Rex Foundation will be at almost all of the summer festivals in the form of the Rex Jam. The Rex Jam happens when a band such as Ratdog or Everyone Orchestra will announce the Rex Jam then play a couple of tunes while people circulate the crowd with buckets collecting money that will be donated to the local school music programs.
The Rex Community Caravan is also building steam with bands getting on board to perform a few shows on their tours. Dark Star Orchestra designated their fall 2007 west coast leg as a Rex Community Caravan tour. One dollar from each ticket went to the Rex Foundation totaling $16,000 that was donated to grantees designated by DSO. Check the Rex web site for details.
Are you in a band? Would you like to get on board the Rex Caravan?
Plans are in the works to celebrate the Rex Foundation's 25th Anniversary at the end of the year. Sign up at RexFoundation.org to be informed when tickets are announced.
the most recent in my series of articles on Rex grantees is about Youth Movement Records, which it turns out is not far from my house in Oakland. These folks completely blew me away, in a very good way, and I recommend checking them out!
and while I'm thinking of it, because I just interviewed the dude the other day-- back in 2006 Keller Williams, along with SCI's Keith Mosely and Yonder Mountain's Steve Austin, did a show at the Fillmore in Denver, consisting of bluegrass renditions of Dead tunes.
The result is now available as a download benefiting Rex. Details here.
i'm quivering! thx 4 the info marye, u so good!
I haven't downloaded it yet but the clips on itunes sound real good. And yes, you can get flac.
The Rex Foundation has some amazing events coming up!
On August 13th, Ratdog will be performing, along with The Allman Brothers Band at Jones Beach! Rex is selling VIP tickets which include a special party before and during the show with food and beverages, along with VIP Parking. $50 of each ticket sold will benefit Rex, so take advantage of the opportunity to get premier seating and support Rex!
For ticket purchase or questions, please visit www.Rexfoundation.org, or give us a call at (415) 561-3135.
For more upcoming events and updates:
Join our Myspace group at www.myspace.com/rexfoundationmusicevents
Or our Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=6227302961&ref=ts
Hope to hear from you!
The Rex Foundation brings its special mix of fun and fundraising back to New York City by throwing a Black Tie Dye Ball with the band Dark Star Orchestra on Saturday, November 29th at the Nokia Theater.
For the Grateful Dead the music came before the money (and because of this the money usually followed), and the Rex Foundation – originally funded by direct contributions from the Dead – has relied on fundraising events organized around this same principle. Says Foundation Executive Director Sandy Sohcot, “benefit events are a great way to connect the musical community to grassroots philanthropy, furthering a tradition that began at the first Grateful Dead Rex benefit in the spring of 1984.”
According to Carolyn Garcia, Rex Foundation board member and wife of the late Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia, “There is a very special community spirit that happens at these Rex events, where everyone – the musicians, fans, venue operators, promoters – enjoy connecting around music, having fun together while helping support worthwhile grassroots non-profits.”
The Rex Foundation has distributed $8.4 million in grants to over 1,000 programs across the U.S. and internationally since forming in 1983.
Black Tie Dye Ball
A Rex Foundation Benefit with Dark Star Orchestra
Saturday, November 29, 2008
1515 Broadway (44th & Broadway), New York, NY 10036
Reception & Concert Tickets with Special Seating Access
5:30-7:00 p.m. Drinks, Food, & Reception with Artists
7:00 p.m. General Admission Doors
8:00 p.m. Show
For more event details and to order Reception and Concert Tickets call 415-561-3135 or visit www.rexfoundation.org.
I must bang the drum a bit because in celebration of the Rex 25th Anniversary Stanley Mouse himself has done a poster I really love (and just phoned in my order, and I'm not a great buyer of posters). It's a limited edition so just making sure it's one everyone's radar:
And this is probably a good time to direct your attention to the fine Rex posters in our very own GD Store as well:
The Rex Foundation is now on Twitter: http://twitter.com/rexfoundation. Follow along with the Music Caravan and get real-time updates!
The Rex Foundation thanks The Dead for the continued generous support of The Unbroken Chain Foundation, The Further Foundation, Rex Foundation and other philanthropic causes that will be supported from ticket sales on the forthcoming tour this spring. We greatly appreciate and highly value the association