The Wheel — A Musical Celebration of Jerry Garcia


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Check out Bob Minkin’s photo gallery of this unforgettable event.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Musical friends of Jerry Garcia since 1962 come together to play his music.

Jesse McReynolds, Garrett McReynolds, Steve Thomas.

Peter Rowan Blue Grass Band:
Peter Rowan, Jody Stecher, Keith Little, Paul Knight.

David Nelson & Friends -Electric:
David Nelson, Barry Sless, Robin Sylvester, John Molo, Mookie Siegel,

and Special Guests!

The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco

Reception including Food and Premium Seating Concert Tickets:
6:00 -“ 7:30 p.m. Reception & Dining
Includes Drinks, Hearty Finger Food and Event Poster

Lightning $  500.00 Reserved Front Floor Seating
Thunder $  150.00 Reserved Floor Seats

(All but $70 of Reception cost is tax deductible)

Subject to availability
General Admission Tickets $45
A limited number of Concert Only Tickets are currently available through Ticketmaster.com.

Reception/Concert Tickets available through the Rex Foundation; call 415-561-3135 or  click here to download the Reception /Concert Ticket Order Form.  Also available from GDTS TOO at www.gdtstoo.com.

The wheel is turning and you can’t slow down…

Poster for The Wheel

A taste of the beautiful poster Cory and Catska Ench are creating for the event.

On Saturday, December 4th at The Fillmore in San Francisco, musicians who have been part of Jerry Garcia’s musical life over the last 48 years bring us full circle together.

Join us for a one-of-a-kind evening to celebrate the music and the musicians, and to help us cover just a little more ground.

Set up in festive cabaret style with reserved seating on the floor, The Fillmore, with its beauty and iconic connection to Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, sets the stage for this special occasion.  At the pre-concert reception, enjoy hearty finger foods and beverages as you reconnect with friends and family. Your generous reception/concert ticket purchase of $150 or $500, of which all but $70 is a charitable contribution, will fund Rex Foundation grant making, and you”ll receive a print of the event poster designed by Corey and Catska Ench. (Two hotels within walking distance of The Fillmore are offering special deals to Rex supporters — see the bottom of the page for details.)

Round, round, robin run around
Gotta get back where you belong

In 1962, Jerry Garcia began playing the banjo and exploring bluegrass music, forming a band called the Hart Valley Drifters that included David Nelson on guitar. In 1964, Jerry and his pal Sandy Rothman packed up a tape recorder and took off for the American South on a bluegrass pilgrimage, especially wanting to see “Jim and Jesse” (McReynolds), of Dothan, Alabama. Jerry was delighted to see them perform and get Jesse’s autograph, and he held Jesse’s mandolin playing and music in high esteem for many years. Jim and Jesse went on to legendary status in the bluegrass world, with more than 45 years at the Grand Ole Opry, Grammy nominations and awards, and membership in any Hall of Fame that means anything to this music.

Meanwhile, in 1969, as the Grateful Dead released Aoxomoxoa, they also turned to their own musical roots.  Jerry, wanting to play his new pedal steel guitar, reconnected with old friend John “Marmaduke” Dawson and with Nelson, forming New Riders of the Purple Sage. As the Grateful Dead continued to evolve, he formed another bluegrass band, Old and in the Way, with David Grisman, John Kahn, Peter Rowan and Vassar Clements.

Fast forward to today: David Nelson and Friends fire up fans with their electric sounds, and the New Riders play their past favorites along with new songs written by David and Robert Hunter.  Grammy Award winner and five-time Grammy nominee Peter Rowan is a bluegrass singer/songwriter whose career spans over five decades; his continuous stream of original recordings, collaborative projects and tours has garnered a devoted, international fan base.

Now Jesse has just released Songs of the Grateful Dead – A Tribute to Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter.  Collaborating on this special album of 12 classic Dead songs, from “Black Muddy River” and “Ripple” to “Franklin’s Tower” and “Standing on the Moon,” is none other than David Nelson.  And, to top it off, there’s a brand-new McReynolds-Hunter tune called “Day by Day.”  Check out the music and get a sampling of Jesse McReynolds’ talents at https://woodstockrecords.com/jesse_CD.shtml.

Every time that wheel turn round
Bound to cover just a little more ground…

The Wheel

Lyrics By: Robert Hunter

Music By: Jerry Garcia, Bill Kreutzmann


Two Joie de Vivre hotels within walking distance from The Fillmore are offering special room rates to Rex Foundation guests until November 12th.  The reservation links and telephone numbers are provided below. Request “Rex Foundation” to obtain the special rates.

Best Western Hotel Tomo ($109 per night plus taxes/fees)

1800 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Direct reservation link for the Rex Foundation:

or call 1-888-822-8666

Hotel Kabuki ($119 per night plus taxes/fees)

1625 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Direct reservation link for the Rex Foundation:

or call 1-800-533-4567

RSVP to the Facebook event here