The Wheel–A Musical Celebration…In DC!


Just added! After the Rex event, Rex Musical Caravan members and DC’s own Grateful Dead Tribute Band On the Bus continue the tunes at the Hamilton with a late night show!

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Jesse McReynolds has donated his longtime favorite jacket to the silent auction!


The Wheel – A Musical Celebration of Jerry Garcia
Benefit for the Rex Foundation

New Riders of the Purple Sage
Jesse McReynolds, Garrett McReynolds, Steve Thomas

Saturday, March 24, 2012
The Hamilton
600 14th Street, N.W. (14th & F)
Washington, DC

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Reception, Food and Premium Seating Concert Tickets:
(All but $70 is tax deductible)
Includes Drinks, Hearty Finger Food and Event Poster

Lightning    $500.00     Reserved Front & Center Floor Seating
Thunder    $150.00    Reserved Prime Floor Seating

7:30 Doors Open for Concert – Music Begins at 8:00 p.m.
Concert Only    $45.00    Reserved Floor Seating & Floor Standing Room

All tickets available through The Hamilton at www.thehamiltondc.com

For more information, call the Rex Foundation at 415-561-3135.

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

In December 2010 at The Fillmore in San Francisco, musicians who have been part of Jerry Garcia’s musical life over the last 50 years came together full circle and created a magical night of music.  This was too good to happen only once, so we set the wheels in motion to reach the East Coast.

Join us on March 24th at The Hamilton in Washington, DC for a one-of-a-kind evening to celebrate the music and the musicians, and to help us cover just a little more ground.

Brand new, in downtown Washington, DC, appointed with elegance and state-of-the-art sound and stage, plus reserved seating on the floor, The Hamilton provides a beautiful setting for this special occasion.  At the pre-concert reception, enjoy hearty finger foods and beverages, and fun connections 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.

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, formed New Riders of the Purple Sage.

Fast forward to today: The New Riders continue to fire up fans as they play their past favorites along with new songs written by David and Robert Hunter.  Led by David Nelson and Buddy Cage, the current touring lineup includes Michael Falzarano, Ronnie Penque and Johnny Markowski on drums and vocals.  Moonalice brings together seasoned musicians John Molo, Barry Sless, Roger McNamee, Ann McNamee and Pete Sears, mixing a variety of genres with extended musical improvisations evoking a sense of adventure and exploration.

And, in October 2010, Jesse 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 more about the CD and Jesse at https://jimandjesse.com/resources/JessestributetoGarciaandHunter.php.

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

On March 24th, the musicians bring us full circle in a tribute to Jerry Garcia’s musical legacy and the musical spirit that he inspired. Join us as we come together to celebrate the music and where it will take us next.

The Wheel
Lyrics By: Robert Hunter
Music By: Jerry Garcia, Bill Kreutzmann