Amie Penwell and Ken Newman at The Secret Garden SF

By Inside Lands House Concerts (other events)

Sunday, September 29 2019 7:00 PM 9:30 PM

Join us for our second benefit for Blanket The Homeless, featuring two Bay Area favorites, Amie Penwell and Ken Newman performing a house concert at The Secret Garden in San Francisco.

The show begins at 7:00pm with special guest performances by singer/songwriters Francesca Lee, Jeff Desira, Donovan Plant, Chris Hanlin, Leah Jones, Johnny Nash, Victor Mitrani, David Moore and Peter Mrdjenovich. 

BLANKET THE HOMELESS is a Bay Area charity committed to improving the day-to-day experience of people living on the street. Volunteers hand out small parcels containing emergency blankets, socks, first-aid supplies, and other essential items. 

Donations from this event will go to support the BTH mission of delivering care packages to people living on the streets of San Francisco. 

Seating is limited in this gorgeous, private venue, so be sure to reserve your spot in advance at


“From start to finish the release is golden, and proves to be one of a kind in the current musical market.”— No Depression

“She carries a powerful message that will not only stop you dead in your tracks, but will leave you thinking as well. This is only the beginning of great things to come from the artist, and we're on board.”— BuzzFeed

If Sarah McLachlan, Annie Lennox, and Peter Gabriel, were melted down and reanimated-They would become Amie Penwell. She is a Singer/Songwriter who focuses on healing, the theme of all her work over the past 15 years, including two EP's Amie Penwell, Under City Lights, two full length records King In A Temple, Windows. She's ssung in living rooms, on farms, in mansions, tiny houses, clubs, small theaters, and amphitheathers. She's been on TV, podcasts, and several taste making radio stations across the planet. She's worked on major motion and independent films, web series, and several award winning documentaries. She works one on one with people and lead small groups through healing songwriting sessions.

If you're not already a fan, you will be after the first few notes of songs like Mercy, Unstoppable, Show Me to The River, and Come to Me. Check out samples from all her records at


Ken Newman is a San Francisco-based Singer/Songwriter. He currently performs solo and with his band, “Berkeley Bronx,” (w/ Andrea Hensler and Mario Ornelas) Prior to that, he was lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the band, “Last Bastion.”

For the past six years, his earnings from music have all been donated to a variety of homeless charities; specifically, Compass Family Services, Larkin St. Youth Services, and Raphael House.  More recently, he and a number of fellow musicians have been supporting a program called, “Blanket The Homeless.” Started with his friend, Bronica Blue, their mission is to package up emergency blankets, hand warmers, socks, first aid kits, and other items and distribute them to people living on the streets of San Francisco. Since October of 2016, thousands of these ‘care packages’ have been given out.

In late 2014, Ken became involved with a program called “Be Robin.”  Started by Comedian, Margaret Cho, “Be Robin.” was a homeless outreach program that celebrated the memory and philanthropy of her dear friend, Robin Williams.  The goal here was simple:  to organize street performances, collect money and distribute it to the homeless.  It started with a small crowd of people in the Haight Ashbury, gathering around Margaret and her friend and fellow performer, Gerri Lawlor.  A simple sign on the ground said, “If you have, give, if you need, take”   And people gave.  A LOT.

Be Robin soon developed into a number of street shows at locations around San Francisco and then into larger events at The Oasis, The Condor, The Boom Boom Room, The Edge and other venues.  Many talented local musicians like Roger Rocha, Bob Mould, Mia Simmans, Josh Zee, Ari Gorman, as well as promoter, Donna Merlino helped it go viral.  And then, comedian and documentary fillmaker, Kurt Weitzmann immortalized it by creating the film, “Be Robin – The Movie”  which is now winning awards at festivals throughout the country.

Ken is currently working on his album, “Fiasco,” produced by Scott Mickelson  The plan is to release it in Spring of 2018.  All proceeds from album sales and downloads will also support our homeless outreach programs.