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DSO New Years Show in Baltimore, MD

photos by Mike Moran- for the Grateful Web

DSO's Cosmic New Year's - Just Announced!

Although it may seem like a ways off, it's never too early to plan your New Years. This year DSO will celebrate New Year's Eve with a special show at Rams Head Live! in Baltimore, MD, presented by Walther Productions, the company that brings you the All Good Music Festival. Tickets will include a champagne toast, finger foods, and party favors. A limited quantity of tickets are now available at the Early Bird Price. Buy Now and save $30 off the door price.

Enjoy NYE in style with a VIP Ticket offering: VIP merch, champagne toast, finger foods, party favors, an exclusive viewing area and more! VIP Tickets available while supplies last.

Make a road trip of it and join DSO for their last 4 shows of the year; Richmond's National (12/28), Norfolk's NorVa (12/29), location TBA 12/30, Baltimore's Rams Head Live! (12/31).

Gratefulfest 9 - A Weekend to Remember

DSO wants to thank all of you who made it out and were a part of another wonderful weekend of Gratefulfest out at Nelson's Ledges. Dan Healy naturally killed it on the mixing board, using the Meyer line-array rig that he practically invented and we were honored to have our friends, Donna-Jean and Keller Williams sit in with us. Additionally, we continued the tradition of supporting Rett Syndrome research by raising $2500 through GratefulFest supporters; that brings the total since 2003 to over $15,000!! DSO would like to offer a special thanks to everyone who contributed to this special cause and especially to Julie Fultz and Erika Seth for running the raffle booth. So, what a fantastic weekend - thanks again for coming out and sharing it with us!

"Like a Tumbleweed" Tour Kicks Off

The summer is almost over but things are still heating up on the road for Dark Star Orchestra. Starting this month, the band will be heading out west -starting the tour in Kansas City then running through Tulsa, Austin, Dallas, San Diego, 3 nights at the Fillmore in San Francisco and all points in between. Joining us behind the boards for the entire tour will be "The Maestro" Dan Healy who mixed the Grateful Dead for many years. We are honored to have him "on the bus" and hope you can join us for this special run of shows. The tour will also include another exciting Black Tie Die Ball at the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles on September 27. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Rex Foundation, celebrating its 25th anniversary! Come by early and hang with DSO at the pre-show reception; we hope to see you there!

Seeing DSO at The Fillmore? Take Home Some Grateful Dead History

On October 5 - coinciding with Dark Star Orchestra's three night stay at the Fillmore - Bonhams & Butterfields will be hosting "More Skeletons from the Closet," the firm's second Grateful Dead auction. The auction will feature gold records, instruments, concert posters and the band's "ride" - a '56 Chevy! Previews will be held on October 2-4 and are free and open to the public, continuing until the auction stages Sunday, October 5. For a viewing of some of the items, more information and directions, visit Bonhams & Butterfields on the web.

Trey Anastasio's 'Northern Exposure' Tour 2008 + MP3

Public on sales for Trey's eight show Fall Tour with Classic TAB band mates Russ Lawton, Tony Markellis and Ray Paczkowski go on sale to the general public this Friday and Saturday.

Please see below for a list of dates and on sale times.  For specific show information, please visit Trey.com.

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Trey Anastasio and Classic TAB

"Northern Exposure" Tour 2008

Dead.Net - Introducing Two New Full Show Downloads

Two magical, complete performances from Fall '79, the basis for Road Trips, Vol. 1 No.1. These Spectrum shows, 11/5/79 & 11/6/79, are now available in both FLAC and MP3; documenting the band in the midst of their sparkling three-week eastern swing and capturing the raw excitement of the first tours with keyboardist Brent Mydland.

Rex Foundation: Black Tie Dye Ball, Musical Caravan Shows & More

Black Tie-Dye Ball with DSO - photo by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Rex Musical Caravan keeps growing with upcoming events, community fundraisers, festival presence and great success with Rex Jams at recent summer festivals, all demonstrating the musical community's support of the Rex Foundation.  Check out all that is happening and join in for the great music, fun connections and celebrations of our 25th anniversary:

    * Donna Jean & the Tricksters, Saturday, September 20th, Knitting Factory, NYC - Come early for the pre-concert reception with musicians, food, drinks, and VIP Balcony access.  Click here for ticket details.

    * Black Tie-Dye Ball with Dark Star Orchestra on Saturday, September 27th, Henry Fonda Theater, Hollywood, CA

Be part of this fun evening featuring a pre-concert reception with the artists, food, drinks, goody bags and local area entertainment.  And, there will be a silent auction.  Click here for more details, including how to purchase reception tickets if you already have your concert ticket and to check out the local area programs designated to receive proceeds from the event.

    * New Riders of the Purple Sage, Tuesday, September 30th, The Blue Nile, New Orleans, LA.

The Rex Foundation has given over $20,000 in Katrina relief since 2005.  We are pleased to celebrate our first fundraising event in New Orleans with our good friends the New Riders of the Purple Sage - a pre-concert reception with the musicians, finger foods, drinks, and concert tickets.  Due to the recent hurricane weather in the New Orleans area, ticketing for this event is not yet available.  Please check out our website next week for updated information and ticket links.

Blue Turtle Seduction is on board the Musical Caravan, helping raise funds for the Rex Foundation during their Human Rights Awareness tour September 19th - November 2nd.   All shows during this tour are free to students and help raise awareness for human rights.

Dark Star Orchestra Rex Musical Caravan Tour - Join Dark Star Orchestra as they travel on the Rex Musical Caravan through their East Coast tour between November 7 and December 6th, where $1 of every ticket sold supports the Rex Foundation.   We'll have a celebratory Black Tie-Dye Ball on Saturday, November 29th, at the Nokia Theater in New York City.  Stay tuned for more information regarding this event.  

The Rex Foundation is honored to be a designated recipient of proceeds from The Give Festival, taking place Saturday, September 20th in Philadelphia.  We hope all of you in the Philadelphia area will attend.

Rex Jam Success!

The Rex Foundation would like to thank everyone who has participated in the Rex Jams at the Mountain Jam, High Sierra, All Good, 10,000 Lakes, and the Gathering of the Vibes Festivals.   Thanks to everyone's generosity and great efforts, $10,709 was raised to help support local area music programs for youth.   For a complete recap, visit our 2008 Summer Festivals page.

Rex Foundation at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

The Rex Foundation is honored to be one of the non-profit organizations present at the upcoming Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival on October 3rd-5th in San Francisco, CA.   Stop by the Rex Foundation booth to find out more about our current activities and get on board the Rex Community Caravan.

Check out and post your comments on the Rex Blog!

Want to know what is happening in the world of Rex? Get involved with the Rex Foundation Blog by posting your comments to share your views on the topics presented.  Add the RSS feed to your favorite social network and let your friends know you are a proud supporter of the Rex Foundation.

Save the Date for our 25th Anniversary Celebration at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco on December 13th!  Details soon to come.

As we celebrate our 25th Anniversary we are reminded of the help we have been able to give thanks to generous supporters like you.  We are proud to travel on the Rex Community Caravan with everyone and continue our efforts through the power of community, service and the arts.

Bob, Phil, Billy & Mickey to Play Obama Benefit on 10.13

Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart announced today that they will join together again on October 13th to headline a benefit concert for the Presidential campaign of Senator Barack Obama, at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, PA. Also appearing will be the Allman Brothers Band, plus opening act to be determined.

Rocking the Cradle - The Dead shows at the Great Pryamid

Good things come to those who wait! First, it took 30 years to produce this ultra-cool 2CD/DVD set from the Dead's legendary September 1978 run at the Sound & Light Theater, outside Cairo, nestled in the dunes just a short mummy-walk from the Great Pyramid and the mysterious Sphinx. Then, Dead Heads had to endure the long, restless weeks between the announcement of the release and when they could actually order it. Well, ring them bells, because the wait is over!

Jamie McLean - American Heartache

Jamie McLean- for the Grateful Web

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Jamie McLean likes to do things his way. From his tenure in the New Orleans based jazz ensemble the Dirty Dozen Brass Band to performances with Elvis Costello, Norah Jones and Widespread Panic to the debut of the Jamie McLean Band, his wailing guitar and flowing pen screams for the spotlight. Backed by a dynamic voice loaded with New Orleans soul and New York City swagger, McLean's transformation from hired gun to front man has been seamless. The songs on his latest release, American Heartache, are entirely Jamie McLean. Showcasing years of musicianship, McLean and company ooze drops of southern roots rock, blues, R&B, funk and soul out of every note. With the rock & roll attitude of the Rolling Stones and Black Crowes combined with the songwriting prowess of Tom Petty and Ryan Adams, the result is the Jamie McLean Band's latest effort.

Recorded over eight days at the legendary Allaire Studio near Woodstock New York, American Heartache rolls through twelve cuts of southern rock infused guitar, soulful melodies and radio ready choruses. The twangy guitars and driving rhythms of "Can You Hear Me Now" and "Garden of Thieves" are reminiscent of early Black Crowes while earnest ballads such as "Don't Do Me That Way" and "Bottle of Love" summon the songwriting influences of Elvis Costello. McLean's versatility and fret board mastery is on display on every track, as he coaxes that heavy, classic rock sound out of his army of Gibson guitars. Soulful lyrics pour from McLean's voice in trademark front man fashion. With producer Stewart Lerman (Rufus Wainwright, Richie Havens) at the helm, American Heartache is McLean's best work to date. "Allaire is a magical place to record and Stewart was able to really steer the ship in the right directions. He helped make each song as strong and concise and meaningful as possible," states Jamie.

Featuring a plethora of special guests, American Heartache offers plenty of supplementary textures and styles. With additional recording completed in New Orleans during the New Orleans Jazz Festival, the Jamie McLean Band captures the essence of a city steeped in musical history. From trading bluesy guitar licks with Luther Dickinson (The Black Crowes, North Mississippi All-Stars) to adding the sexy and smoky vocals of Shannon McNally, McLean is in the company of good friends on this record. Joined by old band mates the Dirty Dozen Brass Band mixing up a chaotic horn section, everything comes full circle for Jamie McLean.

The remainder of 2008 is shaping up to be a gigantic year for the Jamie McLean Band. With a full-fledged album release tour in the works hitting all major markets, McLean is looking forward to seeing some familiar faces as well as securing some new fans. In the hopes of expanding their touring schedule to the western half of the country, the Jamie McLean Band is poised to take their music to the next level. The creative juices are pumping and Jamie McLean foresees the release of select lives sets, an entirely acoustic album and a possible new studio record on the horizon. "I feel like the band is really firing on all cylinders right now. We are amazingly productive with songwriting, singing and touring and look forward to releasing and performing as much of this great music as possible."

G. Love Custom Guitar up

- for the Grateful Web

Enter for a chance to win the G. Love custom model guitar from Gretsch, along with a SIGNED harmonica and Shure 520DX "Green Bullet" Harmonica Microphone. You'll see G. Love playing these instruments all summer long on his headline tour with John Butler Trio and Tristan Prettyman. Make sure you pick up a copy of his new album Superhero Brother before you head out to the show!

YMSB to Perform at Obama's Acceptance Speech Today!

Yonder Mountain String Band, hailing from Nederland, Colorado (forty miles northwest of Denver), is honored to perform at this year's Democratic National Convention held on Denver August 24-28.  Yonder will take the stage on the final day of the convention - August 28th at INVESCO Field at Mile High Stadium - just prior to Barack Obama's highly anticipated acceptance speec

Turbine Picking Up Speed In Colorado

photos by Janie Franz- for the Grateful Web

Turbine has been building a following the past few years around their dynamic live performances and constant touring schedule. Exploring various styles of music from rock to bluegrass to sci-fi, they use their vast catalog of songs as launching pads for improvisation. Recently chosen by Relix Magazine as artists "On the Verge", they have now released their second studio album Reward to critical praise. Ryan Rightmire, playing the harmonica and acoustic guitar at the same time, brings this classic combo into the 21st century as he manipulates effects that can turn his harmonica into an electric guitar, organ, and even a turntable. Jeremy Hilliard, in addition to being a prolific songwriter, brings an explosive electric guitar style steeped in the blues and roots traditions of the south. This one two punch of intertwining soloists, backed by Eric Johnson on drums and Justin Kimmel on bass, sound like nothing you've heard before. Their ability to switch styles has allowed them to play in any situation, from performing Led Zeppelin songs with Marco Benevento of The Duo to sitting in with bluegrass legends the Del McCoury Band.

Based out of New York City, they have appeared twice at the Wakarusa Festival, twice at the 10,000 Lakes Festival, Strange Creek Campout, Camp Creek, The Gathering of the Vibes, The Sunshine Daydream Festival, and three years at the Bele Chere Festival. They have also appeared at such renowned venues as the B.B. King Blues Club, State Theatre in VA, the Knitting Factory, Lion's Den, Paradise Rock Club, Iron Horse, North Star Bar, the Haunt, Starr Hill, and Nectar's. They have shared the bill with countless talented bands including Bob Weir and Ratdog, Trey Anastasio, The Black Crowes, Derek Trucks, Phil Lesh and Friends, Les Claypool, Jimmy Herring, The Benevento/Russo Duo, The Del McCoury Band, The String Cheese Incident, Gov't Mule, Drive-By Truckers, and Widespread Panic.

Turbine's new album Reward, released in 2007, brings their songwriting and musicianship to the next level. In it you can hear the many influences that have made them who they are today, from the songwriting of Bob Dylan to the futuristic sounds of Radiohead. But who are Turbine…

Jeremy Hilliard moved from Virginia to Manhattan to study jazz guitar. He attended the Mannes School of Music and soon began playing around the city. As his songwriting progressed he found himself identifying more along those lines than as a jazz musician. Ryan Rightmire actually started out playing the French Horn. He spent 15 years of intense studying in classical music and jazz, all the while experimenting with electronics and effects. Soon after moving to Manhattan he made a discovery: "the French Horn is a civilized instrument and I'm not a civilized man." It was then that he switched over to the harmonica and guitar. When Jeremy moved into the apartment next door to Ryan, they began a songwriting partnership. Eric Johnson, the newest member of the band, has added another dimension to this sound. Bringing an exploratory approach to the music, his intensity and drive to push the boundaries of improvisation take the band into unexpected places on a nightly basis. Justin Kimmel provides the final piece to the puzzle with his bass guitar and vocal harmonies. Originally from Colorado, he has the ability to seamlessly switch from one style to the next, anchoring the sound at every turn. To hear music and check Turbine's tour schedule, go to www.turbinemusic.com