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Rex Grants, Musical Caravan Events and The World As It Could Be

August began with our 2nd 3-day Institute on The World As It Could Be curriculum, presented in collaboration with the University of San Francisco. A filled class of 25 avidly took in the presented material to lea rn about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and experience applying music, visual arts,  spoken word, performance arts and movement to express their personal connection to human rights issues.  The photo here shows the class members rehearsing for their culminating presentation.  The video of the culminating presentation helps demonstrate the intensely moving experience of working with the curriculum.  We are excited to know that the work done August 2-3 is now being applied in classrooms and communities in the Bay Area, as well as Milwaukee, WI!

On August 10th, we were privileged to experience a very special night of story telling by Bob Weir, Carolyn Garcia, John Perry Barlow, and Mickey Hart about Rex and other reflections, led by Bill Walton, and held at Bob's new TRI Studios. We'll soon have the video of the evening available.

As to Rex Musical Caravan events, the SF Giants made August 9th another great tribute to Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, and once again generously included the Rex Foundation as a recipient of charitable proceeds.   Adding to this already positive energy is the enthusiastic support reflected in the following upcoming Caravan events:

  • Be part of the special project by Fan Mosaics, LLC, where 2,500 Jerry Garcia fans have the opportunity to include their photos in an officially licensed mosaic print of the Grateful Dead legend based on the noted photo taken by world-famous photographer Herb Greene. Here are the participation details.
  • Blair Babcock and the Blurry Pickers are donating half the proceeds of the download sales of their song "Fairlee Well" to Rex. Click here to read Blair Babcock's story about the song and hear "Fairlee Well."
  • On Saturday, September 10th, the Kind Buds once again perform in support of Rex at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northhampton, MA, as described in more detail here.
  • The Donna Jean Godchaux Band with Jeff Mattson of Dark Star Orchestra, along with Particle, headline the Third Annual Pink Moon Music and Arts Festival September 15-18, 2011 in Rock Camp WV.  We were very pleased to learn that the impetus to support local area schools came from the Rex Jam at the All Good Festival. Check out the details of the festival and how Rex is generously supported.
  • Ann Arbor's own Macpodz are heading East and hopping on board the Rex Musical Caravan with a concert at the Brooklyn Bowl September 27. Here are the details.

Thanks to contributors like you who donate $5 or more, initiate Caravan events, support our program work, and take part in Rex benefits, we are able to carry out The World As It Could Be initiative, keep making our grants and generate positive community connections along the way.  Check out the list of outstanding 2011 beneficiaries so far, and see, as you explore our website, everything else that your support makes possible

Rex Foundation Positive News & New Solar Energy Connection

The Rex Foundation community of grantees and supporters provide positive news to remind us of all the good work being done every day to address current challenges.

Check out our recently published Food for Thought feature about the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP), recipient of the 2004 Rex Foundation Bill Graham Award.  As you will see, since 2001, ISLP has been providing much needed legal expertise to help nations across the world effectively deal with major challenges from natural disasters to political upheaval.  Even as we read about the current struggles in the Middle East, ISLP is providing helpful expertise and guidance.

Last month, Sarah Crowell, Artistic Director of Rex Grantee Destiny Arts Center, was honored by San Francisco's Public TV Station KQED as a 2011 "Women's History Hero".  Here is more information about the honor, and why Sarah's work and that of Destiny Arts Center are so deserving of this recognition.

Knowing that migrating to renewable energy, along with conservation, is vital to environmental health, we are pleased to announce a connection with Sungevity, a company seeking to expand availability of affordable solar energy while also supporting non-profit work.  Click here to get the details on how Sungevity's solar energy lease program might work for your home and, if so, how Rex will be supported as well.

The Rex Foundation is honored to be a vehicle for charitable contributions to support the essential work of grassroots non-profit programs, like HeadCount, pictured here.   The following are different ways you can help support Rex Foundation work while also enjoying great music and connection:

  • Join Kuli Loach on Sunday, April 17 when they will play Grateful Dead music at the historic Blue Moon in Seattle, WA, helping celebrate the venue's 77th anniversary while also supporting Rex.  Here are the details. We thank Kuli Loach and all the other musicians and businesses who are part of the Rex Musical Caravan for their ongoing generosity and support of Rex and grassroots giving. E-mail us at info@rexfoundation.org or call 415-561-3134 to get on board the Caravan.
  • We are excited to announce the release of 12 tracks of outstanding music from the December 4, 2010 Rex Benefit Concert "The Wheel - A Musical Celebration of Jerry Garcia." Enjoy the unique musical experience that took place at The Fillmore in San Francisco, bringing together Jesse McReynolds, Peter Rowan, David Nelson and their respective band members to play Jerry Garcia/ Robert Hunter and traditional American roots songs together. Click here for the full story of the connections the gifted musicians shared with Jerry Garcia, as well as to obtain the download versions and CD of the music, and see all who have made this release possible.
  • Check out the "Support Rex's Work" page of our website to see how you can make a charitable contribution, while also enjoying music, Rex merchandise and other goodies.

Black Tie-Dye Ball with DSO on April 7th

Put on your favorite tie-dye and join us Thursday, April 7th at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco for a Black Tie-Dye Ball with Dark Star Orchestra. From 6:00 - 8:00 enjoy a Sound Check Party, followed by drinks, finger foods and mingling with the artists.  Click here for ticket details, including how to join the pre-show party even if you already have your concert tickets.

Enjoy great music while also supporting the Rex Foundation by being part of these upcoming Rex Musical Caravan East Coast events:

* Saturday, April 2, Half Step, playing Grateful Dead music at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall in Riverhead, NY, will contribute $2.00 per ticket to the Rex Foundation. Click here for details.

* Saturday, April 9, Reflections Band, now in its third year on the Rex Musical Caravan, is joined by Lo Faber and Aaron Maxwell of God Street Wine at Mexi Cali Live in Teaneck, NJ, as described here in more detail.

As you check out the Rex website for news and information about our work, know that it is your support and involvement that makes everything possible.  If you can't join us for an upcoming event, check out the different ways you can support Rex and help us keep covering just a little more ground.  Thank you!

The Wheel - A Musical Celebration of Jerry Garcia

Save Saturday, December 4th to join the Rex Foundation at The Fillmore in San Francisco for a special night of music and connection: The Wheel - A Musical Celebration of Jerry Garcia.  Watch for the full announcement within the week, including ticket details.

There are also some great Rex Musical Caravan events taking place over the next few weeks in different cities that we hope you'll enjoy:

  • Saturday, October 23rd, The Kind Buds perform at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, Mass. Click here for event details and more information about Bud & Budd, the talented artists.
  • Saturday, October 23rd, the Reflections Band performs at Mexi Cali Live in Teaneck, NJ, once again supporting the Rex Foundation while also treating fans to their great music. Check out the details.
  • Friday and Saturday, October 29th and 30th, The String Cheese Incident will play a two-day Hulaween celebration at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA, with proceeds supporting the Rex Foundation as well as Rex grantees HeadCount and the Conscious Alliance. Here are the details.

We thank all the talented musicians for their generosity of spirit by including Rex as a charitable part of their live performances.  We welcome musicians, venue operators and others in the musical community to get on board the Rex Musical Caravan to demonstrate how music and community spirit can make a positive difference.

Speaking of music and community spirit, Jam Cruise 9 is including the Rex Foundation as part of their January 4-9, 2011 excursion.  If you have considered taking this cruise, check out what's on deck and how you can help support Rex while also enjoying a music-centered vacation.

This message reflects the ever-growing network of supportive people like you who want to be part of our philanthropic community.  Together, we are furthering what the Grateful Dead started with our major areas of work including grassroots grants, Rex Awards, The World As It Could Be Project, and other creative endeavors including our newsletters that help engender positive social change and community engagement. You make the difference in advancing this work. Check out all the different ways you can help support Rex, even getting something in return besides the satisfaction of seeing all the good that results.

Rex Foundation: May's Rex Musical Caravan Events & More

Thanks to all of you who have purchased The Dead Tour tickets in support of the Rex Foundation and other charities through CharityFolks.com.  Here is the full announcement as well as contact information for any questions you might have to purchase tickets for the remaining shows.

The Rex Musical Caravan recently added a new May event with Melvin Seals & The JGB Band.  Bring your friends to to hear great music while also supporting the Rex Foundation, as $1 per ticket sold at each of the following is contributed to the Rex Foundation:

 

Check out all the different events that have been part of the Rex Musical Caravan since the beginning of 2008. We thank all the musicians, festivals and their fans for getting on board to further what the Grateful Dead started 25 years ago and demonstrate the power of the musical community to support grass roots philanthropy.  Let us know if you want to be part of the Caravan.

 

 

This is a particularly important time to celebrate how we as a philanthropic community can support the vital work of grassroots non-profits.  As we depict with the Rex Community Caravan, $5 or more in contributions can add up quickly to make a positive difference.  Check out all the great programs the Rex Foundation has supported thanks to your generous contributions.

 

As you will see in clicking through the various links in this message, the Rex Foundation has a new website.  We hope you enjoy the updated look and enhanced navigation.  We look forward to continuing to add information and features that demonstrate the vitality of our community of grantees and artists, as well as our on-going programs.

The Rex Caravan Continues & DSO NYE Tixs

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

New Year's Eve 1976? 1990? 2008?

This December 31 at Ram's Head Live you'll be partying like it's 19-something, but DSO won't let you know until that night. As a special New Year's Eve treat, the band will pick from the many Grateful Dead New Year's Eve concerts as part of their 3 set performance. All tickets include a champagne toast, party favors and finger foods. In the spirit of Thanksgiving DSO are offering their loyal fans a $10 discount and lower service fees through their fan club ticketing while supplies last. Buy your discounted NYE tickets HERE.

DSO Hosts Rex Foundation Black Tie-Dye Ball at Nokia Sat. Nov. 29

The Rex Foundation's East Coast Black Tie-Dye Ball is almost here! The 5th Black Tie-Dye Ball since the debut in 2004 is taking place on the second of the DSO's two nights at the Nokia Theater in Times Square (on November 28 & 29), the Ball features a reception with the band, silent auction, grateful sets and Special Guest Donna Jean Godchaux MacKay. Order your tickets to the show and pre-show reception online at the Rex Foundation's website or by phone at 415-561-3135.

Dark Star Orchestra's 11-Year Anniversary on 11/11

On the 11th day of the 11th month, Dark Star Orchestra celebrated its 11th anniversary at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, NH. The night was filled with fanfare and good vibes - all topped off by the band's first performance of the infamously complex "The Eleven," performed in 11/4 time signature. If you weren't there, download a live recording via BitTorrent to hear what you missed!

Dan Healy Mixes DSO, Newspaper Interviews

As you undoubtedly remember, DSO is now joined on the road by longtime Grateful Dead sound engineer Dan Healy, who mixed the Dead from 1966 - 1994. In between twiddling knobs and adjusting levels with uncanny perfection Dan has talked about his experiences both with the Dead and Dark Star Orchestra. Read them for yourself here and here.

DATE VENUE CITY DSO TICKETS
Rex Caravan Tour
Tue 11/25 Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY  
Wed 11/26 Penn's Peak Jim Thorpe, PA  
Fri 11/28 Nokia Theater New York, NY  
Black Tie-Dye Ball
Sat 11/29 Nokia Theater New York, NY  
Mon 12/01 Higher Ground South Burlington, VT  
Tues 12/02 Higher Ground South Burlington, VT  
Thur 12/04 Grand Opera House Wilmington, DE  
Fri 12/05 Theater @ Lancaster Host Resort Lancaster, PA TICKETS
Sat 12/06 Shea Center For The Performing Arts Wayne, NJ  
Cosmic New Year's Run
Sun 12/28 The National Richmond, VA TICKETS
Mon 12/29 The Norva Norfolk, VA TICKETS
Tues 12/30 TBA TBA  
Cosmic New Year's Eve
Wed 12/31 Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD TICKETS
Discounted Tickets While Supplies Last
Winter Tour 2009
Wed 1/28 House of Blues Lake Buena Vista, FL TICKETS
Thu 1/29 Jannus Landing St Petersburg, FL  
Fri 1/30 Florida Theater Jacksonville, FL TICKETS
Sat 1/31 Club Cinema Pompano Beach, FL TICKETS
Tue 2/3 Workplay Birmingham, AL TICKETS
Thu 2/5 The Lyric Oxford Oxford, MS  
Fri 2/6 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
Sat 2/7 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA TICKETS
Sun 2/8 House of Blues Myrtle Beach, SC  
Thu 2/12 Orange Peel Asheville, NC TICKETS
Fri 2/13 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC TICKETS
Sat 2/14 Shoreline Ballroom Hilton Head, SC TICKETS
Sun 2/15 Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, NC TICKETS
Tue 2/17 Jefferson Center Roanoke, VA TICKETS
Thu 2/19 Madison Theater Covington, KY TICKETS
Fri 2/20 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH TICKETS
Sat 2/21 Egyptian Room Indianapolis, IN TICKETS
Sun 2/22 The Omni Toledo, OH TICKETS
Tue 2/24 Carnegie Music Hall Munhall, PA TICKETS
Wed 2/25 House of Blues Cleveland, OH TICKETS
Thu 2/26 The Vic Chicago, IL  
Fri 2/27 Pabst Theatre Milwaukee, WI  
Sat 2/28 The Barrymore Madison, WI

Halloween Bash, Rex Caravan Tour and more...

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Halloween Bash!

Dark Star Orchestra is thrilled to perform a Halloween Bash at the Pageant in St. Louis, Friday, October 31. We will be hosting a Costume Contest at the show and awarding prizes to the most unique and enlightening costumes with the prizes including tickets to future shows, DSO merchandise packages and more!

NYE Ticket Update

DSO New Years Eve update: Thank you to everyone for your overwhelming response, New Year's Eve VIP Tickets and Early Bird tickets have both completely sold out. You can still save $20 off the door price by securing your Advance Tickets for $59. NYE tickets include a champagne toast, finger foods and party favors, while rocking into 2009 with Dark Star Orchestra! Also see DSO lead up to NYE with gigs in Richmond (12/28), Norfolk (12/29) and another East Coast venue (12/30) to be announced soon!

Black Tie-Dye Ball Raises Money and "Grateful Red"

Dark Star Orchestra performed at the Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood on September 27 for the Black Tie-Dye Ball, where Dark Star Orchestra helped raise over $9,000 for the Rex Foundation as part of their 25th Anniversary celebration. DSO was delighted to have Bill Walton representing at the show, where he boldly stated, "Dark Star Orchestra rocks the world-and we are the lucky ones - -we were there." DSO will be holding an east coast Black Tie Dye Ball at the Nokia Theater in New York City, Saturday, November 29. Since 2002, Dark Star Orchestra has raised over $130,000 for the foundation through a series of Black Tie Dye Ball benefits and donations, and now the November/December 'Rex Caravan Tour' where $1 will be contributed to the Rex Foundation for every ticket sold. DSO will be hitting the road again in support of the Rex Foundation, making contributions from all along the entire 22-city East Coast tour.

Like a Tumbleweed Tour
Thur 10/09 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR  
Fri 10/10 The Showbox Seattle, WA TICKETS
Sat 10/11 The Showbox Seattle, WA TICKETS
Sun 10/12 McDonald Theatre Eugene, OR  
Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue (a Rob Eaton side project)
Sat 10/18 Belly Up Aspen Aspen, CO  
Fri 10/24 Boulder Theatre Boulder, CO  
Halloween Bash
Fri 10/31 The Pageant St. Louis, MO  
Rex Caravan East Coast Tour
Fri 11/07 9:30 Club Washington, DC TICKETS
Sat 11/08 9:30 Club Washington, DC TICKETS
Sun 11/09 Paramount Center for the Arts Peekskill, NY  
Tues 11/11 Capitol Center for the Arts Concord, NH TICKETS
Thur 11/13 Calvin Theater Northampton, MA  
Fri 11/14 Community Arts Center Williamsport, PA TICKETS
Sat 11/15 Palace Theatre Albany, NY TICKETS
Sun 11/16 McCarter Theatre Princeton, NJ TICKETS
Tues 11/18 Magic City Music Hall Johnson City, NY TICKETS
Thur 11/20 Garde Arts Center New London, CT TICKETS
Fri 11/21 Memorial Auditorium Lowell, MA TICKETS
Sat 11/22 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA TICKETS
Sun 11/23 Klein Auditorium Bridgeport, CT TICKETS
Wed 11/26 Penn's Peak Jim Thorpe, PA  
Fri 11/28 Nokia Theater New York, NY TICKETS
Sat 11/29 Nokia Theater New York, NY TICKETS
Mon 12/01 Higher Ground South Burlington, VT TICKETS
Tues 12/02 Higher Ground South Burlington, VT TICKETS
Thur 12/04 Grand Opera House Wilmington, DE  
Fri 12/05 Theater @ Lancaster Host Resort Lancaster, PA TICKETS
Sat 12/06 Shea Center For The Performing Arts Wayne, NJ  
New Years Eve Run
Sun 12/28 The National Richmond, VA  
Mon 12/29 The Norva Norfolk, VA  
Tues 12/30 TBA TBA  
Wed 12/31 Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD TICKETS

Rex Foundation: Black Tie Dye Ball, Musical Caravan Shows & More

Black Tie-Dye Ball with DSO - photo by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Rex Musical Caravan keeps growing with upcoming events, community fundraisers, festival presence and great success with Rex Jams at recent summer festivals, all demonstrating the musical community's support of the Rex Foundation.  Check out all that is happening and join in for the great music, fun connections and celebrations of our 25th anniversary:

    * Donna Jean & the Tricksters, Saturday, September 20th, Knitting Factory, NYC - Come early for the pre-concert reception with musicians, food, drinks, and VIP Balcony access.  Click here for ticket details.

    * Black Tie-Dye Ball with Dark Star Orchestra on Saturday, September 27th, Henry Fonda Theater, Hollywood, CA

Be part of this fun evening featuring a pre-concert reception with the artists, food, drinks, goody bags and local area entertainment.  And, there will be a silent auction.  Click here for more details, including how to purchase reception tickets if you already have your concert ticket and to check out the local area programs designated to receive proceeds from the event.

    * New Riders of the Purple Sage, Tuesday, September 30th, The Blue Nile, New Orleans, LA.

The Rex Foundation has given over $20,000 in Katrina relief since 2005.  We are pleased to celebrate our first fundraising event in New Orleans with our good friends the New Riders of the Purple Sage - a pre-concert reception with the musicians, finger foods, drinks, and concert tickets.  Due to the recent hurricane weather in the New Orleans area, ticketing for this event is not yet available.  Please check out our website next week for updated information and ticket links.

Blue Turtle Seduction is on board the Musical Caravan, helping raise funds for the Rex Foundation during their Human Rights Awareness tour September 19th - November 2nd.   All shows during this tour are free to students and help raise awareness for human rights.

Dark Star Orchestra Rex Musical Caravan Tour - Join Dark Star Orchestra as they travel on the Rex Musical Caravan through their East Coast tour between November 7 and December 6th, where $1 of every ticket sold supports the Rex Foundation.   We'll have a celebratory Black Tie-Dye Ball on Saturday, November 29th, at the Nokia Theater in New York City.  Stay tuned for more information regarding this event.  

The Rex Foundation is honored to be a designated recipient of proceeds from The Give Festival, taking place Saturday, September 20th in Philadelphia.  We hope all of you in the Philadelphia area will attend.

Rex Jam Success!

The Rex Foundation would like to thank everyone who has participated in the Rex Jams at the Mountain Jam, High Sierra, All Good, 10,000 Lakes, and the Gathering of the Vibes Festivals.   Thanks to everyone's generosity and great efforts, $10,709 was raised to help support local area music programs for youth.   For a complete recap, visit our 2008 Summer Festivals page.

Rex Foundation at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

The Rex Foundation is honored to be one of the non-profit organizations present at the upcoming Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival on October 3rd-5th in San Francisco, CA.   Stop by the Rex Foundation booth to find out more about our current activities and get on board the Rex Community Caravan.

Check out and post your comments on the Rex Blog!

Want to know what is happening in the world of Rex? Get involved with the Rex Foundation Blog by posting your comments to share your views on the topics presented.  Add the RSS feed to your favorite social network and let your friends know you are a proud supporter of the Rex Foundation.

Save the Date for our 25th Anniversary Celebration at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco on December 13th!  Details soon to come.

As we celebrate our 25th Anniversary we are reminded of the help we have been able to give thanks to generous supporters like you.  We are proud to travel on the Rex Community Caravan with everyone and continue our efforts through the power of community, service and the arts.

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