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Rex Foundation: Limited VIP Tix for Upcoming Summer Shows

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

The 2008 Rex Musical Caravan keeps growing, as we announce the availability of a limited number of VIP tickets for the upcoming summer shows where RatDog tours first with Gov't Mule and then with the Allman Brothers Band.  Enjoy access to top-priced, reserved seating tickets at the shows listed below, while also supporting the Rex Foundation.  Each ticket price noted includes a $50 charitable contribution.

RatDog with Gov't Mule at the Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA

Wednesday, July 9th - $115 per ticket

Thursday, July 10th - $115 per ticket

RatDog with the Allman Brothers Band:

Wednesday, August 13th, Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY - These tickets at $210 each includes a special party before and during the concert with food and beverages, along with VIP Parking.  Theresa and Sandy look forward to seeing you and joining in on the fun.

Saturday, August 16th, Tweeter Center, Mansfield, MA - $113 per ticket

Friday, August 22nd, Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands PAC, Canandaigua, NY - $115 per ticket

Saturday, August 23rd, Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ - $131 per ticket

Saturday, August 30th, Red Rocks, Denver, CO - $113 per ticket

To order tickets call the Rex Foundation office at 415-561-3134.

Join us this 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.   There will also be a silent auction of fun and unique items.

Click here for ticket details  |  Listen to New Monsoon on our Myspace page

This weekend (May 30-June 1), if you're at the Mountain Jam Festival, be sure to check out the Rex Jam during the RatDog performance that will demonstrate the power of the Rex Community Caravan.  Proceeds from the Rex Jam will support the Family of Woodstock music and arts program for youth.  This will be the first of a great summer of Rex Jams at upcoming festivals, all to be announced shortly.

Because of supporters like you, our combined efforts for positive social change, social justice and social responsibility can become a reality today and for future generations.  Check out our web site to see what you help make happen.  Climb aboard the Rex Community Caravan and together we can further what the Grateful Dead started in 1983.

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.

Rex Foundation Event and Grant Announcements

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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.

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 dead.net: "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.

The Ryan Montbleau Band Supports Rex Foundation w/ New CD

Photo by Ryan Laurey- for the Grateful Web

The Ryan Montbleau Band announces fall CD release tour and designates the Rex Foundation as beneficiary of the tour.  Boston-based Ryan Montbleau Band is one of the most talked about young bands on the touring scene today. Through performing 200+ dates a year over the last three years, they have developed a passionate, coast-to-coast fan base that spans the gamut of fans of roots, Americana, R&B, soul, jam music, folk and blues. Their new independent release-Patience on Friday-is due on October 9, and is expected to help the band reach a broader national audience, thanks to the overwhelming response to the band since their first album came out 18 months ago. In that time they have developed one of the strongest MySpace presences to be found amongst independent artists (nearly 600,000 plays), and enjoy strong showings in press and at independent radio. Robust concert attendance, CD sales and free downloads (their December 30, 2007 show from Albany, NY has been downloaded over 20,000 times from www.Archive.com) have fueled nationwide interest in the band, and new fans and old will be pleased to see an ambitious coast-to-coast tour schedule for the Fall and well into 2008.

In addition to their commitment to music, the Ryan Montbleau Band wants to demonstrate their care for the greater good. The Rex Foundation is honored to be selected as the designated beneficiary of the Northeast Fall CD release tour to be the vehicle for the Ryan Montbleau Band's community giving, whereby specified shows will have a designated amount per ticket sold contributed to the Rex Foundation.

Check out the Ryan Montbleau Band website to learn more about the Band and their new CD - Patience on Friday-as well as the tour schedule and how to purchase tickets.

The Grateful Dead was always known for generosity and the performance of numerous benefits. In the fall of 1983, the Rex Foundation was established as a non-profit charitable organization by members of the Grateful Dead and friends to further this tradition. The Rex Foundation enabled the Grateful Dead to go beyond responding to multiple requests for contributions, and proactively provide extensive community support to creative endeavors in the arts, sciences, and education. The first benefit concerts for the Rex Foundation were held in the spring of 1984 at the Marin Veteran's Memorial Auditorium. Since 1984 the Rex Foundation has granted $8.2 million to some 1,000 recipients.

With the death of Grateful Dead lead guitarist Jerry Garcia in 1995, the Rex Foundation lost a friend and board member. With the cessation of Grateful Dead touring, Rex lost its main source of funding, and until now has limited its grant making to three annual awards. Current board members have reaffirmed the importance of the Rex Foundation and their desire to have the foundation once again carry out its mission in full force.

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.

Continuing to embody the spirit of generosity and concern that evolved in the culture surrounding Grateful Dead concerts, the Rex Foundation is on a new path that seeks to include and engage many people. With activities that honor the spirit of community, service and creativity, Rex is building the funding necessary to carry out our mission. Thanks to the resounding response of so many generous supporters, since December 2001 we have granted $832,000 to 149 programs, across the United States and internationally. We plan to multiply our grant making each year so that we can once again support many grassroots programs across the United States and beyond that might otherwise be overlooked by mainstream funders, yet work in innovative and bold ways to bring about helpful solutions to challenging situations. Please visit Fostering the Power of Community, Service and the Arts to see how Rex views its work in relation to social change.

• We respect traditional wisdom cultures.

• We respect individual rights and differences.

• We are willing to take risks and trust people.

• We help people who are helping others and are trying to make a difference.

• We help people develop bold new solutions to problems.

• We benefit the broader community and the broader good.

• We practice inclusiveness and open-mindedness.

• We support organizations committed to grassroots action.

• We seek to identify entities doing good work that might otherwise be overlooked.

• Our support helps beyond direct funding by boosting the visibility of the recipient's work.

• We want to be a catalytic agent of change, where our involvement helps leverage greater impact.

• We are non-partisan.

• We promote an active, informed citizenry.

• The Foundation is an efficient conduit for supporting the community.

• Being part of the Rex Foundation is enjoyable.

• We carry on the best of the spirit of the 60's to create a more harmonious world.

We encourage your tax-deductible donations to help support Rex's work. We are also pleased to keep you up to date on upcoming benefit concerts and other activities that support Rex. Thank you for considering a gift to Rex and letting us know how you would like to stay connected. Please join our mailing list and make a donation.

The Rex Foundation has no paid board members. Virtually all of our grant recipients are selected through the personal knowledge of our decision makers – as a result, grant requests are not solicited. We have no application forms and no published guidelines. Grants are made once or twice a year, and our report is published annually.

The Rex Foundation is named after Rex Jackson, a Grateful Dead roadie and later road manager until his untimely death in 1976.

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!

DSO Rex Caravan Tour

photo(s) by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Critically acclaimed for the live embodiment of the Grateful Dead's music and spirit, Dark Star Orchestra is partnering with The Rex Foundation to personify another quintessential aspect of America's most-loved live band.  With the 'DSO Rex Caravan Tour' Dark Star Orchestra is creating a model to further the Grateful Dead tradition started 24 years ago: tapping into the entire concert community of musicians, promoters, producers and fans to help the Rex Foundation support great grassroots programs across the U.S. and internationally.

 

Beginning with their performance at The Showbox Wednesday, September 26, and continuing through their entire month-long fall tour, Dark Star Orchestra will contribute $1 of each ticket sold to the Grateful Dead-founded Rex Foundation.  DSO will also be providing a venue for Rex's 'Community Caravan,' a grassroots contribution campaign encouraging people to get involved with philanthropy through a donation of $5 or more.

 

In the fall of 1983, friends and members of the Grateful Dead established the Rex Foundation as a non-profit charitable organization that enabled them to proactively provide extensive community support to creative endeavors in the arts, sciences, and education. Since 1984 the Rex Foundation has granted $8.2 million to some 1,000 recipients.  The Rex Foundation mission is 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.

The Rex Foundation launched its renewal in the absence of direct Grateful Dead concert funding 6 years ago, and DSO has been an avid supporter from the very beginning.  They performed at Rex benefit fundraisers including the April 2002 event at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, a March 2004 inaugural 'Black Tie-Dye Ball' in Chicago, and an additional 'Black Tie-Dye Ball' in Washington, DC in December of 2005.   This fall's DSO tour partners with The Rex Foundation, thereby bringing to life the Rex 'Community Caravan,' an ongoing philanthropic campaign connected by the music, creative spirit and care for the greater good.

 

Dark Star Orchestra performs Grateful Dead classics in the same way that an orchestra interprets music of classical composers.  The composer spirit is derived and channeled in the live setting as the players capture the excitement and innovation of the original performances and compositions.

 

Touring nationwide for nearly 10 years, performing over 1400 shows since its formation, the band's determined commitment to 'raising the Dead' has drawn national media attention: Rolling Stone praises "Dark Star Orchestra's fanatical attention to detail." USA Today says DSO is "channeling the Dead" and the Washington Post declares them "the hottest Grateful Dead tribute act going." Dallas Morning News affirms DSO is "the next best thing to being there"; the Denver Post describes Dark Star Orchestra as "a perfection-oriented practitioner of homage" and the Associated Press notes that DSO "takes its act to a level of detail that befits a rock band famous for its fanatical following."

 

Critics aren't the only ones singing Dark Star Orchestra 's praises.  Five original members of the Grateful Dead have played alongside DSO and have had this to say:

 

"A couple of times when I had my back to John (Kadlecik) onstage and he started to sing, I had this weird sense that it was Jerry." – Bob Weir, Grateful Dead co-founder/vocalist/guitarist

 

"Playing with Dark Star Orchestra is something that feels just exactly like it felt when I was playing with the Grateful Dead." – Donna Jean Godchaux, Grateful Dead vocalist.

 

Made up of Rob Barracco (multiple keyboardists), Rob Eaton (Bob Weir), Dino English (Bill Kreutzmann), John Kadlecik (Jerry Garcia), Rob Koritz (Mickey Hart), Lisa Mackey (Donna Jean Godchaux), and Kevin Rosen (Phil Lesh), Dark Star Orchestra does not try to match Grateful Dead live songs note for note.  The band instead seeks the individual style for each era of its performances and offers its own interpretations and improvisations of a group also famed and loved for their interpretations and improvisation.  Anything more formulaic would quickly dispel the free spirit embodied in the music.

 

Dark Star Orchestra isn't a cover band.  Its shows are not even meant as tributes.  What Dark Star Orchestra achieves is a continuation of the spirit of what has now become over forty years of the Grateful Dead's timeless music. Presently, on this tour to assist the Rex Foundation, DSO is carrying on the altruistic vision of the Grateful Dead as well and sharing the concept of community to future generations of Deadheads.

 

For sound clips, photos and detailed information on the Dark Star Orchestra, please visit www.darkstarorchestra.net. Further information regarding the Rex Foundation can be found at www.rexfoundation.org.

 

DSO Rex Caravan Tour:

Wed 9/26 - The Showbox -Seattle , WA

Thu 9/27 - Pantages Theater -Tacoma , WA

Fri 9/28 - Crystal Ballroom -Portland, OR

Sat 9/29 - Cuthbert Ampitheatre -Eugene, OR

Mon 10/1 - Arcata Community Center - Arcata, CA

Tue 10/2 - Crystal Bay Casino -Truckee, CA

Thu 10/4 - The Fillmore –San Francisco, CA

Fri 10/5 - The Fillmore -San Francisco, CA

Sat 10/6 - The Fillmore -San Francisco, CA

Tue 10/9 - Clark Center - Arroyo Grande, CA

Wed 10/10 - Belly Up Tavern -Solana Beach, CA

Thu 10/11 - Belly Up Tavern -Solana Beach, CA

Fri 10/12 - El Rey Theatre -Los Angeles, CA

Sat 10/13 - El Rey Theatre -Los Angeles, CA

Mon 10/15 - Marquee Theater - Tempe, AZ

Thu 10/18 - Boulder Theater - Boulder, CO

Fri 10/19 - The Oriental Theater - Denver, CO

Sat 10/20 - The Oriental Theater - Denver, CO

Rex Foundation Summer Festivals and More

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As summer quickly approaches, the Rex Foundation looks forward to seeing many of you at the following summer festivals:

    * July 4-8            Grateful Fest, Nelson, Ohio

    * July 13-15        All Good Festival, Masontown, W. Virginia

    * July 18-21        10,000 Lakes Festival, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

    * July 20-22        A Bear's Picnic, Milton, Pennsylvania

    * August 9-12     Gathering of the Vibes, Bridgeport, Connecticut

Check out Festival details via the Rex Foundation website, including the special 10,000 Lakes (10KLF) ticket purchase discount with a contribution to the Rex Community Caravan.  And, thanks to 10KLF and Matt Butler with The Everyone Orchestra, there will be a special Rex Jam on Friday, July 20th .  We encourage carpooling to minimize environmental impact.  In that spirit, the All Good Festival will contribute to Rex for each vehicle with 3 or more people.

The 2006 Annual Report was just mailed out, and is also available online.  We hope you enjoy reading the Report and seeing all that your support helps make happen.

Plans are underway for fall Rex Foundation benefits and fundraisers.  Plans include a special Dark Star Orchestra Rex Musical Caravan Tour beginning September 26th, where $1 per ticket will be contributed to the Rex Foundation, and a celebratory Black Tie-Dye Ball will happen along the way.

Rex Foundation on Summer Tour

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The Rex Foundation is proud to again announce that it will be participating in the following festivals in 2007 and we gratefully acknowledge the support of the Foundation by the Promoters of the following Festivals:

MOUNTAIN JAM June 1-3, 2007:
Gov't Mule
Umphrey's McGee
Michael Franti and Spearhead
Robert Randolph and The Family Band
New Orleans Social Club
Ozomatli
North Mississippi Allstars
Tea Leaf Green
New Monsoon
Backyard Tire Fire

 

 

Nelson Ledges Quarry Park July 4-8, 2007:

Dark Star Orchestra
Keller Williams
Donna Jean & the Tricksters
Melvin Seals & JGB
Boris Garcia

10,000 Lakes Festival July 18-21, 2007:

Bob Weir & RatDog
Trey Anastasio
Umphrey's McGee
Gov't Mule
Little Feat
The Derek Trucks Band
Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk
The Everyone Orchestra
Trampled By Turtles

A Bears Picnic July 20-22, 2007:

New Riders of the Purple Sage

Donna Jean & the Tricksters

Gathering of the Vibes August 9-12, 2007:

Ratdog
Los Lobos
Buddy Guy
Deep Banana Blackout
Assembly of Dust

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Rex Foundation Awards $78,000 in Grants

REX Foundation- for the Grateful Web

Says Board Member Mickey Hart: "Rex is all about finding ways to make a better world where others don't really go."

The Rex Foundation, a non-profit charity established in 1983 by friends and members of the Grateful Dead, announces its latest awards and grants to organizations totaling $78,000. Since its inception, Rex has awarded $8.2 million in grants to over 1,000 organizations throughout the world.

Rex announced the 2006 recipients of the Jerry Garcia, Ralph J. Gleason and Bill Graham Awards, presented in memory of the late Grateful Dead guitarist, rock critic and concert promoter:

Jerry Garcia Award    - Los Cenzontles Mexican Art Center (LCMAC)  $10,000

LCMAC, located in San Pablo, CA, provides a quality education in Mexican art forms  and works to promote and present unique, culturally valuable arts and artists in Mexican genres. They sponsor cultural exchanges between the U.S. and Mexico, with an emphasis on youth, and develop community awareness and responsibility through the traditional arts.   They  promote a strong technical approach to music and dance.  www.loscenzontles.com

Ralph J. Gleason Award - New Old Time Chautauqua        $10,000

Port Townsend, Washington's New Old Time Chautauqua builds community through laughter, entertainment and education. They aim to delight, educate, amaze, and provoke the imagination of adults and children alike via their Summer Tours, which include vaudeville shows, workshops, and parades.  This entirely volunteer organization serves diverse communities with a focus on underserved areas and promotes interaction within these communities. www.chautauqua.org

Bill Graham Award - Innocence Project                    $10,000

The Innocence Project provides post-conviction legal assistance to people in prison whose claims of innocence can be proven through DNA testing..  They serve all those affected: the wrongfully convicted and their families, crime victims and their families, and criminal justice professionals. They work to bring reforms to the criminal justice system.  The Rex Award specifically supports an Innocence Project program to help newly exonerated people re-settle into their homes and community. www.innocenceproject.org

The recent 2007 grant recipients are:

  • Art in Action               $5,000

Art in Action is an Oakland, CA-based community-building social justice camp that helps young people utilize their creative talents and passions to pursue social change.  Participants create music, spoken word poetry, hip-hop/rap, art and theatrical dances to speak out against and build alternatives to issues they see negatively impacting their lives and communities. www.artinactioncamp.org

  • BAYCAT                    $5,000

BAYCAT of San Francisco educates, empowers and employs students using digital media arts as the vehicle to engage them positively in their lives, in school and in society.  BAYCAT's mission is to inspire underserved youth and young adults to develop their unique talents and to create enriching and productive futures for themselves and their communities. www.baycat.org

  • Creator's Art Productions     $3,000

Berkeley, CA's Creator's Art Productions produces and distributes a free video to low-income people at community health clinics to demonstrate Jin Shin Jyutsu's self-help exercises for managing the side effects of medical treatments for cancer and other conditions.   Jin Shin Jyutsu is an ancient Japanese practice that balances the body's energy to eliminate stress, relieve pain and alleviate acute or chronic conditions.

  • Destiny Arts Center               $5,000

Destiny Arts Center; located in Oakland, exists to end isolation, prejudice and violence in the lives of young people by providing financially accessible dance, theater, martial arts, violence prevention and youth leadership classes to diverse groups of youth ages 3-18.  Classes are taught year-round by professional instructors, at the main site as well as in outreach programs at local schools and community centers.www.destinyarts.org

  • Head Count                            $5,000

New York City based HeadCount's mission is to encourage participation in democracy among music fans through organized voter registration efforts, education and activities that point young people on a path toward activism.  The organization has three objectives: to register voters; to stress the importance of voting, and to give the activists of tomorrow an organized structure through which they can make a difference. www.headcount.org

  • Military Families Speak Out – Gold Star Families Speak Out Chapter      $2,500

Gold Star Families Speak Out of Jamaica Plain, MA, is a support, advocacy and resource group comprised of families who have lost a member during military duty.  They have been effective in lobbying military leaders for better conditions for soldiers in the field, including improved communication, training and equipment, and for changes in policies and procedures, such as repeat tours of duty.  www.gsfso.org

  • Mineral Policy Institute         $2,500

MPI is an Australia-based grassroots research, campaign and advocacy organization working to ensure that the minerals and energy cycle operates on principles of human rights, social justice and ecologically sustainable development.  MPI has campaigned successfully on mining issues in Australia and overseas including the successful campaign to prevent the development of the Jabiluka uranium mine in Kakadu National Park. www.mpi.org.au

  • Monroe Elementary After-School Arts Enrichment Program  $5,000

The Rex Foundation grant specifically supports an after-school comprehensive arts and enrichment program at Monroe Elementary School in San Francisco, which serves approximately 475 mostly immigrant K-5 students in the Excelsior neighborhood of San Francisco.  The grant will boost an existing program to include a comprehensive after-school arts and enrichment program that will be accessible to all families at Monroe. www.Monroeelementaryschool.com

  • Port Townsend/Bay Saint Louis Sister City Project  $2,500

The Port Townsend/Bay Saint Louis Sister City Project in Port Townsend, Washington, is a long-term effort to rebuild Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  To date over 100 Port Townsend volunteers have gutted houses, cleared debris, helped rebuild homes and a day care center, provided books, tools, building supplies, computers and other necessities to lend a hand to the citizens of Bay Saint Louis. www.sistercitysupport.net

  • Rainforest Information Centre (RIC)            $2,500

RIC's current project in central Africa involves research, investigation and documentation throughout the Congo Forest Basin.  The organizations raises awareness of environmental and social realities in Central Africa; empowers indigenous people to protect the environment and protect their forest and aquatic landscapes; builds grassroots alliances; and promotes international policies to support Central Africa.  www.rainforestinfo.org.au

  • 826 Valencia   $5,000

826 Valencia in San Francisco, supports students aged six to 18 in writing skills, and helps teachers get their students excited about writing.  Their work is based on the understanding that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success and that great leaps in learning can be made when skilled tutors work one-on-one with students.  Teams of volunteer tutors work with students to fill the gap of overcrowded classrooms.  www.826valencia.org

  • Youth Movement Records (YMR)    $5,000

Oakland, California's YMR is a youth-directed recording company and youth development project, engaging disadvantaged youth through music production to reduce violence, develop critical thinking skills and create community change.  Students take classes and workshops designed to develop fundamentals, and then produce their own music on CD compilations and perform at YMR-produced events. www.youthmovementrecords.org

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As former Grateful Dead drummer and current Rex board member Mickey Hart stated, "Rex is all about finding ways to make a better world where others don't really go.  It's one of those in-the-cracks kinds of organizations. It was always meant to do things that we considered important but weren't necessarily mainstream or popular."

The Rex Foundation supports groups and individuals doing vital work in local communities, service organizations and the arts, especially those that can serve as models and inspiration elsewhere. From the beginning, grant recipients have been grassroots efforts too small to register on the radar of large-scale charitable foundations.

"With 23 years of grant-making history, there are many examples of how support of grassroots organizations makes a positive difference," says Sandy Sohcot, Executive Director.  "Now, as we build an ever-expanding grassroots philanthropic community, we enthusiastically further what the Grateful Dead started to benefit people and communities far and wide."

The Rex Foundation's commitment to the grassroots extends to its fundraising, a key component of which is local benefit concerts around the country, known as Black Tie-Dye Balls. They bring together musicians, fans, and local community groups, building philanthropic synergy in a fun and creative environment. And, in contrast to charities that focus on courting big donors, Rex fosters broad community participation with the Rex Community Caravan, a program that welcomes donations of $5 or more.

In a time characterized by a frequent sense of darkness and gloom, the Rex Foundation works to provide an antidote by rekindling hope, optimism and a sense of community, encouraging people to engage in vital civic and community activities, such as voting, participating in local government, neighborhood associations, and social action efforts — as Gandhi said, "to be the change they want."