September 23rd REX FOUNDATION Black Tie-Dye Ball

- for the Grateful Web

Founded in 1984 by the Grateful Dead, the Rex Foundation celebrates the magical combination of music, community, creativity and joyful spirit . This is the third Black Tie-Dye Ball the Rex Foundation has presented with Dark Star Orchestra. We began this now burgeoning tradition in Chicago on March 6, 2004, then in Washington, D.C. on December 3, 2005. The next installment will be on September 23rd, 2006 in Denver at The Fillmore Auditorium.

We look forward to another great Saturday night with Dark Star Orchestra as we celebrate and support Denver's enterprise and community spirit. Proceeds from the event will support local non-profit programs.


There are a lot of cover bands around and a lot of those are Grateful Dead cover bands. You've seen them, they're good. Most include the music of Jerry Garcia, Bobby Weir et al with other cover songs and some originals mixed in. DSO is a different breed of "Dead" band. What Dark Star Orchestra does is recreate the Grateful Dead. Not with hippie wigs and fake beards but through the live music. They play the setlist song for song in the same arrangements used by the Dead members of that period. When you're at a DSO show you may really be in the Providence Civic Center back in May of '81. Or you could even be at the 1973 Denver Coliseum show listening to Weather Report Suite. Who knows?

Actually no one does and that's part of the trip. The date of the show to be recreated is kept secret right up till the performance. Oh, there are clues (the number and placement of microphones, the keyboard setup, a midi guitar) and the secret becomes part of a game. Usually the audience in front starts throwing out guesses toward the end of the first set. The wiser observer waits for the start of the second set to venture a showdate. Sometimes a curious look comes over the faces of the audience as they realize, "Hey! I was at this show!" followed by a smile as they realize...they're at the show again! Remember: This is an exhibition, not a competition. So wagering! The original showdate, for those who are DEADBASE-impaired, is announced at the end of the night usually followed by an extended encore of the band's choosing.

rexThe Rex Foundation aims to help secure a healthy environment, promote individuality in the arts, provide support to critical and necessary social services, assist others less fortunate than ourselves, protect the rights of indigenous people and ensure their cultural survival, build a stronger community, and educate children and adults everywhere.

Join the Rex Foundation at the Black Tie-Dye Ball, celebrating the magical combination of music, community, creativity and joyful spirit. Proceeds support local non-profit programs.

Concert-only tickets are $26.00 and are available at and "Mile High" Premium Seating Tickets ($125) and "Summit" Front and Center Tickets ($300) which both include the Pre-Concert Reception with the Artists and dinner, are available on the Rex Foundation web site. For more information, go to or call 415-561-3135.

dsoThe Rex Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable organization established in 1983 by friends and members of the Grateful Dead, has been aiding in building stronger communities, promoting individuality in the arts, helping secure a more healthy environment, and protecting the rights of indigenous people for twenty-one years. Their fundraising began in 1984 with the Grateful Dead performing "Rex" benefit concerts. Over the course of 11 years, the Grateful Dead raised $7 million which reached 900 programs. In December 2001, the Rex Foundation launched its renewal efforts by presenting fundraising events in the Bay Area and in other cities across the country, and has since granted $751,500 to 119 programs in the United States and internationally.

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