“Ramble On Rose” Brings Midnight Ramble Band to The Fillmore December 3
Just announced: Wake the Dead opens!
Earlier this year, the Rex Foundation Board of Directors presented our Ralph J. Gleason award to Levon Helm. Named after the renowned music journalist from San Francisco who was a major figure in the advancement of music in America in the 1960s, the award is given to people or organizations that have exemplified high standards in furthering creativity and promoting modern musical expression. It is in this vein that we choose to recognize not only Levon Helm’s unique musical gifts but also his vision of community-based musical events that he pioneered at his majestic barn in Woodstock, N.Y.
Levon cherished the music of his youth in Arkansas and sought to replicate the essence of that experience by hosting “Rambles” at his Barn in Woodstock.
Starting rather modestly, the first incarnations of these events began with Levon creating a house band, which came to be known as the Midnight Ramble Band.
Founded with his daughter Amy Helm and Larry Campbell, the band features an incredible array of talented musicians, including a three piece horn section, exceptional vocals and the ability to play any genre of music that comes their way.
The first Rambles were held in 2004 and quickly become legendary as word spread beyond the confines of the Hudson River Valley. Soon fans would travel from NYC and throughout the country to witness the fire of the band and the notable guest musicians who would also make the pilgrimage.
While Levon was dealing with various health related issues, he would occasionally take the band on the road. Rave reviews would always follow. Eventually there would be a PBS special, and many of these same musicians would accompany Levon on his Grammy winning albums.
Promoters from around the country would do everything possible to entice him to bring the band to their locale. While the shows outside of Woodstock were few and far between, the Rambles in Woodstock would continue when Levon’s health would allow, and the desire and the demand for the shows never subsided.
Levon created an enduring vision with his Barn and the Midnight Ramble Band, and both continue to flourish despite his absence. The fact that both of these expressions of his musical genius are still here with us is a profound legacy.
We are thrilled to have the Midnight Ramble Band come and perform at our annual December 3 Benefit entitled “Ramble on Rose.” Over the years the Grateful Dead, The Band, and Levon in particular, had many epic moments together. This show will be not only be a fitting tribute to that shared history but will have you dancing all night long and for days after.
Please join us for a rare West Coast performance of the Midnight Ramble Band, along with some special friends. This will be a night you won’t soon forget!
Ramble on Rose
Midnight Ramble Band and special guests
Saturday, December 3, 2016
1805 Geary Blvd.
Premium Concert Ticket: Includes pre concert reception with Drinks, Hearty Finger Food and Event Poster (All but $100 is tax deductible)
Reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Crazy Otto $1,000.00 • Reserved Center Front Floor Seating
Billy Sunday $ 500.00 • Reserved Front Floor Seating
Mojo Hand $ 250.00 • Reserved Floor Seats Floor Seating
Concert Only Tickets and Event Poster (All but $75 is tax deductible)
Wolfman Jack $ 125.00 • Priority Entry When Doors Open at 8:30 • Floor Seating
A limited number of General Admission Tickets will go on sale in the near future. Watch for details here!
Coming from out of town? The Kimpton Buchanan hotel near the Fillmore has set aside a limited block of rooms for Rex supporters. Call and mention Rex Foundation before November 2 to reserve your room at the discounted rate. Hotel desk (415) 614-5717 (9-5 PST); booking (800) 546-7866 (24 hr); or use booking link.