Charity

New Mimi Auction is Over. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Fishman drums up for auction- for the Grateful Web

The Mimi Fishman Foundation is pleased to announce a new online charity auction.  This time around auction proceeds will be donated to a friend – Col. Bruce Hampton (ret.), as well as the Delta Gamma Center for Children With Visual Impairments.

Whether it is with Aquarium Rescue Unit, Fiji Mariners, or the Code Talkers, many "jamband" fans are familiar with Col Bruce Hampton's wonderful work over the years.  Col. Bruce collaborated with Phish and others to start the H.O.R.D.E. tour in the early 90's.  He has also acted in movies like "Sling Blade" and Mike Gordon's "Outside Out".

In the spring of 2006, Bruce had angioplasty on several coronary arteries.  His doctors say the operation was 'text book' and a complete success.  This surgery coupled with the medications and lifestyle changes dictated by his doctors have forced him off the road for the first time in forty-four years.  Bruce's health is improving and his prognosis is excellent, however the costs of the hospital stay, clinic visits, and prescriptions are very high.

Bruce's friends have been collecting donations to help with his expenses, however more our needed to meet the need.  If the donations would exceed the need any access will be forwarded directly to Musicares, an organization that provides a safety net of critical assistance to musicians in times of need.

phishThe friendship between Bruce and Mimi goes back many years.  On March 30, 1996, the Aquarium Rescue Unit headline a show billed as "The Mimi Fishman Birthday Party".  The show, organized by Mimi, was a benefit to the American Glaucoma Society.   Mimi's philanthropic dedication was sparked by her love of music and her life dealing with the debilitating disease of glaucoma.

It was no surprise that Col. Bruce was one of the first to sign on to play at "The Tribute to Mimi" show on October 5, 2001.  The show honored Mimi after her passing earlier that year and featured Col. Bruce and the Code Talkers as well as Merle Saunders.

"I remember Mimi coming to most of the East Coast H.O.R.D.E. shows.  She was a great spirit.  She would bring so much energy it would fill the room.  And she would dance all night", says Col. Bruce remembering Mimi.

It was also no surprise that Mimi's son, former Phish drummer Jon Fishman, has stepped to the plate to in the Foundation's desire to help.  Jon recently donated many items from his past to the Foundation to help raise money for charities important to Mimi.  Many of these items were included in one of the Foundation's auctions earlier this year.  What remains will be included in this auction for Col. Bruce, including various pieces of Fishman's drum kits used on Phish tours as well as studio recordings – some dating back to the mid to late 80's.  In addition Fishman has signed all the items he donated.

"When I first approached Jon (Fishman) about organizing the auction for Col Bruce, he replied instantly with a "yes".  We both knew this is exactly what Mimi would have wanted us to do.  She was always reaching out to help both friends and strangers – and that is the tradition the Foundation wants to continue to carry", said Shulman, the Foundation's Executive Director.

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This auction also continues the relationship between the Foundation and the Delta Gamma Center.  Mimi Fishman had glaucoma and was a huge believer of helping out organizations that provided assistance to the visually impaired, especially charities those that focus on children. The Delta Gamma Center is committed to helping infants and young children who are blind or visually impaired reach their full potential by providing individualized education, therapy, and support services to them and their families.

Ex Phish Director of Security, John Langenstein, has also donated Phish memorabilia out of his collection sure to be of interest to Phish fans.

September 23rd REX FOUNDATION Black Tie-Dye Ball

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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.

ABOUT DARK STAR ORCHESTRA:

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 please....no 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 www.ticketmaster.com 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 www.rexfoundation.org 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.

Black Tie-Dye Ball CD Release Party on 7/20 in NYC

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On November 12, 2005, a group of musicians came together for the first ever NYC Rex Foundation Black Tie-Dye Bal l Benefit and created a night of incredible musical chemistry.

The Zen Tricksters (Jeff Mattson - lead guitar & vocals, Klyph Black - bass, slide guitar, & vocals, Tom Circosta - rhythm guitar & vocals, Joe Ciarvella - drums) plus special guests : Mickey Hart - vocals & cowbell, Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay - vocals, David Nelson - guitar & vocals, Tom Constanten - organ, piano & vocals, Michael Falzarano - guitar & vocals, Rob Barraco - piano, organ & vocals, Greg Anton - drums, David MacKay - bass, and Wendy Lanter - vocals.

Out of this event, The Zen Tricksters and Donna Jean Godchaux realized the music was too good to let go, and they had to continue this journey. So they added Mookie Siegel on keys and included Wendy Lanter on vocals and became: Kettle Joe's Psychedelic Swamp Revue

The last auction raised $7,577.02.

1 of 2 autographed Bobby Items up for auction- for the Grateful Web

Once again the Grateful Web is proud to power the Mimi Fishman Foundation Auctions. Great autographed items from Phil Lesh & Stanley Mouse, Bobby Weir, Jackson Browne & Keller Williams, Jack Johnson, Mike Gordon, Les Claypool and many more!  Also, you'll find VIP Passes to the Gathering of the Vibes festival, String Cheese Incident VIP passes, an original Scramble Campbell artwork and plenty more!

The Black Tie-Dye Ball

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Produced by Donna Jean and David MacKay and The Zen Tricksters

Heart of Gold Records/Zebra Tango

Release date 7/20/06

All proceeds go to the Rex Foundation

11/12/05 The Black Tie-Dye Ball

The New York Society for Ethical Culture

On November 12, 2005, a group of musicians came together for the first ever NYC Rex Foundation Black Tie-Dye Ball Benefit and created a night of incredible musical chemistry.

The band:

The Zen Tricksters: (Jeff Mattson- lead guitar & vocals, Klyph Black - bass, slide guitar, & vocals, Tom Circosta- rhythm guitar & vocals, Joe Ciarvella- drums) Plus special guests: Mickey Hart - vocals & cowbell, Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay -vocals, David Nelson- guitar & vocals, Tom Constanten- organ, piano & vocals, Michael Falzarano- guitar & vocals, Rob Barraco - piano, organ & vocals, Greg Anton - drums, David MacKay - bass, and Wendy Lanter -vocals.

Out of this BTDB event, The Zen Tricksters and Donna Jean Godchaux realized  they had to continue this journey. So they added Mookie Siegel on keys and included Wendy Lanter on vocals and became:

KETTLE JOE'S PSYCHEDELIC SWAMP REVUE

http://www.kettlejoespsr.com/

CD RELEASE PARTY AT THE CANAL ROOM NYC 7.20.06

http://www.canalroomlive.com/july20.htm

Party and CD signing (CDs will be available to purchase), KJPSR will perform

This CD will be available through Dead.net (Donna Jean's page and on the Rex Foundation page) http://gdstore.com/

and ALL proceeds from the sale of the CD go to the Rex Foundation.

The 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.

REX FOUNDATION, P.O. Box 29608, San Francisco, CA 94129-0608, (415)561-3134

REX FOUNDATION AT SUMMER FESTIVALS

These festivals all support the Rex Foundation . Furthering a tradition of grassroots giving...

Mountain Jam - June 3 – 4, Hunter Mountain, NY, featuring:

$19,578.02 raised for charity in Fishman Auction!

Jon Fishman donating all sorts of great stuff!- for the Grateful Web
Phish 1995 Poster Signed by Entire band!- for the Grateful Web

Mimi Fishman Auction  - The Grateful Web is honored to power the Mimi Fishman auction for more than 5 years!

This time around former Phish drummer Jon Fishman has reached deep into his past to donate many artifacts sure to be of interest to Phish fans.  The charity auction features various pieces of Fishman's drum kits used on tours as well as studio recordings – some dating back to the mid to late 80's.  This impressive list of items includes Jon's first kick drum which was used during the recording of "Junta" as well as early tour dates, his complete road practice kit, as well as many other gems from his equipment while with Phish.  Fishman signed all the items he donated.

This auction is one of special importance to Fishman.  "Since Phish broke up I've finally gotten around to going through all the piles of drum equipment I've accumulated over the years and setting aside the items I no longer need or will ever use again.  There have been a lot of opinions about what I should do with them one way or another, but it's always been clear to me the best thing I could do would be to auction it off through my mother's foundation to help raise money for those she would have been happy to support", says Fishman.

In addition, the auction features a unique item donated by Phish bassist Mike Gordon and his mother Marjorie Minkin (with funds donated to the Triangle Arts Foundation), items signed by Phish, laminates from Phish festivals/tours, as well as other rarities.

New Mimi Fishman Auction Has Ended!

Wakarusa Festival VIP Passes!- for the Grateful Web

The word "Wakarusa" is a Native American term meaning "ass-deep". In and around the Lawrence Kansas area, it refers to the Wakarusa River, which is the primary stream that feeds Clinton Lake. Oddly enough, the river's average water depth is about "ass-deep".

The Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival is a 4-day foot-stomping party in the heart of the Midwest. Born in 2004, Wakarusa burst onto the scene with a diverse and eclectic lineup featuring over 70 artists. The 2004 bill perked the interest of both devout and casual music fans alike. Fans that made the trip to Wakarusa left with unforgettable stories of the music and the beautiful surroundings of Clinton Lake and the Lawrence area. In 2005, Wakarusa returned and quickly established itself as a premiere, grassroots event in the nationwide outdoor music scene. Attracting folks from all 50 U.S. states and 5 countries, the 2005 event featured over 80 artist, 5 stages and over 4 days of non-stop music and entertainment.

This auction has ended. Thanks for everyone who participated. Watch for another auction starting soon...

Benefit Concert for The Humane Society of St. Lucie County

Support your local Humane Society!- for the Grateful Web

The Humane Society of St. Lucie County is holding a benefit celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the 'San Francisco Sound.'  All proceeds will go to spaying/neutering homeless animals.  Artists include, Paul Kantner & Marty Balin (founders of Jefferson Airplane), David Frieberg (co-founder of Quicksilver Messanger Service), Tom Constanten (early Grateful Dead pianist), Slick Aguliar (David Crosby Band), Chris Smith (The Supremes), Prarie Prince (The Tubes), & Diana Mangana (Interpreting the repertories of the legenday Grace Slick).  Plus very special guest Country Joe McDonald of Country Joe and the Fish!

Our own Mike Moran spent two years working for the Boulder Humane Society. Its a very important mission and we hope everyone will consider adopting their next animal instead of going to a petstore.  As Bob Barker always says, "Don't forget to spay and nueter your pets!"

Rex Foundation Benefit Show in New York City

  Support the Rex Foundation!- 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 in New York City on Saturday, November 12th with its Black Tie-Dye Ball featuring The Zen Tricksters and special guests Donna Jean Godchaux-McKay (Grateful Dead, Heart of Gold Band), David Nelson (New Riders of the Purple Sage, David Nelson Band), Tom Constanten (Grateful Dead), Rob Barraco (The Zen Tricksters, The Dead, Phil Lesh & Friends, The Dragonflys), Greg Anton (Zero, Heart of Gold Band), Michael Falzarano (Hot Tuna), and Wendy Lanter (Hope in Time). Mickey Hart is a special guest at the pre-concert reception.  Call (415) 561-3135 or go to www.rexfoundation.org for vip tickets & ticketmaster for concert tickets.  Proceeds support local non-profit programs.