President Barack Obama will hold a fundraising concert and rally Monday night at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, featuring musical performances by John Legend and Michael Franti.

Guests are being told to arrive at 5:30 p.m., although the president isn't expected to arrive and speak until about 9:40 p.m.

Tickets had started at $100, but the cheap seats are long gone. All that remained late Sunday were preferred-seating tickets for $1,000 each. The photo reception, for which a ticket cost $7,500, has sold out too.

Before the concert and rally, the president will hold an exclusive fundraising dinner, also at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

Contributors are paying $20,000 each to sample food prepared by celebrity chefs Alice Waters and Tyler Florence. Among those expected to attend is San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith. Guests will have their pictures taken with the president and John Legend.

On Monday morning, Obama will be in Keene, near Bakersfield, to announce the establishment of the César E. Chávez National Monument on the property known as Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz (Our Lady Queen of Peace).

The site served as the national headquarters of the United Farm Workers as well as the home and workplace of civil rights activist César Chávez and his family from the early 1970s until Chávez's death in 1993. His grave is there and will become part of the monument.


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Obama has fundraisers scheduled for Sunday in Los Angeles. He'll spend Monday night in San Francisco after the fundraisers there. He'll fly out Tuesday morning to Ohio for a rally at Ohio State University in Columbus.

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