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.
And the road goes on forever....
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.
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.
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....
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 $1 million in grants since beginning our renewal because of you!
Looking forward to seeing you this summer, with thanks,
in other news, and with my Rex hat on, I heartily encourage folks here to check out the new Rex Web site here. Many folks have been working on this for some time trying to make it easier to find info, read current stuff, etc., so come on down and tell us what you think.
And, if I do say so myself since I did the interview, Peter Rowan has some great tales, e.g.:
"My brothers were in Stinson Beach, working with David (Grisman) and Garcia, and that’s when we started playing more together. Up on the side of Mt. Tamalpais, with the eucalyptus smell in the air and the fog rolling in over the far hills--just the feeling was totally different from any other place I’d ever been. I ended up staying out here all through the 1970s.
"Out of all that foggy Stinson Beach coastline came the day that David and I wandered up to Jerry’s house. We started playing with Jerry and we’d go up there every evening, and we started to play a few dates around the local area. John Hartford played fiddle with us, we did a show with the Chieftains… but we were kind of a rascally band. For Jerry it was just pure fun, and everyone in the group had a different idea of what to do and where to go with it..."
I don't know about the inner workings here, but I'll pass this to the Rex folks. Totally agree, of course.
so what was the exact story of the dead Rex charity tix thing?
did the band donated those tix, and then all of the cash received at auction went to charity? or only the over the top of the face value went to the Rex? I'm just curious now... because...
my buddy who miracled us with 4 of those charity tix, got one PAIR for 255$, (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'.
is on the Rex site: http://www.rexfoundation.org/deadtour_09.html.
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