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Environmental attorney Leila Monroe was tired of the concept of benefit concerts. Hiring a music act to sell tickets and support the singular vision of one organization wasn’t enough of a conversation starter to come up with solutions to complicated problems that affect people in different ways. That’s what led the ocean conservation attorney to start Project AMPLIFI. The relatively new San Francisco nonprofit serves as a platform for multiple community voices on topics that affect Bay Area residents. Yes, it markets the events by bringing on musicians to perform. The difference for the organization for which Monroe serves as executive director is that the musicians must also identify with and care about the issues, and participate in the dialogue. “We saw a lot of people speaking in silos. What we try to do is to … bring different perspectives...
Posted by Roman Gokhman
Smiley's Schooner Saloon in Bolinas, the oldest business in Marin County, has a new owner, Leila Monroe, a 35-year-old San Francisco lawyer, the first woman in its colorful, 163-year history. That's the news in this happily isolated coastal hamlet, ending months of rumor and speculation, but it isn't the story. The story is that in a town famously mistrustful of outsiders, no one is calling her a carpetbagger. Quite the opposite, in fact. "People are receiving her very well," said 72-year-old Don Deane, who's owned and operated the aged Wharf Road watering hole for the past 25 years. "She is a wonderful and potentially powerful ally for the community." That is quite a statement in a countercultural haven whose residents are so reclusive they tore down its Highway 1 road sign so many times that the last one is on permanent display in the...
Posted by Paul Liberatore
Join the Party Corps Team on August 19th to help homeless youth by sponsoring Summer Sunday Hike for At The Crossroads.   Join the Party Corps teamfor a Summer SunDay Hike for Homeless Youth! The hike is a fundraiser for At The Crossroads, an awesome nonprofit organization that works with homeless youth in San Francisco, helping them build outstanding lives.  The hike starts Sunday Morning, August 19th, on Mount Tamalpais, and you’ll   If you’re not able to join the team, you can still help by sponsoring one of the Party Corps team hikers.   Your participation or contribution will support the services of ATC, which has had amazing results in the last three years: 95 percent of their formerly homeless clients have achieved stable housing 87 percent improved their legal income 74 percent were working, in school, or...
Posted by Leila
Where did Chillwave come from, and what does this pseudo-nostalgic sound mean?  In this Flavorpill piece, Tom Hawking writes "that the whole genre involved creating an imaginary solace from the troubles of the world, and it’s surely no coincidence that chillwave’s rise coincided with the aftermath of the 2007 sub-prime economic meltdown."  For disenfranchized listeners, Toro y Moi, Best Coast and their like are "a sort of cultural placing of your hands over your eyes and ears and imagining your happy place."   ...
TechChrunch features Hear It Local's exciting new House Concert function that let's fans Crowdfund their own Private Concerts. ...
This adorable animated short, is a great example of how powerfully music can educate and engage the public on a serious issue.  ...
Artfulchange is a collaboration of artists and environmentalists -- they recently gave Party Corps a great shoutout in this blog post....