The organization’s annual fundraiser, precedes a free afternon concert on Sunday, June 17, at Sigmund Stern Grove, located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard in San Francisco.
Annually, Stern Grove Festival raises upwards of $3 million in donations from individuals, foundations, members, and corporations, to sustain its ambitious admission-free programming. Stern Grove Festival’s iconic fundraising event, The Big Picnic, raises nearly $600,000 each year and kicks off the Festival’s summer season of free concerts and arts education programs.
The Big Picnic Party is a ticketed, private event taking place at 11:30 a.m. before the concert at Stern Grove Festival. Ticket-holders receive parking and reserved picnic table seating in the meadow for the concert. The Big Picnic Concert inaugurates the Festival’s 81st Season with a free performance at 2 p.m. featuring two of America’s most lauded R&B/soul sensations, Peabo Bryson & Jeffrey Osborne. The concert is admission-free and open to the public with concert meadow lawn seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.
About Peabo Bryson & Jeffrey Osborne
Peabo Bryson has established a career as one of the premier male vocalists in contemporary music over the last quarter century. Possessing a beautifully rich voice, this GRAMMY® Award-winner has been called the “Pavarotti of soul singers” by The New York Times music critic Jon Pareles. With 20 albums to his credit, Peabo Bryson has enjoyed an unprecedented level of international success with the distinction of being the first artist to have separate records topping four different charts. His famous duets with Natalie Cole (“What You Won't Do for Love”) and Roberta Flack (“Tonight, I Celebrate My Love”) earned Bryson the tag “King of Balladeers.” His songs for Disney animated films “Beauty and the Beast” with Celine Dion and “A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)” with Regina Belle earned Peabo two GRAMMY® Awards.
Jeffrey Osborne’s solo career has brought him four GRAMMY® Award nominations, and five gold and platinum albums. After more than a decade with the band Love Men Ltd., Osborne produced such Top 40 hits as “Really Don't Need No Light,” “Don’t You Get So Mad,” “Stay With Me Tonight,” “You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song),” and a duet with Dionne Warwick, “Love Power.” His latest project entitled Worth It All (Artistry Music) is inspired by the late great George Duke and takes Osborne back to his deep R&B roots.
Further information about the Stern Grove Festival is available at sterngrove.org.