May 12, 2018
Fox Theater Oakland

Doors 7 pm | Show 8 pm

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Daveed Diggs

Daveed Diggs

The actor, rapper, hip hop vocalist and songwriter is a proud Oakland boy who has hit it big in Broadway's Hamilton, winning a Tony for playing the dual roles of the Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson. He won the 2016 Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his electrifying performance. Diggs is a prolific musician; performing in multiple rap and hip hop groups. He was recently featured in a recurring role on ABC's Blackish and is currently producing a comedy for that network. You will want to be "in the room where it happened" when this amazing talent wows us at the Fox!

The Head and the Heart

The Head and the Heart

This Seattle band's singles "Lost in My Mind" and "All We Ever Know" hit number one on the Billboard Chart and four more have been in the top ten. They come to N&W in the midst of a massive tour where they will play festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo. Rolling Stone says they "have always been admirably honest about their rustic notions of musicality, celebrating uncluttered craft, homey detail and vérité revelation." We say they have ramshackle charm and gorgeous harmonies you are going to love.

Vocal Rush

Vocal Rush

A national sensation and four-time national champion a cappella ensemble, Vocal Rush will blow you away with their power house vocals and beat-box rhythms. This crew of insanely talented high-schoolers has received numerous accolades in addition to their national championship titles, including a first place win at the Los Angeles A Cappella Festival, and perhaps most notably, a third place win on NBC's hit a cappella competition show, The Sing-Off.

Oakland School for the Arts Chamber Choir

Oakland School for the Arts Chamber Choir

By popular demand, we welcome back to the Notes & Words stage our favorite resident performers, The Oakland School for the Arts Chamber Choir. You may remember this talented crew from their incredible performance last year with Chris Martin. Following their collaboration on the Notes & Words stage, the Chamber Choir was invited to perform live with Cold Play at Levi's Stadium!


Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis

East Bay Wunderkind, best-selling non-fiction author, journalist and all around good guy Michael Lewis is known for riveting bestsellers like The Big Short, The Blind Side, Moneyball and Flash Boys. No wonder so many of his amazing works have been turned into Oscar winning films. His newest book, The Undoing Project immediately went to the top all bookselling charts. Lewis is also a frequent contributing editor to Vanity Fair. We love his wit and wry humor which are sure to delight us all on May 13th.

Calvin Trillin

Calvin Trillin

Even though he wrote the book, Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin, we can never have enough of this journalist, humorist, food writer, poet, memoirist and novelist. Although this satirist appeared on Johnny Carson more than 25 times, loves to poke fun of Americana, and is adamant that the average shelf life of a book is "between milk and yogurt," Calvin Trillin touched our hearts with his tribute to his late wife in About Alice. Remember that feeling when Billy Collins took the stage at Notes & Words in 2013 and stole the show? It’s going to be just like that.

Kelly Corrigan

Kelly Corrigan

You know her as the creative force behind Notes & Words and you love her for her clever, insightful best-selling memoirs The Middle PlaceLift, and Glitter and Glue. Her books deeply resonate with readers with their delicate weave of humor and heartache. When Kelly isn't traversing the country on book tours, interviewing thought leaders and writers for her KQED radio show, Exactly, or puzzling over the wonders of teenage daughters, you can find her in the neonatal intensive care unit holding preemie infants.



PERFORMERS LaToya London, Billy Collins, Lauren Graham, Mary Roach, OSA's Vocal Rush, Goodnight Texas and G. Love & The Special Sauce



Back in 1912, Alameda County nurse Bertha Wright, social worker Mabel Weed, and a group of similarly civic–minded women founded the "Baby Hospital" that we know today as UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. They believed that every child – regardless of race, gender, or financial circumstance – deserved quality healthcare.

The practice of medicine has changed dramatically from when we first opened our doors, with remarkable advances in technology and improved delivery of healthcare services. Yet the moral and philosophical grounding of the founders' mission has remained the same for every member of the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland team ever since.

We look forward to continued success, but we know we can't do it alone. To help us provide a better future for children in the community and all over the world, we need people just like you.


  • UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals Oakland is one of only five American College of Surgeons Pediatric Level 1 trauma centers.
  • UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals are ranked among the nation's best children's hospitals in nine pediatric specialties.
  • More than 3,500 doctors, nurses, researchers and other dedicated staff care for over 75,000 patients each year at the Oakland campus.
  • Our patients reflect the diversity of California: last year, we provided translation services to families in more than 55 languages.
  • We are committed to providing the highest quality of care to all children, regardless of a family's ability to pay.


DOUBLE PLATINUM SPONSOR Lynne and Marc Benioff, Nancy Rothman and Lou Lavigne

PLATINUM SPONSOR Melinda and Rick Reed

IDOL SPONSORS Samantha and Marc Furstein, Signature Development Group/Rebecca and Mike Ghielmetti, Bertram Lubin MD and Vivian Scharlach, Camilla and Shahan Soghikian, Sara and Ev Williams

LEGEND SPONSORS Karen and Stephen Ellis, Jen & Abe Friedman, Vicki and George Gallegos/Jitterbit, Khosla Ventures/Samir Kaul, Mark McLaughlin/Pacific Union Real Estate, Barbara and Michael Novogradac, Jen and Chad Rego/First Republic Bank, Kristina and Chris Smith/Cresco Equipment Rental, Stice & Block, LLP, Robin Washington, Melissa Williams

ROCKSTAR SPONSORS David Beier and Elizabeth Wright, BioMarin, The Bush Family, Bill Jetton and Janet Delaney/Jetton Construction, Inc., Laura and John Fisher, Dana and Todd Green, Kim and Bob Lally, Erica and Jeff Lawson, Kelly Corrigan and Edward Lichty, ARIA Technologies/Paula and Joe McGuinness, Scott and Valerie Mollahan/Insight Resource Group, Karen and Tom Mulvaney, Bansi Nagji, Mary O'Neal/Earthworks, Camille and Edward Penhoet, Laura and Gregg Perloff, Sandra and Jack Ripsteen, Jen and Chad Rego, Elisa & Marc Stad, Mindy and Dr. Peter Sun, Carrie Wheeler and Kit Codik, Tamara White

*UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals Foundation recognizes the contributions made in the spirit of Notes & Words by donors in the amount of $10k or more to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland and the Foundation, as well as donors at these levels to Alameda County Health Care Services Agency in support of pediatric safety net services. We thank and appreciate all contributors at every level who have supported pediatric health care services across the Bay Area.