(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)
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...
I'd love that! A bit out of my price range, however--
might want to check out this rare item, offered on eBay with 15% of the proceeds going to Rex! Own a piece of Amelia Earhart's plane! (Ends March 21)
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,