Working with Host Committee Co-Hosts, Willie Brown and Charlotte Schultz, e2k Events x Entertainment served as the Executive Producer for a series of events for the 2015 U.S. Conference of Mayors. Over a four-day period, e2k oversaw the production of nine events, 16 family tours, and transportation logistics. e2k partnered with long-time associates, Stanlee Gatti Designs and White Rain Productions to handle the non-stop schedule of major events and shows. Over 30 e2k staff members were on board to handle the various aspects of the production.
The mayors we hosted from around the nation had such a good time that it was hard to get them to back home.
Willie Brown in the San Francisco Chronicle
The events got started on Friday, June 19th with the spectacular Opening Gala at San Francisco City Hall. Gatti and his team performed their magic bringing the splendor of City Hall to life with red drape, gorgeous urns of roses and orchids, and red carpet highlighted by purple trim. Starlight Strings and the Dick Bright Orchestra ushered in the crowds. The main show, produced and directed by Erin Olmstead, featured an opening rendition of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” performed by jazz legend Patti Austin and the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. This was followed by performances by John Fogerty, singing “Dock of the Bay,” the Kronos Quartet performing “Purple Haze” while world-renowned puppeteer Basil Twist sent purple silk moving across the rotunda, and a finale with Beach Blanket Babylon and over 10 ethnic dance companies in colorful, traditional costumes.
The highlight of the evening was the entrance of the three World Series trophies, the five 49ers Super Bowl trophies, the America’s Cup, and the Warriors new NBA championship trophy – all on stage at the same time. As Mayor Edwin Lee proclaimed, “not many cities can make this claim.”
On Saturday morning, over 250 mayors and their guests walked through the fog across the Golden Gate Bridge and enjoyed breakfast on the Presidio side of the span. The mayor’s morning walks were produced by e2k Associate Producer, Megan Knight. That night, 1,500 guests enjoyed the Color of Life Global Celebration at the California Academy of Sciences. The event featured culinary delights from around the world prepared by Taste Catering. The global entertainment included San Francisco Taiko Dojo, Pete Escovedo and his band, and afro-funk recording artists Kotoja.
Sunday morning brought many of the mayors to Glide Memorial Church for an emotional service and surprise performance by Kansas City mayor, Sly James. The event had added significance in the wake of the racism-instigated church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. The Glide celebration united mayors and citizens from all walks of life, and solidified Glide’s place as the center and heart of the City.
Sunday night’s Bash on the Bay on the Embarcadero highlighted the diverse, zany side of San Francisco culture with a variety of street performers, including The Great Morgani, Velocity Circus, Billion Jelly Bloom, Cherry Hoops, Capacitor, the Devil-ettes, Brass Mafia, and Cowgirl Tricks. Giants’ game announcer, Renel Brooks-Moon, presided over the evening’s festivities. The mayors were greeted by the SFFD Fire Boat and sent off with a spectacular fireworks show on the Bay.
Monday was a busy day as well with a morning walk through the National AIDS Memorial Grove, the Botanical Gardens and the Japanese Tea Gardens, followed by a Tech and Innovation Tour of the Autodesk, Uber and Twitter offices. Monday night gave the mayors a taste of Chinatown with a parade up Grant Avenue and a five-course feast at New Asia Café and Cathay House. Coordinated by e2k producer, David Gill, the final night event sent everyone home with a smile on his or her face and happy fortunes for the year to come.