Annual Benefit Concert Series
It having been my great good fortune to have worked with some of the coolest and best of musicians of our era, and also the finest of gentlemen, I was able to call upon these pastors of the church of rock and roll to deliver their sermons on behalf of the Richard de Lone Special Housing Project. And thanks to the grace of the wonderful Dawn Holliday and the owners and staff at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, we have been able to raise enough money to be able to stay in business and pursue our dream of one day building a state-of-the-art residential community for children and adults with Prader-Willi syndrome.
Austin de Lone
PAST BENEFIT CONCERTS
Our 1st Annual “Build-A-Community” Benefit Concert rocked the Sweetwater Music Hall in the Spring of 2015, with Bonnie Raitt and Elvin Bishop bringing down the house while raising funds and awareness for RDSHP’s mission. What a spectacular way to launch this annual fundraising event!
Our second year at Bimbo’s continued the tradition with old and new faces, and a great evening of music. Lisa Kindred and John Maxwell, Caroline de Lone, Dan Hicks and Bayside Jazz, Carlene Carter, Bill Kirchen, Butch Hancock, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Jim Lauderdale and a rousing full cast finalé. You won’t want to miss this year’s RDSHP Benefit Concert, coming soon to a venue near you!
This was our first year at the legendary San Francisco nightclub Bimbo’s, and what a night it was! Filled with our perennial friends and some brand new ones – an awesome array of talent – Buddy, Jim, Bill, Nick Lowe, Caroline de Lone, Pieta Brown, Loudon Wainwright III and his daughter Martha, and Boz Scaggs. This was also the first year we held a Silent Auction, which helped generate even more income for the cause.
2012 was another fabulous feast of great music and great vibes at a wonderful new San Francisco venue called The Chapel (a former mortuary!). Featuring some of our staunchest allies – our champion Elvis Costello, the great Buddy Miller, twang monster Bill Kirchen, Jim Lauderdale – the King of Americana, and, for the second year in a row, the soulful and swinging Preservation Hall Jazz Band from New Orleans. What a show folks!
This year was perhaps the wildest one of them all. Called Peace Love and Twang, it featured the Titan of the Telecaster, Bill Kirchen and his band, on their own and also backing up Buddy Miller, Steve Earle, Ryan Bingham, Kevin Blackie Farrell, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, with the monstrous Preservation Hall Jazz Band throwing their own magical New Orleans sound into the mix.
2010 saw Elvis Costello (again) and Nick Lowe (again) performing each other’s songs, in a one-night-only (again) show featuring a stellar backing band with musicians from New Orleans, Austin, and San Francisco.
In 2009 Boz Scaggs assembled an all star line up including the great James Cotton, Jimmie Vaughan, Nick Lowe, and Buddy Miller and presented his own fabulous take on the blues of Jimmie Reed and others.
2008 brought another fantastic show featuring Ry Cooder, Nick Lowe, and Jim Keltner in a one-time-only trio performance, dubbed Guitar Bass Drums. Never seen before or since.
We kicked it off with a one-of-a-kind concert featuring our patron saint, Elvis Costello, performing his fabulous first album, My Aim Is True, from top to bottom, for the first time ever with members of the Marin County band Clover who originally recorded it with him back in 1977.
It has been an incredible series of unique and soulful shows, and we hope to put out a recording featuring some of these amazing performances soon.