Roberta Flack to Open At Stern Grove

Roberta Flack

Roberta Flack

Roberta Flack will kick off Stern Grove’s Festival on Father’s Day, Sunday June 21, 2 p.m. The R&B legend will be joined by the “Piano Prince of New Orleans,” Davell Crawford.
This first event of the Stern Grove Festival’s 72nd Season will be admission-free, on the grass at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard in San Francisco.
Flack can trace her musical roots back to the era of Sam Cooke and Mahalia Jackson, emanating from the Baptist Church on her block.  Following her studies at Howard University, she shared stages with Liberace, Bill Cosby, and Woody Allen.  Her debut album featured “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” which hit number one on the charts.
In the 70’s she won back-to-back Grammys for Record of the Year in 1973 and l974, for her first hit and “Killing Me Softly.”  She collaborated with Donny Hathaway and soon released four albums.  Flack is currently working on her fifteenth album, due for release this year.
Guests are encouraged to bring picnics. low beach chairs and ground covers.  No pets or beach umbrellas.