Twenty-five years ago, ‘The Musicians’ Meeting’, a 12 Step group of sober musicians, started a backyard BBQ and “jam session” in celebration of sobriety. That intimate gathering of musicians, family members and friends has grown into the West Coast’s largest one-day ‘clean & sober’ event, with live music on two stages, children’s activities and a multi-prize raffle and silent auction of celebrity autographed memorabilia and merchandise.
Over the years, the Musicians’ Picnic has generated over $1,000,000 in revenue with an attendance of over 79,000. The funds raised, after expenses of site rentals and production costs, are donated to the “MusiCares/ MAP Fund”, assisting needy musicians through rehabilitation. We donate books and literature to the Groups who visit the Hospitals & Institutions to carry the message of recovery. We recently added “The Bob Timmins Foundation” who will use our donation to assist adolescents into recovery.
The musical guest artists, the Board of Directors and committee members donate their time and talents to the Picnic, free of charge. The all-day concerts and family ‘picnic’ have consisted of inspired performances by musicians from every genre of music such as Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Wayne Kramer, Mick Fleetwood, War, Devo, Great White, Slash, David Crosby, Billy Idol, Chicago, Spencer Davis, Chuck Negron, Ivan Neville, & Dr. John; Canned Heat, Bonnie Bramlett, John & Maggie Mayall, Walter Trout, Catfish Hodge, Mike Finnegan, Martha Davis & The Motels, Automatics, Carla Olson, Fur Dixon ,Marc Ford, The English Beat, The Boxing Gandhis, The Dickies, Jerry Cantrell, Katey Sagal, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Country Joe McDonald and TSOL just to name a few. .
We are returning to Rancho San Antonio Boys Town as our 25th Anniversary venue. In addition to the ease of parking, set-up and security, the Picnic allows the residents, who are “at risk” teens, of Rancho to see and participate in sobriety at it’s’ best. The overall union of the Musicians Picnic and Rancho San Antonio provides a win-win for everyone.
The Annual Musicians’ Picnic brings attendees, performers and beneficiaries the Spirit of celebrating a new and better way of life, free from the bondage of drugs and alcohol!
In 1992, the Annual Musicians’ Picnic was established as a non-profit corporation, under the name of the Sober Musicians Fundraisers, Inc., under Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code, and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board is comprised of people from all walks of life, who are active members of 12 Step Fellowships (AA; CA; NA; and Alanon). The Board is assisted by a volunteer Committee, and together, they produce the Annual Musicians’ Picnic.
The Sober Musicians Fundraiser
Sponsored by: www.anonymousone.com
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