Daveed Diggs to Headline Notes & Words
Actor-vocalist Daveed Diggs, Tony Award winner for Broadway smash Hamilton, joins chart-topping band The Head and the Heart and three best-selling authors for Notes & Words, an eclectic evening benefitting UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland on May 13.
Diggs, an Oakland native, received critical acclaim for his scene-stealing dual roles of Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in the blockbuster musical. Since leaving the show, Diggs is involved in major television projects and has become a sought-after performer.
“His knack for warm and engaging storytelling instantly turns him into an unavoidably dynamic presence,” enthuses an Esquire profile. “Diggs is just as compelling and energetic to watch as he is to listen to.”
Seattle’s The Head and the Heart weave soulful, folksy melodies with a ramshackle charm that has skyrocketed their singles to the top of the Billboard charts. Also taking the stage are prolific satirist and longtime New Yorker contributor Calvin Trillin and author Michael Lewis, whose books (The Blind Side, The Big Short) have a knack for becoming Oscar-winning films.
“Think of Notes & Words as City Arts & Lectures crossed with the Bridge School Benefit Concert,” explains author and podcast host Kelly Corrigan, who launched the event in 2010 and also performs this year.
Since its inception, Notes & Words has raised more than $6.5 million for our young patients. Past performers include writers Michael Chabon, Dave Eggers, Anne Lamott, B.J. Novak, and Jane Smiley; former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins; comedian Jim Gaffigan; singer Chris Martin of Coldplay; and music groups CAKE and G. Love & Special Sauce.
While there’s lots of excitement in store, the biggest draw is, of course, supporting the hospital’s crucial mission: providing top-notch medical care to all children — whatever their challenges, whatever their families’ means.
Mark Your Calendar!
Notes & Words
Date: Saturday, May 13
Where: Fox Theater (Oakland, CA)
Visit the Notes & Words website for more information on seating and tickets.