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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.

Music from Bread & Roses Lifts Spirits at San Rafael's REST Shelter Program

gmuldrow2Though many people in Marin County have resources, some who live here find themselves homeless during the cold and rainy season. It is our pleasure to serve our neighbors in need again this winter through REST a remarkable shelter program at a variety of churches in Marin County.

Bread & Roses Volunteer Host Dick Miner spoke movingly of a Bread & Roses show for The REST Program (Rotating Emergency Shelter Team).

"The homeless men who participate in the Marin County REST program received a very special gift from Gail Muldrow.  Gail played guitar and sang while the men ate dinner and prepared their sleeping arrangements.

She is a very soulful singer-songwriter and an amazingly gifted guitarist.  Gail quietly began the show with a lovely version of Neil Young’s Old Man Take A Look At My Life. The men, who were in line for food, stopped what they were doing and let the music move them.  Some came over and stood transfixed watching her play.

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Bank of the West Community Impact Philanthropy Award Benefits Bread & Roses

Bread & Roses was one of nine nonprofits to be given an award at the Bank of the West's Fourth Annual Philanthropy Awards.  As a finalist for a Community Impact Award, we received $10,000 during the bank’s award ceremony on October 22 in San Francisco. We are especially proud to have received this grant as we understand we were one of 300 nonprofit organizations across the bank's western region to be considered for the award.

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Roy Rogers & Carlos Reyes at the Fenix; Outstanding Music in Exciting New Benefit Concert Series

How often does one have the chance to hear one of America's top slide guitarists in concert with an electrifying Paraguayan harpist and violinist while enjoying a delicious brunch with friends in a stylish and intimate club with spectacular sound?   While at the same time providing an opportunity to support hope and healing through live music for our neighbors who are most in need?
Better_Merl_and_RoyOn Sunday Sept. 8 at the beautiful Fenix music club & restaurant in San Rafael, extraordinary slide guitarist Roy Rogers and violinist/harpist Carlos Reyes put on a thrilling brunch-time concert for 120 lucky fans to benefit Bread & Roses and the Ritter Center. Thanks to former Bread & Roses board member Merl Saunders, Jr. executive director of the Fenix, and Laura van Galen , the club's CEO, for their generosity in providing this beautiful new cabaret-style venue with state-of-the-art sound.

Roy Rogers with Merl Saunders, Jr. at the benefit brunch. Photo by Marian Hubler, Courtesy of Bread & Roses.

 

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'Rock The Ages' at Whistlestop: Health Benefits For Seniors Through Choral Singing

There's been a lot in the media recently about the health benefits of choral singing for those who are older.   The "Rock the Ages" chorus at The Redwoods in Mill Valley performed an inspiring and poignant concert for Bread & Roses at Whistlestop's regular lunch program for seniorsin San Rafael recently. Many benefits were received not only by the audience, but especially by those who were singing.

Chorus member Dave, who kicked off the concert with a solo on Coldplay's "Yellow," said "I like singing in the chorus as it gives everyone a feeling of happiness."

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Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir Performs at San Quentin's Day of Peace

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Just Say Yes! Monthly Shows for Children’s Musician Gary Lapow

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Sounds of laughter, lots of smiles and much singing along can always be heard when musician Gary Lapow does one of his monthly shows for Bread & Roses. About a third of our Bay Area program -- close to 200 shows every year -- are given for pre-school and elementary children, as well as other youth in a variety of places like low-income day care centers, special needs schools, family shelters, teen rehabs and juvenile detention facilities.

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New Volunteer Host Helena Pappas Shares First-time Bread & Roses Show Story

"Volunteers are the backbone of our organization," said the late Mimi Fariña, Bread & Roses founder.  Our show hosts, in particular, represent our organization on-site at over half of our institutional performances allowing our small staff to produce 600 Bay Area concerts annually.  

More volunteers are always needed to host our programs, particularly in San Francisco, the East Bay and on the Peninsula.  Hosts greet the performers, help with set-up, liaison with facility staff, act as emcee and report on the effectiveness of our shows.

New host Helena Pappas, is a classically trained pianist and attorney from San Francisco. After her first Bread & Roses show at the VA Medical Center in San Francisco, she recalled some of the audience reactions that day and her experience of the deep healing and joy that music can bring.

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“The JAM” Annual Volunteer Recognition Event Celebrates B&R Volunteers

 

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Marin County Teen Sensation Matt Jaffe Pledges Proceeds from 6/27 Concert to Bread & Roses

 

mattjBread & Roses volunteer performer Matt Jaffe, with his band The Distractions, will be performing at 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley on Thursday June 27 at 8 pm. Opening the evening will be special guests False Priest. A portion of the show’s proceeds will benefit Bread and Roses.

This is an especially poignant concert for Bread & Roses.  Now 18, Matt has been performing for our institutional audiences for over five years -- His concerts for youth audiences have been particularly inspiring. Teens in residential rehab facilities like Our Common Ground in Redwood City and Sonoma Juvenile are working to express their creativity in positive ways and Matt has been an outstanding role model for them.

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Art to Heart: Bread & Roses' 2013 Spring Benefit

 

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Moonalice Celebrates Sixth Birthday with Delancey Street Concert

MoonaliceHappy Sixth Birthday Moonalice! Bread & Roses was honored that the band chose to celebrate its six-year anniversary by performing a high energy concert for the residents of Delancey Street Foundation in San Francisco on Tuesday May 7th.

With a spectacular light show as backdrop, and a beautiful poster by David Singer especially designed for the occasion, this over-the-top concert had everyone 'feeling the love.'

The audience was on its feet for the latter part of the show singing along to such classic tunes as the Beatles "Revolution" and Roger McNamee's lively version of Bing Crosby's 1913 classic hit "Brother Can You Spare a Dime?"

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Wishing Her Well: Joan Baez, Sr. Joins the Heavenly Band

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Joan Chandos Baez Senior passed away shortly after her 100th birthday party on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 11:40 PM in her home in Woodside, California.

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'Singing Surgeon' Eases Stress by Mixing Music and Medicine

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Huey Lewis Wins ProAm Golf Event; Bread & Roses Is Charity of Choice

Longtime Bread & Roses supporter and performer Huey Lewis played a great game of golf during the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Celebrity Challenge and won $10,000 for Bread & Roses! Huey and his golf partner Jake Owens "rolled in an arching 40-footer on the 18th green on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 to win a 12-man 'chip-off and earned $20,000 for two charities of choice in the biggest moment of the five-hole celebrity tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Links" according to the Monterey Herald.

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From left: Charles Kelley, Jake Owen, Huey Lewis and Ray Romano sing "America, the Beautiful" after finishing the $100,000 celebrity charity shoot-out golf match at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in Pebble Beach, Calif. on Wed, Feb. 6, 2013. (LiPo Ching/Mercury News Staff)

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Happy Valentine's Day to Our Heart of Marin Nominees Alan Thomas & Sally Peter

newnew_heart_of_marinWe appreciate the many contributions of all our volunteers throughout the Bay Area who help us share their gifts on a daily basis with those who need music most. Once a year, we have the opportunity to recognize several volunteers through the Heart of Marin Award Ceremony that is held each January at the Marin Civic Center.   At this year's event on January 10, we celebrated our nominees for 2012, pianist Alan Thomas and host Sally Peter.

 

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"Follow Me Down, Portraits of Louisiana Prison Musicians"; Bread & Roses in post film Q & A on 1/12

The film "Follow Me Down, Portraits of Louisiana Prison Musicians" will be shown at Intersection for the Arts, 925 Mission Street, Suite 109 in San Francisco on Sat., Jan. 12, 2013 at 7 pm as a benefit for the William James Association Prison Arts Project. Bread & Roses Program Director Carolyn Gauthier will participate in the Q & A after the film with other panelists.

 

TRAILER - Follow Me Down: Portraits of Louisiana Prison Musicians (2012) from Ben Harbert on Vimeo.

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Highlights of Our Holiday Shows December 2012!

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The Second Annual Bread & Roses Holiday Chorus at The Redwoods 
(Photo by Lisa Starbird)

It was truly a heart-warming and collaborative experience to see audiences singing along with the Bread & Roses Holiday Chorus at four different facilities: The Blind & Vision Impaired of Marin, The Redwoods in Mill Valley, Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco and New Bridge Foundation in Berkeley.  A diverse group of singers came together including children from Young Performers International (who sang the Hannukah Song in several languages), professional vocalists like Debbie Cucalon and Linda Kosut, Bread & Roses donors, hosts and other volunteers as well as members of the Unity of Marin Choir. The chorus, conducted by Carolyn Gauthier (pictured above) and Marian Hubler, was accompanied with great spirit by Alan Thomas on piano.

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Thanks to All Who Supported the 2012 Sudha Sale

 

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A special thanks to all who supported the 9th Annual Holiday Sale "Sudha's Treasures" benefitting two great Bay Area nonprofit organizations, Bread & Roses and the Angel Island Conservancy.  Sudha Pennathur and her husband Ed Messerly from the House of Pennathur recently presented each organization with a check for $16,000 from the proceeds of the event held for two weekends in November.

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Marianna August & Her Jazz Pals Entertain at the Marin Senior Fair for Bread & Roses

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When Marianna August & Her Jazz Pals took the stage at this year’s Marin Senior Information Fair on October 24 at the Marin Exhibit Hall in San Rafael on behalf of Bread & Roses, many people were singing along and tapping toes to familiar songs like Night and Day and Old Devil Moon. Vocalist Marianna spoke about Bread & Roses in a heart-felt way when she asked  "Has anyone had a recent hip or knee replacement and spent time in a local convalescent center? If so, you were likely to have been entertained with live music from Bread & Roses."
 

With professional musicians Ross Gualcoon on piano, George MacNeill on stand-up bass and Mike MacKenzie on drums, the group played a special repertoire of 1930s and 1940s jazz standards, rumba, swing and Brazilian tunes. When Marianna sang Cole Porter's You’d Be So Nice To Come Home and My Heart Belongs to Daddy the seniors in the audience were transported back to an earlier time. Songs like Brasil and It’s Delovely had people dancing in the aisles and A Kiss To Build a Dream On was a lovely finale to their short but lively set.

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Congratulations Jimmy Dillon for 2012 Milley Award for Achievement in the Musical Arts

When Jimmy Dillon took the stage to accept his Milley Award for Achievement in the Musical Arts onSunday evening Oct. 21 at the Mill Valley Community Center, he said he felt most comfortable with guitar in hand.  He reminded everyone that "the meaning of life is to find your gift" and "the purpose of life is to give it away."  He then sang one of his inspiring original ballads Hold On To Your Dreams ...and don't you let them go.

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Bread & Roses supporter Michael Narada Walden was there cheering Jimmy on along with emcee Leah Garchik who skillfully wove all the stories of the award winners into a seamless whole.  Former Milley Award winner Mark Fishkin of the Mill Valley Film Festival was also there to congratulate Jimmy and to honor Zoe Elton for her Milley Award for Achievement in the Performing Arts.

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