Live Dead at The Starry Plough, May 2

On a cool Berkeley evening I walked into The Starry Plough to catch The Grateful Dead cover band Live Dead. The Plough was once again packed with young and old local “Dead Head” hippies, sporting heavy beards and tie-dye shirts. Others danced wildly by the stage, as Live Dead opened their first set a little after 9:30 pm.

The Dead Tour Charity Tickets Now Available

philWe are pleased and appreciative to announce the availability of The Dead Tour tickets in support of the Rex Foundation and other charities through   Here is the full announcement as well as contact information for any questions you might have.

The Rex Musical Caravan continues to expand with more musicians and festivals. 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:

Moonalice kicks off its month-long Rex Caravan Tour on March 25th in Bakersfield, CA

Five Eyed Hand continues its Rex Caravan California shows on March 27th in San Francisco, CA

Passion Presents features Steve Kimock Crazy Engine on March 31 and April 1 in Eureka, CA

Reflections Band does another Rex Musical Caravan show on April 16th at Mexicali Live in Teaneck, NJ

On the Bus Band joins the Caravan on May 17th at the Virginia Brewing Company in Winchester, VA

Desert Rocks Music Festival is part of the Caravan May 22-24 in Moab, Utah

We thank all the musicians and their fans for being part of the Rex Musical Caravan 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.

Thank you for your on-going support and connection.  We look forward to all that we can do together.

Rex Update on The Dead Charity Tickets

The excellent tickets for each show of The Dead Tour designated to support the Furthur Foundation, Rex Foundation and Unbroken Chain Foundation are just about ready for distribution.  Here is the official ticket announcement presented by each charity.  Thank you for your generous support of the charities as you plan your attendance at the different shows along the Tour!
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  • Dead Doings in the City of Brotherly Love…

    donnaDonna Jean Godchaux, Grateful Dead vocalist in the 1970s, will return to Philadelphia on March 7th to host a table at the annual WXPN Beggar’s Banquet fundraiser to be held at Penn’s Landing Caterers, 1301 S. Columbus Blvd. For more information, go to

    And since Philly Dead Heads are never satisfied, there’s more. After the Dead’s May 1st concert at The Spectrum (their 51st at the venue), Dead Heads will be able to stroll across Pattison Avenue to McFadden’s, a club located inside Citizen’s Bank Park, where they can – for FREE – see the brand-new Donna Jean Godchaux Band with Jeff Mattson. Good deal, huh?

    This band is a new one, having morphed out of the former Donna Jean and the Tricksters. Donna Jean Godchaux was of course a member of the Grateful Dead. Jeff Mattson is a founding member of the Zen Tricksters, Long Island’s legendary Dead-oriented band, and has played with Phil Lesh and Friends. Together with David MacKay (a member of Muscle Shoals favorites, The Fiddleworms), Joe Chirco (Long Island’s hardest-working drummer), and Mark Adler (a member of Donna Jean’s original Heart of Gold Band), they’ll keep folks dancing ‘til the wee, wee hours.

    3 New Shows Added to The Dead Tour

    photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

    The Dead just added 3 new shows to the spring tour, with additional nights at Chicago and Shoreline, plus a show at The Gorge in Quincy, WA! Now the band will be playing 22 shows spread across a month from mid-April through mid-May!

    Click here for links to the ticket vendors handling pre-sale starting Tuesday, February 17th at noon EST. will be your official hub for ALL news about the tour, including dates and ticket info... and perhaps even a few surprises along the way!


    Rex Foundation | The Dead Tour | Melvin Seals & JGB

    support the Rex Foundation- for the Grateful Web

    The Rex Foundation is pleased and appreciative that the upcoming tour of The Dead will include a charitable component. A limited number of quality, center floor seats at each venue are being made available for sale, with the proceeds being contributed equally to the Furthur Foundation, Rex Foundation and Unbroken Chain Foundation. Rex will send an update within the next week to provide the details of the pricing, as well as how to order and obtain these tickets.

    Please join Rex on Saturday, January 24th at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco for a night with Melvin Seals and JGB band.  In addition to the donation of $1 for every ticket purchased, a Silent Auction will be held to benefit the Rex Foundation. Come show your support and bid on priceless memorabilia and special items to add to your collection while enjoying a great night of music. 

    The Rex Foundation is grateful to everyone that helped make the recent fall events successful.  Check out the Programs for the September 27th, November 29th and December 13th events to see the acknowledgements of the contributors.  You can also see each event's photo albums on Rex's Facebook page

    If you attended one of Rex's recent events, please post your comments on their Blog.

    With high hopes as the new administration begins for a better economy and world peace, the Rex Foundation looks forward to the good results from our continuing support of grassroots non-profit programs. All that Rex is doing is captured by the Rex Community Caravan, their virtual vehicle for traveling together to connect the arts, community and grassroots philanthropy.  Your contributions and participation in their events make all the difference!  Help Rex celebrate 2009 by showing how contributions of $5 or more add up quickly and how we can, together, further what the Grateful Dead started for another 25 years.

    Dead 2009 Tour Tickets on Sale Today

    Bobby -- photo by Mike Moran- for the Grateful Web

    Dead ticket pre-sale begins today (Tuesday, January 13th) at 12:00PM EST | 9:00AM MST.  Get ticket info, see the tour schedule and follow the countdown by clicking here.

    You will have to create an account to place an order. We recommend clicking on the "Set One Up" link at to set up an account on the ticketing website before the pre-sale begins.

    Adding to the excitement is a new Dead '09 video from the band. Click here for special, behind-the-scenes clips & interviews. is the place to be for all Dead '09 tour information. Please stay with for special offers and surprises!

    Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue @ Boulder Theater

    photo by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

    Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Review was formed in 2005 from the top players of the foremost Grateful Dead tribute bands in the Rocky Mountain region, Shakedown Street & Dark Star Orchestra. Based originally on a premise of player interchangeability to suit the situation, compatibility and success have coalesced the band into its present configuration. The band's forte lies in its faithful rendering of Grateful Dead material, both originals and covers, and the Grateful Dead's trademark style of improvisation. Achieved through a careful balance of comprehension and execution of the more defined musical elements of the material with a fearless passion to connect with the elusive "X factor" that Jerry Garcia affectionately spoke of, RMGDR remains aligned with the Dead's creed of playing off the energy of the audience and making them an integral component of the overall dynamic.

    Friday, January 9      
    doors 8:30pm, show 9:00pm

    Boulder Theater
    2032 14th Street
    Boulder, CO 80302

    The Dead Trees play at Larimer Lounge on December 2nd

    The Dead Trees- for the Grateful Web

    When it all started out, Matthew, Noah, Tad and Michael weren't really a 'band' exactly but the fruits this "not band" ended up being the much loved Fort Music EP earlier this year.

    Last spring, The Dead Trees self released Fort Music EP was widely supported through the Coalition of Independent Music Stores and landed these friends from Boston to supporting Albert Hammond, Jr. on a national tour. They just about burned down the Metro in Chicago, abandoned a broken down van somewhere in Iowa (which is heavily chronicled in along the way playing shows that LA's The House Of Blues in LA and Webster Hall in NYC.

    The band plan on touring in support of King Of Rosa throughout the fall/winter of 2008, and into 2009. 

    NOV 26- The Lounge @ Elm Street - Dallas, Texas
    NOV 28- Warehouse Live- Houston, Texas
    NOV 29- The Parish -Austin, Texas
    NOV 30 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom 2nd Stage
    DEC 02 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
    DEC 04 - Scottsdale, AZ - Martini Ranch
    DEC 05 - San Diego, CA - H.O.B. - 5th Street Side Stage
    DEC 06 - Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar
    DEC 07 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
    DEC 09 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
    DEC 11 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
    DEC 12 - Vancouver, BC - The Plaza Club
    DEC 13 - Portland, OR - Berbati's Pan

    Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue @ Boulder Theater

    Rob Eaton of DSO - photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

    Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Review is the apex of Colorado's vast cadre of uniquely talented and "Deadicated" musicians. Over the years, many regional bands have offered up their best efforts toward keeping alive the unparalleled music and party spirit of the phenomenon that was the Grateful Dead. From this cross-pollenating web of specialized tribute musicians has shaken out a pool of players deemed most apt, by popular opinion and support, to offer the truest interpretation of the essence of that legendary band.

    Unlike many "put a quarter in the jukebox" tribute bands, Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Review delivers a caliber of genuineness, spontaneity and artistic integrity by weaving their own measure of "X factor creativity" into the songs, jams and transitional interludes.  Chemistry, both personal and musical, is an important ingredient of the musical high generated by RMGDR. This chemistry exists both among the band members themselves and between the band and their all-important audiences. It is a closed-loop of positive energy that feeds on itself and tends to elevate gyrating bones off the floor.

    Perfect harmony with this chemistry emanates when the band is joined by their good friend from Dark Star Orchestra, Rob Eaton. The consummate Grateful Dead tribute musician, Rob is proudly presented as special guest of Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Review at the Boulder Theater. Don't miss what is sure to be a very special evening!

    Feat. Members of Shakedown Street & Dark Star Orchestra
    Friday, August 15
    Doors 8:30pm, Show 9:00pm

    GA / 21+ / $10.00

    Other Shows:
    August 16th
    Saturday 9:30pm/21+
    2161 N Frontage Rd W Vail, CO 81657 (970) 476-4314
    August 22nd & 23rd
    Friday & Saturday 9:30pm/21+
    Mahogany Ridge
    435 Lincoln Steamboat Springs, CO 80488 (970) 879-3773
    Rob Eaton - guitar & vocals
    Dave Kochman - guitar & vocals
    Jim Allard - bass & vocals
    Jake Wolf - drums & vocals
    Smokey Joe Weisiger - Keyboards & vocals