All-Star Grateful Dead Fundraiser at Ardmore Music Hall on June 8 & 9

Article Contributed by Ardmore Music Hall | Published on Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Ardmore Music Hall will host a massive 2-night fundraiser and concert event on June 8th and 9th with iconic social activist and “official clown” of the Grateful Dead, Wavy Gravy, as the guest of honor and a star studded lineup of musicians to celebrate the music of the Grateful Dead and much more. Unlimited Devotion: A Rex Foundation fundraiser will include performances by Steve Kimock, Eric Krasno, John Kadlecik, Jeff Austin, Tom Hamilton, Holly Bowling and many more. The weekend festivities also include an extraordinary Grateful Dead art exhibit, panel and VIP experiences. Proceeds from the weekend will benefit the Rex Foundation (founded by the Grateful Dead) and Camp Winnarainbow, Wavy Gravy's summer camp for kids.

For the past two years, Wavy Gravy has hosted his birthday at Ardmore Music Hall, raising over $50,000 for the Rex Foundation and Camp Winnarainbow. Ardmore Music Hall is pleased to welcome back the countercultural icon for another birthday celebration, and supergroups exclusively created for this celebration, The Wavy All-Stars and The Gravy All-Stars, will perform the music of the Grateful Dead with some surprises weaved throughout.

The weekend kicks off on Friday, June 8th with performances from:

Tom Hamilton (JRAD) and Holly Bowling & Friends

The Wavy All Stars:  John Kadlecik, Dan Lebowitz (ALO), Reed Mathis (Golden Gate Wingmen), Jay Lane (RatDog / Primus), Hayley Jane

Everyone Orchestra improvised set led by Matt Butler, with: Steve Kimock (RatDog/Zero), Eric Krasno (Soulive), Todd Stoops (Electric Beethoven), Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), John Morgan Kimock (Mike Gordon), Pappy Biondo (Cabinet), Robyn Sylvester (RatDog), Hayley Jane.

Saturday evening, the music-filled celebration continues:

Rooster Conspiracy w/ Eric Krasno, Todd Stoops, Reed Mathis, and Jay Lane

Jeff Austin Band w/ special guest Pappy Biondo and Hayley Jane

The Gravy All Stars: Steve Kimock, Dan Lebowitz, Robyn Sylvester, Jeff Austin, Natalie Cressman, Matt Butler (Everyone Orchestra), John Morgan Kimock and Pappy Biondo.

Grateful Dead tribute Splintered Sunlight will perform a late night set.

During the day on Saturday, June 9th at Ardmore Music Hall, ticket holders can attend “Grateful Brunch”- with intimate live music from Steve Kimock & more TBA, the Ramble On Panel (a conversation / Q&A with Wavy Gravy & numerous other special guests TBA), and Scott Shapiro’s Grateful Dead Collection on display with more than 75 framed and mint condition pieces of Grateful Dead artwork including a myriad of classic concert posters. 100% of the proceeds for this event will benefit the Rex Foundation & Camp Winnarainbow.

GA and VIP single day + 2-day passes are available through AMH’s website, VIP tickets include: signed screen-printed event poster; exclusive Grateful Dead art exhibit (Scott Shapiro collection); private balcony access with seating / viewing area; 3 Hour Open Bar; and complimentary hors d'oeuvres.

About the Ardmore Music Hall: The Ardmore Music Hall has established itself as a premiere landing spot for many nationally touring musical acts- the 600 cap rock club (historically known as the 23 East Cabaret) sits just 3 miles outside Philadelphia. Notable artists since 2014 have included George Clinton & P-Funk, The Hooters, Toots & the Maytals, Stanley Clarke, Steve Earle, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Maceo Parker, Buckethead, Robby Krieger (of The Doors), Macy Gray & many more.

Features of Ardmore Music Hall include a state-of-the-art sound system, a wide dance space, seating options, and 20+ craft beers on draught. The venue is located at 23 East Lancaster Ave, and is easily accessible by public transportation with the R-5 regional line- the Ardmore train stop drops 100 feet from the back door and runs directly from City Hall & 30th Street Station. Visit the AMH website for the most up-to-date information about the venue and a full listing of upcoming events:

About The Rex Foundation: In the fall of 1983, the Rex Foundation was established as a non-profit charitable organization by members of the Grateful Dead, their friends, and families, to further the long-established tradition of generosity the band was well-known for. Supporting programs that might otherwise be overlooked by mainstream funders, The Rex Foundation offers unsolicited small grants, generally in the $5,000 range, to organizations in the U.S. and beyond who are doing innovative grassroots work in supporting the environment, education, arts for youth, social services, building community and other areas aligned with the Rex mission. Since 1984 the Rex Foundation has granted $8.9 million to over 1,200 recipients.

About Camp Winnarainbow: Camp Winnarainbow is a circus and performing arts camp founded and led by Wavy Gravy and his family. The camp provides a training ground to nurture leaders for a peaceful, harmonious and sustainable world by teaching responsibility for one’s own behavior and developing confidence, inner security and appropriate self-expression. The camp encourages respect for oneself, others, and the environment while valuing the uniqueness of each individual, within the diversity of racial, cultural, economic, and religious backgrounds that comprise the camp community.