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.
The Rex Foundation is now on Twitter! Come check it out here: http://twitter.com/rexfoundation.
but you don't need to be on Facebook to see them.
From the Sweet Music Everywhere benefit in December, mostly by Bob Minkin and Susana Millman. Check 'em out!
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.
Donna Jean & The Tricksters
Saturday, September 20, 2008
The Knitting Factory
Tickets $19.00 ($1.00 goes to Rex)
VIP Tix $75.00
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.