SFHDC Cruise for a Cause – An Evening of Blues on the Bay

Join us on the fabulous San Francisco Belle for a special evening featuring Kenny NealTommy Castro and the Painkillers and Tia Carroll with SFHDC’s own David Sobel on keyboards.  You will enjoy four hours of twilight and evening cruising on the spectacular San Francisco Bay while listening and dancing to the best in Blues, R&B and Americana, while also supporting a worthy cause.

About the Artists:

Kenny Neal, a widely acclaimed Grammy-nominated artist, was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame for his modern revival of the swamp-blues style. His new release, Hooked On Your Love, follows the triumph of his multi-award winning 2008 album, Let Life Flow. An outstanding success, the album raked in the accolades: three prestigious Album Of The Year awards, two Song of The Year awards for the title track, and Kenny himself garnered two Artist of the Year honors.

Tommy Castro has toured widely to tens of thousands of fans since winning the Blues Music Award for Entertainer of the Year in 2008. All of his albums are filled with original blues, soul and West Coast rock, each song showing a slightly different side of Castro’s multifaceted musical personality. Billboard says the band plays “irresistible contemporary blues-rock” with “street-level grit and soul.”

Tia Carroll, having just returned from three international Blues festivals in Europe, has won numerous awards, including the Blues Music Foundation’s Woman of the Year and Band Leader of the Year awards in 2008 and 2009. She is often compared to legendary female singers Tina Turner, Koko Taylor and Aretha Franklin. While her power and sassy style of storytelling may be similar, Tia has her own unique star power that’s evident in her new self-titled album.   David Sobel, in addition to being SFHDC’s CEO, is a talented musician in his own right.  He has performed with numerous bands in hundreds of clubs, festivals and other venues around the country, including the Kenendy Center, the State Theatre in Viriginia, Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, the Red River Revel, the Baltimore Blues Festival, and West Fest (Woodstock 40th Anniversary) in Golden Gate Park. 

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The San Francisco Belle

About the Cruise:

Once aboard the San Francisco Belle, a 1,500-capacity vessle that once served as a Louisiana river boat, you will be transported back to an era of Southern hospitality and charm while experiencing some of the best modern day Blues music. The journey begins along San Francisco’s dazzling skyline and continues out to the Golden Gate Bridge, past Alcatraz, around Treasure Island and under the Bay Bridge before returning to Pier 3 on Embarcadero. Whether you’re stompin’ on the dance floor or taking in the spectacular views from the outer decks, Cruise for a Cause is destined to be a snappin’ good time for all.  Ticket price includes one “bar bite;” additional food and a variety of beverages will be available for purchase on-site.

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About the Cause:

Cruise for a Cause will help SFHDC launch an Artist Housing Fund dedicated to ensuring that San Francisco’s improtant art and cultural legacy can continue, even as housing costs remain the highest in the nation.  To assist working artists and musicians remain in the city they love, the Fund will: 

  • Provide short-term financial assistance to artists experiencing housing hardship, and link them to pro-bono legal services.
  • Host financial empowerment workshops and housing counseling sessions dedicated to the needs of working artists and musicians.
  • Initiate a capital campaign to plan and build permanently affordable artist housing.

In addition to accessing an unforgettable night of music and dancing, your boarding ticket will help return San Francisco to a place where artists can afford to live and practice their crafts.

For more information about the San Francisco Housing Development Corporation, please visit www.sfhdc.org. For more information about Cruise for a Cause, please visit www.sfhdccruise.com.

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