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Trace Bundy & Sungha Jung @ The Boulder Theater

An accomplished acoustic guitar virtuoso, Trace Bundy sells out shows across five continents with his rare combination of expert capo and fingerpicking techniques, unique stage banter, and jawdroppingly difficult arrangements. While his success was built upon a direct connection with his fans-- his videos are attracting 12 million YouTube views and counting--Trace has also garnered the critical acclaim of major media outlets like 'Acoustic Guitar Magazine', earning the title "Most Promising New Talent." It's only fitting he's joining forces with a fellow YouTube phenom and guitar virtuoso, Sungha Jung.

When Sungha Jung was nine years old, he posted a video of himself playing Trace's arrangement of "Pachelbel's Canon". That video went viral and helped launch Sungha's career, leading to 175 million YouTube views, tours of the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and thirteen awards on YouTube by the age of fourteen. Trace and Sungha have teamed up for two of Trace's South Korea tours, as well as a sold-out West Coast tour. This will be Sungha's second U.S. tour, and will include stops in NYC, Philadelphia to play World Cafe, Boston, Washington DC, and Boulder, CO.

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A Hot Rize Halloween at the Boulder Theater

Hot Rize has marked 32 years in bluegrass, keeping its legend growing by delivering first-class music and entertainment as only it can. The band rose to prominence in the early 80's, appearing frequently on such national broadcasts as "A Prairie Home Companion", Austin City Limits, and on The Nashville Network. Their stage show gained renown, featuring their soulful and distinctive bluegrass combined with their wacky but musically deft "alter-ego" country swing band, Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers. The group performed in almost every state, as well as Europe, Japan, and Australia.

The traditional-yet-progressive foursome started in January, 1978, based in Colorado and naming itself after the secret ingredient of Martha White self-rising flour, the product Flatt & Scruggs promoted in the 50s and 60s. With national touring and multiple #1 bluegrass radio hits Hot Rize became a premier attraction and stylistic trend-setter. In 1990, the band was feted as Entertainer of the Year by IBMA at its first annual Awards Show. Throughout the 1990s, the group continued to perform occasionally for a loyal and growing fan base.

Following the untimely passing of original member Charles Sawtelle in 1999, the group reorganized in 2002 with Nashville studio ace/multiple Grammy-winner Bryan Sutton on guitar, and has continued to play selected shows each year, delivering its signature sound to a new generation of followers. Hot Rize has remained a top attraction in bluegrass, well into its fourth decade. In 2009, the band was selected to co-host the 20th annual IBMA Awards Show. The year 2010 will see increased activity, including major festivals and new studio recordings. More Info / Buy Tickets

Jim Lauderdale at the Fox, Fri Aug 27

Jim Lauderdale is a multi-talented performer and songwriter, with successes in both country and bluegrass music. His roots stem from the Carolinas, yet his career has taken him all over the United States and abroad, making him an international recording artist with an ever-growing fan base. Jim won "Artist of the Year" and "Song of the Year" at the first "Honors and Awards Show" held by the Americana Music Association in 2002. Subsequently, he has hosted this same show for the last seven years.
He is among Nashville's "A" list of songwriters, with songs recorded by artists such as: Patty Loveless, George Jones, The Dixie Chicks, Solomon Burke, Mark Chesnutt, Dave Edmunds, John Mayall, Kathy Mattea, Lee Ann Womack, Gary Allan, Blake Shelton. Vince Gill, and George Strait. He also contributed several songs to the successful soundtrack of the George Strait film, "Pure Country." Not content to just write hits for the stars, he's toured with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rhonda Vincent and Elvis Costello, among others.
Jim's musical influences include the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley and George Jones. These influences and his unique sense of melody and lyric help forge a sound that is truly his own. He is a 2 time Grammy winner, winning his first in 2002 with Dr. Ralph Stanley for "Lost in the Lonesome Pines" (Dualtone). His next one came for his second "solo" bluegrass album, "The Bluegrass Diaries" (Yep Roc 2007) at the 50th Grammy Awards. His first CD with Dr. Stanley, "I Feel Like Singing Today" ( Dualtone/Rebel 1999) received a Grammy nomination as did his first solo bluegrass CD titled "Bluegrass"(Yep Roc) from 2006. His current release, "Patchwork River" May 11th, 2010 (his second collaboration with Grateful Dead lyricist,  Robert Hunter) is currently climbing the Americana radio charts.
As a performer his credits include production, writing and collaborating on albums such as, "Wait 'Til Spring" (SkyCrunch/Dualtone 2003) with Donna the Buffalo, and "Headed for the Hills" (Dualtone 2004) his first total project with Robert Hunter. The remainder of Jim's 18 albums include: "Planet of Love" (Reprise 1991), "Pretty Close to the Truth" (Atlantic 1994), "Every Second Counts" (Atlantic 1995), "Persimmons" (Upstart 1998), "Whisper" (BNA 1998), "Onward Through It All" (RCA 1999), "The Other Sessions" (Dualtone 2001), "The Hummingbirds" (Dualtone 2002), "Bluegrass" (Yep Roc 2006), "Country Super Hits, Volume 1" (Yep Roc 2006), "Honey Songs" (Yep Roc 2008), and "Could We Get Any Closer?" (SkyCrunch 2009).
All Ages / GA  / $15.00 adv / $17 DOS
Internet 24-7 at www.foxtheater.com
Phone: During box office hours: 303.443.3399

The Fabulous Thunderbirds to play Greeley Blues Festival

For over thirty years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been the quintessential American band. The group's distinctive and powerful sound, influenced by a diversity of musical styles, manifested itself into a unique musical hybrid via such barnburners as “Tuff Enuff” and “Wrap It Up.”

Founding member Kim Wilson spearheads the group as it evolves into its newest incarnation. “We started as a straight blues band.” vocalist and harmonica player Wilson says. “We now incorporate a mixture of a lot of different styles. We're an American music band and we're higher energy than ever before.” The Fabulous Thunderbirds features Jay Moeller on drums, Johnny Moeller and Mike Keller on guitar, and Randy Bermudes on bass.


Wilson’s musical talents have garnered him multiple Blues Awards and Grammy Nominations. The Blues Foundation 2008 blues Music Awards named Wilson "Instrumentalist - Harmonica" category.  In 2006, he was named “Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year” in 2006, and “Lookin’ for Trouble!” was named Blues Song of the Year in 2004. Wilson has contributed to the work of many other great artists such as the legendary Muddy Waters (who called him his “son”), contemporary artist Bonnie Raitt, guitar legends Stevie Ray Vaughn and brother Jimmy Vaughn, and Martin Scorsese’s movie “The Blues." With his current movie project “Cadillac Records,” Wilson continues to focus on the music he loves.

With over 20 albums recorded and millions sold, Kim Wilson and The Fabulous Thunderbirds tour the world performing their own unique style of music. Ranging from pop anthems like “Powerful Stuff” which was featured in the Tom Cruise movie “Cocktail," to the low down blues of "Chicago," this brand of honest music brings fans back time and again.

Having shared the stage with The Rolling Stones, Joe Cocker, Carlos Santana and blues legends BB King and Buddy Guy and countless others, The Fabulous Thunderbirds continue to tour Europe and the North America, bringing more great music to their fans worldwide.



The Fabulous Thunderbirds will be playing the Greeley Blues Festival, at the Island Grove Arena, 425 North 15th Ave., in Greeley, on June 12 at  7:25 PM.



The Festival runs June 11 and 12, and tickets are  $25 in advance, $30 at the gate.  There are also limited prefered seating passes available for $50. Children under 12 are admitted for free.  For more information, please call 970-356-5000. Call the Chamber at 800-449-3866 for booster packet phone orders.  The web site is http://greeleybluesjam.wordpress.com/.

Great American Taxi and Steep Canyon Rangers

In the past five years, Great American Taxi has become one of the best-known headliners on the jam band circuit, their uninhibited sound a swinging concoction of swampy blues, progressive bluegrass, funky New Orleans strut, Southern boogie, honky tonk, gospel and good old fashioned rock 'n' roll. The band has been led by Herman and Staehly since its inception for a Rainforest Action Group benefit show in March of 2005. Now approaching well over 400 shows, the band has kept a fairly busy schedule of 140 shows a year and has hit a lot of the premier music festivals along the way including High Sierra Music Fest, Wakarusa, Summer Camp, 10,000 Lakes Festival, Dunegrass, Nightgrass slots at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the list goes on. The band has been compared with roots rockers like New Riders of the Purple Sage, Grateful Dead, Wilco, Uncle Tupelo, the Byrds and Little Feat.

Steep Canyon Rangers backed Steve Martin during his 2009 tour. Bluegrass, gospel, Appalachia. From Asheville, North Carolina, Steep Canyon Rangers have built a reputation as an engaging acoustic quintet seasoned by constant touring. Before being nominated for 2 International Bluegrass Music awards in 2008 (including Album of the Year, Lovin Pretty Women), the Rangers were named 'Emerging Artist of the Year' in 2006 at the IBMA awards ceremony in Nashville, TN. The group has been regularly featured on the Grand Ole Opry, as well as major U.S. Bluegrass and Americana music festivals such as MerleFest, Telluride, Grey Fox, DelFest and RockyGrass.

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Passion Pit Nominated For The 2009 mtvU Woodie Awards

2009 has already been a whirlwind year for Boston's Passion Pit, but it's not quite over yet! Having already been nominated for an MTV VMA, for their video "The Reeling", and winning Best Album from Boston's WXPN, the accolades will just not stop flowing. They have now been nominated for the 2009 mtvU Woodie Awards for "Breaking Woodie." After amazing stops at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Monolith, and ACL, Passion Pit has an even bigger Winter planned! Following their sold out US Fall Tour and Treasure Island Music Festival in SF, Passion Pit head to Europe where they  will continue to stir up the world. Stay tuned... This is a band who will be keeping your feet moving well into 2010!

Passion Pit Tour Dates

10/7 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
10/9 - Eugene, OR @ EMU Ballroom
10/10 - Vancouver, BC @ Venue
10/11 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox
10/14 - Hollywood, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater
10/15 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
10/17 - San Francisco, CA @ Treasure Island
10/21 - Sheffield, UK @ Leadmill
10/22 - Newcastle, UK @ Northumbria University
10/23 - Glasgow, UK @ Garage
10/24 - Manchester, UK @ Club Academy
10/26 - Oxford, UK @ Academy
10/27 - London, UK @ Koko
10/28 - London, UK @ Koko
10/30 - Bristol, UK @ Anson Rooms
10/31 - Southampton, UK @ Southampton University
11/1 - Birmingham, UK @ Academy 2     
11/3 - Dublin, IE @ Academy
11/4 - Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
11/6 - Lille, FR @ Aeronef
11/7 - Paris, FR @ La Cigale
11/8 - Nantes, FR @ Olympic
11/10 - Toulouse, FR @ Le Bikini
11/11 - Lyon, FR @ Ninkasi Kao
11/12 - Zurich, CH @ Alte Borse
11/13 - Munich, DE @ 59:1
11/14 - Cologne, DE @ Werkstatt
11/16 - Berlin, DE @ Lido
11/17 - Hamburg, DE @ Gruenspan
11/18 - Brussels, BE @ Rotonde
1/8 - Terminal 5 - New York, NY(Tickets On Sale For T5 Friday)

Winners, 2009 Jazz Awards

A bevy of jazz's best singers convened  at the 13th annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards at the Jazz Standard (June 16) as Kurt Elling, Sheila Jordan, Roberta Gambarini, Giacomo Gates and Venissa Santî gathered around bebop-vocalist Mark Murphy to wish him well. Murphy, age 74, was recipient of the first "Words and Music" Awards, co-presented by the JJA and the Jazz Foundation of America, whose director Wendy Oxenhorn made an appeal for $20 donations to cover the crisis in housing and health care for musicians in need.

kris-kingBesides the singers (Elling was named Male Vocalist of the Year, Gambarini was Female Vocalist of the Year 2008)  the following Awards winners were in attendance: Trumpeter Terrence Blanchard, alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, Latin jazz bandleader Arturo O'Farrill, trombonist Roswell Rudd, violinist Billy Bang, reeds player Frank Wess, clarinetist Anat Cohen, organist Dr. Lonnie Smith and producer of the year George Wein. Nominees including vibeist Stefon Harris, saxophonist Noah Preminger, trombonist Clifton Anderson, flutist Jamie Baum, pianist Vijay Iyer, baritone saxophonist Claire Daly,  multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson, drummer Harris Eisenstadt and big band composer-conductor Darcy James Argue and Karen Mantler were in attendance. So were a multitude of jazz journalists from the U.S. and overseas, including Gary Giddins, Dan Morgenstern, Ira Gitler, Arnold J. Smith, Francis Davis, Doug Ramsey, Dan Ouellette, Bill Milkowski, Marc Myers, David Hajdu, David Adler, Art Lange, Fred Kaplan, Laurence Donohue-Greene, Chris Kelsey, Tim Wilkins, Nate Chinen, Ben Ratliff, Marcia Hillman, Hank Shteamer, Christian Broecking (Germany) and Cyril Moshkow (Russia), photographers John Abbott, Fran Kauffman, Enid Farber, Steven Sussman and broadcasters Linda Yohn (WEMU-Ypsilanti), Ben Young (WKCR-Columbia University and Becca Pulliam (WBGO-Newark) along with program director Thurston Briscoe and general manager Cephas Bowles.

Music was provided by the Charles Tolliver Big Band, Jane Bunnett's Spirits of Havana, pianist Marian Petrescu and guitarist Andreas Öberg, saxophonist Carol Sudhalter and singer-pianist Daryl Sherman, and saxophonist Matt Miller's trio. Jazz Awards winners receive engraved statuettes, having been voted upon by professional members of the Jazz Journalists Association, a world-wide non-profit organization. For further information about the Jazz Awards go to www.JazzJournalists.org http://www.JazzJournalists.org , and for further information about the JJA go to http://www.Jazzhouse.org

A complete list of Jazz Awards winners follows.

Winners, 2009 Jazz Awards


Lifetime Achievement in Jazz

Lee Konitz

Musician of the Year

Sonny Rollins

Composer of the Year

Maria Schneider

Up & Coming Artist of the Year

Esperanza Spalding

Events Producer of the Year

George Wein

New Festival Productions

Record of the Year

Appearing Nightly

Carla Bley Big Band

(Watt/ECM)

Latin Jazz Album of the Year

Song for Chico
Arturo O'Farrill


(Zoho)

Historical Recording/Reissue of the Year

Road Shows, Vol. 1

Sonny Rollins

(Doxy)

Historical Recording Boxed Set

The Lester Young/Count Basie Sessions 1936-40
(Mosaic)

Record Label of the Year

Mosaic

Female Singer of the Year

Cassandra Wilson

Male Singer of the Year

Kurt Elling

Instruments Rare in Jazz

Richard Galliano, accordion

Large Ensemble of the Year

Maria Schneider Orchestra

Arranger of the Year

Maria Schneider

Small Ensemble Group of the Year

SF Jazz Collective

Trumpeter of the Year

Terence Blanchard

Trombonist of the Year

Roswell Rudd

Tenor Saxophonist of the Year

Sonny Rollins

Alto Saxophonist of the Year

Rudresh Mahanthappa

Flutist of the Year

Frank Wess

Baritone Saxophonist of the Year

Gary Smulyan

Soprano Saxophonist of the Year

Branford Marsalis

Clarinetist of the Year

Anat Cohen

Guitarist of the Year

Bill Frisell

Pianist of the Year

Hank Jones

Organist of the Year

Dr. Lonnie Smith

Strings Player of the Year

Billy Bang

Bassist of the Year

William Parker

Electric Bassist of the Year

Steve Swallow

Mallet Instrumentalist of the Year

Joe Locke

Percussionist of the Year

Hamid Drake

Drummer of the Year

Brian Blade

Periodical of the year

Jazz Times

Website of the Year

AllAboutJazz.com

Blog of the Year

Jazz Beyond Jazz

By Howard Mandel

www.artsjournal.com/jazzbeyondjazz

Best Book about Jazz

A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music

By George Lewis

(University of Chicago Press),

Best Photo of the Year

Hank Jones, Montreal Jazz Festival 2008

By Kris King

The Lona Foote–Bob Parent Award

for Photography

John Abbott

The Willis Conover–Marian McPartland Award

for Broadcasting

Ben Young, Director, WKCR

(Columbia University)

The Helen Dance–Robert Palmer Award

for Review and Feature Writing

Nate Chinen

Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism

Mike Zwerin

The Jazz Foundation of America
                                      and the
   Jazz Journalists Association
      Special Career Honors
            for Words with Music
            
                   Mark Murphy

A Team Awards for:

Herb Alpert

Musician, Producer, Jazz Supporter

Dr. Agnes Varis

Jazz Angel

Bruce Lundvall

Record Man

David N. Baker

Jazz Educator

Timuel Black

Cultural Historian

Steven Saltzman

Chicago Jazz Advocate

Ruth Price

The Jazz Bakery

Clarence Acox

Garfield High School

Jazz Band Leader

Scott Brown

Roosevelt High School

Jazz Band Leader

Peter Levinson

Author and Publicist

Richard Sudhalter

Author, Journalist, Musician

Tiësto wins big in IDMA Awards & headlines Ultra Music Festival in Miami

"It's Tiësto Time" was the headline of NBC Miami's coverage at the start of this week, which covered the arrival of the international dance community to Miami for the 24th Winter Music Conference festivities.

The 24th annual International Dance Music Awards winners have been announced last night and Tiësto won an unprecedented amount of 4 awards in the following categories:

Best Artist (Solo) - Tiësto

Best Global DJ - Tiësto

Best Podcast -"Tiësto's Club Life"

Best Full Length DJ Mix - "In Search Of Sunrise 7: Asia"

"I'm very excited to have won this many awards tonight! The IDMAs are very important to me since the fans are the ones who vote. Thank you so much for your support!"

To see the full list of winners go to

http://www.wintermusicconference.com/idmaballot/nominees/2009.php

The superstar DJ/producer headlined the world's leading two-day electronic music experience, Ultra Music Festival on Friday. Other acts on the bill are Black Eyed Peas, The Prodigy, Bloc Party, Santigold, The Ting Tings, David Guetta and many more.

More Tiësto live dates:

Saturday     4/4     Blu4Dance Festival, Eilat, Israel

Saturday     4/11     Queen Club, Paris, France

Sunday       4/12    Circus Club, Nancy, France

Saturday     4/24     Edition Bangkok Festival, Bangkok, Thailand

Sunday       4/25     Embassy Superclub, The Fort, Taguig City, Philippines

Saturday     5/2     Trondheim Spektrum, Trondheim, Norway

Saturday     5/9     Queen Club, Porrino, Spain

Saturday     5/16     Olympiahalle Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria

Sunday       5/24     Jet, Las Vegas, USA

Monday       5/25     Bank, Las Vegas, USA

Friday         6/5     Beach Party, Skive, Denmark

Saturday     6/6     Forum Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Saturday     6/13   Pyramide Vosendorf, Vienna, Austria

Friday         6/19   Ciney Expo, Ciney Belgium

Saturday     6/20   Steel Arena, Kosice, Slovakia

Friday         7/10   Bullmusic Festival, Pamplona, Spain

Saturday     7/11   Breda Live, Breda, The Netherlands

Friday         7/17   Foroya Festivalur, Torshavn, Faroe Islands

Friday         7/31   Victoria Park, London, UK

Hank Williams Jr. to be honored at BMI Country Awards

Hank Williams Jr.- for the Grateful Web

Hank Williams, Jr. will be honored as a BMI Icon at the U.S. performing right organization's 56th annual Country Awards, the oldest awards ceremony saluting the genre's top music makers. The black-tie, invitation-only gala recognizing the past year's most-performed BMI country songs is set for November 11 at the company's Music Row offices in Nashville.

The artists and songwriters named BMI Icons have had "a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers." Hank Williams, Jr., who will be saluted with an all-star musical tribute that evening, joins an elite list of past honorees that includes country music legends Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Whisperin' Bill Anderson, Charlie Daniels and Loretta Lynn, along with multi-genre nobility the Bee Gees, Isaac Hayes, Ray Davies, James Brown, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Steve Winwood and more.

Hank Williams, Jr.'s career has profiled the aspirations, trials and carousals of the everyman in an unabashedly proud and instantly recognizable voice. Nicknamed "Bocephus" by his legendary father Hank Williams, the younger Williams' waggish songs and roguish persona have unified through their celebration of rebellion. A sly songwriter and robust vocalist capable of conveying startling emotion and making deceptively ordinary characters shine, he boasts a catalog that includes honky tonk classics "All My Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down," "Country Boy Can Survive," "Born to Boogie," "Dixie On My Mind," "Family Tradition," "Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound" and "Texas Women." Each composition represents a candid piece of Williams himself: He wrote every song on that list alone. In addition to 10 no. 1 singles, he found mainstream success on the pop charts and through penning and performing the multiple Emmy award-winning theme to Monday Night Football; six of Williams' albums reached platinum status, while 20 were certified gold and 13 reached the no. 1 spot on the charts. Today, a diverse slew of artists spanning hard rap/rocker Kid Rock to contemporary honky tonker Gretchen Wilson embrace Williams' prolific legacy, citing him as a definitive influence.

Hosted by BMI President & CEO Del Bryant and Nashville Writer/Publisher VP Jody Williams, the 56th Annual Country Awards will recognize the songwriters and publishers of the top BMI country songs played on American radio and television during the previous year. BMI will also bestow prestigious honors on the Country Songwriter of the Year, Country Publisher of the Year and Most Performed Country Song of the Year, also known as the Robert J. Burton Award.

Rex Foundation Awards $78,000 in Grants

REX Foundation- for the Grateful Web

Says Board Member Mickey Hart: "Rex is all about finding ways to make a better world where others don't really go."

The Rex Foundation, a non-profit charity established in 1983 by friends and members of the Grateful Dead, announces its latest awards and grants to organizations totaling $78,000. Since its inception, Rex has awarded $8.2 million in grants to over 1,000 organizations throughout the world.

Rex announced the 2006 recipients of the Jerry Garcia, Ralph J. Gleason and Bill Graham Awards, presented in memory of the late Grateful Dead guitarist, rock critic and concert promoter:

Jerry Garcia Award    - Los Cenzontles Mexican Art Center (LCMAC)  $10,000

LCMAC, located in San Pablo, CA, provides a quality education in Mexican art forms  and works to promote and present unique, culturally valuable arts and artists in Mexican genres. They sponsor cultural exchanges between the U.S. and Mexico, with an emphasis on youth, and develop community awareness and responsibility through the traditional arts.   They  promote a strong technical approach to music and dance.  www.loscenzontles.com

Ralph J. Gleason Award - New Old Time Chautauqua        $10,000

Port Townsend, Washington's New Old Time Chautauqua builds community through laughter, entertainment and education. They aim to delight, educate, amaze, and provoke the imagination of adults and children alike via their Summer Tours, which include vaudeville shows, workshops, and parades.  This entirely volunteer organization serves diverse communities with a focus on underserved areas and promotes interaction within these communities. www.chautauqua.org

Bill Graham Award - Innocence Project                    $10,000

The Innocence Project provides post-conviction legal assistance to people in prison whose claims of innocence can be proven through DNA testing..  They serve all those affected: the wrongfully convicted and their families, crime victims and their families, and criminal justice professionals. They work to bring reforms to the criminal justice system.  The Rex Award specifically supports an Innocence Project program to help newly exonerated people re-settle into their homes and community. www.innocenceproject.org

The recent 2007 grant recipients are:

  • Art in Action               $5,000

Art in Action is an Oakland, CA-based community-building social justice camp that helps young people utilize their creative talents and passions to pursue social change.  Participants create music, spoken word poetry, hip-hop/rap, art and theatrical dances to speak out against and build alternatives to issues they see negatively impacting their lives and communities. www.artinactioncamp.org

  • BAYCAT                    $5,000

BAYCAT of San Francisco educates, empowers and employs students using digital media arts as the vehicle to engage them positively in their lives, in school and in society.  BAYCAT's mission is to inspire underserved youth and young adults to develop their unique talents and to create enriching and productive futures for themselves and their communities. www.baycat.org

  • Creator's Art Productions     $3,000

Berkeley, CA's Creator's Art Productions produces and distributes a free video to low-income people at community health clinics to demonstrate Jin Shin Jyutsu's self-help exercises for managing the side effects of medical treatments for cancer and other conditions.   Jin Shin Jyutsu is an ancient Japanese practice that balances the body's energy to eliminate stress, relieve pain and alleviate acute or chronic conditions.

  • Destiny Arts Center               $5,000

Destiny Arts Center; located in Oakland, exists to end isolation, prejudice and violence in the lives of young people by providing financially accessible dance, theater, martial arts, violence prevention and youth leadership classes to diverse groups of youth ages 3-18.  Classes are taught year-round by professional instructors, at the main site as well as in outreach programs at local schools and community centers.www.destinyarts.org

  • Head Count                            $5,000

New York City based HeadCount's mission is to encourage participation in democracy among music fans through organized voter registration efforts, education and activities that point young people on a path toward activism.  The organization has three objectives: to register voters; to stress the importance of voting, and to give the activists of tomorrow an organized structure through which they can make a difference. www.headcount.org

  • Military Families Speak Out – Gold Star Families Speak Out Chapter      $2,500

Gold Star Families Speak Out of Jamaica Plain, MA, is a support, advocacy and resource group comprised of families who have lost a member during military duty.  They have been effective in lobbying military leaders for better conditions for soldiers in the field, including improved communication, training and equipment, and for changes in policies and procedures, such as repeat tours of duty.  www.gsfso.org

  • Mineral Policy Institute         $2,500

MPI is an Australia-based grassroots research, campaign and advocacy organization working to ensure that the minerals and energy cycle operates on principles of human rights, social justice and ecologically sustainable development.  MPI has campaigned successfully on mining issues in Australia and overseas including the successful campaign to prevent the development of the Jabiluka uranium mine in Kakadu National Park. www.mpi.org.au

  • Monroe Elementary After-School Arts Enrichment Program  $5,000

The Rex Foundation grant specifically supports an after-school comprehensive arts and enrichment program at Monroe Elementary School in San Francisco, which serves approximately 475 mostly immigrant K-5 students in the Excelsior neighborhood of San Francisco.  The grant will boost an existing program to include a comprehensive after-school arts and enrichment program that will be accessible to all families at Monroe. www.Monroeelementaryschool.com

  • Port Townsend/Bay Saint Louis Sister City Project  $2,500

The Port Townsend/Bay Saint Louis Sister City Project in Port Townsend, Washington, is a long-term effort to rebuild Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  To date over 100 Port Townsend volunteers have gutted houses, cleared debris, helped rebuild homes and a day care center, provided books, tools, building supplies, computers and other necessities to lend a hand to the citizens of Bay Saint Louis. www.sistercitysupport.net

  • Rainforest Information Centre (RIC)            $2,500

RIC's current project in central Africa involves research, investigation and documentation throughout the Congo Forest Basin.  The organizations raises awareness of environmental and social realities in Central Africa; empowers indigenous people to protect the environment and protect their forest and aquatic landscapes; builds grassroots alliances; and promotes international policies to support Central Africa.  www.rainforestinfo.org.au

  • 826 Valencia   $5,000

826 Valencia in San Francisco, supports students aged six to 18 in writing skills, and helps teachers get their students excited about writing.  Their work is based on the understanding that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success and that great leaps in learning can be made when skilled tutors work one-on-one with students.  Teams of volunteer tutors work with students to fill the gap of overcrowded classrooms.  www.826valencia.org

  • Youth Movement Records (YMR)    $5,000

Oakland, California's YMR is a youth-directed recording company and youth development project, engaging disadvantaged youth through music production to reduce violence, develop critical thinking skills and create community change.  Students take classes and workshops designed to develop fundamentals, and then produce their own music on CD compilations and perform at YMR-produced events. www.youthmovementrecords.org

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As former Grateful Dead drummer and current Rex board member Mickey Hart stated, "Rex is all about finding ways to make a better world where others don't really go.  It's one of those in-the-cracks kinds of organizations. It was always meant to do things that we considered important but weren't necessarily mainstream or popular."

The Rex Foundation supports groups and individuals doing vital work in local communities, service organizations and the arts, especially those that can serve as models and inspiration elsewhere. From the beginning, grant recipients have been grassroots efforts too small to register on the radar of large-scale charitable foundations.

"With 23 years of grant-making history, there are many examples of how support of grassroots organizations makes a positive difference," says Sandy Sohcot, Executive Director.  "Now, as we build an ever-expanding grassroots philanthropic community, we enthusiastically further what the Grateful Dead started to benefit people and communities far and wide."

The Rex Foundation's commitment to the grassroots extends to its fundraising, a key component of which is local benefit concerts around the country, known as Black Tie-Dye Balls. They bring together musicians, fans, and local community groups, building philanthropic synergy in a fun and creative environment. And, in contrast to charities that focus on courting big donors, Rex fosters broad community participation with the Rex Community Caravan, a program that welcomes donations of $5 or more.

In a time characterized by a frequent sense of darkness and gloom, the Rex Foundation works to provide an antidote by rekindling hope, optimism and a sense of community, encouraging people to engage in vital civic and community activities, such as voting, participating in local government, neighborhood associations, and social action efforts — as Gandhi said, "to be the change they want."