GLIDE’s Holiday Jam Benefit Concert Returns to The Masonic w/ Bobby McFerrin and Fantastic Negrito

Article Contributed by Denise Lamott PR | Published on Tuesday, October 12, 2021

GLIDE is proud to announce the GLIDE Annual Holiday Jam: Still We Rise, a live, in-person and livestreamed benefit on Thursday, November 18 at The Masonic in San Francisco. After a year and a half of upheaval and distancing, the GLIDE Annual Holiday Jam: Still We Rise returns as an in-person event bringing the community together for music, storytelling and celebration to support GLIDE’s mission. Musical guests include 10-time Grammy winner and legendary artist Bobby McFerrin, three-time Grammy awardee and NPR Tiny Desk contest winner Fantastic Negrito, and the renown and uplifting GLIDE Ensemble and Change Band under the direction of Vernon Bush.

Please note: GLIDE is closely monitoring re-opening guidelines and is planning an event that aligns fully with San Francisco health and safety guidelines. Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required. The program will be livestreamed for those who prefer to watch from home.

This year’s GLIDE Annual Holiday Jam: Still We Rise is dedicated to GLIDE co-founder and Holiday Jam creator Janice Mirikitani who passed away recently.

"GLIDE is looking forward to bringing people together safely to celebrate and recognize our collective service after a long time apart. This year is particularly special as we dedicate this event to our late and beloved Co-Founder Janice Mirikitani,” said GLIDE President and CEO Karen Hanrahan.  “The event will be celebratory while also highlighting how GLIDE continues to adapt and innovate to find solutions to address poverty, homelessness, and racial and social inequities.“

The past 18 months have been devastating for individuals and families most marginalized in San Francisco, as the COVID crisis has exacerbated economic, health, and racial disparities. Throughout it all, GLIDE has remained steadfast. The 2021 GLIDE Annual Holiday Jam: Still We Rise will both celebrate and raise awareness of GLIDE’s ongoing, results-oriented work to reduce poverty, homelessness, and inequity. The event’s honorary co-chairs are Guy Johnson, a writer and Maya Angelou’s son, and Alicia Garza, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter.

Each year, the GLIDE Annual Holiday Jam raises funds for GLIDE’s comprehensive services that provide opportunities to help more people off the streets and support policy reform and advocacy efforts to disrupt cycles of intergenerational poverty to realize a more equitable city.

During COVID, GLIDE expanded services including greater mobile outreach across San Francisco, COVID testing and vaccines in the Tenderloin, more than 10,000 free, nutritious meals weekly, and expanded access to health, housing, legal, and other resources for individuals and families.

Tickets are $50 - $100 for the in-person performance and include complimentary tasty bites. For tickets, and more information, including how to join our generous sponsors, with opportunities starting at $500, please visit, call 415.674.6145 or email [email protected]. Details of the livestream are coming soon.

About GLIDE:

GLIDE is a nationally recognized center for social justice dedicated to fighting systemic injustices, creating pathways out of poverty and crisis, and transforming lives. GLIDE’s integrated comprehensive services, advocacy initiatives, and inclusive community empower individuals, families, and children to achieve stability and thrive. GLIDE is on the forefront of addressing some of the most pressing issues including poverty, housing and homelessness, and racial and social injustice.