A guitar played on stage by Dead & Company’s Bobby Weir has attracted a monumental bid of $250,000 in a charity auction being conducted throughout the band’s current summer tour. The one-of-a-kind D’Angelico guitar, featuring artwork by contemporary artist & Grateful Dead poster collector favorite AJ Masthay, is being used to raise funds for the nonpartisan voter engagement organization HeadCount, environmental organization REVERB, and a dozen other charities selected by the band.
Weir, who serves on HeadCount’s board of directors and has been a vocal advocate of voting and democratic participation, first played the guitar at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountainview, CA on June 13th, after which the bidding immediately popped up to $74,000. Then, when he played the guitar again at Chicago’s Wrigley Field on June 25th, it zoomed to $250,000.
The guitar and other auction items are on display each night at “Participation Row,” the charity social action village which travels with the Dead & Company tour. Fans who are not able to make it to the shows can also submit bids remotely by reaching out to HeadCount’s Major Gifts Director, Kristina Raines at [email protected].
REMAINING DEAD & COMPANY TOUR DATES:
JUL 1, 2022 @ Bethel Woods Center For the Arts in Bethel, NY
JUL 2, 2022 @ Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA
JUL 5, 2022 @ XFINITY Theatre in Hartford, CT
JUL 6, 2022 @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY
JUL 8, 2022 @ Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA
JUL 10, 2022 @ Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA
JUL 12, 2022 @ The Pavilion at Star Lake in Burgettstown, PA
JUL 15, 2022 @ Citi Field in New York, NY
JUL 16, 2022 @ Citi Field in New York, NY
HeadCount is a non-partisan non-profit organization that harnesses the power of music, culture and digital media to register voters and inspire participation in democracy. Since 2004, we’ve registered over one million voters through our work with musicians like Ariana Grande, Beyoncé, Dead & Co, Harry Styles and Megan Thee Stallion; events including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Pride Festivals, and RuPaul's DragCon; plus partnerships with brands like Spotify, Ben & Jerry’s, and GrubHub. Our award-winning online campaigns have been seen over a billion times, while our 50,000 volunteers can be seen at more than 1,000 live events each year. We reach young people where they already are – at concerts and online – to inform and empower.