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Rex Foundation Announces Jerry Garcia Award and Grants


The Rex Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to supporting distinctive arts, environmental and social services programs through grassroots giving, is pleased to announce the recipient of the Jerry Garcia Award, along with other new grantees.

Arts for Humanity! is the recipient of the Rex Foundation's Jerry Garcia Award in memory of Grateful Dead guitarist and founding Rex Board member Jerry Garcia.  This award honors and supports individuals and groups that work to encourage creativity in young people. We believe the work of Arts for Humanity! (AH!) is just what the Jerry Garcia Award is about.  AH! celebrates humanity through the arts with programs that cultivate creativity and empower people with developmental disabilities, at-risk youth, the elderly and others in partnership with local artists and the Santa Barbara community. AH!'s performing and visual arts programs benefit individuals and build community by giving a voice to the underserved through the power and beauty of the arts.

We made four additional grants to grassroots non-profit organizations doing outstanding work.  In connection with the generous support of the Sacramento Kings that resulted from the February and March, 2011 Grateful Dead Tribute games, the following two local area programs received Rex grants:

  • Sacramento Blues Society Blues In The Schools (BITS) program, which gives Sacramento-area youth an opportunity to participate in a dynamic interactive musical experience with professional musicians. The Blues In The Schools program brings students together with musicians, educators, storytellers, and other performers in a synergistic environment, creating a free flowing exchange of the Blues experience and facilitating a lifelong passion for learning.
  • The Yolo County Children's Alliance, which was established in 2002 as an essential services program at Alyce Norman Center in West Sacramento to address a number of concerns that impacted children and families.  The Rex grant helps support the Children and Families' Access to Food program that provides 150 low-income families with fresh fruits and vegetables and other food items each week. This program, threatened by recent state budget cuts, not only provides essential food and nutrition education, but also enables the Alliance to reach more families with additional support services.

The two other Rex grant recipients are:

  • The Tiburon Salmon Institute (TSI), an organization that teaches school-age youth about salmon, steelhead, and the stream, river and ocean habitats that we share with them, with the overall mission to "Empower Today's Youth To Save Tomorrow's Salmon."  The Rex grant of $5,000 both supports this vital work and helped make possible a matched grant from the Belevedere Community Foundation, thereby significantly boosting the ability of TSI to advance its program.
  • The Bolinas Stinson Summer Camp provides all local West Marin children with equal access to memorable summer camp experiences. Although camp fees are kept to a third the cost of similar camps, many area families are unable to pay even part.  The Rex grant provides funding for The Music Project for the Bolinas Stinson Summer Camp to provide additional activities in the form of music education for the campers, with emphasis on building community through music, especially through the rhythms of drumming.

Click here to learn more about each of these great Rex grantees.

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About the Rex Foundation:

Furthering what Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead started 27 years ago, the Rex Foundation 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.

Bright Eyes @ Boulder Theater | 08.09.11

97.3 KBCO & Westword is proud to present Bright Eyes at the Boulder Theater on Tuesday Aug 9th, 2011.  Tickets go on sale Friday, June 9th for $30 in advance and $35 day of show.

The People’s Key – the band’s seventh studio album – is the eagerly awaited follow-up to 2077’s acclaimed Cassadage.  Since 2006 the once revolving cast of Bright Eyes players has settled around permanent members Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and Nathaniel Walcott, with additional musicians joining them in the studio and on tour.  Fully realized and bursting with charisma, The People’s Key is an assured and accomplished album, artfully arranged and filled with the engaging and mesmeric songwriting for which Conor is renowned.

Bright Eyes’ success snowballed in early 2005 when the simultaneous release of the sister albums “I’m Wide Awake,” “It’s Morning and Digital Ash In A Digital Urn” saw the Nebraskans hurled into the limelight and the Billboard Charts.  To say that the band became a househole name would be an overstatement but for a few months they seemed ubiquitous; from magazine covers to late night talk shows, they were name-checked by everyone from sports casters to country stars.  Conor Oberst has spent much of the last few years recording and touring with friends and musicinas, The Mystic Valley Band, as well as releasing a highly acclaimed album and tour as part of the so called indie supergroup Monsters of Folk.

Recorded in Omaha, Nebraska, at the band’s own ARC Studios, The People’s Key was produced by Mike Mogis and engineered by Mogis and Andy LeMaster.  Additional Bright Eyes players on The Player’s Key:  Andy LeMaster (Now It’s Overhead), Matt Maginn (Cursive), Carla Azar (Autolux), Clark Baechle (The Faint), Shane Aspegren (The Berg Sans Nipple), Laura Burhenn (The Mynabirds) and Denny Brewer (Refried Ice Cream).

For more information please visit http://www.conoroberst.com.

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Bright Eyes

Boulder Theater

Tuesday, August 9th

Doors: 7:30 pm

Show Time: 8:30 pm

Lotus Announces Additional Spring Dates

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Lotus hits the road this winter for a run of shows in the country's southeastern states.  The tour comes on the heels of a huge year for Lotus, one that offered widespread exposure for their new album Hammerstrike and massive growth for the band.

The band's 2008 successes, including a coveted cover story in Pollstar Magazine and sold out shows from coast to coast, haven't distracted these humble musicians with Mennonite roots. As their relentless tour schedule proves, Lotus is ready to work. Their winter tour dates are as follows:

February 13           Recher Theatre                        Towson, MD
February 14           Recher Theatre                        Towson, MD
February 15           The Lantern Blacksburg                Blacksburg, VA
February 17           V Club                                Huntington, WV
February 18           THE DAME                              Lexington, KY
February 19           Minglewood Hall                       Memphis, TN
February 20           The Valarium                          Knoxville, TN
February 21           Masquerade - Heaven Room              Atlanta, GA
March 6               Langerado Music Festival              Miami, FL
March 24              Toad's Place                          New Haven, CT
March 25              Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel               Providence, RI
March 26              Port City Music Hall                  Portland, ME
March 27              Higher Ground                         Burlington, VT
March 28              Higher Ground                         Burlington, VT   
March 31              Vogue Theatre                         Indianapolis, IN
April 1               The Crofoot                           Pontiac, MI
April 2               The Canopy Club                       Urbana, IL
April 3               Majestic Theatre                      Madison, WI
April 4               Vic Theatre                           Chicago, IL
April 5               The Intersection                      Grand Rapids, IL
April 7               Tralf Music Hall                      Buffalo, NY
April 8               The Westcott Theater                  Syracuse, NY
April 9               The Chameleon                         Lancaster, PA
April 10              Bowery Ballroom                       New York, NY
April 11              Bowery Ballroom                       New York, NY

For more information and updates visit www.lotusvibes.com.

 

Lotus' most recent album, Hammerstrike (released in October 2008),  finds the band reaching back in order to move forward.  Primarily recorded live in one room to analog tape by Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man), the album captures a sound that harkens back to the 70's but never slips into nostalgic retreads.  The compositions are focused and melodic, filled out with orchestration including swelling violins and cellos, banjo, wordless choirs, and electronic noises.  Though the tracks range from dance floor ready rockers to soaring post-rock instrumentals, the album is held together by a sanguine spirit pervading each track.  The big guitars, feedback, and distortion serve an optimistic purpose.  It is a decidedly American feel that invokes big skies, open roads, and a zealous yet naïve pursuit of the idea that defeat will never be conceded.

Lotus formed at a Mennonite college that had banned on-campus dancing as late as the 1980's, and has been creatively fusing electronic dance music with instrumental post-rock for the past eight years. Armed with a massive light rig and one of the most energetic shows on the circuit, Lotus was a go-to act for late night festival slots this past summer, performing at ROTHBURY, Summerfest, Camp Bisco, and others. Also in 2008, Lotus saw advance sellouts in venues throughout the U.S. including Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh, two nights at World Café Live in Philadelphia, two nights at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, Higher Ground in Burlington, and Kinetic Playground in Chicago. The band's remix album, Copy Paste Repeat: Lotus Remixed was released in spring of 08 to critical acclaim.