New Mimi Fishman Foundation Auction Going On Now!

autographed Dave Matthews/Jack Johnson poster- for the Grateful Web

The Mimi Fishman Foundation has just launched a new on-line charity auction to benefit Conscious Alliance.The Mimi Fishman Foundation has just launched a new on-line charity auction to benefit Conscious Alliance.

The auction, which runs through early June*, includes several festival VIP packages, as well as signed guitars and posters.

A sample of items include:

•       Rothbury VIP Package
•       Wakarusa VIP Package
•       All Good VIP Package
•       Umphrey's McGee Signed Guitar
•       Dave Matthews Band/Jack Johnson Signed Poster
•       Phil Lesh Signed Poster
•       Jam Cruise Signed Poster

To view and/or bid on the auction, please visit the Mimi Fishman Foundation Auction

* Note:  Bidding on all items end June 9 except for the Gathering of the Vibes VIP Package, which ends tonight, May 20, and the Wakarusa VIP Package, which ends Sunday, May 25.

Pangaea Project Benefit

photos by Tim Hurley- for the Grateful Web

Each year, through the universal language of music, the PANGAEA PROJECT BENEFIT celebrates global awareness, culture, and youth leadership by activating music fans, artists, and progressive thinkers throughout the Northwest for a weekend of improvisational fun.

This year's two-night all-star event features the improvisational mastery of The Everyone Orchestra conducted by Matt Butler with special guest performers Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, The String Cheese Incident's Michael Kang, drummers extraordinaire Jeff Sipe of Aquarium Rescue Unit and Stanton Moore of Galactic, members of the March Fourth Marching Band - the M4 Singers, keyboardist Asher Fulero, Strings For Industry bandmates Darol Anger, Scott Law, and Tye North, and many others. The Stanton Moore Trio will open the show on Friday, May 16th. Peak Experience's Johnny D work will provide a special spoken word segment on both nights. Additional guests to be announced in the coming weeks.

What makes Everyone Orchestra performances stand out from other superjams is the conducting. Butler, along with several others, facilitates the jams using giant cue cards which direct the musicians and audience alike in a massive celebratory coming together. The directions include anything from key and time changes to mood swings and audience actions such as massive sing-a-longs, shouts, jumps, dances, song title suggestions and more.

kangThe last annual benefit concert raised almost $20,000 for The Pangaea Project which engages teenagers from underserved neighborhoods in local and international service-learning projects by promoting the development of leadership skills, increasing global awareness, and fostering a commitment to work towards social change. Proceeds from ticket sales, raffles, and other donations will be contributed directly to The Pangaea Project.

Previous Pangaea Project benefits have been enlivened by guest speakers, politician Dennis Kucinich and environmental activist Julia Butterfly Hill. Ms. Butterfly Hill reflects on the Everyone Orchestra, "I was blown away by the talent, humor, love, and brilliantly orchestrated improvisation coming together in what truly can be described as magic."

Tickets: $22.00 advance, $25.00 day of show. Packages available. Ticket prices subject to service fees. Onsale Friday, April 11 th at 10am PDT thru Ticketmaster, by phone at 503.224.4400, or in person at select Fred Meyer stores. Reduced service fee tickets available at the Crystal Ballroom Box Office.

The PANGAEA PROJECT BENEFIT is produced by Slipknot Productions and MAST Projects.

Upcoming Rex Foundation Benefit Shows

Tea Leaf Green - photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

A new event has been added to the 2008 Rex Musical Caravan, where the community of musicians, fans, promoters and venue operators help support the Rex Foundation.  Join us for these special evenings of great music:

Friday, April 18th: Tea Leaf Green with Hot Buttered Rum at The Highline Ballroom in New York City, where $1 per ticket sold benefits the Rex Foundation. Tickets are on sale now.

Saturday, April 19th: Tea Leaf Green with Moonalice at The Highline Ballroom in New York City, where $1 per ticket sold benefits the Rex Foundation.  Tickets are on sale now.

NEW: Saturday, May 31st: New Monsoon with Special Guest Albino! at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, where $1 per ticket sold benefits the Rex Foundation.  Join us for a pre-concert reception and mingling with the performers.  Click here for pre-concert reception and ticket details.

Rex is pleased to announce that Theresa Reed-Hayle is the new Associate Director of the Rex Foundation.  Theresa brings depth of experience in event and artist management, along with tremendous enthusiasm for the Rex Foundation and its legacy, all that will contribute greatly in helping Rex carry out fundraising activities and communications.

On April 14th the second performance of The World As It Could Be - Where There's A Will There's A Way takes place at Oakland Tech High School in Oakland, CA.  This original dramatization about the importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the will that is needed to manifest its words, is a recent initiative of the Rex Foundation.  The performance is one of three creative arts components carried out by Rex grantees under the direction of Ellen Sebastian Chang.  As part of this effort, we're working with Balboa High School in San Francisco, once attended by Jerry Garcia, to develop pilot curriculum that utilizes the creative arts to raise awareness of the UDHR.  Read more about this special project and its generous supporters.  And, you can post your comments about public school education and other topics on the Rex Foundation blog.

Look at page 41 of the April/May 2008 Relix Magazine that's in newstands now and available on-line to see the full-page Rex Foundation 25th Anniversary thank-you to the musical community for all their support.   

Check out Rex Community Connections to learn about upcoming activities of Rex beneficiaries and other community connections, in this case, recent Jerry Garcia Award winner Jazzmasters Workshop, Ambassadors of Hope & Opportunity and Wavy Gravy's special birthday.

Rex is immersed in planning summer festival participation, benefit events across the country, a new website design and more.  Rex will be sharing more news soon.

As you read the details of these various announcements, enjoy viewing the positive achievements that your support makes possible.  We are connected as kindred travelers on the bus of the Rex Community Caravan, continuing to expand our grassroots philanthropic community.  Let's make this a breakthrough 25th anniversary year, moving those grant dollars way past the $8.3 million distributed so far, demonstrating our collective power to further what the Grateful Dead started in the fall of 1983.

Music Festivals Featured In Latest MFF Charity Auction

Bonnaroo VIP tixs up for auction- for the Grateful Web

The Mimi Fishman Foundation has launched another in their continuing series of on-line charity auctions, this time an all-festival auction – most of which includes VIP passes.

The auction, which concludes April 24, 2008, will benefit Rock the Earth and the Delta Gamma Center for Children With Visual Impairments.

The auction items include:

• Bonnaroo VIP Package
• DelFest VIP Package
• 10,000 Lakes VIP Package
• Summer Camp VIP Package
• Northwest String Summit VIP Package
• Gathering of the Vibes VIP Package
• Rothbury Package

In addition a very special guitar with tons of signatures (to benefit The Victory School) is still available for bidding through April 9.  David Crosby, Graham Nash, Yonder Mountain, Billy Nershi, and many other signatures are included.

To view and/or bid on the auction, as well as read about the charities the auction supports, please visit the Mimi Fishman Foundation auction page

New Mimi Fishman Foundation Auction Going On Now!

Crosby Stills & Nash autographed guitar- for the Grateful Web

The Station Family Fund today announced their online charity auction, generously hosted by The Mimi Fishman Foundation has officially gone live.

The Station Family Fund today announced their online charity auction, generously hosted by The Mimi Fishman Foundation has officially gone live.

The auction will benefit the Station Family Fund, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization founded by survivors of the Station Nightclub fire. The Station Family Fund is committed to providing survivor relief, including costs of ongoing treatment and rehabilitation for victims and basic home needs for their families.

The auction, which will run through April 3rd, can be found at

A wide array of amazing musical memorabilia includes signed items by Crosby Stills & Nash, Def Leppard, Paul Rogers (Bad Company), Extreme, Gretchen Wilson, Boston members Tom Scholz and Gary Pihl, Tesla, Stryper, Winger, Twisted Sister, and much more.

Prevalent in the auction are the many guitars signed by the musicians who performed at the "Phoenix Rising" benefit concert at Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island on February 25, 2008.

The Station Family Fund is an all-volunteer, 501 c 3 recognized, tax exempt, nonprofit organization founded to offer assistance and relief to people directly affected by the fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island.  100 people perished, close to 200 were severely injured, and more than 60 children lost one or both parents in the horrific fire on Feb 20, 2003.  Station Family Fund information can be found at

Todd King, a survivor himself of the fire, is the President of the Station Family Fund.  "It's vital we don't forget the families left behind," said King.  "The Station Family Fund was formed to help those families, as well as the survivors. The Mimi Fishman Foundation has been instrumental in helping our organization raise funds through past on-line auctions and we are grateful for their incredible support."

He added, "The guitars are amazing."

In a related note, VH1 and VH1 Classic will simultaneously premiere a one-hour special of the "Phoenix Rising" concert on both their networks on Easter Sunday, March 23, 2008. Entitled, "VH1 Classic Presents: AFTERMATH: The Station Fire Five Years Later," the special is a continuation of the effort to raise awareness about the plight of the Station fire survivors. It includes both live performances from the February 25th concert and interviews with some of the victims that survived.

Rex Foundation Event and Grant Announcements

Support the Rex Foundation!- for the Grateful Web

Kicking off our 25th Anniversary year, the Rex Foundation is pleased to announce the following upcoming events to launch the 2008 Rex Musical Caravan, where the community of musicians, fans, promoters and venue operators collaborate to support the Rex Foundation's mission:

Saturday, February 23rd: Donna Jean and The Tricksters CD Release Party at The Knitting Factory in New York City - Click here for details and to order tickets for the pre-concert reception.

Friday, February 29th: Tea Leaf Green with Moonalice at The Fillmore in San Francisco, with a special pre-concert reception and mingling with the artists - Click here for details and ticket order information.   And, $1 per ticket sold benefits the Rex Foundation.

Saturday, March 1st: Tea Leaf Green with Blue Turtle Seduction at The Fillmore in San Francisco, where $1 per ticket sold benefits the Rex Foundation.

Friday, April 18th: Tea Leaf Green with Hot Buttered Rum at The Highline Ballroom in New York City, where $1 per ticket sold benefits the Rex Foundation.

Saturday, April 19th: Tea Leaf Green with Moonalice at The Highline Ballroom in New York City, where $1 per ticket sold benefits the Rex Foundation.

Details for the April shows will follow.

Check out the recipients of recent Rex Foundation grants, as well as the 2007 Jerry Garcia, Ralph J. Gleason and Bill Graham Awards.  Enjoy reading through the descriptions of all the beneficiaries of Rex Foundation grants to see how your generous support ripples across the country and beyond to bring about positive solutions to local and global challenges.

We're immersed in planning a year of special events and activities to celebrate our 25th Anniversary.  We look forward to connecting with you as kindred travelers on the bus of the Rex Community Caravan, continuing to expand our grassroots philanthropic community.  Let's make this a breakthrough year, moving those grant dollars way past the $8.3 million distributed so far, demonstrating our collective power to further what the Grateful Dead started in the fall of 1983.

Umphrey's McGee At NAMM.

photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Members of Umphrey's McGee will be performing at NAMM in support of their sponsors.  On Thursday, January 17 th Jake Cinninger will perform at 3:00 PM at the Fuchs Audio booth and Marshall/Vox/Korg booth at 4:30 PM.  Then on Friday, January 18 th, "Gongzilla" (the 1 st ever "NAMM Jam"), will perform at the legendary Troubadour in West Hollywood.  In addition to Umphrey's McGee band members Jake Cinninger, Kris Myers, and Joel Cummins, Gongzilla will feature Don Preston (Zappa, Mothers Of Invention), Jim Loughlin (moe.), Jeff Pevar (Phil Lesh, Crosby Stills & Nash), Jonas Hellborg (John McLaughlin, Shawn Lane), Jen Zielenbach (Antigone Rising), Andre Cholmondeley (Project Object, Delicious), Charlie Hitchcock, Ben Combes (ex-Particle), and Rob Covacevich & Heath Bennett (Delta Nove).

About The NAMM Foundation

The NAMM Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to advancing active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs from the international music products industry.

About Umphrey's McGee

The ascension continues for Chicago's Umphrey's McGee, not only in terms of their commercial success but in creative accomplishment and instrumental achievement as well.  Their performance on Live at the Murat (SCI Fidelity), their first official live release, is as impressive as anything they've recorded to date, with the power and finesse, the yin and the yang, that have come to characterize their by-now classic material.

The current list of confirmed Umphrey's McGee tour dates is as follows:

February 07 Richards on Richards Vancouver BC

February 08 The Showbox Seattle WA

February 09 Roseland Theater Portland OR

February 11 Majestic Ventura Theater Ventura CA

February 12 House of Blues San Diego CA

February 13 Crash Mansion LA Los Angeles CA - with Dub Trio

February 15-17 Fillmore San Francisco CA

February 27 People's Court Des Moines IA

February 28 Capital Theater Davenport IA

February 28 - March 02 First Avenue Minneapolis MN

March 07 Langerado Music Festival Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, Everglades National Park FL

March 14 Carling Academy Islington London England - with The Disco Biscuits

March 16-18 Jam in the 'Dam Amsterdam Netherlands

May 23-25 Summer Camp Chillicothe IL  


Additional dates to be announced.


Live at the Murat is the latest feather in the cap of the dazzling sextet.  They followed their highly touted spring 2006 studio release Safety In Numbers with the magical odds and sods The Bottom Half in the spring of this year.  The album, with its outtakes, alternate versions, and other nifty bits, reached #26 on Billboard's coveted "Heatseakers" Chart and received high marks from the music press.   HARP magazine recently noted "…[ The Bottom Half delivers] creamy studio work infused by diabolical skill." Also in 2006, Umphrey's McGee sold out shows in theaters coast to coast, appeared at Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, and made their late night TV debut on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."  Booked by the Monterey Peninsula Booking Agency, the band recently sold out three nights at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom, two nights at Irving Plaza, San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium, and the list goes on, as does Umphrey's McGee.

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Conscious Alliance Hosts the Rebel Alliance Jam IX

photo by Tim Hurley- for the Grateful Web

Conscious Alliance is excited to announce their Rebel Alliance Jam IX and Toy Drive at the Fox Theatre on December 8th.  The annual holiday benefit event will support the children of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.  All patrons who donate one unwrapped toy (of at least a $10.00 value) or $10.00 will receive a limited edition poster by artist Will Ruocco.

The Rebel Alliance Jam is a Conscious Alliance tradition that features a rotating line up of exceptional musicians, who come together often times for rare collaborations to support the initiatives of Conscious Alliance.  This year, MOCAPAY and KCUV 102.3 (Denver) will host the Rebel Alliance Jam IX, taking place December 8th, 2007 at Boulder, Colorado's Fox Theatre.  Rebel Alliance Jam IX will feature Kyle Hollingsworth (The String Cheese Incident), Fareed Haque (Garaj Mahal), Dave Watts & Dominic Lali (The Motet), Alex Botwin & Lane Shaw (Pnuma Trio), Danny Sears & Zivanai Masango (Chris Berry & Panjea Allstars), Jamie Janover (Zilla) and very special guests still to be announced.

Show details are as follows:
Rebel Alliance Jam IX and Toy Drive
Saturday, December 8 th @ 8:30 pm (Doors @ 8:00 pm)
Fox Theatre
1135 13th Street, Boulder
Tickets $18.00, $13.00 with MOCAPAY at Albums on the Hill / Ages 21+ Welcome
For more information please visit

All tickets purchased using MOCAPAY as a payment method receive a $5.00 discount.  To learn more about MOCAPAY and to sign up, please visit

Tune into KCUV online.

Already this holiday season, Conscious Alliance delivered donations collected during their 4th Annual Turkey n' Trimmings holiday food drive.  This year, the organization collected upwards of 2,500 holiday turkey boxes and have also expanded outreach to include additional communities in South Dakota and Montana, and in New Mexico and Louisiana as well. In 2006, Conscious Alliance distributed approximately 1,000 holiday turkey boxes to people in need in South Dakota and Montana.

Conscious Alliance's Youth Against Hunger project (YAH) offers exciting alternative service-learning experiences for college students during their fall/spring breaks.  YAH synthesizes service learning by combining education and hands-on service.  The inaugural YAH trip took place October 21-26, 2007, with students from Warren Wilson College (Asheville, NC) participating.  YAH students learned about hunger related issues, as well as Lakota culture, by providing compassionate cross-cultural community service on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  While on the reservation, students lodged with community leaders Floyd and Natalie Hand, as they sorted and distributed food to community members in need, aided with home repairs for Lakota families, participated in educational sessions with Lakota elders, and communicated with Pine Ridge college students and peers about current cultural, social, economic, and environmental issues.  Conscious Alliance's YAH provides students with the knowledge and support they need to return to their respective communities and, using the skills they have acquired, create positive change in their local communities.  The next YAH trip will take place in spring 2008.  For more information on Conscious Alliance and YAH, and upcoming service learning opportunities, please visit

Conscious Alliance December Food Drive events include:

November 31-December 01 Catalyst Santa Cruz CA STS9
December 08 Fox Theatre Boulder CO Rebel Alliance Jam IX
December 28-December 31 Tabernacle Atlanta GA STS9
December 29-December 31 Fillmore Denver CO Yonder Mountain String Band

In addition, a Mimi Fishman Foundation Auction.  Conscious Alliance is a Partner of America's Second Harvest.

The Music Never Stops - Ratdog, Little Feat & The Waybacks

Kenny Gradney-photo by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

The Rex Foundation will make a special stop along the Rex Community Caravan of events - Saturday, December 15th, Warfield Theatre, San Francisco:  The Music Never Stops - A Rex Foundation Black Tie-Dye Ball featuring Bob Weir and RatDog, Little Feat and The Waybacks.  Tickets for the concert go on sale November 4th.  You can order tickets now for the pre-concert reception with the artists that includes dinner, beverages and premium table seating, as well as the concert-only loge tickets by calling the Rex Foundation at 415-561-3135, downloading the special pre-sale order form, or contacting GDTS, TOO.  (This is a date change from the prior Save the Date.)

Be part of all the following great fall events and initiatives that support the Rex Foundation and further our efforts to nurture positive social change:

October 4th through November 3rd, The Ryan Montbleau Band's Patience on Friday CD Release Tour includes many shows with ticket sale contributions to the Rex Foundation.  Click here for details.

Saturday, November 17th, Donna the Buffalo, Ollabelle and special guest David Gans at the Highline Ballroom in New York City, where $5 per ticket sold will be contributed to the Rex Foundation.  Join us for a special pre-concert reception with the performers and great concert seats.  Click here for details.

Friday/Saturday, November 16 & 17, UMass Amherst Unbroken Chain Symposium that includes a panel presentation on Grateful Dead philanthropy featuring Carolyn Garcia and Sandy Sohcot.  Click here for details.

Underway: The World As It Could Be - Where There's A Will There's A Way, the unique creative endeavor commissioned by the Rex Foundation, with sponsor support, to have youth inspire their peers and adults to learn more about and work toward manifesting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Click here for the full program description and opportunity to be a sponsor of the dramatization and related initiatives.

We look forward to the fun, connections, and beneficial results of traveling with you on the philanthropic bus of the Rex Community Caravan.

Donna the Buffalo, Ollabelle & David Gans to Benefit Rex

Ollabelle will play to benefit Rex- for the Grateful Web

Twenty-four years (and counting) into its mission, the Rex Foundation continues to broaden its community of friends, donors and beneficiaries. The Grateful Dead performed many benefit concerts for various good causes during its 30-year touring career. In 1983, members and associates of the Dead formed the Rex Foundation to further that tradition of giving, enabling the Dead Head community to participate through their purchase of tickets to concerts the band gave to benefit the foundation. Since then, Rex has granted more than $8 million dollars to over 1,000 recipients, including individuals and organizations engaged in vital endeavors in the arts, sciences and education, working to protect our natural resources and to help make our planet a safer, more peaceful place. When the Grateful Dead disbanded following Jerry Garcia's passing in 1995, Rex, having lost its primary source of funding, began a process of reinvention. While the foundation has continued to benefit from the commitment of time and energy from alumni and friends of the Dead and from the legendary generosity of Dead Heads everywhere, Rex has also developed new strategies for community outreach and involvement. One of the more exciting aspects of this effort has been the willingness of a new generation of musicians, many of them inspired by the Grateful Dead and seeking to extend and expand upon the Dead's musical and social traditions, to offer their talents in service to Rex, and to bring their own audiences into the ever-larger community of Rex donors.

David Gans

This process of widening the circle of giving will continue on November 17th with a benefit concert at New York's Highline Ballroom, bringing together friends old and new in support of Rex. The evening will feature two popular and critically acclaimed bands that are equally at home in a variety of genres, Donna The Buffalo and Ollabelle. Also performing will be an old pal to all of us in the Grateful Dead world and a longtime supporter of Rex, David Gans, whose excellent idea it was to throw this musical shindig. David is well known for his years of service to the Dead Head community as a broadcaster, journalist and all-around stellar dude. In recent years, he has begun to receive richly deserved recognition for his talents as a singer, songwriter and guitarist, and has been a welcome presence on the club and festival circuit, sharing stages with Dark Star Orchestra, Donna Jean and the Tricksters, Railroad Earth and many others. Having pitched in to help Rex in many other ways over the years, Gans figured it was high time he put his musical gifts to good use in service to the cause, and to invite some friends to do the same. Happily, those friends jumped at the opportunity, and the resulting lineup of talent should make for a most memorable evening.

Donna the Buffalo

Asked for a few thoughts on his fellow performers, Gans told "Donna the Buffalo is one of my favorite bands on earth. Two excellent songwriters - guitarist Jeb Puryear and multi-instrumentalist Tara Nevins - and a deep, and deeply American, dance groove. Their songs are spiritually positive without being hippy-dippy. This is one of the few bands that can make me forget where I am and hope the set never ends.

Ollabelle: five fine songwriters who are also fine singers and players, a great love for American roots music - what's not to love?

Donna The Buffalo, Ollabelle and David Gans perform to benefit the Rex Foundation on Saturday, November 17th, 8 pm, at the Highline Ballroom (431 West 16th Street, New York, NY). General admission tickets are $27.00 in advance ($30 day of show). A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $55 (includes balcony seating) and $75 (side-of-stage seating). VIP ticket holders are invited to a pre-concert cocktail reception with the artists. Tickets are available through the Highline Ballroom and Rex Foundation websites. For further information, contact Rex at 415-561-3134.


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