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Notes & Words
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Fox Theater Oakland

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Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl

Gracing the Notes & Words stage will be 16-time Grammy-winning musician and two-time Emmy-winning director Dave Grohl. Grohl's ascension to legendary status began in earnest as drummer for Nirvana, beginning with 1991's generation-defining Nevermind. Since 1995, Grohl has rocked the arena, stadium and festival stages of the world as Foo Fighters frontman, while the band's massive catalogue–including its most recent international #1 album Concrete and Gold–has sold more than 25 million copies and spawned some of the most indelible rock anthems of the last 20+ years. See for yourself why Grohl is universally hailed as rock legend, visionary director, philanthropist and both the hardest working and all around nicest rockstar on the planet, a once-in-a-lifetime intimate appearance at the Fox.

George Saunders

George Saunders

We can't believe our good fortune to have literary genius George Saunders join us. It seems that every time Saunders puts pen to paper he wins awards. His most recent work of fiction, Lincoln in the Bardo, is no exception, topping the New York Times Bestseller List and winning the Man Booker Prize. Saunder’s collection of short stories, Tenth of December, was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of 2013 by the New York Times Book Review. In addition to novels and short stories, Saunders has written children’s books and contributed to top magazines and newspapers. He has won the National Magazine Award for fiction four times. He is also a creative writing professor at Syracuse University for the past 20 years.

Emmett Reed

Emmett Reed

We are proud to once again showcase an immensely talented Bay Area youth. Piedmont senior Emmett Reed is an accomplished guitarist and singer/songwriter. He sings in two choirs and continues to study guitar. Emmett enjoys recording fellow musicians in his garage music studio, the new evolution of the garage band. He hopes to study music and musical engineering in college next year as he pursues his goal of becoming an audio engineer and performer. You will be saying that you knew him when!

Kelly Corrigan

Kelly Corrigan

You know her as the creative force behind Notes & Words and you love her for her clever, insightful best-selling memoirs The Middle PlaceLift, and Glitter and Glue. Her most recent release, an instant New York Times bestseller, Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say, is a story-driven collection of essays on the twelve powerful phrases we use to sustain our relationships. Her books deeply resonate with readers with their delicate weave of humor and heartache. When Kelly isn't traversing the country on book tours, interviewing thought leaders and writers for her KQED radio show, Exactly, or puzzling over the wonders of teenage daughters, you can find her in the neonatal intensive care unit holding preemie infants.

Oakland School for the Arts Chamber Choir

Oakland School for the Arts

By popular demand, we welcome back to the Notes & Words stage our favorite resident performers, The Oakland School for the Arts. You may remember this talented crew from their incredible performance with Chris Martin. Following their collaboration, the group was invited to perform live with Coldplay at Levi's Stadium!




PERFORMERS LaToya London, Billy Collins, Lauren Graham, Mary Roach, OSA's Vocal Rush, Goodnight Texas and G. Love & The Special Sauce



At UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, the world-renowned pediatric specialists at our Oakland and San Francisco campuses deliver hope and healing to children throughout the Bay Area and around the globe.

More than 100 years ago, our Oakland hospital was founded on the belief that all children deserve access to world-class medicine. In addition to outstanding clinical care, we address our patients’ developmental and emotional needs through programs like music therapy, art classes, therapy dog visits, massage, and much more. We also help ensure the health of our community, advocating for vulnerable children living in at-risk situations and providing early interventions for kids facing challenges like asthma, obesity, and diabetes.

Because insurance only covers a fraction of all that we do, we depend on philanthropic support to help transform children’s lives. Families come to us for compassion, innovation, and hope—and it takes generous partners like you to make that possible.


  • We are committed to providing the highest quality of care to all children, regardless of a family's ability to pay.
  • UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals are ranked among the nation's best children's hospitals in nine pediatric specialties.
  • More than 3,500 doctors, nurses, researchers and other dedicated staff care for over 75,000 patients each year at the Oakland campus.
  • Our emergency room sees over 50,000 visits each year, with patients rushed in from throughout Northern California and as far as Nevada.
  • We provide more than $64 million in charity care and community benefit activities each year.



GRAMMY SPONSORS Melinda and Rick Reed, Nancy Rothman and Lou Lavigne

PLATINUM SPONSOR Sara and Ev Williams

IDOL SPONSORS Samantha and Marc Furstein, Rebecca and Mike Ghielmetti/Signature Development Group

LEGEND SPONSORS Stice & Block, LLP, Shannon and Rob Bloemker, Karen and Stephen Ellis, Jen and Abe Friedman, Samir Kaul/Khosla Ventures, Karen and Tom Mulvaney, Anne and Robert Pedrero, Jen and Chad Rego, Kristina and Chris Smith/Cresco Equipment Rentals, Shahan and Camilla Soghikian, Teri Steele and Eric Sullivan, Deloitte, Melissa Williams

ROCKSTAR SPONSORS Kara and Eric Baysinger/Denton's, Valli Benesch and Bob Tandler, Mindy and Bill Bush, City National Bank, Laura and Thomas Clydesdale, Kelly Corrigan and Edward Lichty, Laura and John Fisher, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, Dana and Todd Green, Bill Jetton and Janet Delaney/Jetton Construction, Inc., Randall Kern, Carolyn Klebanoff, Erica and Jeff Lawson, Kevin Lee/STAT Revenue, Mark McLaughlin/Pac Union, Katia Merriam and Erik Shiota, Bansi Nagji, Barbara and Michael Novogradac, Mary O'Neal/Earthworks, Camille and Ed Penhoet, John Protopappas, Lisa and Weston Settlemier, Amy and Reid Settlemier, Elisa and Marc Stad, Carrie Wheeler and Kit Codik, Tamara White, Mai Mai and Paul Wythes

*UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals Foundation recognizes the contributions made in the spirit of Notes & Words by donors in the amount of $10k or more to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland and the Foundation, as well as donors at these levels to Alameda County Health Care Services Agency in support of pediatric safety net services. We thank and appreciate all contributors at every level who have supported pediatric health care services across the Bay Area.