Ken Newman, Drop D, Johnny J Blair

Ken Newman

Drop D

Johnny J Blair

Thu, May 30, 2019

8:00 pm

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

Ken Newman
Ken Newman
Ken Newman is a San Francisco-based Singer/Songwriter. He currently performs solo and with his band, “Berkeley Bronx,” (w/ Andrea Hensler and Mario Ornelas) Prior to that, he was lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the band, “Last Bastion.”
For the past six years, his earnings from music have all been donated to a variety of homeless charities; specifically, Compass Family Services, Larkin St. Youth Services, and Raphael House. More recently, he and a number of fellow musicians have been supporting a program called, “Blanket The Homeless.” Started with his friend, Bronica Blue, their mission is to package up emergency blankets, hand warmers, socks, first aid kits, and other items and distribute them to people living on the streets of San Francisco. Since October of 2016, thousands of these ‘care packages’ have been given out.

In late 2014, Ken became involved with a program called “Be Robin.” Started by Comedian, Margaret Cho, “Be Robin.” was a homeless outreach program that celebrated the memory and philanthropy of her dear friend, Robin Williams. The goal here was simple: to organize street performances, collect money and distribute it to the homeless. It started with a small crowd of people in the Haight Ashbury, gathering around Margaret and her friend and fellow performer, Gerri Lawlor. A simple sign on the ground said, “If you have, give, if you need, take” And people gave. A LOT.

Be Robin soon developed into a number of street shows at locations around San Francisco and then into larger events at The Oasis, The Condor, The Boom Boom Room, The Edge and other venues. Many talented local musicians like Roger Rocha, Bob Mould, Mia Simmans, Josh Zee, Ari Gorman, as well as promoter, Donna Merlino helped it go viral. And then, comedian and documentary fillmaker, Kurt Weitzmann immortalized it by creating the film, “Be Robin – The Movie” which is now winning awards at festivals throughout the country.

Ken is currently working on his album, “Fiasco,” produced by Scott Mickelson The plan is to release it in Spring of 2018. All proceeds from album sales and downloads will also support our homeless outreach programs …
Drop D
Drop D
Derek Fairchild on slide guitar and Bennie Murray on drums. Best Delta Blues on the west coast.
Johnny J Blair
Johnny J Blair
"Singer at Large" and recording artist Johnny J. Blair is known for his innovative brand of “pop music with a twist,” a fast-paced mix of old school soul/rhythm and blues, psychedelia, punk/new wave, and melodicism breathed by classical, gospel, jazz, and world beat. Goldmine Magazine said his music is “pop music with a conscience,” while Spotlight Magazine dubbed Blair “the Harry Houdini of rock and roll” for his ongoing “escape from typecasts.” Blair was called “a white James Brown” by Brown’s legendary drummer, Clyde Stubblefield. Earcandy.com called him “a delightful entertainer.” Rock legend Brian Wilson called him “a virtuoso.”

As a solo act, Blair performs with “vivid passion.” His typical set includes originals joined to wide-ranging covers, from glam rock to Motown to show tunes to spirituals. For over twenty years Blair has issued acclaimed recordings—from the “new wave concept album” DOOR IN THE WATER to the recent Roxy Music/Velvet Underground inspired I LIKE THE STREET (with David Bowie's pianist, Mike Garson).

Blair has collaborated with and produced a variety of artists, including 19 years with Davy Jones of The Monkees. (Blair played bass in the Davy Jones touring band and Monkees Reunion Tours). Blair said, “I learned valuable stagecraft from David.” For more go to www.johnnyjblair.com
Venue Information:
Hotel Utah
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107
http://www.hotelutah.com/