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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

Young Deadhead Composes "The World As It Could Be" & More Good News

Henry Sidle, a 12-year old self-proclaimed avid Deadhead and musician, learned about the Rex Foundation when he read a review of The Wheel - A Musical Celebration of Jerry Garcia.  He contacted us, seeking to include Rex as the community service element of his upcoming Bar Mitzvah.  When I asked if he would consider learning more about The World As It Could Be project and help raise awareness about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, perhaps applying his musical talents along the way, Henry enthusiastically said, "Yes!"  Henry composed an original song "The World As It Could Be" and created a video to help get the word out about furthering human rights. Click here to read more about Henry's project, see the video and the song lyrics, and learn more about my unexpected, yet very special personal connection to Henry. Henry will be performing this song at the Gathering of the Vibes Festival, interviewed by David Gans.

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Here are upcoming Rex Musical Caravan events that reflect the wonderful support of the musical community and beyond.  Enjoy some fun, great music and kindred connection, while supporting the Rex Foundation at the same time:

July 8-10 in Tipton, PA - Pennsylvania's Mysterytrain once again supports the Rex Foundation, this time at the multi-day JesterFest at the PPG Pavilion.  Click here for details.

July 14-17 - The All Good Festival once again supports the Rex Foundation, including a Rex Jam on Saturday with Matt Butler and The Everyone Orchestra to support the Preston High School Music Program.

Saturday, August 6 - Sonoma County's own Tribal Hippie UnderGround Zone (THUGZ) are doing another show for Rex - outdoors under the stars at the rustic Rio Nido Roadhouse.  Here are the details.

Tuesday, August 9 - The SF Giants will pay tribute to the Grateful Dead with another special event package that includes support for the Rex Foundation as they face off against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Here is information on how to get your tickets now.

Afrobeta Shares First Track, Debut EP This Summer

Miami’s avant-dance duo Afrobeta have been tearing up dancefloors their hometown since 2006, with the Miami New Times even naming them Best Band in 2010. After the success of their debut EP, Do You Party?, which came out last July, the band is ready to announce the details of their full-length debut- Under The Streets will see a release in Summer 2011 via Do IT Music Group (details coming soon)! Check out the first free track from the album, “Nighttime,” for a taste of what Under The Streets has in store for the world!

Cuci Amador and Smurphio formed Afrobeta in 2006 as a means to attain an ultimate form of artistic self-expression. Their mutual love of classic songwriting, Cuban pastries and dancing till 5AM inspired them to make music together. The thirteen tracks that make up their debut album will undoubtedly ignite dance-floors around the world- the band has a sound that is universally irresistible.

Afrobeta’s unique (and diverse) sound transcends genre classifications. Cuci’s rapid-fire delivery, combined with Smurphio’s funky synths and head-bopping basslines, will keep you moving from start to finish on Under The Streets.

Afrobeta is taking their joyous beats and dazzling live shows across the nation and abroad! 2010 included high profile performances at the 40th Anniversary Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, the 12th annual Ultra Music Festival, Burning Man, Ultra Brazil and Space Ibiza.

Download the FREE MP3 “Nighttime” HERE!

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!

DSO Four Winds Tour Starts Tomorrow, Gratefulfest 11

Starting at The National in Richmond, VA tomorrow Dark Star Orchestra will take a lap around the east coast with stops in Tarrytown, NY, Reading, PA, a special Acoustic show at Mexicali Blues, their 1st performance at Union County Arts Center in Rahway, NJ, stops in Falls Church, VA, Hagerstown, MD and closing out with a show at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo, NY. Along the way band members will be sharing their touring adventures on their BLOG.

After a few weeks off they ride the wind out to the west coast to start the second leg of the Four Winds Tour. Starting in the great Northwest at the Mt Baker Theater in Bellingham, WA DSO will cruise south stopping off in Seattle, Portland, and Eugene before heading into California for shows in Arcata, Santa Cruz and three nights in San Francisco. Thursday April 7th, the first of three nights in San Fran, they be our Black Tie Dye Ball to benefit The Rex Foundation. There will be packages available that will include a pre-show and sound check party with the band. More details coming soon. After the long weekend in San Fran, DSO closes out their tour with stops in Reno, NV and a Colorado run that will include Aspen, 2 nights in Boulder and the tour closer in Fort Collins.

Check out their TOUR DATES PAGE for complete details.


Gratefulfest 11

DSO is stoked to announce that we will be returning to Nelson's Ledges Quarry Park in Garrettsville, Ohio to Celebrate the 11th annual Gratefulfest....July 1st-4th....3 full nights of DSO....more info coming soon.

You Gotta Wear Shades

The Into The Sun Tour starts April 29th at Irving Plaza in NYC with a special recreation of the famed Grateful Dead set from 4/29/71 at the Fillmore east on the 40th anniversary of the show. DSO has just added May 17th at the Sherman Theatre in Stroudsburg, PA. The rest of the tour includes stops in Providence, Philadelphia, Burlington, Boston, an acoustic show in Plymouth, NH and two nights at Mighty High Mountain Fest to close out the tour. Visit their TOUR DATES PAGE for the full schedule.

For every show on the Into The Sun Tour DSO will be giving fans the chance to vote on the song we will play for their Encore/Filler for every show. Head over to the TOUR DATES PAGE to find the ballots for each show and be entered for a chance to win a pair of tickets for the show you vote on.

Edwyn Collins Announces US Tour Dates

On the heels of announcing the US release date of his new album, Losing Sleep, indie music icon Edwyn Collins has revealed his long-awaited return to Stateside shores for some live dates. Shortly after the album hits stores (March 8th; Heavenly Recordings/Cooperative Music USA/Downtown Records), he’ll be stopping by New York and SXSW.  Edwyn’s last American shows were acoustic shows in 2003, and he hasn’t performed any with a full live band since 1997.

2010 was a phenomenal year for Edwyn.  The former frontman of Scottish post-punkers Orange Juice released his seventh solo album in the UK to massive acclaim, and it ended up being one of the year’s best reviewed albums by the British press.  The record features tracks co-written with Johnny Marr, Roddy Frame, Alex Kapranos & Nick McCarthy of Franz Ferdinand, Romeo Stodart of The Magic Numbers, Ryan Jarman of The Cribs, and The Drums - and is the first album Edwyn’s written and recorded since his serious illness in 2005.

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Edwyn Collins US Tour Dates:

03/13:  Brooklyn, NY @ The Rock Shop
03/14:  New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
03/16:  Austin, TX @ SXSW (details TBD)
03/17:  Austin, TX @ SXSW (details TBD)
03/18:  Austin, TX @ SXSW (details TBD)
03/19:  Austin, TX @ SXSW (details TBD)

Cornmeal Announces New Years Eve 2010 plans

At last Saturday’s annual post Thanksgiving show in Chicago Cornmeal announced, on stage, their plans for New Years.  Cornmeal will be playing at Durty Nellie’s in Palatine, IL, a suburb to Chicago.  Cornmeal is taking the month of December off from a busy year of touring and are looking forward to kicking off 2011 with their hometown friends, family, and fans! Keep your eye out for details regarding the evening’s festivities.

The show at Durty Nellie’s will also kick off  a string of January shows starting with Jam Cruise and then multiple shows in Texas, Oklahoma and an extended stay in Colorado.

Check out Grateful Web's interview with Cornmeal.

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.

DSO News & Spring 2010 Tour Dates

Gratefulfest Artist Additions

Nelsons Ledges has just announced a great lineup of artists joining us for 4th of July weekend. There will be 2 special performances by Keller Williams. One is Keller & the Keels do Deadgrass & more plus a Keller solo dance set! There will also be sets from: New Riders of the Purple Sage, Peter Rowan's Bluegrass Band, JGB, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Moonalice, Steve Kimock Crazy Engine, Jemimah Puddleduck, Donna Jean Godchaux Band, Boombox, David Gans, DJ Harry, Rumor Has It and Ekoostik Hookah projects- Katz & Jammers and The Spikedrivers.

These bands will join us as we play three nights during the weekend of July 2-5. Visit NLQP.com for more details.

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One Way Or Another...

April brings the band back to the mountains for another great run out west. The tour begins with stops in Aspen and Avon before holding down the Boulder Theater for Friday and Saturday night. From there its off to Northern California for two nights at the Mystic Theater before heading to the northwest for shows in Portland, Seattle, Olympia and Ashland. 4/20 finds the band back in CA at the Eureka Theater. Then its off to Reno before swinging into San Fran for a weekend at the Regency Ballroom. The last leg of the tour winds south through California stopping off in Modesto, Los Angeles, Santa Ana before wrapping up with 2 nights at the Belly Up in Solona Beach.

Our friend Stu Allen will be joining us for this tour starting April 7th. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Stu joined Melvin Seals & JGB in June 2004 and appears on the 'Keepers of the Flame' album. In the early 1990's, he co-founded the Minnesota-based acoustic-electric jam band, Blue Man Jive. In addition, he is a founding member of The Jones Gang, Minneapolis' premier Grateful Dead tribute band, to which he still lends his talents. A resident of San Francisco, Stu continues to explore, experiment, create, and recreate, within a variety of musical styles. He can't wait to join us on the road and come and play for you folks.

Ticket info and more details available on our Tour Dates Page.

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Summer's Here and the Time is Right...

The first leg of our summer tour is locked in and we are excited to share our plans with you. Kicking off in Minnesota and cruising through the mid-west with stops in Iowa and Illinois before hitting Summerfest for the annual street fest where there will be plenty of dancin' in the streets. From there we head to our annual celebration at Nelson's Ledges where we will celebrate 4th of July weekend (July 2-3-4) with Gratefulfest 11 and will be joined by Keller Williams, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Peter Rowan's Bluegrass Band, JGB, Emmit-Nershi Band and more! Follow that up with a headlining spot at All Good's Thursday Throwdown and a return to the annual Gathering of the Vibes. Summer is looking pretty sweet.

Visit our Tour Dates Page for more info.

Toubab Krewe Spring Tour - 2010

Toubab Krewe is a couple weeks into their Spring Tour and things are off to a great start. Thanks to all of you who have been coming out!

Toubab Krewe has a few more dates in the Northeast this weekend before joining up with their friends in John Brown's Body for a 12-night co-headlining run that will take us throughout the Midwest, Rockies and West Coast.

Toubab will then swing back through the South on our own, and are happy to announce several new dates, including a special 2-night run in NOLA during JazzFest and a tour of Florida. Many of the upcoming NE and FL shows will feature special guests The Heavy Pets.

Looking ahead to the summer, Festivus is set for July 8-11 in Cabot, VT, and should be bigger and better than ever. The full line-up and more details are coming soon.

Check out Toubab Krewe on the road!

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TOUR DATES
DATE CITY VENUE Other Acts
03/25/10 Allston, MA Harpers Ferry W/special guests The Heavy Pets
03/26/10 New Haven, CT Toad's Place In support of Railroad Earth
03/27/10 Providence, RI Jerky's Live Music Hall W/special guests The Heavy Pets
04/03/10 Chicago, IL Double Door Co-bill w/John Brown's Body
04/04/10 Madison, WI The Majestic Theatre Co-bill w/John Brown's Body
04/05/10 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center Co-bill w/John Brown's Body
04/07/10 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre Co-bill w/John Brown's Body
04/08/10 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre Co-bill w/John Brown's Body & special guest Giant Panda Guerilla
04/09/10 Englewood, CO Gothic Theater Co-bill w/John Brown's Body & special guest Giant Panda Guerilla
04/12/10 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot Co-bill w/John Brown's Body
04/16/10 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern Co-bill w/John Brown's Body
04/17/10 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge Co-bill w/John Brown's Body
04/19/10 San Francisco, CA Independent Co-bill w/John Brown's Body
04/20/10 Los Angeles, CA Roxy Theatre Co-bill w/John Brown's Body
04/21/10 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern Co-bill w/John Brown's Body & special guest Stickfigure
04/23/10 Scottsdale, AZ McDowell Mountain Music Festival
04/27/10 Austin, TX Stubb's BBQ
04/29/10 New Orleans, LA Tipitina's French Quarter Cyril Neville & Tribe 13
05/01/10 New Orleans, LA Blue Nile
05/04/10 Tallahassee, FL The Engine Room W/special guests The Heavy Pets
05/05/10 Gainesville, FL Common Grounds W/special guests The Heavy Pets & Diocious
05/06/10 Jacksonville Beach, FL Freebird Live W/special guests The Heavy Pets
05/07/10 Orlando, FL The Plaza Theatre W/special guests The Heavy Pets
05/08/10 Tampa, FL Skipper's Smokehouse W/special guests Diocious & Hip Abduction
05/15/10 Gulf Shores, AL The Hangout Festival
7/8-7/11 Cabot, VT Festivus Full line-up and details coming soon!