The Rex Foundation is pleased to announce its return to San Francisco's historic Fillmore Auditorium for its annual benefit concert on December 6, 2014. Set in the iconic hall with its longtime connection to the Grateful Dead, the event, called “Standing on the Moon” after the 1989 Grateful Dead song, offers an exceptional evening of celebration and music with performances by Leftover Salmon, featuring Little Feat keyboardist Bill Payne, and special guests Amy Helm and the Handsome Strangers.
General admission tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster and tiered seating VIP tickets can be purchased directly through the Rex Foundation’s website. VIP guests will receive early entry, a limited-edition poster, and enjoy a pre-concert reception with food and drinks, as well as festive cabaret-style reserved seating on the main floor. All but $100 of VIP ticket purchases are tax-deductible charitable contributions and will help to fund Rex Foundation’s grant making.
Event: Standing on The Moon: A Benefit for the Rex Foundation
Performances by: Leftover Salmon featuring Bill Payne, and Special Guests Amy Helm and the Handsome Strangers
Location: The Fillmore Auditorium, 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94115
Date/Time: Saturday, December 6, 2014
6:00 - 7:30 PM - VIP Reception
7:30 PM - Doors
8:00 PM - Performance
About Leftover Salmon: Looking back over the past 25 years of rootsy, Americana, string-based music, the impact of Leftover Salmon’s music is impossible to deny. Formed in Boulder, CO in 1989 the group was one of the first bluegrass bands to add drums and tour rock & roll bars, helping Salmon become a pillar of the jam band scene and unwitting architects of the jam grass genre. In its present configuration, the band is comprised of founding members Vince Herman (vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin) and Drew Emmitt (vocals, mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar, mandola, fiddle) along with Andy Thorn (vocals, acoustic and electric banjo, National guitar); Greg Garrison (vocals, acoustic and electric bass, acoustic guitar); Alwyn Robinson (drums, percussion), and the exciting recent addition of Little Feat keyboardist Bill Payne.
About Amy Helm: Straight out of Woodstock, NY, soulful songstress Amy Helm will be performing with her band, The Handsome Strangers. Amy’s deep musical roots were enriched by a lifetime of exposure to the finest expressions of American musical tradition. Combined with her stunning vocal and other creative gifts, those roots have grown up to reveal a spellbinding artist who moves easily through a broad range of musical styles. The daughter of music legend Levon Helm and singer/songwriter Libby Titus Fagen, Helm wields a powerful voice that can both stir and soothe, whether she is singing traditional gospel, blues standards or her own heartfelt compositions. She is a gifted musician on both mandolin and drums, and has clearly absorbed the lessons of the many other accomplished artists with whom she has shared stages, including Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris, and Joan Osborne as well as other uniquely American performers like Dr. John and Hubert Sumlin.
About 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 US 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.