In an intimate acoustic performance, sensational Irish musician Hozier will headline Bread & Roses Presents annual spring benefit concert on Thursday May 18 at the Great American Music Hall with rockin’ trio Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real rounding out the triple bill with Americana duo HoneyHoney. Master of Ceremonies Jonny Fritz will anchor the evening of support for Bread & Roses programs that bring hope and healing through live music for isolated Bay Area audiences. General Admission and VIP Tickets are still available for this very special evening of exceptional contemporary music, brought to you by Jeff & Laurie Ubben.
The twenty-seven-year-old Irish musician Hozier is a multi-instrumentalist, Grammy nominated, award-winning multi-platinum singer-songwriter. His first two EP’s “Take Me To Church” and “From Eden” established him around the globe as an artist to be reckoned with for his spirited unfiltered storytelling and deftly woven signature sound.
Hozier's “Take Me To Church” video went viral in 2013 prompting his world-wide breakout success. His self-titled debut album, co-produced by Rob Kirwan (PJ Harvey and Depeche Mode), entered the Billboard Charts at #2 and is now double-platinum in the U.S.
He won both “Top Rock Artist” and “Top Rock Song” in 2015 Billboard Awards. The song “Better Love” on his last release was featured on the soundtrack of “The Legend of Tarzan.” He is known for giving back to survivors of domestic abuse and recently produced a special charity CD called “Cherry Wine” to support related nonprofits.
We are honored that Hozier is taking time out from writing and recording his second album to make a rare solo acoustic appearance to benefit Bread & Roses.
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real will also bring their up-tempo grooves and emotionally deep songwriting to the Great American. We are “twice-blessed” to have Lukas and his power trio follow in the footsteps of his famous father, the iconic Willie Nelson, who performed a Bread & Roses institutional show for adults in recovery at Delancey Street Foundation in 1999. He was inspired by his Dad to become a songwriter and by Muhammed Ali, to develop his gifts.
A trailblazer in his own right, Lukas’ latest release “Something Real” showcases his catchy hooks as well as his down-to-earth and charismatic presence. His band, consisting of guitar, bass and drums, has played over 250 shows a year for the past eight years. In addition to writing deeply affecting songs, Lukas is an incredible musician known for his searing guitar solos, powerful expression of emotions and spirited showmanship.
In the past couple years, he has also performed extensively with Neil Young who sat in with him on a recorded version of Scott McKenzie’s “San Francisco.” We are excited to welcome Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real to the stage!
Sweet Americana duo HoneyHoney is based in Los Angeles. Musician Benjamin Jaffe and musician/model/actress Suzanne Santo formed this musical team in 2006 when they met at a costume party and signed a record deal a year later.
Their music is a mix of alternative country and indie rock. Their debut album “First Rodeo” came out in 2008 on Ironworks followed by their second release “Billy Jack” in 2011 on their own HoneyHoney Records/Lost Highway label. Their third album “3” was released in 2015 and reviewed by American Songwriter which said, “this is a group whose time has come.”
Master of Ceremonies Jonny Fritz will also grace us with his larger-than-life showmanship as well as a few songs from his latest release “Sweet Creep” – his freshly-signed lease on life and call to the rising generation for a renewed lyricism in country music. A world traveler based in Los Angeles, Jonny is a torchbearer in that time-honored country tradition of giant-sized personalities overflowing into song.
Don’t miss this extraordinary evening. We expect to sell out soon, so get your tickets right away. In addition to an unforgettable evening of music, we invite you to join us in supporting our mission of hope and healing through live music and make a positive difference in the lives of those isolated around the Bay Area who need it most.