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Are You on the Bus?

Rex executive director Sandy Sohcot, standing in front of the Prankster Bus Further,  explains why she is on the Bus.


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Congrats to Mickey Hart and Global Drum Project

Percussionist extraordinaire (and Rex board member) Mickey Hart, along with compatriots Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju and Giovanni Hidalgo, won the Grammy for Best Contemporary World Music Album in last night’s Grammy Awards ceremony for their Global Drum Project album. It’s the second such award for Mickey and his fellow drummers, whose Planet Drum won a […]


For Rex History Buffs

This week’s archived Grateful Dead Hour broadcast on features a 1991 show in which Phil Lesh and Gary Lambert explain the Rex Foundation’s Ralph J. Gleason Award, which they’re about to present to David Grisman. They’re interviewing Grisman and swapping tales of the early days when along comes Jerry Garcia with more stories. It’s […]


Sweet Music Everywhere – Twenty-Five Years, So Far …

When the Grateful Dead launched the Rex Foundation in 1983, they had not yet hit the 20-year milestone. The band’s break onto the top of the pop charts and into the mainstream’s limelight was a few years away, and the taper’s section was not yet a reality. This community has come a long way! On […]


Another Accolade for Mickey Hart’s Global Drum Project

Rex congratulates Mickey Hart and the Global Drum Project on the Grammy Award nomination in the Best Contemporary World Music Album category for their self-titled, 15-year reunion album from Shout! Factory. The 1991 collaboration album between Zakir Hussain, Giovanni Hidalgo, Sikiru Adepoju, and many other musicians took home the first ever Grammy in the World […]


Personal Invitation from Carolyn Garcia

Carolyn Garcia, former wife of Jerry Garcia and present Rex Foundation Board Member, has posted a video inviting everyone to come out and celebrate our 25th Anniversary!


Update: Drums of Peace in Iraq

In 2007 and 2008, the Rex Foundation provided grants to help Christine Stevens of UpBeat Drum Circles bring drumming as a peacemaking and community-building tool to war-torn areas of Iraq. (See Drums of Peace and Ripple Effects). Rex executive director Sandy Sohcot recently received this report and pictures from Christine’s latest trip. Sandy, Thank you […]


Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: A Gift of Music

It’s been twenty-four years since I saw my first Rex benefit show. Since then I’ve seen more shows, contributed money, and worked with the Rex Foundation over the World Wide Web. It was a great joy to open a new chapter – joining other volunteers to staff a table at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival […]


Phil Lesh Rocks the Slow Food Nation

A two-hour set from Phil Lesh and Friends was the perfect close to San Francisco’s Slow Food Nation events. Over the course of the Labor Day weekend, sixty thousand people attended Slow Food Rocks concerts, lectures by luminaries such as farmer-poet Wendell Berry, a tasting event, and picnics at various locations across the city. A […]