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Go See Janelle Monáe for Free at Lunch Today

Scott Lucas | March 7, 2014 | Story Music

Have the city's tech overlords decided to take a page from Warren Hellman's playbook?

That's the question we were wondering when we heard that Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, noted spur in the sides of the tech firms to engage more with the city, would be throwing a free Janelle Monáe performance today at the Justin Herman Plaza at 12:30.

Well, first we were freaking out about a free Janelle Monáe concert. Tightrope is our jam.

SF Weekly has the details: "Benioff has invited the public to join his staff in packing meals for Stop Hunger Now. Alternatively, he's asking people to bring 15 cans of food to donate to the S.F. Food Bank. The volunteer activities begin at 11 a.m. and run until 2. So cut out of work early, bring some cans, and go shake your thing to Janelle."

That should put you in mind of another San Francisco wealth philanthropist. Warren Hellman, the private equity investor who died in 2011, was the financial force behind the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, held every October in Golden Gate Park.

Hellman used to joke that the whole reason he sponsored the three-day free music festival was to guarantee a gig for his own bluegrass band, the Wronglers. So we're proposing a challenge to Benioff. Let us know you're serious about this stuff: Get up there and give Big Boi's verse.

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