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Donna the Buffalo, Ollabelle & David Gans to Benefit Rex

Ollabelle will play to benefit Rex- for the Grateful Web

Twenty-four years (and counting) into its mission, the Rex Foundation continues to broaden its community of friends, donors and beneficiaries. The Grateful Dead performed many benefit concerts for various good causes during its 30-year touring career. In 1983, members and associates of the Dead formed the Rex Foundation to further that tradition of giving, enabling the Dead Head community to participate through their purchase of tickets to concerts the band gave to benefit the foundation. Since then, Rex has granted more than $8 million dollars to over 1,000 recipients, including individuals and organizations engaged in vital endeavors in the arts, sciences and education, working to protect our natural resources and to help make our planet a safer, more peaceful place. When the Grateful Dead disbanded following Jerry Garcia's passing in 1995, Rex, having lost its primary source of funding, began a process of reinvention. While the foundation has continued to benefit from the commitment of time and energy from alumni and friends of the Dead and from the legendary generosity of Dead Heads everywhere, Rex has also developed new strategies for community outreach and involvement. One of the more exciting aspects of this effort has been the willingness of a new generation of musicians, many of them inspired by the Grateful Dead and seeking to extend and expand upon the Dead's musical and social traditions, to offer their talents in service to Rex, and to bring their own audiences into the ever-larger community of Rex donors.

David Gans

This process of widening the circle of giving will continue on November 17th with a benefit concert at New York's Highline Ballroom, bringing together friends old and new in support of Rex. The evening will feature two popular and critically acclaimed bands that are equally at home in a variety of genres, Donna The Buffalo and Ollabelle. Also performing will be an old pal to all of us in the Grateful Dead world and a longtime supporter of Rex, David Gans, whose excellent idea it was to throw this musical shindig. David is well known for his years of service to the Dead Head community as a broadcaster, journalist and all-around stellar dude. In recent years, he has begun to receive richly deserved recognition for his talents as a singer, songwriter and guitarist, and has been a welcome presence on the club and festival circuit, sharing stages with Dark Star Orchestra, Donna Jean and the Tricksters, Railroad Earth and many others. Having pitched in to help Rex in many other ways over the years, Gans figured it was high time he put his musical gifts to good use in service to the cause, and to invite some friends to do the same. Happily, those friends jumped at the opportunity, and the resulting lineup of talent should make for a most memorable evening.

Donna the Buffalo

Asked for a few thoughts on his fellow performers, Gans told dead.net: "Donna the Buffalo is one of my favorite bands on earth. Two excellent songwriters - guitarist Jeb Puryear and multi-instrumentalist Tara Nevins - and a deep, and deeply American, dance groove. Their songs are spiritually positive without being hippy-dippy. This is one of the few bands that can make me forget where I am and hope the set never ends.

Ollabelle: five fine songwriters who are also fine singers and players, a great love for American roots music - what's not to love?

Donna The Buffalo, Ollabelle and David Gans perform to benefit the Rex Foundation on Saturday, November 17th, 8 pm, at the Highline Ballroom (431 West 16th Street, New York, NY). General admission tickets are $27.00 in advance ($30 day of show). A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $55 (includes balcony seating) and $75 (side-of-stage seating). VIP ticket holders are invited to a pre-concert cocktail reception with the artists. Tickets are available through the Highline Ballroom and Rex Foundation websites. For further information, contact Rex at 415-561-3134.

Weintrob Photography Exhibit to Benefit NOMC

photo by Michael Weintrob- for the Grateful Web

Good Thoughts Printing Studio and the Guitar Cellar present the opening reception of a new photography exhibit featuring the work of music photographer Michael Weintrob.

The opening reception is on Thursday, October 25 from 6PM – 10PM at the Guitar Cellar on the Boulder's Hill. The event will feature live music beginning at 7 PM. The items exhibited, which will be on display and available for purchase through November 1st, span over a decade of Weintrob's rock photography. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of photos will go to benefit The New Orleans Musician Clinic.

About The New Orleans Musician Clinic:

In collaboration with LSU Healthcare Network and Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans, The New Orleans Musicians' Clinic (NOMC) provides access to health and social welfare services for the local music community. Since 1998, NOMC has played a pivotal role in sustaining the health of New Orleans musicians. As housing, family and financial challenges continue, we strive to remain a core resource for the music community. From providing medical services to funding gigs, their response to the needs of musicians knows no boundaries.

About Michael Weintrob:

Over the past decade Michael has been shooting live concerts, portraits, events and world culture. His images have appeared in publications including Rolling Stone, Spin, Mojo, Billboard, Relix, Downbeat, Paste and Outside. Directly after graduating Colorado State University, Michael became a house photographer for the City of Denver Theaters and Arenas Division, which includes the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater and other prestigious venues in and around Denver, Colorado.

In addition to being a staff photographer for Gibson Guitars in New York, Weintrob's images have graced album covers of famous musicians such as Burning Spear, Taj Majal Trio, Gerorge Porter Jr., Karl Denson, the Doobie Brothers, Gov't Mule, Charlie Hunter, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Umphrey's McGee.

What separates Michael from other photographers is his ability to be at the right place at the right time. "When you take a photograph you've got to be able to capture the energy of an instant that is gone in a second."

Weintrob's photo studio is located in Brooklyn, New York.

Benefit Concert for The Humane Society of St. Lucie County

Support your local Humane Society!- for the Grateful Web

The Humane Society of St. Lucie County is holding a benefit celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the 'San Francisco Sound.'  All proceeds will go to spaying/neutering homeless animals.  Artists include, Paul Kantner & Marty Balin (founders of Jefferson Airplane), David Frieberg (co-founder of Quicksilver Messanger Service), Tom Constanten (early Grateful Dead pianist), Slick Aguliar (David Crosby Band), Chris Smith (The Supremes), Prarie Prince (The Tubes), & Diana Mangana (Interpreting the repertories of the legenday Grace Slick).  Plus very special guest Country Joe McDonald of Country Joe and the Fish!

Our own Mike Moran spent two years working for the Boulder Humane Society. Its a very important mission and we hope everyone will consider adopting their next animal instead of going to a petstore.  As Bob Barker always says, "Don't forget to spay and nueter your pets!"

Rex Foundation Benefit Show in New York City

  Support the Rex Foundation!- for the Grateful Web

Founded in 1984 by the Grateful Dead, the Rex Foundation celebrates the magical combination of music, community, creativity and joyful spirit in New York City on Saturday, November 12th with its Black Tie-Dye Ball featuring The Zen Tricksters and special guests Donna Jean Godchaux-McKay (Grateful Dead, Heart of Gold Band), David Nelson (New Riders of the Purple Sage, David Nelson Band), Tom Constanten (Grateful Dead), Rob Barraco (The Zen Tricksters, The Dead, Phil Lesh & Friends, The Dragonflys), Greg Anton (Zero, Heart of Gold Band), Michael Falzarano (Hot Tuna), and Wendy Lanter (Hope in Time). Mickey Hart is a special guest at the pre-concert reception.  Call (415) 561-3135 or go to www.rexfoundation.org for vip tickets & ticketmaster for concert tickets.  Proceeds support local non-profit programs.

Autographed JamCruise Axe - Benefit Hurricane Victims

Proceeds to benefit hurricane victims- for the Grateful Web

JamCruise has donated this autographed guitar.  Everyone from JamCruise 3 is on the newest auction, including: Galactic, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Col Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit, Ozomatli, North Mississippi Allstars, Peter Rowan & Tony Rice, Robert Walter's 20th Congress, Umphrey's McGee, MOFRO, Benevento/Russo Duo, DJ Logic & more..

100 % of proceeds to benefit hurricane Katrina victims  - FeedtheChildren.org

Everyone Orchestra 'Conducts' Second Annual Benefit Concerts in Portland

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everyone joining in..- for the Grateful Web

Portland, OR - The Everyone Orchestra offers a new paradigm for live music by combining various musicians from popular touring bands for two nights of improvisational music when the group performs the 2nd Annual Pangaea Project Benefit at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland Thursday and Friday April 14, 15 and at WOW Hall in Eugene Saturday, April 16.

The roster of performers includes Jon Fishman of Phish, Billy Nershi and Michael Travis of String Cheese Incident, Kai Eckhardt of Garaj Mahal, Everyone Orchestra founder Matt Butler, and a number of other musicians.

The Everyone Orchestra catalyzes revolving casts of musicians who combine energy and talent to raise funds and awareness for local non-profits through performance of songs and improvisational music. Each Everyone Orchestra performance culminates in unique and unpredictable segments featuring a conductor directing both musicians and audience alike in interactive, lively, and highly danceable jams. 

The 2004 inaugural events raised raised funds and awareness for The Pangaea Project which engages teenagers from underserved neighborhoods in local and international service-learning projects by promoting the development of leadership skills, increasing global awareness, and fostering a commitment to work towards social change.  Proceeds from Everyone Orchestra show ticket sales, fundraising raffles, and other generous donations will be contributed to The Pangaea Project.

Last year's Pangaea Project benefit at the Aladdin Theatre was enlivened by guest speakers: at-the-time presidential candidate/Congressman Dennis Kucinich, environmental activist Julia Butterfly Hill, and Pangaea Project founders Deb Delman and Stephanie Tolk. Ms. Butterfly Hill reflects on the Everyone Orchestra, "I was blown away by the talent, humor, love, and brilliantly orchestrated improvisation coming together in what truly can be described as magic."

The magic continues April 14 and 15 in Portland and April 16 in Eugene with music interpreted by an all-star talent lineup within the Everyone Orchestra.  Butler explains "We simply pass the 'musical talking stick' around the collective group of players and take turns leading the stage, much like sharing music around a campfire.  Then we culminate in moments when everyone is on stage at once, playing conducted improvisations together."   The concerts are designed to create space for each performer's musical personality to shine and facilitate a massive celebratory coming together with the conducted segments.

In true collaborative fashion, the percussive members of the Everyone Orchestra, Jon Fishman, Michael Travis, Matt Butler and Jamie Janover, will be holding a community drum and percussion session at the Crystal Ballroom the afternoon of Friday, April 15. Simultaneously, a singer/songwriter workshop featuring Billy Nershi, Scott Law and Libby Kirkpatrick will also take place at the Crystal Ballroom.  For an additional $15 contribution to the Pangaea Project, percussionists, drummers, singers, songwriters and all music fans are invited to join these professional musicians in a unity-focused connection to rhythm and songs at 4 PM at the Crystal Ballroom.

A limited number of VIP Tickets are available for the Portland Everyone Orchestra shows.  VIP Tickets include preferred seating, signed event poster and an after-show meet and greet with the musicians.

www.everyoneorchestra.com http://www.everyoneorchestra.com/  &
www.pangaeaproject.com http://www.pangaeaproject.com/ 

Thursday and Friday, April 14 and 15: Crystal Ballroom -
www.mcmenamins.com/crystal  
1332 W. Burnside - 503- 225-0047 |
Tickets for a single show general admission: $20 advance, $25 door
Two day general admission pass: $35
Single show VIP: $40
(VIP entitles the ticket holder to a signed poster and admittance to
that evenings' post-show meet and greet with the performers; which is to
take place in the balcony of the main ballroom)
Two day VIP: $70
(Two day VIP entitles the holder to all of the VIP benefits plus
admittance to the workshop on Friday afternoon)
Friday Rhythm Workshop: $15

Tickets on sale at all TicketMaster locations and
http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/123402/
Doors open at 8 PM Shows start at 9 PM.

Complete List of Players for the Second Annual Pangaea Project Benefit
Featuring The Everyone Orchestra
Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom - April 14, 15

Matt Butler - Drums
Jon Fishman - Drums
Kai Eckhardt - Bass
Billy Nershi - Guitar, Lap Steel
Michael Travis    - Drums
Tye North - Conductor, Bass
Jamie Janover    - Hammered dulcimer/percussion/conductor
Aaron Holstein - Guitar/bass
Scott Law - Guitar, Mandolin
Steve Vidaic - Keyboards/samples
Libby Kirkpatrick - Vocals
Enion Pelta - Violin
David Tiller-Mandolin

Saturday, April 16: WOW Hall - www.wowhall.org
291 W 8th Ave - 541-687-2746 | Doors open at 8 PM show starts at 8:30
PM.
$15 in advance $18 door
Tickets available at the WOW Hall Box Office: 541-687-2746, TicketsWest
outlets (www.ticketswest.com): 800-992-8499; and Jambase Ticketing:
www.jambasetickets.com

Complete List of Players for the Second Annual Pangaea Project Benefit
Eugene, OR -WOW Hall - Saturday, April 16

Matt Butler - Drums
Jon Fishman - Drums
Kai Eckhardt - Bass
Tye North - Conductor, Bass
Scott Law - Guitar, Mandolin
Asher Fulero - Keyboards/samples
Libby Kirkpatrick-Vocals
Jarrod Kaplan -Percussion
Tim McGloughlin - Trumpet

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Special Unbroken Chain Foundation Tsunami Benefit

 

A Helping Handphil
To Benefit Tsunami Relief Efforts

Please join
Unbroken Chain Foundation

February 12, 2005
from 4:00 to 6:00 PM in Polk Hall
at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
for a very special pre-concert event

Doors open at 3:30 for an
evening that includes:

* Musical guests:
Railroad Earth
plus a cameo appearance by Phil Lesh

* Dinner and wine

* Event Poster signed by Phil

* Unbroken Chain Foundation T-shirt

* Commemorative Party Pass for VIP seating for the concert

* Complimentary coat check and early entry to concert

Drawing for Door Prizes:
Including a band signed poster from Phil's December shows at the Warfield
And other prizes


Tickets for this event are limited!
Phil Lesh Online Ticketing starts
Friday morning at 10 am PT (1 PM ET)

Tickets are: $300.00 each
(includes concert admission)
$260.00 each
(if you've already purchased a concert ticket)
*A concert ticket is needed for entry to the benefit*