Heartbeat Vol. 8 - Sept 2021

A Message From Our Executive Director


Despite the many fluctuations during these ever-changing times, we continue to be adaptable and flexible as we evolve our program. Your support is invaluable as we try new ways to keep our organization moving forward. We continue to deliver an expanded program of Zoom shows along with live music outdoors at various food bank locations as well as other institutional settings. We are also resuming indoor concerts for our isolated Bay Area audiences, as it is safe and possible to do so.

In keeping with recent office trends, we now have a hybrid schedule for our operations to give all staff ease and flexibility with sustainable in-person and remote hours. We wish you all well during these variable times. Keep music in your hearts, and the importance of serving others top of mind.

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boygenius (Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus), photo by Lera Pentelute.

Save the Date!

We are so excited to announce that our 2021 Fall Benefit Concert will be headlined by female indie-rock supergroup boygenius featuring the collaborative magic of Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus with opener, Allison Russell. The private event will be held on Friday, November 19 at the St. Joseph's Arts Society in San Francisco. Sponsorship tables are now available for this intimate concert that you don't want to miss. For more information, click here, or call Heidi James at (415) 945-7120. VIP tickets will go on sale soon. Seating is limited! Strict COVID-19 protocols will be in place.


Doug Nolan of Rock Steady Juggling at the North Bay Children's Center, August 2021. Photo by Marian Hubler.

Your support allows us to carry out our mission of bringing hope and healing through live music to isolated Bay Area audiences - audiences who need us now more than ever. Click the Donate button to make a gift today.


Featured Articles

For a list of 2021 Volunteer Awards, click here!
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 "Successful Reimagining" 2021 Program Overview

We know that music is essential. And we have discovered that presenting live music in different forms continues to bring hope and joy to those who are isolated and need it most. Syria Berry and Lisa Starbird at the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank in San Rafael, August 2021. Photo by Linda McVey.


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New Board & Staff

Bread & Roses recently welcomed three new dynamic and talented board members to our team: Shaina Kerrigan, John A. Amster and Burt Toler, Jr. A big hello to new staff members Development/Communications Associate Samantha Dueñas and Producer Phillip Percy Williams. Samantha Dueñas and Phillip Percy Williams, August 2021. Photo by Marian Hubler.  


Circle of Advisors/Community Partner Profile: Danny Scher

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Danny Scher has been a supporter of Bread & Roses Presents since 1977 when he worked as VP of Production with Bill Graham Presents (BGP) overseeing the logistics of our first Festival of Music at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley. Through the years, he has continued his involvement with our organization as a donor and key supporter of our annual fundraising events. Danny Scher greets a guest at the Bread & Roses Fall Benefit at Coventry Grove, 2008. Photo by Ken Friedman.


Bread & Roses Posters Available


We have posters! Head over to our merch page and get yours today. We are offering vintage (reproduced in 2016) Bread & Roses Music Festival posters from 1978 and 1980! Plus, we have a limited number of original Bread & Roses 25th Anniversary Posters signed by entertainers and performers like Robin Williams, Pete Seeger, Bonnie Raitt and more!

Visit our Merch Page


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Bread & Roses' next "Music & More" Zoom Book Club will be on Tues. Oct. 19, at 4 p.m. featuring Peter Coyote discussing his new poetry book "The Tongue of a Crow." Peter Coyote is a member of Bread & Roses Circle of Advisors, a long-time supporter and the narrator of our Bread & Roses video in 2017.


Get your copy here.


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BOD Profile: Alex Wellins

Board Member Alex Wellins, Co-founder and Managing Partner at The Blueshirt Group, was recently interviewed by Vice President of Development Heidi James. Alex has been an invaluable board member since 2017 and has contributed greatly to Bread & Roses Presents.




Playlist: The Women of Indie Eclectic Mix

Bread & Roses Producer and Musician Francesca Lee has created her latest playlist on Spotify, an eclectic indie mix of new voices of women in music. Check it out to hear rising stars like Phoebe Bridgers and boygenius in today’s contemporary female singer-songwriter genre.



Staff Profile: Diane Pickell-Gore 

Like an orchestra, Bread & Roses Presents has many talented players in its staff ensemble. Diane Pickell-Gore connects, informs, organizes and provides a positive momentum to help keep all running smoothly to create the amazing program at the intersection of music and social service that is Bread & Roses.


Marian's Did You Know

Bread & Roses Benefit Concerts (1974-2000)


When people hear the name “Bread & Roses,” they often associate it with the legendary Bread & Roses Festivals of Music that were held through the years from 1977 until 1991 at the Greek Theatre. Many people know that Bread & Roses produces concerts, but may not realize that the money raised from our benefit concerts supports our ongoing program of live music for isolated Bay Area audiences.

Our organization, founded by the late Mimi Fariña in 1974, is now in its 47th year thanks to all the amazing performers, benefit concert attendees and other supporters along the way.

Mimi Fariña, 1977. Photo by Richard McCaffree.


Facebook Fundraiser For A Mimi Print


Help us sustain our ongoing program with a special birthday fundraiser or general campaign on Facebook anytime this year. Raise $1,000 and we will send you a limited edition highly collectible print of our founder, the late Mimi Fariña signed by her sister, the artist and performer Joan Baez. Successful Facebook Fundraisers/ Performers Melanie Phippard and Neil O'Neill with their Mimi Prints, 2021. Photos by Marian Hubler.


Music Trivia Quiz

Answer all questions correctly by 9/15 to be entered into a drawing to win a signed “Social Cues” album by Cage The Elephant. Look for the answers and “fun facts” by Sept. 20 on our blog. Send your responses to:

  1. What pop artist played 27 instruments on their first debut album?
  2. When was the first known music written? 
  3. Who were the original Rat Pack? 
  4. Who originally wrote and recorded the song "Mr. Bojangles?"


House Concerts Benefit Our Ongoing Program

New friends of Bread & Roses had a chance to connect in person and enjoy some outstanding outdoor music during two recent backyard benefit concerts hosted in Marin by Tucky and John Pogue, and on the Peninsula by Ann and Matt McWright along with Board Member Alex Wellins.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. House Concert Host Tucky Pogue with Food Bank Volunteer Mattie Rice, 2021. Photo by Marian Hubler.



Performer Zach Lee's Essay: “The Human Mind in Music Therapy"

This inspiring reflection comes from Zach Lee, one of our youngest volunteer musicians and a recent new member of our Circle of Advisors. A student at Marin School of the Arts at Novato High School, Zach was the winner of our “Oh Say, Can You Sing?” contest in 2019 for the San Francisco Giants. He completed this essay for a school project. Enjoy! Zach Lee with dad, Kevin Lee (left) and Dave Perron (Right). Photo by Lisa Starbird.


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