Category: Musicians Spotlight


Mickey Hart Brings Cosmic Vibrations to the Fillmore June 30

June 30 in San Francisco, Rex board member Mickey Hart brings his band to the Fillmore for a show featuring material from his new album, Mysterium Tremendum, along with his solo hits and Grateful Dead songs. With Mysterium Tremendum, released in April, Hart is pushing the boundaries of what we know as music, creating a […]


Michael Franti and the Battle Against Cynicism

jormaRalph J. Gleason Award Recipient Michael Franti talks about his music, his influences, and his determination to share a positive view of life.


Black Muddy River Revisited

Bluegrass legend Jesse McReynolds, 81, covers a little more ground with his Garcia/Hunter tribute album By Mary Eisenhart (December 1, 2010) Mandolinist Jesse McReynolds and his late brother Jim were already stars of the bluegrass world in 1964 when young Jerry Garcia and his pal Sandy Rothman took to following them around with a tape […]


String Cheese Incident Gets Back to Work

SCIReturning after a three-year hiatus, the String Cheese Incident winds up 2010 with two Halloween shows, with Rex as a beneficiary.


Nurturing Musical Roots

jormaRalph J. Gleason Award winner Jorma Kaukonen: “I think it behooves all of us who are blessed like me and my musical buddies, who actually get paid to do this, to be able to plug back in and help out when we can. Like what you guys are doing.”



poster for Gratefully GivingFor the last 22 years, Southern California’s Cubensis has been playing Grateful Dead music across the southwestern U.S. “We try to play Grateful Dead music like they played Grateful Dead music, with spontaneity, passion, determination, honesty, technical prowess, and an exploratory mindset,” says founding member Craig Marshall. “Ideally, we serve the music, and if we’re aware and willing, the music plays the band, as they say.”


Moonalice: Gathering of the Tribe

Moonalice band pic A “matriarchy with kind values,” Moonalice brings music,  posters and lots of free stuff wherever the band goes. “It’s more fun that way,” says band member Chubby Wombat Moonalice, AKA Roger McNamee.


Peter Rowan

Peter RowanWhen Peter Rowan put together the lineup for Rex’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, it was truly Sweet Music Everywhere. In a recent conversation, Rowan shares some tales of his life of musical adventure.


Jackie Greene

Hell, I Just Hang on for Dear Life: Jackie Greene on music, spirit, kindness and Top Ramen.

Rising star Jackie Greene was a real crowd-pleaser at “Sweet Music Everywhere,” the Rex Foundation’s 25th anniversary celebration in December. We sent Casey Lowdermilk to have a few words with the hardworking artist.


Melvin Seals & JGB

Melvin Seals & JGB

For over 15 years the Warfield Theater on Market Street in San Francisco was the main home of the Jerry Garcia Band. Garcia’s leads were soulfully backed with Melvin Seals’ Hammond organ; the musical chemistry was undeniable and the bright songs always resonated deeply with timeless messages.

Fortunately today, the flame still burns…