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.
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.