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News and information from Bread & Roses, a non-profit organization that presents live music to bring hope, healing and joy to the community.

Communications Manager/Producer: From Dayton, Ohio, Marian believes in the power of positive culture to effect meaningful change. She has worked as a ranger for the National Park Service and in public relations, cultural programming and special events management. A singer and writer, she appreciates the culturally creative Bay Area. She met the late Mimi Fariña on Alcatraz in 1995 and came to Bread & Roses Presents shortly afterwards where she has worked as a concert producer and part-time blogger ever since. She has a BA in English from Trinity University, Washington D.C. In her spare time, she looks for swans.

Keb’ Mo’ To Perform at Sweetwater Benefit Nov. 2: Roger McNamee Opens

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Bread & Roses Presents will host a special benefit concert with master contemporary blues artist Keb’ Mo’ at the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley on Monday, November 2 at 8 pm. Roger McNamee will open. NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott will emcee the show. VIP tickets are $145. They include admission at 6 pm, a meet-and-greet and photos with Keb’ Mo,’ complimentary hors d'oeuvres & wine. General admission tickets are $75 for this all ages show with doors at 7:45pm. Space permitting, tickets will be sold on-site. Advance ticket purchase is recommended at www.breadandroses.org.

“We are thrilled to have Keb’ Mo’ back to play a benefit for Bread & Roses Presents following his recent success performing in “A Celebration of American Creativity” at the White House.  We are grateful to have him help us bring the gift of music to those in the Bay Area who need it most,” said Bread & Roses Executive Director Dave Perron.

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Steve Earle Thrills New Supporters at Bread & Roses Benefit at Fantasy Studios

 
Steve Earle captivated his audience of new Bread & Roses supporters in a special intimate concert at the legendary Fantasy Studios in Berkeley on Thursday, October 1. New friends came to learn more about our work and enjoy the special ambiance of a unique concert in Studio D thanks to our hosts at Wareham Development who sponsored this benefit on our behalf.

His heartfelt testimonial about the impact of our mission set the tone for a stirring evening of his authentic music. “Bread & Roses does important work that deserves to be supported,” he said. “Music has the capacity to change the world.”

A beloved, internationally known rock, country and folk singer-songwriter/guitarist, Nashville-based Steve Earle is also a bandleader, record producer, author and actor. A three-time Grammy award-winner, he has released 16 studio albums. A musician's songwriter, his songs have been recorded by many diverse artists from Johnny Cash to Emmylou Harris. He is the subject of two biographies, “Steve Earle: Fearless Heart, Outlaw Poet” by David McGee and Hardcore Troubadour: The Life and Near Death of Steve Earle by Lauren St. John.

In 2008, he produced Joan Baez's 50th anniversary release Day After Tomorrow for which he contributed a number of timely songs. He is an often rebellious, ever iconic Americana artist and activist, always nimble and eloquent as he responds in his songwriting to the most topical issues of the day.

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Performers at Dreamforce Bring High Visibility to Bread & Roses Presents

Bread & Roses Presents was thrilled to have a presence at Dreamforce 2015, the annual technology conference sponsored by Salesforce and attended by 150,000 people from all over the world. We presented music on the main stage in DreamPark at Moscone Center in San Francisco on Tues. Sept. 15 from 10am to 2pm featuring Bread & Roses performers Garrin Benfield, Matt Jaffe & The Distractions, Hot Buttered Rum and Mark Hummel & His Blues Survivors. Teja Gerken also played guitar for the wellness center.

With a warm sun and blue sky overhead, conference attendees in-between sessions appreciated the chance to hear some really great local music, the same music enjoyed by Bread & Roses isolated Bay Area audiences throughout the year.

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Volunteer Hosts Needed: Bob Rose Reports From the Field

Volunteers host over fifty percent of our daily institutional shows for Bread & Roses Presents. They expand our outreach throughout the Bay Area every month. We simply couldn’t do 600 shows a year without our host program. More volunteer hosts are always needed, particularly for isolated audiences at some of our outlying locations including the East Bay, on the Peninsula and in San Francisco.

Hosts are part of the mainstay of our program, acting as our ambassadors in the field and interacting with the performers, institutional staff and audiences. They setup sound as needed, take care of logistics ahead of time and make sure the staff has the audience in place by the time of each show. They emcee the shows, report on the benefits our audiences receive and track the statistics we need for fundraising.

We have a training program for all new volunteer hosts and an online application on our website. Referrals from our community continue to be an important source of new volunteers. We appreciate your help!

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Volunteers Celebrated in Style at 2015 JAM

Bread & Roses Presents 2015 volunteer appreciation and recognition celebration, also known as “The JAM,” was held in great style on Sunday July 26, 2015 at the beautiful home of Toby and John Nady in Piedmont. We have a long history of celebrating our volunteers at an annual event in a very special venue. It is our way of thanking our many performers, hosts, event volunteers, board members and other supporters for their many contributions throughout the year towards bringing live music to people who need it most in varied institutional settings around the Bay Area.

Event Producer Lisa Starbird led a reception team to greet volunteers. All enjoyed a catered box lunch from Insalata’s and libations on the lovely grounds before the special awards presentation at 2 pm.

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Marin Academy Senior Katrina Strack Reflects Upon Her Internship At Bread & Roses Presents

At Marin Academy High School, seniors are encouraged to participate in a project during the month before graduation that is meant to provide a learning experience outside of the classroom and give students a new perspective before heading off to college.

As I looked ahead towards graduation and felt my final days of high school slipping away from me, I was overwhelmed. My activities and schoolwork started to feel meaningless, like they were just stepping stones on a path I was walking far too quickly. Everything was moving too fast. I hoped that my upcoming senior project, a month-long internship at Bread & Roses Presents would pull me out of my funk. Little did I realize just how much it would.

Coming into this project, I was familiar with its powerful mission: to bring the healing power of music to isolated people. I knew that most adults in the Bay Area were familiar with Bread & Roses Presents, but I didn’t understand how such an incredible organization managed to fly under the radar of most teenagers. By interning in the Bread & Roses office and hosting performances at various facilities, I aimed to find out why Bread & Roses should matter to local teenagers.

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At The Crossroads May 13 Benefit At Terrapin: A Fun Evening & Big Success

 

 
On a lovely evening in mid-May, Bread & Roses Presents hosted its annual spring benefit at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael. It was our first time presenting a fundraiser at this wonderful venue with its special ambiance and dedication to live music.

About two hundred supporters joined us for the event, beginning with a pre-concert reception on the beautiful patio overlooking the canal. Guests enjoyed delicious canapés along with fine wines contributed by Kokomo Winery of Sonoma. Everyone had the opportunity to preview the exciting music and sports live auction items on the terrace.

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Day of Peace: A Highlight of Our Ongoing Program at San Quentin

On Saturday April 25, Bread & Roses Presents was honored to partner with the Day of Peace Committee in San Quentin State Prison on a daylong special event celebrating peace as an alternative to violence. As our contribution, we arranged for a number of talented performing artists to be part of the program including country singer Nathan Lee who came all the way from Nashville to participate.

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Bread & Roses has brought music to San Quentin since the 70s when our founder, the late Mimi Fariña, started the organization. Through the years, Mimi produced periodic concerts with celebrities on the outdoor prison yard. This year, we are bringing monthly programs to the prison, alternating between providing music for special events, concerts in the chapel and special instrumental and songwriting workshops.

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Spectacular Live Music At The Crossroads Benefit on May 13

Bread & Roses Presents will host a spectacular evening of live music on Wed. May 13, 2015 from 6:30-10 pm at our upcoming benefit concert At The Crossroads at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael. Rhythm Village and Tea Leaf Green will headline the concert along with a special guest performance by Joan Baez. In addition, singer-songwriter Emree Franklin will open the second set and Olympic Gold Medal Skier Jonny Moseley will emcee the fun and festive evening.   

 

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Bread & Roses Presents 2015 – Enhanced Name For Our Fifth Decade & Going Strong!

Executive Director Dave Perron, at the helm since December, reports that “Bread & Roses is going strong.”

 

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web300x300logoTo kick off this year in style, we have a new enhanced name “Bread & Roses Presents” and a new logo to better communicate our timeless mission of bringing hope and healing through live music and performances to isolated people in Bay Area institutions. Thanks to designer Nancy Chan, we now have more contemporary graphics and a new brighter color with images of some of our audiences.

Our ongoing program is vibrant with over 600 shows presented last year. We have ongoing relationships with over 120 different institutions serving youth, adults and seniors in eight counties around the Bay Area.

 

New Institutional Audiences in 2014

New institutional audiences added in 2014 include the Community Living Center of the Veterans Hospital in Livermore, a residential convalescent facility for senior veterans, as well as A Friendly Manor, a drop-in shelter for adult homeless women in Oakland. We also started serving the Ronald McDonald House in Palo Alto, a residential facility for children needing long-term medical treatment, and their families.

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Welcome Reception for Dave Perron at Seager Gray Gallery - February 5, 2015

 

Thanks to Donna Seager and Suzanne Gray of the Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley for providing a beautiful space to welcome Bread & Roses Presents Executive Director Dave Perron.

A lively mix of long-time supporters and new friends came together to meet and mingle amid contemporary pieces of world-class art in the latest exhibition "Material Matters." Volunteer performer Teja Gerken played entrancing acoustic finger-style guitar, adding the perfect ambience to the event.

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Excellence in Leadership Award Presented to Cassandra Flipper at Heart of Marin Awards

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A huge congratulations to Cassandra Flipper, former Bread & Roses executive director, the winner of the "Excellence in Leadership Award" at the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL)'s 22nd Annual 2014 Heart of Marin Awards Ceremony at the Marin Civic Center on Thursday January 8, 2015. Marin's vibrant nonprofit community was represented with over eight hundred attendees from a wide spectrum of organizations.  

Tom Peters of the Marin Community Foundation presented the award to Cassandra Flipper as the executive director who has demonstrated excellence in leadership and whose vision has inspired meaningful and lasting change benefiting Bread & Roses and the community. Bread & Roses also received a $5,000 donation from CVNL thanks to the Marin Community Foundation's sponsorship of the award.

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A Taste of Boz Scaggs - Fall Benefit at Great American Music Hall Nov. 24

Thanks for making our November 24 Fall Benefit a great success!

 

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Dave Perron Appointed Executive Director at Bread & Roses


web DaveThe Bread & Roses Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Perron as the new Executive Director of its agency.  A visionary leader, proven fundraiser and innovative thinker, Perron will head Bread & Roses during its fifth decade of bringing hope and healing through live music to isolated audiences in the Bay Area.

A former Bread & Roses board member and Kentfield resident, Perron worked with our founder the late Mimi Fariña in the early 90's. “When Mimi started Bread & Roses in 1974, she was creative, innovative and courageous in her vision for the organization. I intend to continue her great legacy with the same enthusiasm and unwavering purpose," he said.

He follows outgoing Executive Director Cassandra Flipper whose stellar leadership guided the agency for the past 14 years. She will continue her association with Bread & Roses as a member of its Circle of Advisors.    

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Tribute to Cassandra Flipper at the Great American Music Hall

 Cassandra Flipper was celebrated as guest of honor at a benefit event on Mon. November 24 at the Great American Music Hall. This special evening featured an outstanding concert presented by Boz Scaggs and his wonderful band.  

Executive Director Cassandra Flipper's stellar leadership guided the agency for the past 14 years. She will continue her association with Bread & Roses as a member of its Circle of Advisors. Dave Perron was appointed executive director as of Dec. 1. 

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Folk Alliance Far West Testimonials Honoring Bread & Roses Ambassador Cassandra Flipper

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 At the Folk Alliance FAR-West Conference Awards luncheon on Sat. Oct. 17 at the Oakland Marriott, Bread & Roses Executive Director Cassandra Flipper was honored as its 2014 Ambassador. Here are the testimonials from long-time Bread & Roses performers and supporters Joan Baez, Tom Johnston of the Doobie Brothers, Roy Rogers and Maria Muldaur that were read by event organizer extraordinaire Chappell Holt. Along with the introduction that was given by Elaine Dempsey, you can also see the video link of the awards ceremony, including a live rendition of the Bread & Roses song at the end.

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It's All About Building Relationships: A Salute to Whistlestop

As we wind up our 40th year at Bread & Roses, it's a good time to reflect upon the importance of the partnerships with the facilities we serve. Longevity of service is one of the hallmarks of our organization. Looking back at our first published newsletter in 1976, we see that we have been consistently serving a number of facilities through the years.

"It's all about building relationships," Program Director Carolyn Gauthier recently noted. "Knowing the staff and residents of facilities for a long period of time strengthens our connection. Some programs that we have served since the 70s include San Rafael Healthcare & Wellness Center (formerly Fifth Avenue Convalescent), Center Point, SF Juvenile Hall, Marin County Juvenile Hall, The Tamalpais, The Cedars, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, Marin Convalescent, Napa State Hospital, SF County Jail, SF General Hospital, The Redwoods and Langley Porter.”

The facilities we serve are truly our collaborative partners in the healing work that we do. They help us set the stage for live performances, and they help educate others in the community about the hope and joy their clients receive as the result of experiencing live music. Now in its 60th year, Whistlestop is a great example of an organization with whom we have worked as a collaborative partner for the past decade.

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Bread & Roses Licenses Rights to Song for the "Pride" Movie

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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.  

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"Pocket Full of Soul: The Harmonica Documentary" & Benefit Concert A Big Hit at the Lark Theater


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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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Cassandra Flipper to be Honored as Folk Alliance FAR West "Best of the West" Ambassador on Sat. Oct. 18

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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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