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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Mountain Heart, one of the most talented, versatile and explosive sextets in the acoustic firmament, will offer a special treat to fans new and old this October 23rd with the release of Road That Never Ends (The Live Album) on Rural Rhythm Records.  Building on the group's already recognized strengths, Road That Never Ends ups the ante by bringing new elements of rock, blues and even jazz to its signature blend of bluegrass, gospel and jamgrass, underlining the sextet's unique role in the world of acoustic music.

Recorded on May 26th of this year in the intimacy of Ann Arbor, Michigan's 400-seat venue, The Ark, The Road... represents Mountain Heart's first live recording, and as their faithful listeners (from cozy clubs to such fabled festivals as Telluride, MerleFest and RockyGrass) well know, it is in front of a live audience that this award-winning combo is truly in its exuberant, celebratory element.

Presenting nearly an hour's worth of tried-and-true fan favorites along with some choice new additions destined to lock-in even upon first hearing, the recording also showcases the band's newest addition, guitarist and primary lead singer Josh Shilling.

Just 23 years old but with a wealth of pan-genre experience (and already a gifted songwriter), Shilling's elastic, expressive tenor handles the traditional high lonesome sound with uncanny flair even as his way with ballads (as on his own seductive, heartbreaking "Who's the Fool Now?") and soulful, gut-bucket blues (the low-down original "It Works Both Ways" and a scintillating interpretation of the Allman Brothers' eternal "Whipping Post") further expand Mountain Heart's already-enviable stylistic range and command.

Of course, to hold his own in this vaunted company, he HAS to be good. Formed in 1998 with a core group of veterans from Alison Krauss's multi-platinum and highly-awarded, Union Station, and Doyle Lawson's hallowed Quicksilver juggernaut, Mountain Heart cadged its first annual International Bluegrass Music Association award ('Emerging Artist of the Year') in 1999, and they've been racking up group and individual awards and nominations ever since.

Mandolinist Adam Steffy has garnered six consecutive IBMA nominations as best in his field (winning FIVE!), fiddler, founding member and Road... producer Jim Van Cleve earned a 2006 GRAMMY nomination for 'Best Country Instrumental' with his solo disc No Apologies, (on Rural Rhythm Records) and the rest of the gang (co-founder/banjo wizard Barry Abernathy, bassist Jason Moore and guitarist Clay Jones) routinely dazzle crowds with their individual prowess, intuitive, extra-sensory group interplay and - always - an uncommon knack for crowd-pleasing showmanship.

The disc features scintillating live versions of fan favorites such as Steve Gulley's "I'm Just Here to Ride the Train," a showboating workout on the beloved "Heart Like a Road Sign," Barry Abernathy's stellar reading of Pat McLaughlin's soaring "God and Everybody," and rollicking, kinetic instrumentals "Devil's Courthouse" (from Van Cleve's solo disc) and the lights-out closer "#6 Barn Dance" (which somehow falls just short of setting the Michigan woodlands ablaze).

An extra-special treat is the welcome return of "The Gospel Train." Mountain Heart's awe-inspiring rendition of the well-traveled traditional roof-raiser helped them earn an IBMA award for 'Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year' in 2002 with the album The Journey, but their then-label has since folded, leaving this inspirational evergreen out-of-print until now.

Change - as we all know - can be taxing, particularly when it involves the personnel of a much-loved touring band. But with Road That Never Ends, Mountain Heart memorably meets the challenge, keeping the home fires burning even as it strikes out for - and conquers - new musical territory.  Their hearts may lie in the mountains, but wherever the road that never ends takes them, these acoustic music masters will always make it feel like a natural home

Weintrob Photography Exhibit to Benefit NOMC

photo by Michael Weintrob- for the Grateful Web

Good Thoughts Printing Studio and the Guitar Cellar present the opening reception of a new photography exhibit featuring the work of music photographer Michael Weintrob.

The opening reception is on Thursday, October 25 from 6PM – 10PM at the Guitar Cellar on the Boulder's Hill. The event will feature live music beginning at 7 PM. The items exhibited, which will be on display and available for purchase through November 1st, span over a decade of Weintrob's rock photography. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of photos will go to benefit The New Orleans Musician Clinic.

About The New Orleans Musician Clinic:

In collaboration with LSU Healthcare Network and Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans, The New Orleans Musicians' Clinic (NOMC) provides access to health and social welfare services for the local music community. Since 1998, NOMC has played a pivotal role in sustaining the health of New Orleans musicians. As housing, family and financial challenges continue, we strive to remain a core resource for the music community. From providing medical services to funding gigs, their response to the needs of musicians knows no boundaries.

About Michael Weintrob:

Over the past decade Michael has been shooting live concerts, portraits, events and world culture. His images have appeared in publications including Rolling Stone, Spin, Mojo, Billboard, Relix, Downbeat, Paste and Outside. Directly after graduating Colorado State University, Michael became a house photographer for the City of Denver Theaters and Arenas Division, which includes the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater and other prestigious venues in and around Denver, Colorado.

In addition to being a staff photographer for Gibson Guitars in New York, Weintrob's images have graced album covers of famous musicians such as Burning Spear, Taj Majal Trio, Gerorge Porter Jr., Karl Denson, the Doobie Brothers, Gov't Mule, Charlie Hunter, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Umphrey's McGee.

What separates Michael from other photographers is his ability to be at the right place at the right time. "When you take a photograph you've got to be able to capture the energy of an instant that is gone in a second."

Weintrob's photo studio is located in Brooklyn, New York.

New Little Steven 'Coolest Songs' Compilation Out Today

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On 'Little Steven's Underground Garage presents The Coolest Songs In The World Vol.3' (Out October 16th), Van Zandt focuses in on music born in the USA. He says in the extensive liner notes for this hand picked compilation, "Except for two trips to Spain and one to Copenhagen, we're featuring our domestic best in this collection. It feels a little silly leaving Sweden out, still the rock and roll capital of the world outside of Detroit but ... These sweet 16 will keep you alive, I promise."

'The Coolest Songs In The World Vol. 3' Track List:
1. The Dictators - "The Savage Beat" (New York)
2. The Shake - "She's My Girl" (New York)
3. The Insomniacs - "Maryanne Lightly" (New Jersey)
4. The Fondas - "Wanna Be" (Michigan)
5. The Woggles - "Got A Heat On" (Georgia)
6. Supersuckers - "Shake It Off" (Arizona)
7. Baby Woodrose - "Money For Soul" (Denmark)
8. Killer Barbies - "Feeling Alone" (Spain)
9. The Fleshtones - Pretty Pretty Pretty" (New York)
10. Back in Spades "Detroit Slums (Here We Come)" (Michigan)
11. Tegan And Sara - "Walking With A Ghost" (Canada)
12. Manic Hispanic - "Rudy Cholo" (California)
13. Roy Loney & The Longshots - "Nobody Does It" (California)
14. The Mockers - "C'Mon Over To My Side" (Virginia)
15. The Sugar Twins "For You" (New Hampshire)
16. The Romantics - "Out of My Mind (Into My Head)" (Michigan)

Also, available on October 16th, The Launderettes 'Fluff 'n' Fold - The Best Of': The collection captures the energy of this garage punk girl group from Oslo with the hits that earned The Launderettes legions of fans in Norway and abroad.

Now Available On Wicked Cool Records:
Various Artists - 'CBGB Forever'
Various Artists - 'Coolest Songs in The World Vol. 1' and 'Vol. 2'
The Charms - 'Strange Magic'
The Woggles - 'Rock and Roll Backlash'
The Len Price 3 - 'Rentacrowd' and 'Chinese Burn'
Cocktail Slippers - 'Mastermind'
Hawaii Mud Bombers - 'Mondo Primo'
The Stabilisers - 'Wanna Do The Wild Plastic Brane Love Thing?'
The Maggots - 'Monkey Time'
The Chesterfield Kings - 'Psychedelic Sunrise' and 'Mindbending Sounds Of ...'

About Little Steven Van Zandt and Wicked Cool Records:

Host of Little Steven's Underground Garage, the most successful and fastest-growing syndicated rock radio show in the country, Steven Van Zandt is also known for his role as Silvio Dante in the Sopranos and as a founding member of Bruce Springsteen and the E street Band. LSUG is now in over 200 markets and has surpassed 1 million weekly listeners. An extension of the weekly show, the Underground Garage Channel 25 on SIRIUS Satellite Radio plays the best of all 50 years of Rock and Roll 24 hours a day. He is also the creator and executive producer of the Outlaw Country Channel 63 and The Wiseguy Show on SIRIUS.

Wicked Cool Records is distributed by RED Distribution and is also available at Best Buy stores across the country. Look for the Little Steven Underground Garage bins where you'll also find other albums played on the show and channel.

Toubab Krewe Fall Tour 2007

photos by Forrest Dudek- for the Grateful Web

Toubab Krewe is on tour this fall with dates in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Kansas, and Halloween at the Visulite Theater in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Falls Church, VA 

State Theatre


Baltimore, MD 

The 8X10


Philadelphia, PA 

World Cafe Live

2007-10-12 Silk Hope, NC 

Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival


Fairburn, GA 

The Echo Project


Wilmington, NC 

Soap Box


Charleston, SC 

Pour House


2007-10-25 Live Oak, FL 

Magnolia Fest

2007-10-26  New Orleans, LA 

Maple Leaf

2007-10-27 New Orleans, LA 

Voodoo Music Festival

2007-10-27  New Orleans, LA 

MOMs Ball / Howlin' Wolf


Charlotte, NC 

Visulite Theatre


Greenville, SC 



Huntsville, AL 



Knoxville, TN 

Blue Cat's

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad 


Boone, NC 

Legends at Appalachian State

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad 


Winston Salem, NC 


Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad 


Carrboro, NC 

Cat's Cradle

Mosadi Music 


Athens, GA 

Melting Point


Atlanta, GA 

Smith's Olde Bar


Annapolis, MD 

Ram's Head


Richmond, VA 

Capital Ale House Music Hall


Charlottesville, VA 

Satellite Ballroom


Floyd, VA 

Sun Music Hall

2008-01-04/09 Port Everglades, FL and beyond 

Jam Cruise

2008 - 01-19

Salina, KS 

Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts

Jug Band Documentary Featured at Woodstock Film Festival

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Woodstock, New York has a deep connection with film and music.  The area was featured in "Woodstock," a documentary about the best-known music festival of all time. Another famous film, "The Last Waltz," features The Band, which made Woodstock their home for many years, as did Bob Dylan, a featured performer in that Scorsese film.  

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Sebastian, another Woodstock resident and 1969 Woodstock festival performer, is featured in the new film "Chasin' Gus' Ghost," which will make its debut on October 13th at the Woodstock Film Festival.    

In recent years, the Woodstock Film Festival has emerged as one of the country's premier festivals and has screened many music documentaries including "Standing in the Shadows of  Motown" and "My Generation."  The 2007 festival will feature "The Future Is Unwritten," "Living The Blues," the Bob Dylan-inspired "I'm Not There" and "Chasin' Gus' Ghost" - a film that takes us on a three-continent journey to explore the legacy of jug band music and the influence it has had on artists such as John Sebastian (Lovin' Spoonful), Bob Weir (Grateful Dead) and Geoff and Maria Muldaur.

What: "Chasin' Gus' Ghost" at the Woodstock Film Festival
When: October 13th at 10PM
Where: Bearsville Theater (291 Tinker Street)
More info: The box office is located at the Woodstock Playhouse (corner of route 212 & 375).  Tickets are $10.  

Film trailer:

Conscious Alliance & Bioneers Present The Rebel Alliance Jam

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Conscious Alliance is proud to present Rebel Alliance VIII on Saturday, October 20, 2007 at the Boulder Theater. For this eighth event in the Conscious Alliance benefit concert series, Michael Kang (The String Cheese Incident), Keith Moseley (The String Cheese Incident, Keller Williams and The WMD'S), and Chris Berry & Panjea will perform with guests to be announced for one very special evening of music.

Each Rebel Alliance VIII performer will participate in the Colorado Bioneers Conference happening at the CU Boulder campus that same weekend. Michael Kang, Keith Moseley, and Chris Berry, together with Conscious Alliance founder Justin Baker, will speak as panelists on the Bioneers session entitled "Activism through Art and Music." The panel will explore how musicians and artists are achieving profound social change locally and globally as well as their sources of inspiration and worldly visions.  For more information on this panel and other events taking place throughout the weekend, please visit

Boulder  is one of 21 communities in North America with a Bioneers satellite forum. Bioneers is the preeminent gathering of leading scientific innovators & environmental visionaries who offer practical solutions to the most pressing environmental and social issues of our time. Visit for more information.

Proceeds from the Rebel Alliance Jam VIII will benefit Conscious Alliance and Our Future Now  Every patron attending this year's show is encouraged to donate $10.00 or 10 canned food items in exchange for a free limited edition poster by artist Timothy Ripley

Since its inception three years ago, Boulder-based not-for-profit Conscious Alliance has collected and donated over 500,000 lbs. of food to local U.S. food banks and to impoverished Indian Reservations in the western United States.  The bulk of food collected at Rebel Alliance VIII will go directly to Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota in accordance with the first annual Conscious Alliance Student Service Trip, while money donations collected will be used to support "Turkey n' Trimmings" food deliveries over the Thanksgiving holiday.  For more information please visit

Also, check out Chris Berry & Panjea, featuring Dave Watts and Dominic Lalli from The Motet, October 19th at Quixotes in Denver.

Keller Williams & The WMD's Embark on East Coast Tour

Keller Williams has been called guitar's mad-scientist, a one-man-band for the new millennium and dozens of other clever sobriquets dreamed up by fans and music journalists trying to get a handle on his uplifting and ever-shifting style of music. Williams is considered by some but not by himself, to be a master of the acoustic guitar, known for his ability to solo over layers of spontaneously created loops. He is a generous performer who plays down to earth acoustic music that defies any effort to find a convenient pigeonhole.

Wall to Wall Guitar Festival, Take Two Basks in the Afterglow

photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

The Wall to Wall Guitar Festival, Take Two held at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts on the University of Illinois campus September 13-15 proved that guitar music, in its many forms, is alive and well in the legends and up and comers alike.  From Kaki King and Natalia Zukerman to Buddy Guy and John McLaughlin, the various theaters, corridors, lobbies and patios of the Krannert Center exploded with the sounds of guitar: acoustic, electric, lap steel and oud.  Toubab Krewe kicked off the weekend Thursday night with their American-rock-meets-West-African-rhythm sounds, and master slide guitar player Cindy Cashdollar joined bluesman Sonny Landreth for an unforgettable lesson in blues music.  Also on Thursday evening, The Yohimbe Brothers featuring Vernon Reid and turntablist DJ Logic rocked the house.  All the while, globe-trotting guitar anthropologist Bob Brozman and Grammy winner Ledward Kaapana played beautiful Hawaiian music under the stars.  By late Thursday night, it was clear that the weekend would be full of unforgettable collaborations from a wide range of virtuoso musicians. 

Festival highlights included the percussive sounds of young Kaki King who performed in the Wood, Steel, & Beyond concert with veteran strings-men Tony McManus and Alex de Grassi.  A strong showing by Shawn Colvin and Natalia Zukerman assured the crowd that guitar music is not lost on young women, as their skillful playing highlighted their outstanding vocal performances.  On Friday evening, the festival's range was undeniable as the Global Guitar concert, which featured international players Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Rahim AlHaj and Pierre Bensusan , came to a close, and the audience moved from the Great Hall to the Tryon Festival Theatre to enjoy the Latin sounds of multi-Grammy winners Los Lobos.  The hill country, blues-infused rock 'n' roll of the North Mississippi Allstars offered what can only be called a romping throw down.  And when they brought in good friend and Chicago's own Jake Cinninger (guitarist for Umphrey's McGee) to play a handful of tunes, the crowd couldn't have asked for more.  The festival culminated Saturday evening as John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension took the stage in the Colwell Playhouse, playing to a sold out audience on the edge of their seats.  A true master of his art, McLaughlin did not disappoint and received rave reviews across the board.  Few performances could follow such a crowd pleasing show, but the Evening Blues concert with Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure & Banning Eyre, Jorma Kaukonen, Buddy Guy and Cindy Cashdollar was the perfect billing and the artists delivered a stellar performance. 

Now in its second year, the first Wall to Wall Guitar Festival took place in 2005 and was a huge success.  Building on the momentum of that inaugural year, The Wall to Wall Guitar Festival, Take Two offered more than 20 performances by more than 30 artists from all over the world.  The state-of-the-art facilities at the Krannert Center, paired with a handpicked line-up by Artistic Advisor David Spelman, provide Wall to Wall with top-of-the-line acoustic rooms to showcase the outstanding talent of some of the world's finest guitar players.  Truly a festival with something for everyone, Wall to Wall sent this year's crowd home more than satisfied, and already asking about the 2009 event.  With all that music, it's no wonder the festival takes a year off to gear up for the next one. 

For an inside listen on all things Wall to Wall, be sure to check out and Tim Brookes' podcast series and a handful of featured performances available on iTunes .

Rex Musical Caravan Comes Alive w/ Events Coast to Coast

Copyright© photo by Mike Moran - for the Grateful Web

Take out your calendars and get on board the Rex Musical Caravan to enjoy great music and connections on the East and West coasts, all in support of the Rex Foundation.  The following events bring to life another whole dimension of the Rex Community Caravan, demonstrating how the musical community of performers and fans are helping further what the Grateful Dead started 24 years ago:

Friday, September 14th, Rex Foundation Black Tie-Dye Ball with the New Riders of the Purple Sage and special guests Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay and Mookie Siegel, and opening with Boris Garcia, at The State Theatre in Falls Church, VA.  Join us for the pre-concert reception with great food, including delicacies from the award winning DC restaurant Equinox, mingling with the artists and special guest Dennis McNally.  Click here for details.

Thursday, October 4th, Rex Foundation Black Tie-Dye Ball with Dark Star Orchestra at The Fillmore in San Francisco, celebrating the special Dark Star Orchestra Rex Caravan Tour, where all shows between September 26 and October 20 include $1 per ticket sold for the Rex Foundation.  Join us for a pre-concert reception with the artists, great food and connection.   Click here for details.

Thursday, October 4th , Assembly of Dust with JJ Grey & Mofro, The Roxy, Boston, MA, designating $1 per ticket sold for the Rex Foundation.  Click here for details.

rexOctober 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.

In the Works: Saturday, December 1st,  Rex Foundation Benefit, San Francisco

We look forward to celebrating with you to enjoy the music and spirit of the Rex Community Caravan. 

Thank you for all of your support!