To say we are very excited to be returning to The Fillmore December 3 in San Francisco with our annual Rex Foundation Benefit would be an understatement. After a two-year hiatus we can’t wait to gather with our beloved Rex community and dance to our hearts’ content!
We always try to have a little fun when coming up with the name for our Rex events. This year we decided on Bound to Cover Just a Little More Ground, which to us speaks to our collective resilience and focus to remain steadfast in our desire to bring about positive social change. This focus has been validated every time we are able to pick up the phone and let a new grantee know that they have received a grant from our community that recognizes the inherent value of the work they are doing. Rest assured that collectively we are all making a difference in a myriad of ways that spans oceans and continents.
First and foremost, we look forward to a fabulous night of music with Melvin Seals and JGB in the intimate surroundings of The Fillmore. A powerful presence in the music industry for over 30 years as a performer, recording artist and producer, Melvin is most revered for his powerful, high-spirited, Hammond B-3 organ, and keyboards in the Jerry Garcia Band, where he spun his magic for 18 years. Melvin and JGB -- John Kadlecik on guitar and vocals, John-Paul McLean on bass, and Jeremy Hoenig on drums -- bring an intuitive, expressive style, soul, spontaneity and remarkable chops to the table. Their chemistry is the focus from which they create a spontaneous, exciting, often psychedelic musical journey. We can't wait!
Adding some additional spice will be our much beloved friend Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz and Scott Law, who have both been part of past Rex events. Their talent is apparent from the first note, and joining their duo for the evening is special guest Vicki Randle. Vicki is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. She has performed with many notable musicians, and may be best known as the first permanent female member of The Tonight Show Band.
For this event, we have a couple of improvements that we want to make you aware of. First, we will be limiting the capacity to tables to ensure comfortable distancing. This will also allow us to open a new limited seating section in the balcony on stage right (these seats will offer an incredible view of the stage). We are also introducing a new online ticketing process that will make the purchasing of table seats much more efficient and convenient.
All tickets include our pre-show reception with gourmet food, wine from our friends at Silver Oak, Twomey and 1600 Wineries, as well as a selection of locally brewed beer. We are especially looking forward to this aspect of our gathering as we all get a long overdue chance to reconnect with one another.
The Rex Foundation board went through a lengthy process with a great deal of thought and discussion before we chose to move forward with hosting this event. We all are acutely aware of the roller coaster that is Covid. That said, the City of San Francisco has eliminated any Covid-related requirements for live events, and while that has been working well and the Fillmore has resumed what it was doing before the pandemic emerged, that may not be enough comfort for some. We fully respect individual choice in whether you choose to attend or if you want to wear a mask -- there is no judgement. We will add a small request in the interest of communal well-being, that you take a test the day of the show.
This has been a night we have thought of often over the past two years, and the combination of music, community and celebration will give us all the medicine that we have really been wanting. We look forward to sharing the magic of the night with you!