777 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 - Map
Jackie Greene

Blue Bear School of Music Benefit

Jackie Greene

Blue Bear Youth Bands

Wed, May 14, 2014

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

The Chapel

San Francisco, CA

$60.00 - $150.00

This event is all ages

We are pleased to present the 9th annual Blue Bear Benefit featuring Jackie Greene on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at The Chapel in San Francisco. Talented Blue Bear Youth Bands will jump start this special evening with rocking performances. The annual Blue Bear Benefit provides crucial funding for the school's nonprofit mission and music education programs that enrich the lives of more than 800 Bay Area youth, including kids from low-income families and at-risk communities. For more information visit www.bluebearmusic.org/benefit

Jackie Greene
Jackie Greene began his career in his mid-teens working the bar and open mic circuit in and around his hometown of Sacramento. Since then, he has recorded seven albums and two EP’s, released a DVD, and published a book of lyrics. Upon witnessing his performance at Bonnaroo, Jon Pareles of The New York Times had this to say about the singer, songwriter, bandleader, multi-instrumentalist, “Jackie Greene could be the Prince of Americana. That’s capital P, and not because Mr. Greene favors the color purple but for some musical parallels.”

Jackie released his acoustic-laced breakthrough, Gone Wonderin’ in 2002, and followed it with two more albums, Rusty Nails and Sweet Somewhere Bound, on indie label Dig Records. In 2005, he contributed to the Oscar-winning Brokeback Mountain soundtrack, and a year later he issued his critically acclaimed Verve debut, American Myth, which he co-produced with Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin.

Greene’s career took an unexpected turn that year when Phil Lesh name-dropped him in an interview tied to Bonnaroo. They started talking and, a year later, Greene joined Phil & Friends, thrusting him in front of a new audience of open-minded music listeners and fastidious Deadheads.

In 2008, Greene made the move from Verve to Savoy and released Giving Up The Ghost, of which American Songwriter wrote, “Greene adroitly maneuvers the crannies of blues, folk, rock and soul with an impressive songwriting toolbox that uses a wide palette to express his simple, but not simplistic, tales.”

Small Tempest, an EP of originals, quickly followed Giving Up The Ghost. In 2010, he dropped another EP of Grateful Dead covers, and in the same year his solo and Deadhead worlds converged on the epic Till the Light Comes. Relix Magazine: “His latest album finds the maturing singer/songwriter offering a sojourn into his own psyche where the waters of human suffering prove difficult to navigate…weighty insights are balanced alongside fist-pumping rock-revelries (“Spooky Tina,” “Medicine”) so jubilant they create an album whose sum remains uplifting and accessible. Half pop, half poetic— and all good.”

In 2013, Jackie was asked to join The Black Crowes for their epic worldwide tour. It was through his work with Lesh that Greene entered the Crowes’ orbit as the bassist regularly brought singer Chris Robinson and keyboardist Adam MacDougall into the PL&F fold. Greene drifted deeper into the Dead world when his friendship with Robinson and Bob Weir resulted in a new trio. And, by chance, he also joined Trigger Hippy, a supergroup that features Joan Osborne and Crowes drummer Steve Gorman. When Luther Dickinson was unavailable to tour with the reformed Crowes, Greene was a natural choice.

In 2014, with the Crowes tour behind him, Greene has his eye set on a new solo album, his first in four years, and hitting the road again…as the Jackie Greene Band.
Blue Bear Youth Bands
At Blue Bear School of Music we believe that playing music changes lives!

We are pleased to present the 9th annual Blue Bear Benefit featuring Jackie Greene on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at The Chapel in San Francisco. Talented Blue Bear Youth Bands will jump start this special evening with rocking performances.

The annual Blue Bear Benefit provides crucial funding for the school's nonprofit mission and music education programs that enrich the lives of more than 800 Bay Area youth, including hundreds of kids from low-income families and at-risk communities in the Tenderloin and Bayview Hunters Point neighborhoods. Proceeds support all of Blue Bear's music programs including Rock Band Ensemble, Group Guitar and Vocal Performance Ensemble programs at seven public school partner sites, Blue Bear Digital Studio Program at the Bayview Hunters Point YMCA, and youth scholarships and sliding scale tuition support for low-income students of all ages receiving high-quality music instruction at Blue Bear's Fort Mason campus.

A nonprofit organization founded in San Francisco in 1971, Blue Bear School of Music is the original "school of rock and roll" and one of California's largest community music schools. Blue Bear is the Bay Area's leading destination for aspiring musicians of all ages and skill levels who want to learn and play rock, pop, blues, jazz and folk music. The school's commitment to providing superior quality and affordable popular music education has helped more than 30,000 students achieve their musical goals, regardless of their financial means.

Please join Blue Bear School of Music for this year's Blue Bear Benefit and help the school continue its 43-year legacy of bringing innovative and affordable music education programs to anyone who is motivated to sing, play or craft a song. For more information on the Blue Bear Benefit, please visit bluebearmusic.org/benefit.
Venue Information:
The Chapel
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110
http://www.thechapelsf.com