This very special benefit for the Rex Foundation at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley on Saturday, September 24th, 2005 features:
Trey Anastasio, Hamza el Din, Mickey Hart, Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring, Bruce Hornsby, Gloria Jones, Bill Kreutzmann, Jackie LaBranch, Donna Jean McKay, David Nelson, Sandy Rothman, Melvin Seals, members of String Cheese Incident Jason Hann, Michael Kang, Keith Moseley, and Billy Nershi;
Bob Weir and Ratdog, Kenny Brooks, Jeff Chimenti, Mark Karan, Jay Lane and Robin Sylvester.
Phil Lesh was in Denver autographing his new book, Searching for the Sound, and we were there to meet him. The Tattered Cover hosted the event. At least 500 on hand to have their books signed. Phil started autographing books around 7PM, 30 minutes early; no doubt the good crowd prompted this. We were probably 200th on line and Phil was taking about 20 - 30 seconds chatting with most people.
There are very few treasures that arrive with a battered acoustic guitar and open up the windows on basic lives with passion and grace. But when John Prine hits the road, the darkest corners and smallest joys get illuminated by the light of his gravelly, utterly American voice, his way with the plainest of language and the vintage Guild and Martin guitars he plays.