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Denver 2015

San Fran 2014


The Payback Raised $35,000 to Benefit Compass Family Services in San Francisco.

We’re happy to report, the two-night benefit concerts were a great success, raising $35,000 to help Compass Family Services achieve their mission of ending family homelessness in San Francisco. The two-night benefit concerts were held September 26 &27, 2015 at the Great American Music Hall. Eddie Roberts’ Payback band featured Zigaboo Modeliste of The Meters, Robert Walter of Gregboy Allstars, Reed Mathis of Tea Leaf Green, Mike Dillon of Primus, Jennifer Hartswick of Trey Anastasio Band, Adryon de Leon of Orgone, Daniel Casares  and Mike Olmos of West Coast Sounds, Harry Duncan of In The Soul Kitchen.  The band, Euforquestra, opened both nights. The shows had concert goers throwing it down on the floor dancing with their funk/groove and soulful sound.


This was the second year the Payback rocked the Tenderloin with all of the proceeds benefiting Compass Family Services and their work with homeless families.  The Payback was started by Eddie Roberts after his experience living in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood.  He wanted to give back to the community and specifically make an impact with parents trying to support their children in an ever-challenging city.


Compass Family Services provides services to more than 5,000 parents and children each year – ending homelessness for many families and preventing homelessness for others.  Services include housing, childcare, mental health and family counseling, employment and educational assistance and crisis intervention.  The $35,000 raised will help secure stable housing for families at risk of homelessness and funding emergency shelter for families currently on the streets.You can learn more about Compass Family Services and how to contribute:


Positive Legacy is proud of being The Payback’s nonprofit partner for the past two years, and excited to see Eddie Roberts’ Payback receive 501(c)(3) status just one week prior to the San Francisco Payback shows in September 2015. The Payback benefit concerts have also been held in Denver, Colorado with plans to expand to other major U.S. cities.


San Francisco Facts on Homelessness:

  • Family homelessness has increased 20% in the past four years.

  • Average wait for a family to get into temporary shelter is over eight months.

  • A single parent with two children must work three full-time, minimum wage jobs to afford basic living expenses.

  • 3,800 low-income children are on the waiting list for subsidized childcare.

Compass Family Services Accomplishments:

  • 95% of families in Compass housing programs don’t return to shelters within a year of exiting the program.

  • 5,000 parents and children benefit from their education, employment, and housing services every year.

  • More than 1,000 children have graduated from their early childhood education programs prepared for success in kindergarten and beyond.

  • They provide 32,500 nights of shelter for families annually.


What is The Payback?

The Payback was started by Eddie Roberts, guitarist and bandleader of UK Funk group The New Mastersounds. After living in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco for several years, Eddie developed a real sense of connection to the community and felt the day-to-day reality of the burgeoning homeless situation in his neighborhood. There is currently a mass displacement of families occurring within the Bay Area; families with young children are often hit hardest with these changes.


Eddie decided to address this issue directly through partnering with various artists, musicians and other nonprofits to raise funds for organizations that are working to make a real difference in the lives of homeless families. The Payback benefit concerts have raised tens of thousands of dollars over the past two years in both San Francisco and Denver, CO. The Payback also has plans to expand to other major cities in the US over the next several years.

The Payback Denver – March 2015

On March 20 & 21 of 2015, Denver Funk Fans gathered for two nights of music for a cause at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom. Eddie Roberts along with an all-star lineup of musicians came together to raise funds to help support the homeless children in the Denver Public School System. The Denver Payback benefitted Denver’s Road Home and Denver Public Schools Homeless Education Network which services the 2,000 school children currently identified as homeless in Denver.


The Payback featured these artists:

Eddie Roberts (The New Mastersounds), Oteil Burbridge (The Allman Brothers), Zigaboo Modeliste (The Meters), Robert Walter, Mike Dillon (Garage A Trois / Mike Dillon Band), Gabe Mervine and Matt Pitts (The Motet) w/ Liebermonster – FRIDA


The Denver Payback Raised $10,000 to Support Denver Public Schools Homeless Education Network

This is how the funds were dispersed: 

$3,000 to purchase 60 -$50 King Soopers emergency food cards

$2,000 to purchase 51 RTD student bus passes at $39.00 each

$2,000 to purchase student supplies: backpacks, school uniforms, school fees, socks/underwear, hygiene supplies and shoes for the 15-16 school year

$3,000 to purchase emergency motel nights for families when shelters are full and cannot access vouchers from DHS and for first months rents and deposit


Thank you to all of you who came out to support the shows, bid on and purchased an auction item, and donated a backpack for the students!

The Payback - Denver


San Francisco 2014

Day of Service & Cultural Connection

How The Payback Got it's Start

Eddie Roberts, guitarist of UK funk band The New Mastersounds, decided to start a series of benefit concerts to focus on various homeless issues in the US. Having lived for a period of time in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco and feeling a real sense of connection and community, he was personally touched by the homeless situation, including the ignorance of the reality surrounding the issue. Eddie decided to join his music with artists and organizations that are working to make a difference in the lives of others.

Eddie Roberts asked Positive Legacy to be a partner of The Payback in San Francisco in September of 2014. The event was a huge success and raised $26,000 for Compass Family Services, an organization dedicated to supporting San Francisco’s vulnerable and homeless families. Compass Family Services helps homeless families and families at imminent risk for homelessness to achieve housing stability, family well-being, and self-sufficiency. Each year, Compass Family Services supports approximately 5,000 children and parents, 90 percent of whom are below the federal poverty line, and 50 percent of whom are under 18 years of age. The majority of their clients are single mothers with one or two children.

Since the San Francisco Payback, Positive Legacy and Eddie Roberts partnered together again to host The Payback Denver in March of 2015. The Denver Payback benefitted Denver’s Road Home and Denver Public Schools Foundation which services the 2,000 school children currently identified as homeless in Denver.


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