Last Sunday I announced that jazz clarinetist Ben Goldberg would be the next featured performer in the Concerts at the Cadillac series. Performing in a trio with pianist Michael Coleman and drummer Hamir Atwal, Goldberg’s one-hour Cadillac gig will take place tomorrow (July 11) at 12:30 p.m. This morning I learned that there will be a second Concerts at the Cadillac event the next day. This one will fill the lobby of the Cadillac Hotel with the Fresno County Youth Choir (FCYC).
This ensemble is run with the support of the Fresno County Office of Education, whose current Superintendent is Jim A. Yovino. It is an auditioned group of high school and college students, performing a repertoire that (as the group puts it) “lifts the heart, fills the soul and changes lives.” The FCYC motto is “Living Out Loud;” and the title of the program they have prepared for the Cadillac is Shine a Light.
The Cadillac Hotel is located at 380 Eddy Street at the corner of Leavenworth Street. I always like to reminder readers that this is only a few blocks from the corner of Turk Street and Hyde Street. The Black Hawk nightclub, which used to be a major venue for jazz, particularly involving some of the most adventurous and innovative performers until it closed in 1963, was located on this corner; so I like to believe that Concerts at the Cadillac has taken up the torch of promoting live performance in the Tenderloin that was carried for so long by the Black Hawk. The FCYC performance will begin (again) at 12:30 p.m. this coming Saturday, July 12. All Concerts at the Cadillac performances are offered free of charge as a gift to the people of the Tenderloin from a hotel that not only is an official San Francisco Landmark (Number 176) but also that calls itself “The House of Welcome Since 1907.”