On Thursday, May 15, an all-star line-up of musicians united for the 1st annual "Acoustic-4-A-Cure" concert benefiting the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.
The star-studded lineup included (in alphabetical order):
"Acoustic-4-A-Cure" was created by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musician and Bay Area resident Sammy Hagar, an on-going supporter of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital through his Hagar Family Foundation: "I've seen first hand the great work they're doing and how vital community support is," Hagar said. "I ran the idea of a benefit concert by James (Hetfield) and we quickly had an amazing lineup of artists on board, then Live Nation stepped up with The Fillmore and now we've got an epic event – the first of many hopefully – so we can help keep their research and programs funded and on the path to a cure."
"This is sure to be an unforgettable evening, and we're so very grateful to the Hagar Family Foundation for their incredible support of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital," said Jean Nakamura, MD, Associate Professor Radiation Oncologist at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. "UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital is recognized as one of the leading children's hospitals in the world, largely due to the ongoing support of our community."
About UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital creates an environment where children and their families find compassionate care at the forefront of scientific discovery, with more than 150 experts in 50 medical specialties serving patients throughout Northern California and beyond. The hospital admits about 5,000 children each year, including 2,000 babies born in the hospital. www.ucsfbenioffchildrens.org/
About UCSF Medical Center
UCSF Medical Center is recognized throughout the world as a leading academic medical center that provides innovative treatments, uses advanced technology, fosters collaboration among clinicians and scientists, and employs a highly compassionate team of doctors, nurses and staff. www.ucsfhealth.org/
But from the moment the doors opened at the venue on Thursday for the sold-out show, proceeds from which will support cancer research at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, more than anything else it felt like a great big party among friends.
There were plenty of bear hugs, self-deprecating jokes and flubbed notes onstage, as the mighty multiplatinum rockers gamely tried to downsize their stadium-size sounds for the evening's intimate, acoustic format.