SF Giants pay homage to the Fat Man

Submitted by Rex Foundation on Sat, 07/10/2010 - 10:37 am

The San Francisco Giants will pay tribute to music legend Jerry Garcia on Monday, August 9, when they face the Chicago Cubs at 7:15 p.m. Garcia and the Grateful Dead are synonymous with San Francisco and each year the City celebrates “the days between” which are the days within Garcia’s birthday (August 1) and the day of his passing (August 9).

San Francisco’s ‘Dead Heads’ and music fans alike will gather at AT&T Park to pay homage to Jerry Garcia on the 15th anniversary of his passing. Fans who purchase a special event ticket will receive a seat in the Jerry Garcia designated section at AT&T Park; a limited edition Jerry Garcia/Giants themed bobblehead, portraying Garcia’s National Anthem performance at Candlestick Park back on April 12, 1993; and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Jerry Garcia and Grateful Dead inspired Rex Foundation. Tickets can be purchased by visiting sfgiants.com/specialevents or by calling 415-972-2233.

All fans attending the game will be treated to pre-game, live musical performances from some of San Francisco’s most popular Jerry Garcia and Grateful Dead cover bands and a home plate ceremony featuring a video tribute to Garcia with many of his family members in attendance. Garcia’s daughter, Annabelle Garcia, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and Grateful Dead member Bob Weir will perform the National Anthem and Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart will lead fans in a special 7th Inning Stretch celebration. In an attempt to set an official Guinness World Record for the world’s largest kazoo ensemble, Hart will lead more than 7,000 kazoo playing fans in “Take Me Out To The Ball Game.”

For fans interested in attending a Jerry Garcia/Grateful Dead VIP Party, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in AT&T Park’s new Triples Alley location, a limited number of tickets are available for purchase. This event will include an exclusive Q&A session with Garcia’s family members, friends and Rex board members. Grateful Dead band mates Bob Weir and Mickey Hart will also be in attendance. KNBR’s morning show host Paul McCaffrey will moderate the discussion. A Jerry Garcia and Grateful Dead cover band will hold a private show for those in attendance. Tickets are available for $175 and include access to this premium space; a Lower Box game ticket; the limited edition Jerry Garcia bobblehead; food and beverages; and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Jerry Garcia and Grateful Dead inspired Rex Foundation. Tickets to this event can be purchased by visiting sfgiant.com/specialevents or by calling 415-972-2233.

About the Rex Foundation:

Furthering what the Grateful Dead started 26 years ago, the Rex Foundation endeavors to fund grassroots programs that are often under the radar of larger funding entities, yet work in bold, innovative ways to carry out essential work toward a healthy environment, promotion of the arts, protection of indigenous cultures, assisting others less fortunate, building strong communities and educating children and adults everywhere. The Rex Foundation has distributed $8.6 million in grants to over 1,000 programs across the U.S. and internationally, while also carrying out initiatives that foster creativity and positive community connections. rexfoundation.org

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scott s (not verified)

Fri, 07/09/2010 - 7:57 pm

today is the anniversary of the grateful dead's last show -- nothing will ever compare. early august always makes me feel sad -- yet thankful i got to experience the greatest live band of all time.

Hey Arnie! -- i assume that is you?? hey man...too bad our last show together was at giants stadium and Garcia's guitar literally was not working -- anybody else remember this? what a bummer. and the night before was a total train-wreck | as was Highgate | In fact, Dylan blew the dead away in VT. Dylan was on fire that night. but better show memories will last forever...

for me personally:

9-18-87 (my first -- and still the best I've been to, hands-down.. sadly i was only 16 and remember only bits and pieces of much of the evening..thank goodness for tapes)

10-16-89 - huge 2nd set. saw 4/5 Brendan Bryne shows that run -- really good all the way around, but 10-16 was tops.

3-28, 29! (Branford!) & 3-30-1990 | Nassua that whole spring was stellar

6-16-90 Buffalo CSN opens -- the dead play 11 songs in their first set. super fun 2nd set. one of the best nights of my life.

3-27-91 Nassua -- show was good... but a crazy night would ensue... let's just say the Teaneck, NJ cops had a lot of fun with a bunch of tripped out college kids.. we'll leave it out at that. :)

6-25-91 | Bonner Springs, KS -- Jerry was dancing up a storm during scarlet>fire -- huge smiles on his and Bruce's faces all night.

6-28-92 | Deer Creek one of maybe 5 (tops) shows that entire year that were any good. this was a VERY good night.

5-16-93 -- Vegas! 2nd set...3rd night. top notch! best Samson ever! help-slip-franklins -- one of my fav franklins ever. that entire stadium was shaking. insane. Looks like Rain was jaw dropping. post drums a little less great -- but still darn good.

saw lots of other shows.. some good-many not so good.. but these stick out as favs I've attended. love & miss you, Jer!