Earlier this year, the Rex Foundation Board of Directors presented our Ralph J. Gleason award to Levon Helm. Named after the renowned music journalist from San Francisco who was a major figure in the advancement of music in America in the 1960s, the award is given to people or organizations that have exemplified high standards in furthering creativity and promoting modern musical expression. It is in this vein that we choose to recognize not only Levon Helm's unique musical gifts but also his vision of community-based musical events that he pioneered at his majestic barn in Woodstock, N.Y.
Levon cherished the music of his youth in Arkansas and sought to replicate the essence of that experience by hosting "Rambles" at his Barn in Woodstock.
Starting rather modestly, the first incarnations of these events began with Levon creating a house band, which came to be known as the Midnight Ramble Band.
Founded with his daughter Amy Helm and Larry Campbell, the band features an incredible array of talented musicians, including a three-piece horn section, exceptional vocals and the ability to play any genre of music that comes their way.
Levon created an enduring vision with his Barn and the Midnight Ramble Band, and both continue to flourish despite his absence. The fact that both of these expressions of his musical genius are still here with us is a profound legacy.
We are thrilled to have the Midnight Ramble Band come and perform at our annual December 3 Benefit entitled "Ramble on Rose." Over the years the Grateful Dead, The Band, and Levon in particular, had many epic moments together.
This show will be not only be a fitting tribute to that shared history but will have you dancing all night long and for days after. Please join us for a rare West Coast performance of the Midnight Ramble Band, along with some special friends. This will be a night you won't soon forget!
Tickets are now on sale. See you there!