We are proud to announce the second annual Arhoolie Awards and Benefit Concert, to be held November 22nd at San Francisco’s The Chapel. Proceeds from the event will go to support the Awards program and help further the mission of the Arhoolie Foundation.

This year’s award recipients – who each receive $10,000 to support their work – are Linda Tillery, a singer, songwriter, producer, and activist recognized as a pioneer of women’s music; Cedric Watson, a Texas-born musician who breathes new life into the Creole music of Southwest Louisiana; and Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, a longtime home of roots, folk, and world music. Rock & Roll and Blues Hall of Famer Elvin Bishop, who is headlining the concert, will be honored with a Chris Strachwitz Legacy Award.

Hosted by KCSM’s Jesse “Chuy” Varela, the event will feature live performances of down home blues by GRAMMY-nominated Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio, soulful African diasporic music by Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, and spirited gospel by The Sons of the Soul Revivers.