fantastic Negrito is making a splash on the national music scene with his unique and compelling blend of old school soul, gospel and rock. His personal story as an African-American man on the streets of Oakland gives an edgy and dynamic life to his music. Influenced by diverse artists from Leadbelly to Led Zeppelin, Negrito translates his "black roots music for everyone" into his own unique sound by looping and sampling his band's live instruments - slide guitar, electronic keyboard, bass and drums. He and his band played at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival last year and have been featured at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. He has a new album coming out and is about to go on a 21-city European tour. He won NPR's "Tiny Desk Concert Contest" for the song "Lost in a Crowd" from over 7,000 entries and is not to be missed!  
 
The Lady Crooners are a six-piece folk/pop 'almost country' band from San Francisco, CA featuring siblings Nadia, Joseph, and Megan Krilanovich with lead guitarist Kevin Conness, bassist Jason Braatz and John Smart on percussion/mandolin. Their song "Sweetheart" from their latest release The Surface says it all about their signature raucous, sophisticated, down-home act. Here's to the power of sibling harmonies!
 
For information about sponsorships for this unforgettable night of music, contact eburke@breadandroses.org. More updates are coming soon!
The Shows: Our Reason For Being

Every day of the year isolated audiences in the Bay Area enjoy the superb, live entertainment that our volunteer performers provide. Our small, dedicated staff expertly matches performers with the right audiences and brings in new artists to enhance our roster. The facilities we serve have only praise for the shows we bring.

As the needs of the community grow, we continue to explore new audiences who thrive on the joy and connection we bring. Recently we added several new facilities to stretch our demographic reach: the Boys & Girls Club of Oakland, Homeless Prenatal Program in San Francisco, St. Vincent's Dining Room in San Rafael and the Hanna Boys Center in Glen Ellen. From time to time we help our facility partners with music for special events such as the "National Salute to Our Veterans" day at the San Francisco Veterans Hospital and the annual "Day of Peace" at San Quentin. (Read more)
Congratulations Michael Pritchard on Lifetime Achievement Award
 
"Two men stared out from prison bars. One saw mud, but the other saw stars." - Michael Pritchard
 
Congratulations to Michael Pritchard for receiving a well deserved 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Sun. We are so honored that he is our ambassador-at-large and a volunteer for our organization since the early days. Michael also received national recognition in the Huffington Post for his recent interview with humorist Mark C. Miller.  

Michael has been a volunteer for our organization since 1978 when he first did a program at the Delancey St. Foundation in San Francisco. He is always willing to help in varied capacities, whether giving motivational programs for at-risk youth, or emceeing benefit events or attending meetings to help cultivate new supporters. His great faith, comedic genius and commitment to presenting a positive role model for youth represent an important example of our work at Bread & Roses Presents. (Read more)
New Volunteers from the Hellman Family Play for Bread & Roses

"Let there be songs to fill the air..." - From Ripple (American Beauty, The Grateful Dead)

On Wednesday March 9, the delightful band "Marco & The Polos," comprised of the late Warren Hellman's four children -- son Mick and his sisters Frances
Judith and Tricia Hellman Gibbs - played their first Bread & Roses concert for an audience of appreciative seniors at The Tamalpais in Greenbrae. All four sang, alternating leads and harmonies, with Mick on drums and Tricia playing both guitar and banjo.

They first organized to perform at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, founded by their father, in October 2014 and have been playing ever since. A seven-piece band, their repertoire features traditional and contemporary acoustic music on a variety of instruments. Joined by Austin de Lone on keyboard, Stevie Coyle on acoustic guitar and Joshua Zucker on bass, they played an hour of upbeat mostly familiar songs in an Americana vein. (Read more)
Performer Collaborations Support Bread & Roses: Steve Meckfessel Leads the Way with Freight & Salvage Benefit Sunday March 13
 
Singer-songwriter/guitarist and urban folk artist Steve Meckfessel shared a double bill with modern day troubadour Beth Wood at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse on Sunday March 13 at 7 pm. In round robin style, he played a selection of his well-crafted and wise original songs from his second album Under Beautiful Skies. Multi-instrumentalist and soulful songstress Beth Wood also shared some of her most recent songs from her latest album Sometimes Love
 
The concert was a benefit for Bread & Roses as well as three other local music nonprofits. Fifty-two attendees placed their tickets in a jar, resulting in an upcoming gift of  $5200 to our organization from several anonymous donors. (Read more)
Share the Gift of Healing Live Music Today

Performers are needed for over 600 annual shows for diverse audiences of youth, adults and seniors in eight counties around the Bay Area. Musicians and performing artists are especially wanted for programs for children and teens in a variety of settings. Volunteer hosts are also needed on an ongoing basis to help emcee the shows. We look forward to hearing from you and appreciate your referrals. 
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