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    Now approaching the quarter-century mark, the Rex Foundation is the nonprofit the Dead founded in the '80s. Several Rex folks are here already, so I turn the discussion over to them!

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  • August 8, 2018 - 8:45am
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    Tomorrow at AT&T Park
    SF Giants honor Jerry, support Rex. This should be fun. http://www.rexfoundation.org/events/jerry-garcia-tribute-night-san-fran…
  • November 17, 2016 - 4:49pm
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    If You Get Confused, Listen to the Music Play
    A Note from Rex Foundation Executive Director Cameron Sears Dear Friends of Rex: I am sure many of us have spent some time over the past few days considering the uncertainty that has developed as a result of the recent election. I am reminded of the time I was confronting similar feelings while dealing with the passing of Jerry and the tumult that it brought. One of the more reassuring methods of dealing with those feelings was the role that music and community played in our collective recovery. In the latter part of 1995, the uncertainty that we all contemplated, the band included, had us thinking about the future of the band's ability and desire to perform, as well as wondering if our community bond would stay intact. These topics and many more were on everyone's mind. For the Board of Directors of the Rex Foundation, the question became how we could sustain Rex absent the funding that had been so generously provided by the band's great performances. In 2001, it had been six years since Rex had put together a benefit. At a board meeting we all came together and determined that if we were to maintain our mission, we needed to gather and revel in community and music. As a result of that meeting we decided to produce an event we called "The Healing Power of Music." It was an amazing night and it put us back on the path of restoring Rex as one of the crown jewels of the Grateful Dead experience. Ever since we produced The Healing Power of Music, Rex has continued to host events of all sorts—concerts, ski races, Grateful Dead Tribute nights with Major League Baseball and The National Hockey League, as well as local shows, fairs, and benefits raising funds for Rex at the grassroots level. We have been included in estate plans, and on a daily basis individuals consider us part of their charitable giving. Most of these sources had never even been contemplated prior to 1995, and all have provided Rex with a sustaining force. All of you have provided us with the ability to serve a broader community in need of funding. Gaining your support has been been extremely gratifying, and an essential ingredient of the Rex renaissance. It is amazing what happens with the passage of time. In spite of our worst fears we all persevered. And yes, changes did occur, yet the music we loved lived on and has continued to nourish us in ways that we could not have imagined in 1995. I for one find comfort in finding the possible in impossible. On December 3 our community will once again gather at the Fillmore in San Francisco. The event this year, called Ramble on Rose, is one that is essential to maintaining our ability to raise funds, which, in turn, allows us to make grants to well deserving non-profits. We are very fortunate to have the Midnight Ramble Band performing at this year's event. Levon Helm hand-picked these musicians as his house band in Woodstock, and they eventually became his touring band when his health would allow. They are true keepers of the flame and do an incredible job of bringing the music we all know to life. It is a very rare treat to have them on the West Coast. For more than 30 years, the Rex Foundation has funded organizations most people might never have heard of, but all of whom do meaningful work that we find important. I believe that these same groups need all of us now more than ever, and I doubt there could be any better way to celebrate their work than by coming together with songs in the air and spirits held high. Here's a link to the ticketing page: http://www.rexfoundation.org/2016/10/13/ramble-on-rose-brings-midnight-…. If you are unable to attend but would like to support the Rex Foundation, there's also a link to our donation page: https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/18195 Thank you! I look forward to seeing you there. Onward! Cameron Sears Executive Director
  • February 22, 2016 - 12:48pm
    marye
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    Fire on the Mountain Vertical Challenge returns April 1!
    Spend an awesome day on the slopes in Squaw Valley, then have fun at WinterWonderGrass--all while supporting the Rex Foundation! Details here.
  • March 6, 2015 - 12:19pm
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    Fire on the Mountain Vertical Challenge, March 20!
    Ski Squaw Valley, help Rex! Teams forming now! Details here...
  • August 15, 2014 - 10:50am
    marye
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    photo is by Susana Millman
    who's one of my faves anyway.
  • August 15, 2014 - 10:48am
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    my favorite photo
    From the Rex at the ball game festivities this week:
  • July 31, 2014 - 9:26am
    marye
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    Grateful Grass DOS
    Last December, Keller Williams, Michael Kang, Jeff Austin and Keith Moseley, aka Grateful Grass, reunited to do an awesome show for Rex at the Fillmore. Now it's an album, also for Rex. More at livedownloads...
  • June 11, 2014 - 8:35am
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    Robert Hunter presale for Rex supporters
    A word from Cameron: Dear friends: I'm very pleased to let you know that Robert Hunter has just added an August 2 show at City Winery NYC, to his upcoming Beyond the Blue Horizon tour—and given Rex supporters a chance to purchase reserved seats, as well as VIP meet-and-greet packages, in an exclusive presale through June 17, 2014. City Winery NYC, located at 155 Varick Street, is also hosting Hunter for three nights in July. To purchase tickets to the show, http://www.citywinery.com/newyork/roberthunter080214.html use this link and the promo code RIPPLE. Many thanks to Robert Hunter and City Winery NYC for making Rex part of this memorable event! Onward, Cameron Sears Executive Director
  • December 3, 2013 - 5:20pm
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    Rex at the Fillmore this Saturday
    See you there! (Details at rexfoundation.org).
  • October 15, 2013 - 5:32pm
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    And now, an announcement from the Rex Foundation...
    30 more years! And more.
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Now approaching the quarter-century mark, the Rex Foundation is the nonprofit the Dead founded in the '80s. Several Rex folks are here already, so I turn the discussion over to them!
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With much gratitude to Mary and all at Dead Net for this forum folder.. Freddy said it all ... Stay Tuned!!!
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Peter can be found at the Rex Foundation booths at various festivals this summer. He is the point person for Rex for events. If you are out on the Festival road, please stop by and say hello. Peter coordinates various Rex events from his hometown... New York City.
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Recent updates that may be of interest: Musician spotlight by our own bsclowds on SF band Tea Leaf Green, fine Rex supporters. Profile (by me) on Disabled Sports USA's Wounded Warrior Project, a recent Rex Foundation beneficiary. Kirk Bauer, the executive director, lost a leg in Vietnam and had his life changed back in the day when some fellow vets took him skiing. Today the project's working with servicemen and women who've sustained severe injuries in Afghanistan and Iraq, using sports to help them and their families rebuild their lives.
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We will be at Gathering of the Vibes NEXT WEEK... Come on over to the Rex Booth and say hello!!!!
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NEW RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGEand Special Guests Donna Jean Godchaux-Mackay and Mookie Siegel opening - boris garcia Friday, September 14, 2007 • The State Theatre 220 N. Washington Street, Falls Church, VA 22046 • Tel: (703) 237-0300 6:30-8:00 p.m. Drinks, Food, & Reception with Artists and Silent Auction Opens 8:15 p.m. Concert Reception, Food and Concert Tickets: (All but $50 is tax deductible). To order call 415-561-3135 or download the Ticket Order Form Congressional $150 Presidential $500* * for limited number of premium seats Hearty Finger Foods Include Delicacies from the Award-winning Washington, D.C. Restaurant Equinox Concert Tickets Only: $20.00 in advance, $22 day of show available through The State Theatre Box Office or 703-237-0300 For more information, call 415-561-3134
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Black Tie-Dye Ball In Celebration of the DSO Rex Caravan Tour Thursday, October 4, 2007 The Fillmore 1805 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94115 ss Tel: (415) 346-600 5:30-7:00 p.m. Drinks, Food, & Reception with Artists and Silent Auction Opens 8:00 p.m. Concert Reception, Food and Concert Tickets: $125.00 (All but $50 is tax deductible). To order Reception and Concert Tickets call 415-561-3135 or download the Ticket Order Form Concert Tickets Only: $30.00 available through The Fillmore, The Fillmore Box Office or Ticketmaster. $1.00 of every ticket benefits the Rex Foundation For more information, call 415-561-3134
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DONNA THE BUFFALOOLLABELLE with special guest David Gans Saturday, November 17, 2007 The Highline Ballroom 431 W. 16th St.,New York, New York 10011 Concert takes place 7:00 – 11:00 PM General Admission Tickets: $27 in Advance $30 Day of Show General Admission Tickets available through: Ticketweb • 866-468-7619 The Highline Ballroom Box Office $5.00 from every General Admission ticket benefits the Rex Foundation -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ENJOY A VIP PRE-CONCERT RECEPTION & GREAT CONCERT SEATING 6:00 – 7:00 PM Tickets of $55 or $75 include an open bar cocktail hour with the artists $55 tickets provide balcony seating; $75 tickets provide side-of-stage seating (All but $30.00 is tax deductible) The Highline Ballroom restaurant will be open to order dinner after 7:00 pm Reception/Concert tickets are available via The Highline Ballroom or through the Rex Foundation by calling 415-561-3135 or dowloading the Ticket Order Form For more information, call 415-561-3134
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I'm here, not with my mod hat on but with my Rex-Foundation-writer hat on, with a request. I'm working on updating the Rex Foundation blog, and we'd like to get some conversation going. As many of you probably know, Rex is big on supporting youth arts programs, especially those that bring arts education to kids in public schools. (See, for example, Little Kids Rock, which does...) In the course of thinking about such things, we realized that there's sort of an underlying meta question, namely, what is public education supposed to be in the first place? What do we WANT it to be? So we've launched blog topic to talk about it here. Please come on down and speak up! (You need a google account to post, but in this day and age most of us do. If this is a problem for you, lemme know and I'll try to design around the problem.) Thanks! ME
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Dear Friends,

Get on board the Rex Community Caravan as the fall season begins. Enjoy great music, discussions and spirited connections at the following events all in support of the Rex Foundation:

Thursday, October 4th, Rex Foundation Black Tie-Dye Ball with Dark Star Orchestra at The Fillmore in San Francisco, celebrating the special Dark Star Orchestra Rex Caravan Tour, where all shows between September 26 and October 20 include $1 per ticket sold for the Rex Foundation. Join us for a pre-concert reception with the artists, great food and connection. Click here for details .

Thursday, October 4th, Assembly of Dust with JJ Grey & Mofro, The Roxy, Boston, MA, designating $1 per ticket sold for the Rex Foundation. Click here for details.

October 4th through November 3rd, The Ryan Montbleau Band’s Patience on Friday CD Release Tour includes many shows with ticket sale contributions to the Rex Foundation. Click here for details.

Saturday, November 17th, Donna the Buffalo, Ollabelle and special guest David Gans at the Highline Ballroom in New York City, where $5 per ticket sold will be contributed to the Rex Foundation. Join us for a special pre-concert reception with the performers and great concert seats. Click here for details.

Friday/Saturday, November 16 & 17, UMass Amherst Unbroken Chain Symposium that includes a panel presentation on Grateful Dead philanthropy featuring Carolyn Garcia and Sandy Sohcot. Click here for details.

Save the Date: Saturday, December 1st, Rex Foundation Benefit, San Francisco. Details soon.

We look forward to celebrating with you to enjoy the music and spirit of the Rex Community Caravan.

Thank you for all of your support!

Sandy Sohcot
Executive Director

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Now in the mail, or readable online: http://www.rexfoundation.org/RexNewsletter5.pdf.

Addressing the issue of The Will to Change -- Buckminster Fuller remarked back in the '80s that we have the resources to solve the world's problems of hunger and need, but what's lacking is the political will. Taking that as a starting point, three very different interviews address different aspects of this issue, and Rex supporters weigh in with their views.

Rex cordially invites you to stop by the Rex Foundation Blog and give your thoughts on what it takes to achieve the momentum -- in ourselves, our communities, our nations, our world -- to make things better.

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Anybody going? (Someone from here must be going, as it's either sold out or pretty close to it, I understand) RatDog! Little Feat! The Waybacks! If you're going, let's meet!
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I wish I was going. :(boo hoo sniffle sniff I can dream, can't I? Dee
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Hi!Please forgive me for interrupting...but you need to check this item out! It is a lovely quilt named "A Nightfall of Diamonds" to benefit this wonderful organization. 25% of the sale price will go to the charity so bid and good luck! Item number: 260206868364
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I'm sure Rex thanks you!
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Hi folks--here's a heads up on a cool story I got to work on for the Rexes. It's about one of their grantees, via Mickey, who was invited to Iraq to teach drum circles as a peacemaking tool. It's a stunner of a story and I mostly try to stay out of its way... There's also an interview with Mickey on the subject, which you can read in the text version or stream/download (click/right or control click) and listen. (Why yes, that doofus talking to MIckey is me, but take no notice; Mickey's in great form.) Anyway, it's all here: http://www.rexfoundation.org/foodforthought/drumsforpeace.html Check it out, and I hope you like it half as much as I liked working on it!
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Hey guys,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!
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Come join for this Rex Musical Caravan Fundraiser! Donna Jean and the Tricksters will be performing Saturday, September 20th at the Knitting Factory in New York City. Come early for the pre-concert reception with musicians, food, drinks, and VIP Balcony. Reception tickets: knittingfactory.com or call Ticketweb at (866) 468-7619 $75.00 (All but $25 is tax deductible) Donna Jean and the Tricksters are helping bring to life the 2008 Rex Musical Caravan in New York City. Together, we’re on the bus of the Rex Community Caravan, enjoying great music and kindred connections as a grassroots philanthropic community, while helping the Rex Foundation carry out its grant making, which is now $8.3 million to over 1,000 programs across the U.S. and internationally. 2008 marks the Rex Foundation’s 25th Anniversary. This Rex Musical Caravan show is a great way to further a tradition of grassroots giving and demonstrate the power of community, service and the arts. Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you on September 20th.
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Dark Star Orchestra is helping bring to life the 2008 Rex Musical Caravan in the Los Angeles Area. Together, we’re on the bus of the Rex Community Caravan, enjoying great music and kindred connections as a grassroots philanthropic community, while helping the Rex Foundation carry out its grant making, which is now $8.3 million to over 1,000 programs across the U.S. and internationally. The Rex Foundation presented the first Black Tie-Dye Ball in Chicago in March 2004. Since then, there have been Black Tie-Dye Balls in New York City, Washington, D.C., Denver, Colorado and San Francisco. These festive occasions provide the opportunity to collaborate with gifted performers that care about the Rex Foundation and want to further what the Grateful Dead started 25 years ago. On September 27th, as at each Ball, enjoy a unique musical experience, while also celebrating each community’s talent, enterprise and community spirit. Proceeds support local non-profit programs. Come early for the pre-concert reception with musicians, food, drinks, goodie bags, silent auction and GA Balcony Seating. Reception tickets and upgrades: Rexfoundation.org or call 415-561-3135 Proceeds will help support the following organizations: Theatre of Hearts, Virginia Avenue Project and Hands for Hope. Founded by the Grateful Dead - Furthered by YOU! To order Reception and Concert Tickets call 415-561-3135 or download the ticket order form
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Donna Jean & The TrickstersSaturday, September 20, 2008 The Knitting Factory Tickets $19.00 ($1.00 goes to Rex) VIP Tix $75.00 Ticketweb http://www.ticketweb.com/snl/Search.action?query=donna+jean 74 Leonard St, New York, NY 10013 • Tel: (212) 219-3132 6:00-7:30 p.m. VIP Drinks, Food, & Reception with Artists 7:30 p.m. General Admission Doors 8:00 p.m. Show Come early for the pre-concert reception with musicians, food, drinks, and VIP Balcony. Reception tickets: or call Ticketweb at (866) 468-7619 $75.00 (All but $25 is tax deductible) Donna Jean and the Tricksters are helping bring to life the 2008 Rex Musical Caravan in New York City. Together, we’re on the bus of the Rex Community Caravan , enjoying great music and kindred connections as a grassroots philanthropic community, while helping the Rex Foundation carry out its grant making, which is now $8.3 million to over 1,000 programs across the U.S. and internationally. 2008 marks the Rex Foundation’s 25th Anniversary. This Rex Musical Caravan show is a great way to further a tradition of grassroots giving and demonstrate the power of community, service and the arts. Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you on September 20th.
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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 $8.4 million in grants to over 1,000 programs across the U.S. and internationally since forming in 1983. ---------- EVENT DETAILS: Black Tie Dye Ball A Rex Foundation Benefit with Dark Star Orchestra Saturday, November 29, 2008 Nokia Theatre 1515 Broadway (44th & Broadway), New York, NY 10036 Reception & Concert Tickets with Special Seating Access 5:30-7:00 p.m. Drinks, Food, & Reception with Artists 7:00 p.m. General Admission Doors 8:00 p.m. Show For more event details and to order Reception and Concert Tickets call 415-561-3135 or visit www.rexfoundation.org.
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so what was the exact story of the dead Rex charity tix thing? did the band donated those tix, and then all of the cash received at auction went to charity? or only the over the top of the face value went to the Rex? I'm just curious now... because... my buddy who miracled us with 4 of those charity tix, got one PAIR for 255$, (5$ he said was some service fee) 3rd row center at Wilkes-barre, and 305$ for 3rd row, in front of Branford at Byrne. for the Wilkees Barre, that was just a bit more than would have had to be paid to ticketbastard or live nation with all of their 'convenience / service' crap fees and shit. I was gobsmacked to hear that he only paid so little for such good seats, and that included one signed poster for each ticket, he sent me one of them, too!! pretty freakin' cool!! though the cue gets into the pawn shop from time to time, that poster never will. man, the charity auction should have been done FIRST instead of that flop of a pre-sale and the consideritduung VIP thing. all of the folks who paid hundreds and hundreds of $$ for a lame loose lucy lounge or to a scalper could have been helping out instead. justmy thought, hindsight is 20/20 I reckon'. peace.
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I don't know about the inner workings here, but I'll pass this to the Rex folks. Totally agree, of course.
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in other news, and with my Rex hat on, I heartily encourage folks here to check out the new Rex Web site here. Many folks have been working on this for some time trying to make it easier to find info, read current stuff, etc., so come on down and tell us what you think. And, if I do say so myself since I did the interview, Peter Rowan has some great tales, e.g.: "My brothers were in Stinson Beach, working with David (Grisman) and Garcia, and that’s when we started playing more together. Up on the side of Mt. Tamalpais, with the eucalyptus smell in the air and the fog rolling in over the far hills--just the feeling was totally different from any other place I’d ever been. I ended up staying out here all through the 1970s. "Out of all that foggy Stinson Beach coastline came the day that David and I wandered up to Jerry’s house. We started playing with Jerry and we’d go up there every evening, and we started to play a few dates around the local area. John Hartford played fiddle with us, we did a show with the Chieftains… but we were kind of a rascally band. For Jerry it was just pure fun, and everyone in the group had a different idea of what to do and where to go with it..."
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Dear Friends, We are pleased to once again have Rex Jams at the upcoming All Good, 10,000 Lakes and Gathering of the Vibes summer festivals, where the funds raised during the jams support local area high school music programs. The Detroit Lakes High School Marching Band was reactivated because of the 10,000 Lakes Festival and Rex Jam support of the last two years! Click here to learn more about each festival and the Rex Jams. We look forward to seeing you! On August 1st, supporters of the Rex Foundation are presenting A Very Jerry Evening in Indianapolis, Indiana as a Rex Musical Caravan event in honor of Jerry Garcia. Check out these details and tell your friends in the Indiananopolis area to enjoy a great night of music. Speaking of friends, Dark Star Orchestra is once again setting out on a month-long DSO Rex Caravan Tour of the West, from September 23 to October 17th. As you'll see on our website write-up, we're planning a Black Tie-Dye Ball on Friday, September 25th at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland to celebrate the Tour. Check out the video recently done at the Rex office, featuring me and Rex Board members Carolyn Garcia and Nick Morgan, where we describe the positive impact of the Rex Jams and Musical Caravan events. Our main message is that your support, whether as direct contributors, musicians putting on Caravan events, or fans at festivals and other Caravan events, adds up quickly to make it possible for Rex to provide the seed grants to non-profits doing such important work. We crossed the $1 million in grants since beginning our renewal because of you! Looking forward to seeing you this summer, with thanks, Sandy Sohcot Executive Director
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Marye:I watched "Black in America" last night and they featured a program in West Oakland for men coming out of prison-just curious if Rex works with them. Also the next time DSO plays in South Florida I would be happy to help Rex out maybe with some promos etc. And the road goes on forever.... BobbaLee
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send me an email re the DSO idea; we're actually working on something that might be a good fit, but since I'm part of a committee drafting the relevant document I can attest it's not quite ready yet. But we do love those creative collaborations... There are a couple of the black churches here that have really good programs for guys getting out of prison, Allen Temple and Acts Full Gospel. I forget which one of them has the Men of Valor program, but I have the fondest memories of sitting next to some Men of Valor guys at a city council meeting where I was there for the dogs and they were there for the program. By the end of the evening of political shenanigans and ridiculous statements from assorted parties, we had bonded thoroughly. As far as I know Rex isn't involved with those programs, but they are a very good thing and I'll pass this to Sandy.
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So with my Rexfoundation.org editor hat on, I sat down last week with Sandy Sohcot for a little video interview. You will immediately see that I am not in the habit of doing video interviews, but Sandy has lots of good stuff to say. In essence, she's recapping the last eight years: why Rex was revived after the dissolution of the band, what we've been up to, who supports us and what everyone's up to. Link is here: http://rexfoundation.org/2009/10/12/rex-foundation-conversations-renewal-community-community-caravan/.
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The Rex Foundation does many good things for people I am setting up a Rex Foundation "outpost" in South Florida where the money we raise will be used in South Florida anybody that wants to help out let me know by private email.Thanks Bob And the road goes on forever.... BobbaLee
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I'd love that! A bit out of my price range, however--
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I get a kick out of its mere existence though. And who knows, maybe there IS some high-rolling Rex fan who really really wants this...
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(July 9, 2010) Tomorrow, July 10, at 5:45 Eastern time, Matt Butler conducts the Everyone Orchestra at the All Good Festival in a Rex Jam. As the band plays, volunteers will go through the crowd collecting donations, with all proceeds going to the music programs at Preston High School in Kingwood, West Virginia. Can’t be there? No worries! The Rex Jam will be broadcast on iClips.net. The audio from the show will also be available for purchase on the All Good website through digitalsoundboard.net; all proceeds from those sales will also benefit Preston High School’s music programs. The lineup of the Everyone Orchestra for this show: Matt Butler – conductor Jen Hartswick – trumpet, vocals (Trey Anastasio Bamd) Brock Butler - guitar, vocals (Perpetual Groove) Kofi Burbridge – keys, flute (Derek Trucks Band) Roosevelt Collier – pedal steel (Lee Boys) Albert Suttle – drums (Perpetual Groove) Chuck Morris – percussion (Lotus) Graham Wiggins (Dr.Didg) – didgeridoo Oteil Burbridge- bass (Allman Bros./Derek Trucks)
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thanks Badger! looks very cool.
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which I certainly had fun doing, is here. We're working on getting audio; we'll see how that turns out...
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Thanks for the interview Marye, good to learn about the work Jorma's doing. I remember seeing him play a solo acoustic show a long,long time ago at McCabe's guitar shop in Santa Monica, it was pretty awesome!
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If you were thinking of starting off next year with the Jam Cruise (and given the lineup, who can blame you...), the promoter is offering a cool way to book your cabin and have some of the proceeds go to Rex--check it out here.