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.

State of the Scene: Late Shows are Just Getting Tiresome

We've all been there.  It is 11:15 at the music club, and the band you have been excited to see for months still has not taken the stage.  Show time said 9:00 but you have yet to hear any music.  You give a big yawn, and look at your watch again.  Nothing.

Leftover Salmon Holiday Shows

photo by Mike Moran- for the Grateful Web

We have some fresh Leftover Salmon news for ya'll. First we are about to launch our new website but for all of you on our email list, well you can have a sneak preview at This is still in a work of progress and will be evolving over time. We hope to have it live to the general public by this weekend. Please enjoy what it has to offer so far.

We also have downloads available from 3 of our 5 performances this summer. These are all high quality multi track recordings. Anyone who missed this summers' shows can now have the opportunity to hear what went down and what's to possibly come. For those of you that were there can hear how much fun we all had! These are available by Clicking Here.

Finally and most important some live Salmon, yes that's right some LIVE Leftover Salmon! We are excited to announce two more shows before the end of the year. We will be celebrating the last weekend of 2007 with 2 intimate performances in Colorado. There will be one show in Denver and the other one in Boulder. We are really looking forward to playing in Boulder where it all began so many years ago!

Tickets for these shows will go on sale Wednesday October 3rd on our fan ticketing (Click Here). These tickets are available to the fans on our email list only, until the new site launches! The remaining tickets will be available starting Saturday October 6th. For the Ogden you can purchase online at and the Boulder Theater tickets can be purchased online at  or at the Boulder Theater Box Office.

After a great summer and playing at some of our favorite festivals and of coarse Red Rocks, it's going to be a real treat play indoors at these intimate Colorado venues.

Kan'Nal News & Upcoming Shows

photos by Amanda Bell- for the Grateful Web

Kan'Nal has been hard at work adding songs finalizing their new CD. Kan'Nal knows this new album will reach many people from many cultures so they thank you for your patience. In the meantime, please join the dancers and musicians of Kan'Nal as they continue to contribute to the artistic and healing communities of the Denver Boulder area with exciting performances throughout October.

Everyone is showing their support for the kind generous owners of Herbs and Arts in Denver this Thursday, Oct. 4 at Quixotes, next door to Cervantes. The Cosmic Puppy Costume Party starts at 9 pm with live music and djs. All the money from the $10 cover goes to the shop owners to help heal an injured Tucker, the famous flying dog of Herbs and Arts.


FRI/SAT Oct 5/6 - Outdoors @ 7th and Santa Fe

Denver City Arts Week kicks off a Super First Friday with (full fire) Lunar Fire shows from 8-10 pm both Friday and Sat. All performers are participating free of charge in support of the Santa Fe Arts District. So bring extra support cash to tip the fire dancers, buy cds, and purchase hand crafted masks and crowns from Tiffany of Artsmyths (802 Santa Fe). Plus take home an amazing work of art by Stevon Lucero (CHAC Gallery 772 Santa Fe).

SAT OCT 27 - Mercury cafe - 2199 California Street  Join us for The Ultimate Witches Ball.  Doors 9pm, Cover $15. For more info (303)294-9281.

In Boulder, Colorado come participate in a Journey to the Underworld for the Wizards and Warriors amongst us Oct. 31, 7pm start. Featuring Lunar Fire (6 members of Kan'Nal) Buddha Bomb, GSP, Tuatha, & The Didgeridoo Experiment. Presented by Lunar Fire, The Dreamtime Festival, Gypsy Nation, The Gemini Project and Herbs & Arts. A gathering of the TRIBE.  For more info/tix check the link: 

Kan'Nal's lead guitarist, Tierro, is now offering his audio production skills to the public in Boulder CO. This is a rare opportunity to work with Tierro on your musical project. Let his 20 years of experience and easy going yet professional attitude take your recording project to the next level.

*Rock, pop, electronic, classical, folk, tribal

*Audio landscapes for your web site

*CD audio mastering

*Recording strategies to fit your budget

*In-house grand piano

*5.1 surround

*Customized original compositions

For a free consultation on your next project contact:

Tierro in the studio with European recording artist KIM CURLY.

The Kan'Nal family thanks you. They have big plans and lots of surprises coming up (and yes the new CD) so stay tuned!

Kyle Hollingsworth Shows His "Soulside”

photo(s) by Tim Hurley- for the Grateful Web

With the end of the String Cheese Incident looming, keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth debuted yet another side project aptly called soulside.  Of all his collaborations, this one might seem like the most odd of pairings:  Kyle, DJ Logic, and Speech of Arrested Development.  Flanked by Ryan Jalbert on guitar, Garrett Sayers on bass, and Damien Hines on drums, this new artist collective road tested their project last month in Colorado to much praise.

A solid two hundred fans shuffled into Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver and seemed very responsive to what they heard.  The band combined elements of jazz, funk, and hip-hop to comprise their sound, which was fresh and enthusiastic.

The evening was highlighted by Hollingsworth originals such as "Bam!", "Boo-Boo's Pikanic", and other tracks taken from his release Never Odd or Even.  With DJ Logic's accompanying turntables, these songs were played with less pop and more funk.

Not to be overshadowed by his counterparts, Speech brought along some of his catalog from Arrested Development.  The band breezed through soulful renditions of "Give a Man a Fish", "Mr. Wendel", and the Sly and the Family Stone inspired "People Everyday".

The group also paid homage to some of their musical favorites by covering a variety of artists, such as The Meters, Beck, and of course more Sly Stone.  The remaining portions of the performance were filled with silky improvisations, complete with freestyle poetry and trance rhythms.

It is not known whether or not soulside will continue beyond their short Colorado stint, however, Kyle hinted in a recent interview with that he would like to possibly get the group recorded:  "My record producer, Kevin Morris—the Director of Music at SCI Fidelity Records—is very interested in getting us into the studio and I'm really excited to do that, actually."

A handful of String Cheese dates remain before their final farewell at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado this August.  Consequently, each band member has been rallying their side projects together proving that you cannot keep a good musician down.  Billy continues to win over old-time bluegrass fans with Honkytonk Homeslice, Michael Travis and Jason Haan recently formed the experimental outfit EOTO, while Mike Kang and Keith Moseley work on their respective endeavors.

Yet with all of these post-Cheese enterprises in development, Kyle's work remains the most entertaining of the bunch.  He continues to piece together exceptional local and national musicians to perform high energy, improvisational rock backed by intelligent and earnest lyrics. It will certainly be interesting to see where Kyle takes his boundless body of work from here.

Tom Constanten announces Shows in Arizona and Las Vegas

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Tom Constanten and Ken Foust have released a new CD called "Moved To Stanleyville". They are playing shows in Arizona and Las Vegas with Gent Treadly, a Manhattan based jam band who were Vince Welnick's east coast band before his death, in support of this new project. The dates include Prescott College, Tempe, Flagstaff, and Sedona.

Tom Constanten is an American keyboardist, best known for playing with the Grateful Dead from 1968-1970. Tom has been performing in different forms and genres since the late 1950's, appearing at such popular venues as The Fillmore Auditorium, Playboy After Dark, and the original Woodstock Festival. He was Professor of Music at SUNY Buffalo and the San Francisco Art Institute (1974-1984).  He performed as Artist-in-Residence at Harvard University, and consulted for the Smithsonian Institution.

Ken Foust is a Charlotte, NC musician best known for his jam-blues based project from the early 90's, Hot Wax (see Spread base, 10/27/1990), that played in the southeast region.  Together they have produced a contemporary Americana / blues effort that is fresh and engaging. These shows will feature songs from the project. This live group also includes Greg Koerner from Gent Treadly on Base and Ken's Twin Brother Doug Foust on Drums.

The CD is garnering great reviews. The album is featured on David Gans's "The Grateful Dead Hour" and Uncle Dave's weekly radio program, "Dead Air.