We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing on Sunday March 31, 2019, of our good friend and founding board member, the legendary Shelley Lazar.
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Graham’s sons, David and Alex, to accept the award on his behalf
| January 16, 2019 [St. Petersburg, FL] — The Florida Holocaust Museum (The FHM) is pleased to announce that they will be presenting the Loebenberg Humanitarian Award posthumously to iconic concert promoter Bill Graham, the subject of the current exhibition at the Museum Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution. The presentation will take place during the Museum’s annual benefit, To Life: Rock, Roll, Remember on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at The Vinoy in downtown St. Petersburg. Graham’s sons, David and Alex, will be accepting the award on his behalf. |
“As a child refugee orphaned by the Holocaust, our father’s life trajectory sent him fleeing from the fate of malevolence and tyranny, towards the opportunities of peace and self-determination. Experiencing such contrast firsthand compelled him to fortify the sovereignty of others; pioneering an industry in the process. By championing the role that music and togetherness play in the dignity of life, he fostered harmony in the world,” said Alex Graham.
“This is a great honor. Our father’s life story certainly offers a template for how to be an agent for good in one’s community. It’s a special feeling to know that this still resonates with people,” said David Graham.
Bill Graham is recognized as one of the most influential concert promoters in history. He launched the careers of countless rock & roll legends, conceived rock & roll as a powerful force for supporting humanitarian causes, and was instrumental in the production of milestone benefit concerts. “As a child, his life was saved during the Holocaust through the actions of strangers,” said Elizabeth Gelman, Executive Director of The Florida Holocaust Museum. “He spent his adult life working to help millions of people he never knew.”
Musical Super-Group to Headline Gala Celebrating
Bill Graham Menorah Day in San Francisco
December 2, 2018 at The Fillmore
Tickets on sale Friday, October 19 at 10:00 a.m.
SAN FRANCISCO (October 17, 2018) – Visionary artist and impresario Perry Farrell announced today the highly anticipated live performance of his new musical venture, Perry Farrell’s Kind Heaven Orchestra, set to headline The Fillmore in San Francisco on December 2, 2018.
Farrell has assembled a dream team of musicians and performers to deliver an immersive experience of sound and vision. Says Farrell, “Bill Graham set the highest bar for the art of public assemblage at The Fillmore, and we pay tribute to his legacy and to San Francisco by spreading the message of light and peace this holiday season.”
A portion of the proceeds of The Festival of Lights will benefit the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation in support of the Bill Graham Menorah Project. Foundation Board member David Graham states, “Perry has the biggest dreams. And he realizes all of them. It’s an awesome gift . . . for all of us.”
The Festival of Lights will take place on Bill Graham Menorah Day following the annual lighting ceremony in Union Square. Also performing that evening is Balkan Bump, the newest project from trumpet player, producer and ethnomusicologist Will Magid, and Jerry’s Kosher Deli.
Tickets are $75.00 for general admission and go on sale Friday, October 19, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. atLiveNation.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, or charge by phone 1-800-345-7000.
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A new exhibition at the GLBT History Museum surveys the graphic works of internationally renowned San Francisco queer artist and designer Rex Ray (1956 – 2015). A Picture is a Word: The Posters of Rex Ray features posters and related ephemera reflecting the Bay Area music scene and LGBTQ publishing. Vibrant and subversively accessible, Ray’s art effortlessly mixes high and low culture, beauty and post-modern conceptualism.
Curators Cydney Payton and Amy Scholder draw attention to Ray’s signature graphics, first developed using a Mac Plus long before design applications changed the course of that art form. This distinctive digital style went on to influence the next generation of artists, clients in music and publishing, and their audiences.
A Picture Is a Word: The Posters of Rex Ray opens Friday, October 12, at the GLBT History Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco, with a public reception set for 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The curators will offer introductory remarks, and light refreshments will be served. Admission is $5.00; free for members of the GLBT Historical Society: join here. To purchase advance tickets, click here.
Thank you to everyone who attended the sold out program!
Along with viewing the exhibition, the opening reception included a panel discussion with Radio Personality and Executive Director of the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation Bonnie Simmons, Vice President of the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation Rita Gentry, Music Producer and CFO of the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation Danny Scher, and Bill Graham’s sons Alex and David Graham. Additionally, Ed Greene host of WMNF’s 88.5 FM The Freak Show emceed this program.
"Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution" opened today, Saturday, August 18th at The Florida Holocaust Museum!The "Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution Exhibition Opening Reception," live streaming now, includes a panel discussion with Radio Personality and Executive Director of the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation Bonnie Simmons, Vice President of the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation Rita Gentry, Music Producer and CFO of the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation Danny Scher, and Bill Graham's sons Alex and David Graham. Additionally, Ed Greene host of WMNF's 88.5 FM The Freak Show is emceeing this event."Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution" is organized and circulated by the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, in association with the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation, and made possible by the support of Alex Graham, David Graham, and Danny Scher.Presented locally by Bank of America, with additional support from the State of Florida Department of Cultural Affairs and The June Baumgardner Gelbart Foundation.
Posted by Florida Holocaust Museum on Saturday, August 18, 2018
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The Bill Graham Memorial Foundation, was formed in January of 2008 in memory of the legendary rock impresario, Bill Graham. The foundation is a public charity that is funded through individual and corporate contributions and grants.
The Foundation is guided by a broad-based group which includes Bill’s sons, several former long-time employees of Bill Graham Presents and other community leaders.
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Organization photos courtesy of: Berkeley Old Time Music Conference, Little Kids Rock, Fiddle Kids, Destiny Arts, Los Centzontles, Urban Sprouts, 826 Valencia Street, Art with Elders, Friends of Sausal Creek, East Bay Center for Performing Arts, Ceres Community Project, Urban Sprouts
Event photos: Ken Friedman, Jay Blakesberg
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