Bill Graham’s 80th: A Celebration for a Cause

Bill Graham foundation holds annual fundraiser: Aidin Vaziri | When Bill Graham’s friends, colleagues and family members set up a foundation in his name shortly after his death in 1991, they didn’t intend to merely memorialize their fallen comrade. They wanted to make sure they kept the mercurial rock impresario’s little-discussed humanitarian spirit alive. “Our office was a pretty close-knit space, so we would see Bill’s philanthropy firsthand,” said Bob Barsotti, the former production chief at Bill Graham Presents, who now serves as the president of the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation. “It was always done with little fanfare – usually just some person walking in the back door and walking out with an envelope,” he said. “That’s what we saw missing in our community after he died – the support for the little people.” In honor of what would have been Graham’s 80th birthday, the long-running foundation will hold its annual fundraiser at the Fillmore on Saturday with headliners Los Lobos and local singer-songwriter Jackie Greene.
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