For the first time in their 29-year history, the Mendocino Music Festival will perform in San Francisco. In a one-night only appearance on April 27, 2015, the Bay Area’s own jazz and blues singer Kim Nalley will perform Aretha Franklin hits, backed up by the powerful Mendocino Music Festival Big Band. The event will be held at the Presidio Officers’ Club on the Main Post at San Francisco's Presidio.
"Kim Nalley has pipes to burn and works the stage like she means it," reports the San Francisco Chronicle about the Bay Area powerhouse known by many via the Fillmore Jazz Festival, Jazz at Pearl's, the San Francisco Symphony, among other venues. Performing internationally in concert halls from Lincoln Center to Moscow, San Francisco is fortunate to have Nalley in the city while she is on the teaching faculty at the California Jazz Conservatory.
The 17-piece Festival Big Band includes Allan Pollack, bandleader and saxophonist; famed drummer Ralph Humphrey from the Mothers of Invention and New York Jazz pianist and composer Julian Pollack.
“The Mendocino Music Festival is an unbelievable event,” said Fedele Bauccio, CEO and co-founder of the event’s sponsor, Bon Appétit Management Company. A big fan of the two-week festival, Bauccio added, “Like good food, good live music has the power to bring people together to create unforgettable memories. "
The good food part of the event focuses on award-winning chef Traci Des Jardins and her newly opened Arguello, a Mexican restaurant housed in the Presidio Officer's Club. "Kim performing Aretha's songs plus Traci’s food is an experience no one should miss — it will give the San Francisco community a taste of what makes the Festival so special,” Bauccio said.
Before the concert, guests will enjoy beer, wine, sangria and select bites from Arguello. Overseen by award-winning chef Traci Des Jardins, in partnership with Bon Appétit Management Company and the Presidio Trust, Arguello features Mexican cuisine that reflects the cultural heritage of the Presidio. A beautiful outdoor patio and fire pit enhances the special setting among the Monterey pines and eucalyptus groves of the park.
The Presidio Officers’ Club hosts a regular schedule of free public programs, including Presidio Sessions, live musical performances every Friday evening at 6 p.m. which is updated quarterly.
The big band sound and song on Monday, April 27, 2015 begins with food at 6:30 p.m. and music at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at $100 per person. Moraga Hall at the Presidio Officers' Club is at 50 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129. Book now for limited seating or call 707-937-2044.
Chef Traci Des Jardins has been part of the San Francisco food community for 23 years and has operating several well-known restaurants which currently include her iconic French-California Jardinière, Commissary and Arguello in the Presidio, Mijita in the Ferry Building and Public House in AT&T Park serving classic American fare. She serves on the board of the local incubator, non-profit La Cocina, and has been a longtime supporter of sustainability and the farm-to-table movement. Des Jardins has been received numerous national and regional awards, including from the prestigious James Beard Foundation.
Tickets have now gone on sale for this summer's Mendocino Music Festival on July 11-25, 2015. The well-loved Northern California fixture includes a variety of genres such as festival orchestra, big band, jazz, bluegrass, country, rock, folk, Celtic and more. This year, the lineup includes Frederica von Stade, Calder Quartet, Cantus, Blame Sally, Vishten, Alex deGrassi, and Rossini’s Barber of Seville.