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Michael Franti Receives the 2010 Ralph J. Gleason Award

The Rex Foundation is pleased to award the 2010 Ralph J. Gleason Award to Michael Franti. The $10,000 award is in memory of music journalist Ralph J. Gleason, a major figure in the advancement of music in America in the 1960s, including his being a long-time contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, a founding editor of Rolling Stone Magazine and cofounder of the Monterey Jazz Festival.   Mr. Gleason's openness to new music and ideas transcended differences between generations and styles.

A Bay Area native, Michael Franti has been bringing our world exceptionally powerful, deeply felt music under a variety of names and in a wide range of genres for twenty years, from the intense punk rock of the Beatnigs, to the deeply political rap he made with the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, to his joyful and meaningful modern soul music with Spearhead, and now as Michael Franti & Spearhead.

As Rosalie Howarth, Rex Board member and KFOG Show Host and Director of Special Programming, explains, "The Ralph J. Gleason award honors people who strive to bring fresh cultural ideas and music to the mainstream public. Through his positive, inclusive lyrics, and his personal visits to strife-ridden areas such as Iraq, Palestine and Israel, Michael has seen first-hand the effects of war. He has taken his music to the people on the street, and absorbed their cultural influences in return, bringing them back to share at his annual free 'Power to the Peaceful' festival in Golden Gate Park, and on the silver screen with his powerful documentary 'I Know I'm Not Alone'.  Michael's unfailing optimism toward the human spirit and his tireless effort to spread peace and multiculturalism make him a world citizen and highly deserving recipient of the Rex Foundation Ralph Gleason Award."

Learn more about Michael Franti and his contributions from the following links:

Michael Franti CARE Soles4Souls Power to the Peaceful Stay Human

Franti states, "It's a huge honor to be recognized by the Rex Foundation for this award.  Being a fan of the Grateful Dead I know the diversity of its community and share the vision of creating togetherness and acceptance through music.  My musical message is much the same: If we can bring people together through the one-ness of music, it gives a starting point to address the larger needs of our communities and the world.  I am excited that music plays a greater role in the lives of all of us than ever before and the encouragement of this award reaffirms my faith that my journey has been worth every precious step!"

Furthering what the Grateful Dead started 27 years ago, the Rex Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization, 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.  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 fundraising initiatives that foster creativity and positive community connections.  Visit www.rexfoundation.org for a complete list of grantees and information about current initiatives.

Time, NYT Laud Jake Shimabukuro

It's been a banner year thus far for Jake Shimabukuro. His new album 'Peace Love Ukulele' (HITCHHIKE RECORDS) debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Album chart, and has brought the Hawaii native national acclaim from NPR, YouTube and others. Time Magazine and the New York Times can now be added to the list in praise of Shimabukuro's virtuosic ukulele playing.

Nate Chinen of the New York Times said of a recent performance Shimabukuro at Brooklyn Bowl:

"Shimabukuro… comes by his fame with buoyant musicianship and brisk proficiency. The innovation in his style stems from an embrace of restrictions: the ukulele has only four strings and a limited range. He compensates with an adaptable combination of rhythmic strumming, classical-style finger-picking and fredboard tapping."

Read the entire review here.

Shimabukuro and his ukulele are also featured in a Time Magazine article by Tim Morrison about the instrument and its sudden surge in popularity. Morrison notes that a quick Google search of ukulele "won't be some grainy clip of Tiny Tim or George Formby but a performance by a hair-gelled 34-year-old Hawaiian named Jake Shimabukuro."

Read the Time Magazine piece here.

Read Grateful Web coverage of Jake here.

Tribal Hippie Underground Zone aka the THUGZ

Put on your dancin’ shoes, open your ears and join the party. Sonoma County’s legendary psychedelic dance band, “Tribal Hippie UnderGround Zone” (aka the Thugz) is sure to provide big fun for all with their unique brand of cosmic rock. Over the past decade this multi-faceted band has delighted music fans of all ages and tastes.

Rock, blues, country, jazz, psychedelic and various world music styles blend together at a Thugz show to bring the positive vibes of the ‘60’s into the 21st century. Informed by the music of the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Beatles, Miles Davis and others the Thugz’ original songs and cosmic jams help to create a joyous, communal spirit between band and audience.

The band has a vast repertoire that includes many Dead tunes from all eras as well as interesting originals and covers. The group strives to combine traditional elements with new and creative material; more of a celebration and less of a replication of the Grateful Dead. If you are a Deadhead or music lover in general you will enjoy the Thugz’ mixture of classic arrangements and exploratory jams.

A plethora of fine musicians have sat in with the Thugz during their musical excursions including David Gans, Barry Sless, Robin Sylvester, Niina Gerber, Zac Brown, and others.

No two “tribal hippie underground zone” shows are exactly the same but the spirit and love of music making are always present.

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The Thugz are;

Mike Campbell – guitar, trumpet & vocals

Andre de Channes – guitar & vocals

Ian Favell – drums & vocals

Chris Lushington – bass

Sylvia Murphy – keyboards & vocals

DEAD CENTER at THE BROOKLYN BOWL

The Jam Stampede will perform at their ongoing Dead Center event at Brooklyn Bowl on January 25, 2011.  Michael Falzarano (New Riders, Hot Tuna) and Barry Mitterhoff (Hot Tuna) will join us again after having such a good time last August at the very well received Jerry Garcia Retrospective.

With the help of our good friends Michael and Barry we will again revisit some of the Grateful Dead lore. On this date January 25, 1971, 40 years ago, a very propitious year for the Dead, The NRPS and the Grateful Dead performed at the Seattle Center, Seattle Wash. This was a very common occurrence back at that time and sadly short lived.

In homage to that time and place, Jam Stampede will again mine the Grateful Dead and New Riders catalogue for yet another great Dead Center Show at the Brooklyn Bowl.

Brooklyn Bowl 61 Wythe Avenue Williamsburg Brooklyn NY | Show Date: January 25, 2011

Local Natives Play Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Local Natives Play Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Tonight At 12:30 AM EST.   Also, their new album, Gorilla Manor, is out now on Frenckiss Records.
You can catch some Grateful Web coverage of Local Natives here.
“It's a rare band that can use its chemistry as its own instrument. But the young, frightfully accomplished Local Natives are a rare L.A. band indeed.” – Los Angeles Times

“The camaraderie practically oozes out of the music of Local Natives, making Gorilla Manor my surprise album of the year.” – Bob Boilen of NPR

Jim James Performs at National Tree Lighting

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James will have the honor of performing at the 2010 National Christmas Tree Lighting.  The event will be held this Today, December 9th at 5pm EST on the Ellipse at President’s Park in Washington DC.  He will be joined by fellow performers B.B. King, Sara Bareilles, Maroon 5, and Jackie Evancho, and the evening will be hosted by rapper/actor Common.  You can watch the ceremony live at www.thenationaltree.org or on public television throughout December.  My Morning Jacket is currently recording a new full-length album, which will be released in 2011.

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Check out some My Morning Jacket coverage on The Grateful Web.

The Wheel | A Musical Celebration of Jerry Garcia

On December 4th, the musicians bring us full circle in a tribute to Jerry Garcia's musical legacy. Join us as we come together to celebrate the music and where it will take us next.  Join the Rex Foundation for a one-of-a-kind evening to celebrate the music and the musicians, and to help us cover just a little more ground.

Set up in festive cabaret style with reserved seating on the floor, The Fillmore, with its beauty and iconic connection to Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, sets the stage for this special occasion.  At the pre-concert reception, enjoy hearty finger foods and beverages as you reconnect with friends and family. Your generous reception/concert ticket purchase of $150 or $500, of which all but $70 is a charitable contribution, will fund Rex Foundation grant making, and you'll receive a print of the event poster designed by Cory and Catska Ench.

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In 1962, Jerry Garcia began playing the banjo and exploring bluegrass music, forming a band called the Hart Valley Drifters that included David Nelson on guitar. In 1964, Jerry and his pal Sandy Rothman packed up a tape recorder and took off for the American South on a bluegrass pilgrimage, especially wanting to see "Jim and Jesse" (McReynolds), of Dothan, Alabama. Jerry was delighted to see them perform and get Jesse's autograph, and he held Jesse's mandolin playing and music in high esteem for many years. Jim and Jesse went on to legendary status in the bluegrass world, with more than 45 years at the Grand Ole Opry, Grammy nominations and awards, and membership in any Hall of Fame that means anything to this music.

Meanwhile, in 1969, as the Grateful Dead released Aoxomoxoa, they also turned to their own musical roots. Jerry, wanting to play his new pedal steel guitar, reconnected with old friend John "Marmaduke" Dawson and with Nelson, forming New Riders of the Purple Sage. As the Grateful Dead continued to evolve, in 1973 he formed another bluegrass band, Old and in the Way, with David Grisman, John Kahn, Peter Rowan and Vassar Clements.

Fast forward to today: David Nelson and Friends fire up fans with their electric sounds, and the New Riders play their past favorites along with new songs written by David and Robert Hunter. Grammy Award winner and five-time Grammy nominee Peter Rowan is a bluegrass singer/songwriter whose career spans over five decades; his continuous stream of original recordings, collaborative projects and tours has garnered a devoted, international fan base.

Now Jesse has just released Songs of the Grateful Dead - A Tribute to Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter. Collaborating on this special album of 12 classic Dead songs, from Black Muddy River and Ripple to Franklin's Tower and Standing on the Moon, is none other than David Nelson. And, to top it off, there's a brand-new McReynolds-Hunter tune called Day by Day. Check out the music and get a sampling of Jesse McReynolds' talents here.

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Reception, Food and Premium Seating Concert Tickets

(All but $70 is tax deductible)

Includes Drinks, Hearty Finger Food and Event Poster

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Lightning: $500.00 - Reserved Front Floor Seating

Thunder: $150.00 - Reserved Floor Seats

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6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Reception

7:30 p.m. Doors Open for Concert

8:00 p.m. Music Begins

Reception/Concert Tickets available through the Rex Foundation website or call (415)-561-3135 and through GDTS,TOO

Announcing the 2010 Grateful Dead Almanac

Ah, 2010. We commemorated the landmark anniversaries of two of the Dead's greatest studio albums, Workingman's Dead and American Beauty. The New York Historical Society immortalized the band's legacy with a hugely popular and fascinating exhibit. Phil and Bob's Furthur went...well...further with their very own festival. Mickey and Bill drummed up a new line-up for a bunch of stellar Rhythm Devils dates; Bill and Papa Mali brought the funk with 7 Walkers. And the Giants (along with the help of the Grateful Dead family) pitched a major league celebration in honor of the 15th anniversary of Jerry's passing. Reminisce over your favorite memories and more when you click, download, print and obsess over your very own copy of the 2010 almanac.

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Get it at Dead.net/almanac.

DeadPhish Orchestra: Seamlessly weaving the music of Grateful Dead & Phish

DeadPhish Orchestra seamlessly weaves the music of The Grateful Dead and Phish, and features members of Great American Taxi, Phix and Mason's Children

DeadPhish Orchestra will play Quixote's in Denver, Colorado this Friday at 9:00pm.  The official lubrication party before 4 nights of madness in Broomfield! DPO will play two full sets outside on the patio....with UltraViolet Hippopotamus on the inside stage!

Also, be sure to check out DeadPhish Orchestra when they headline Quixote's on October 22nd.

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DPO is:

Chris Sheldon - Drums/Vocals
Paul Murin - Guitar/Vocals
Brian Adams - Bass/ Vocals
Ted Tilton - Keyboards/Vocals

Dark Star Orchestra confirms '10 New Year’s Eve

Closing in on the 1900 show mark, Dark Star Orchestra has confirmed plans to ring in 2011 with a New Year’s Run including Penn’s Peak in Northeast PA December 28, and celebrating New Year’s Eve with a pair of shows December 30, 31 at The Klein in Bridgeport, CT. Tickets go on sale today, September 29, through DSO Fan Club and will go on sale to the public on October 3.  There will also be a limited number of VIP tickets available which include reserved seating, access to a private bar, an exclusive show poster, party favors, and a champagne toast.  More information, NYE tickets and hotel packages are available here.

For the final tour of 2010, Dark Star Orchestra will offer a new twist on their Grateful Dead setlist concept. The ‘City Near You’ Tour features DSO recreating Grateful Dead setlists taken from the town or region where the show is taking place. The tour starts November 26, the day after Thanksgiving, with a pair of shows at San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom; where for instance, DSO will recreate a show that originally took place in or near the Bay Area, and so on, throughout the rest of the tour that winds mostly down the West Coast and ends in Denver at the Fillmore December 11.

Additionally, the members of Dark Star Orchestra are thrilled to announce the recording and release of an original song co-written with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter called “Run Mary.”  The upbeat song features combined vocals from Rob Barraco, Lisa Mackey and Rob Eaton.  Available shortly on iTunes, “Run Mary” can be heard streaming online. A free download of “Run Mary” is available when purchasing DSO tickets through its Fan Club Ticketing. As always, DSO continues to play Grateful Dead show recreations and elective setlists as its main focus.

Check out a past Grateful Web webcast of DSO in Boulder, CO

Dark Star Orchestra: www.darkstarorchestra.net

Dark Star Orchestra Ticketing: http://dso.inticketing.com