Thursday, September 29, 2005

Happy Berthas!!!!!

Just home from Tommy Toy's, where we celebrated my momma's 65th berthaday! Quite a gang assembled for the dinner party. Lotsa fun and a 6 course meal - squab on lettuce-seafood bisque-Peking duck-lobster-ginger beef and strawberry moussecake. YAY MOM!

Sorry to have missed tonight's Invitational at Sweetwater though. Here's hoping we can make it to the October one!

Next up in just a few moments is a big Hippy Berthaday to Robin Sylvester!!!!
It's been another hopping week here but everything slows down next week- I'll try to squeak out some thoughts on Comes A Time and also Jazz@ Pearl's.
Jerry Garcia: The Collected Artwork

Jerry Garcia: The Collected Artwork is a profusely illustrated showcase of, and appreciation for, Jerry's art, life, and creative spirit. Opening with a foreword by Mickey Hart, the collection features more than 100 full-color reproductions of his paintings, drawings, and prints.

This historic presentation of Jerry's distinguished body of work (which includes pen and inks, acrylics, watercolors, and digital media) is at once a stunning art book in an accessible, coffee-table format and an intimate and playful celebration of his creativity featuring observations, anecdotes, and remembrances by key cultural figures such as Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Herbert Gold, Baron Wolman, Jon Carroll, Paul Pena, Victor Moscoso, Carlos Santana, Donna Jean Godchaux-Mackay, Grace Slick, Jim Donaldson, F. Lanier Graham, Andy Leonard, Tom Turner and members of the Garcia and Grateful Dead families.

Jerry Garcia: The Collected Artwork (Limited Edition)

This special, limited edition version is incased in a beautifully designed cloth clamshell box that includes an expanded version of the book, one of six randomly selected limited edition prints of 500 each, measuring 11" x 17", and companion CD featuring music covering Jerry's entire career.

In addition to the 250 full-color illustrations featured in the non-limited edition, this version contains six additional fold-out pages of photographs. There will only be 2,500 of these available, and they will never be reprinted.

Jerry Garcia: The Collected Artwork
Limited Edition CD

1. On The Road Again (Live), 1964, Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions
2. Cream Puff War, 1967, Grateful Dead
3. Dark Star (Live), 1969, Grateful Dead
4. Uncle John's Band (Live), 1972, Grateful Dead
5. Candyman, 1970, Grateful Dead
6. Mission In The Rain, 1975, Jerry Garcia
7. Jackaroe (Live), 1977, Grateful Dead
8. The Wheel (Live), 1982, Grateful Dead*
9. Waiting For A Miracle (Live), 1989, Jerry Garcia Band
10. Scarlet Begonias> Fire On The Mountain (Live), 1990, Grateful Dead
11. Whisky In The Jar, 1994, Jerry Garcia and David Grisman
*Previously unreleased recording from 9/9/82

Jerry Garcia: The Collected Artwork (Limited Edition)

This special, limited edition version is incased in a beautifully designed cloth clamshell box that includes an expanded version of the book, one of six randomly selected limited edition prints of 500 each, measuring 11" x 17", and companion CD featuring music covering Jerry's entire career.

In addition to the 250 full-color illustrations featured in the non-limited edition, this version contains six additional fold-out pages of photographs. There will only be 2,500 of these available, and they will never be reprinted.

Jerry Garcia: The Collected Artwork by Jerry Garcia
Edited by April Higashi Foreword by Mickey Hart

Published to coincide with the tenth anniversary of his death, this stunning art book is an intimate and playful celebration of the enduring legacy and creative genius that was Jerry Garcia.

Edited by April Higashi, art director and curator of the Jerry Garcia Estate LLC, each chapter opens with a commentary on the art presented in the context of Jerry's life and times. Observations, anecdotes, and remembrances by key cultural figures as well as those closest to Jerry are illustrated by candid photographs and illuminate the many facets of both the artist and the man.

Opening with a foreword by Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart, this historic presentation of Jerry's distinguished body of work (which includes pen-and-inks, acrylics, watercolors, gouache, and digital media) is a profusely illustrated showcase of and appreciation for his art, life, and creative spirit.


—More than 225 full-color and black-and-white photographs and illustrations.
—More than 150 full-color reproductions of Jerry's paintings, drawings, and prints.
—Observations, anecdotes, and remembrances by key cultural figures such as Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Herbert Gold, Baron Wolman, Jon Carroll, Paul Pena, Victor Moscoso, Carlos Santana, Donna Jean Godchaux-Mackay, Grace Slick, Jim Donaldson, F. Lanier Graham, Andy Leonard, Tom Turner and members of the Garcia and Grateful Dead families.

Limited Edition Highlights

—Numbered Limited Edition
—Edition limited to 2,500 copies
—250 full-color illustrations
—Six additional gatefolds
—Hardcover edition housed in an elegant cloth clamshell box.
—Encased in a cloth-wrapped clamshell box with foil stamping and a hand-tipped image on the front.
—Jerry Garcia Band CD that includes previously unreleased tracks
—Limited and numbered art print from the Jerry Garcia Estate LLC (1 of 5)

"Jerry Garcia wasn't a little fish in a little fishbowl: he was the captain of multidimensional navigating. Opening this book, people will have an opportunity to see his multifaceted creativity, how he utilized his energy in many beautiful ways, not just pickin' the guitar...In any case I have no doubt that whoever sees this book is going to get a lot of joy...Fifteen years from now, they'll say 'Hey, you know, and the guy could paint, too, man. He really could paint.'" —Carlos Santana

"There was Jerry the artist: ever-creative, ever creating. More of us knew the art better than we knew the man. We danced and tripped to his music, smiled as we wrapped our necks with his colorful ties, brought his illustrations into the intimacy of our own rooms. Now Jerry the man is gone and only his art remains. And yet, in the end, aren't they one in the same, the artist and his art? And yet, in and through his art, isn't he, too, still with us?" —Baron Wolman

"He is an artist who had nothing to prove; he drew because he loved to draw, and it shows." —April Higashi

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Ticket Sales Begin on November 8, 2005

WILKESBORO, N.C., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Ticket sales for MerleFest 2006
will begin on Tuesday, November 8, 2005 at 2:00 PM EST. Wilkes Community
College will present MerleFest 2006, the 19th annual festival in celebration
of the music of the late Merle Watson and his father Doc Watson, on its campus
in Wilkesboro, NC on April 27 - 30, 2006. Some of those joining Doc Watson and
Merle's son Richard Watson for MerleFest 2006 will include Rory Block; David
Bromberg Quartet; Alison Brown Quartet; Sam Bush Band; Guy Clark; Thad
Cockrell & Caitlin Cary; John Cowan Band; The Dillards; The Ditty Bops; Jerry
Douglas Band; Bela Fleck & The Flecktones; The Grascals; Emmylou Harris; Hot
Tuna; Jim Lauderdale & his Bluegrass Band; The Lee Boys; Laura Love Band;
Nashville Bluegrass Band; Nickel Creek; Tony Rice Unit; Peter Rowan; Darrell
Scott; Mike Seeger; Pete Seeger; Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers; Gillian
Welch; and The Waybacks featuring special guest Bob Weir. MerleFest will also
welcome the Woody Guthrie tribute Ribbon of Highway Endless Skyway, along with
individual performances by tour members Slaid Cleaves, Eliza Gilkyson, Jimmy
LaFave, and Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion. All bookings are subject to
change without notice due to circumstances beyond the control of the festival.
Starting on November 8th, those with Internet access may acquire their
tickets easily by visiting and, if purchasing
assigned seats at the Watson Stage, actually pick their seat location on line.
Those without Internet access may purchase tickets by calling 1-800-343-7857
(US only) or 336-838-6267 (non-US) from 10 AM through 4 PM, EST, weekdays.
Tickets may also be ordered by fax (336-838-6277) and mail (MerleFest; P.O.
Box 120; Wilkesboro, NC 28697). Those interested in volunteering for MerleFest
should call 336-838-6292. Vendor info: 336-838-6292. Sponsorship inquiries:

MerleFest Information: 800-343-7857,,

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

from Rolling stone

Giving "Help"

Photo by Rahav Segev

Trey, Weir Honor Garcia

Disciples and old friends honor late Dead frontman in Berkeley

The Rex Foundation, otherwise known as the philanthropic wing of the Grateful Dead, paid tribute to its fallen leader Saturday evening at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, California. Although a decade has passed since Jerry Garcia's death, the sold-out Comes a Time: A Celebration of the Music & Spirit of Jerry Garcia concert is the first major event to honor him, with all proceeds going to the Rex, formed by the Dead in 1983.

The six-hour show kicked off on a beautiful, clear day near the announced 5 p.m. start time, when, paying homage to Garcia's bluegrass roots, a stripped down, acoustic performance from David Nelson, Sandy Rothman and Zion Godchaux featured classic Jerry fare like "Oh, Babe, It Ain't No Lie" and "Oh, the Wind and Rain."

Following was a newly configured String Cheese Incident, also with keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, from Bob Weir's band, who rode through Garcia chestnuts like "Friend of the Devil," "Catfish John" and "Ripple."

Keeping the chronological theme, a tribute was paid to Garcia's longtime side project, the Jerry Garcia Band. Former cohort, pianist Melvin Seals along with vocalists Jackie and Gloria were joined by Dark Star Orchestra guitarist and vocalist John Kadlecik for a set which included "Cats Under the Stars" and in closing, an explosive "Deal" with Warren Haynes on guitar and Bill Kreutzman on drums. As was the case all night, each song played was one traditionally sung and associated with Garcia.

Next up were Bob Weir and his band, Ratdog. They ripped through a set which included "Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo," "Big Railroad Blues," and "Bird Song."

Master percussionist and longtime member of the Dead's circle, Hamza El Din lead all in the house through an invocation in the spirit of Garcia, before giving up the stage to what was officially billed as the Tribute to Jerry Garcia. Weir's band acted as the house band for a guest-laden set of cherished compositions, which also featured vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux and Garcia's dear pal, Merl Saunders. Trey Anastasio joined the group along with Bruce Hornsby for a reading of "Help on the Way," the classic 1976 tune, while Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring, and String Cheese's Michael Kang took turns with the former Phish frontman playing with the house band, before being joined by the Dead's original drumming section of Kreutzman and Mickey Hart.

Many fans forget that Hornsby spent time in 1990 and 1991 as one half of the bands keyboard chair (along with Vince Welnick). His rendering of "Standing on the Moon" with Anastasio was among the show's best moments.

Following a trifecta encore of "Brokedown Palace," the finishing up of the "Dark Star" started earlier in the set and the band's late phase anthem "Touch of Grey," Hart addressed the crowd and as he did ten years earlier at Garcia's memorial, by posing a combination challenge and request. "Take this feeling we all share home," he said, "and do something with it!"

(Posted Sep 26, 2005)

Tuesday already??

I'm somewhat sleep deprived at the moment and I'm just now realizing the weekend is over...
Somehow, made it into work yesterday and am not quite exactly sure what we did on Sunday? Last night was Jazz@ Pearl's and it was great!
Had a wonderful time at the Greek...Only wish I had a little more time to go find folks I knew were there.
Took today off to catch up on sleep and now that is just what I'm gonna go do!

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Comes a time

Comes A Time

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia

Comes a time when the blind man takes your hand
Says "don't you see?"
Gotta make it somehow
On the dreams you still believe
Don't give it up
You got an empty cup
Only love can fill
Only love can fill
Been walking all morning
Went walking all night
I can't see much difference
Between the dark and light
And I feel the wind
And I taste the rain
Never in my mind
To cause so much pain
From day to day
Just letting it ride
You get so far away
From how it feels inside
You can't let go
'Cause you're afraid to fall
But the day may come
When you can't feel at all
Just hanging loose til it's time to go.
Minor time adjustments and sooner or later I'll BART or catch a ride to wherever I'm sposed to be. With any luck I'll be there around 5pm. Maybe a little later.
Sure am happy I have ticket in hand and a reserved seat!
Ohhhhh yeah!

Thursday, September 22, 2005

from MIJ

Sept 22, 2005
Comes a time for Garcia
Paul Gilbert

Sandy Sohcot, Rex Foundation executive director. (IJ photo/Erin Lubin) Here's an interesting conundrum. How do you throw a big party for 8,500 people when the guest of honor has been dead for 10 years? Make that really Dead.

On Saturday, musicians from across the musical spectrum will join together at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley to pay tribute to Jerry Garcia, the legendary guitarist for the Grateful Dead. Although a decade has passed since Garcia's death, the sold-out Comes a Time concert is the first major event to honor him, with all proceeds going to the Rex Foundation, the charitable nonprofit organization formed by the Dead in 1983.

"The real impetus behind the show was that Jerry's family wanted to mark this 10th anniversary with some type of remembrance," says Christopher Sabec, CEO and manager of the Garcia estate office in Sausalito. "Up to now, there hasn't been any formal kind of closure, and it became a kind of mandate for his family to celebrate Jerry's life."

Once the idea for a concert shifted into reality, behind-the-scenes planning kicked into high gear with duties divided among the foundation, the estate and promoters, Another Planet. The Grateful Dead office in Novato was also actively involved in the process, and Garcia's band mate, Bob Weir, agreed to act as the show's musical director to help configure the various combinations of musicians and collaborate on the set lists.

"I shared the stage with Jerry for 35 years and think about him every time I pick up my guitar," reminisces Weir, a longtime Mill Valley resident. "This special coming together is one way to celebrate all that Jerry has given us, to feel alive and good with Jerry's spirit."

A plan was formulated to recruit artists from a vast pool of people who had either played in or with the Dead or in one of Garcia's many outside projects and bands. Performers include Weir; Mickey Hart; Bill Kreuztmann; Donna Jean Godchaux; Bruce Hornsby; Trey Anastasio; Warren Haynes; Gloria Jones; Jackie LaBranch; David Nelson; Sandy Rothman; Melvin Seals; Patti Smith The String Cheese Incident members Jason Hann, Michael Kang, Keith Moseley and Billy Nershi; and Ratdog members Kenny Brooks, Jeff Chimenti, Mark Karan, Jay Lane and Robin Sylvester.

"We cast our net far and wide," says Sabec, "and the response was overwhelming. But it's a very complicated process dealing with so many different artists, all of whom all have numerous commitments. Working out their schedules and making all the necessary arrangements became a huge challenge. But somehow, it's all come together."

Giving back to the community and encouraging creative endeavors was something the Grateful Dead cared about deeply. Since 1984, the Rex Foundation has granted $7.7 million to some 1,000 grass-roots programs across the United States and around the world in support of the environment, the arts, education, social and economic justice.

"The Rex Foundation came about in the spirit of the whole environment that surrounded the Grateful Dead," says Sandy Sohcot, executive director. "They probably did more benefit concerts than just about any other band, and establishing the foundation formalized that effort and enabled the Dead to be proactive about distributing funds."

In true Grateful Dead fashion, the charitable foundation is a bit unconventional, with its beneficiaries tending to be programs that might otherwise be missed by larger, mainstream funders, yet are doing bold innovative and sometimes controversial work. One of the other elements that makes it so unique is that rather than have nonprofits apply for grants, the organization goes out and looks for these kinds of programs.

"On our Web site (www.rex, we list all the grants made since 1984," says Sohcot, "including the annual $10,000 Jerry Garcia Award, which was started in 1996 to encourage creativity in young people. I like to visualize Jerry's smile in connection with all those who have been supported in his honor and to all the good that will happen as a result of the Comes a Time benefit."

Garcia was always a favorite son of the North Bay, having lived in Marin for the last 25 years of his life. As an expansive circle of supporters gather for the much-anticipated event, there's a sense that this will also be a cathartic experience for many, who have waited all these years to honor the memory of a beloved artist, colleague and comrade, organizers say - an opportunity to show their appreciation in a public ceremony, a kind of musical eulogy.

"My hope for this show is that it kindles a sense of healing," Sohcot says.

"For many people, it's still hard to accept that Jerry isn't coming back. This is a way to come together after 10 years to say we're all still here, and we can honor Jerry by living well and furthering together what he and the other members of the Grateful Dead started."

"I think Jerry will be looking down on us with a big grin, seeing all these people coming together to celebrate his legacy," Sabec adds.

"It's going to be an amazing evening of community and music that will remind all of us what an extraordinary person he was."

As legions of Deadheads come together, organizers hope there will once again be dancing in the streets or at the very least, the aisles, by fans for whom Jerry Garcia did not fade away and the music never stopped.

Goin Greek?

Village Host posted the following on Deadnet today:

Greetings Friend, on behalf of those who are putting this show together, I hope you have a good experience. I am involved in the actual operation and I want to share some information I have at this time, and I will answer a few questions for the next 24 hours.

I will not discuss the run of the show or the talent, that is not my purpose here. If you have questions about your seat, tickets or specific to your attendance - please check with the Box Office (North Gate) before the show.

Parking - Closest is the Foothill Lot above the Venue; it will open at Noon on the day of the show. It will be closed prior to that and the University Police will not allow tents, camping or open fires. You walk down to the venue through the Bowles Lot (VIP use) for the South Gate, and down Hearst for the North (main) Gate. If you walk down to the South Gate, have your ticket available to pass through the perimeter fence above the venue. Hearst Garage (Hearst and Gayley) is also open at Noon, and the levelest approach to the venue if you have difficulties with hills - also has H/C parking. Most folks will want to follow the previous advice and walk up from downtown - after a show it can take an hour to get out of the surrounding area. Cabs are cheap and frequent - couple of bucks from University - and they zip you in and out.

GA Seating - An addition to the lawn for this show, there is a Bleacher Unit, located on the lawn - and the Seats are EXCELLENT. The Sound is well designed for this show and every seat is a good one - but please note; compactors will try to limit the size of space you take up on the lawn. Consider being fair to others, coming in with a huge blanket for a couple of folks is the issue. Help your brother out and take the space you need, but share some of it with your brother. Get close to your brother.

Tickets - BEWARE of counterfit tickets! They are out there and likely to be the ones you buy off the nearby street. The Greek Theater employs readers that will immediately identify good tickets from counterfit - so even if it looks good, don't trust it. Selling an extra ticket is cool, but beware that there is a law enforcement team specifically looking for counterfit tickets; and good that they should considering how much you paid for your legitimate one. Will Call/Box Office is at the North Gate, and will likely open around 1pm.

Gates - Both Gates are located off Gayley Ave on either side of the Venue. There is a bag search, principally looking for problem items. Honestly, you are to be trusted and the search will reflect this. That said - no video, no lawn chairs, no big bottles of whiskey; know what I mean? Each person should hold their own ticket. Which Gate? Doesn't matter, but I suggest groups of folks go to the North Gate as they process entry faster. HOT TIP: ask for the seating flyer while waiting in line.

Restrooms - Many extra have been ordered, and will be up on the lawn. But Ladies, please don't put it off; as has been said, the lines get really long especially during the intermissions and the wait is horrible. It is an exactly 103 year old facility that day and has great spirit, but poor restrooms.

Inside - In the Pit, Ushers will help you find your seat, so hang on to you ticket stub. Standing (and dancing) room on the Upper Concourse is good, but stay behind the white line. On the lower concourse, we are always concerned about crowding the wheelchair and disability platforms and it sees a higher level of enforcement. Be cool to your brother and remember the white lines are about the folks behind you seeing the show.

Medical - located at the Stage Left Pass Gate; forget those earplugs, need an asprin, or not sure if you ate too much chocolate? Go visit RockMed and be happy.

Security - all over the place; but here to help. Most of you will never meet or speak to these folks, and their focus is on safety. Please don't stand on your chair, sit somewhere dangerous or pick a fight with your brother - and you will be cool. There is heightened security on the perimeter, and it is not the place to loiter, but you are on the inside and will never notice.

Food & Beverage - usual affair, priced the same as all other shows in the Greek. The locations are throughout the venue. A wristband is necessary to purchase AND drink alcohol, so swing by one of the ID Checks after you get your seat. Don't forget the ID if you plan to drink.

Smoking - Technically the Greek Theater is a non-smoking venue (State Building and all) - but it is not enforceable. Please consider your neighbor and step to the side somewhere. If someone mentions it bothers them, be reasonable. You know how to handle it.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Woofin Wednesday!

Hurrah for the East side of the country yet again!
Born to be bad...
And it's been a busy time- not getting back into blog as much lately...
Saturday we went to Shoreline for Greg Kihn, George Thorogood and Steve Miller...No artist there I'd have been very into seeing.. I mean I do like some Steve Miller- but it's not a choice, Steve Miller was forced on me during a certain summer in the 70's (travelled thru Europe with a driver who only only a handful of 8 tracks-one containing SM hits) and so I have to say I did look forward to hearing the hits live one more time...I am apparently the only mortal in the entire universe who doesnt care for George Thorogood's music. Sorry...Too loud, too roadhouse, too driving...I left to get earplugs during his set and also got a latte and when I heard George start to go into JLH's song -instead of heading back in, I just sipped my latte by the photo of Jerry Garcia and remembered the GD Shows I had seen @ Shoreline. During some of the 80's & 90's we were given special seating and once in a while passes from a friend who worked for BGP. While standing next to the picture, several people said "Hi Jerry" to the picture..A few pointed him out to friends "There's Jerry!" Some folks touched the picture.. One fellow stopped leaned over and kissed Jerry on the forehead.
I returned to my seat...An announcer teased us with news of a special guest sitting in on guitar! I doubted and also hoped maybe it could be Bobby? But, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, no Bobby..instead it was Joe Satriani...another musician everyone but me likes...(not a fan of whiny or screetchy guitars) Then to really be sure and piss me off Steve invited George back out on stage. There were Steve Miller hits being noisily played but I wasnt enjoying them and felt ashamed for having such an awesome seat and just not able to get into it at all...
What else???
Got a new doggy over here!
Actually, he's more like an old friend.
He's Buster the beagle and he is very cute! We doggysat him a few years back and all enjoyed him so much! Lilah, our girly dog hasnt been so sure what to think of him but yesterday in the middle of a freak thunderstorm, the two dogs bonded -running out in the rain and howling at the thunder together.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Friday night in SF- DJ Logic @ Elbo Room.

Sunday night- Hurricane Benefit at the 12 Galaxies- starring The Everyone Orchestra!
High Sierra Music and In Ticketing Present:
A Hurricane Katrina Relief Benefit with
The Everyone Orchestra
Members of New Monsoon, ALO, String Cheese Incident, Hot Buttered Rum String Band,
Jambay, Axis Brothers and more special guests
Tickets $20 - $50 sliding scale
Poster signed by all artists with donations of $50

Monday, September 19, 2005

Sunday, September 18, 2005

From David Gans-

Greetings, friends and fans. Here's the latest info on my
performances over the next two months.

But first, some other news:

I have a new CD, "Solo Electric" - all original material, including a
song I co-wrote with Robert Hunter and another that I co-wrote with
Lorin Rowan. Track list, sample audio, and ordering information are
online at . In the next few days it
will be available at as well.

BLOG: I've started a blog, for political commentary, notes from the
road, pointers to interesting articles and information, etc.

PHOTOS: - recent images and
newly-unearthed items from the archive (thanks to Christina
Florkowski for the gift of a very fine SCANNER!)


Here are the gigs. As always, more info on these events, plus dates
that are farther in the future, can be found at

* Wednesday, September 21, 8pm: Eddie's Attic ( ), 515-B North McDonough St., Decatur GA.
w/ Ralph Roddenbery. $10. 404-377-4976

* NOTE NEW VENUE! Thursday, September 22: The Kodiak ( ), 151 Central Street, Rutherfordton NC. $5.

* Saturday, September 24, 8:00 pm: Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival ( ). DG plays on the Pavilion
Stage. Also appearing (festival runs Fri-Sun): Donna the Buffalo,
Railroad Earth, Garaj Mahal, Col. Bruce Hampton and the Code Talkers,
The Duhks, and many more. Terrapin Hill Farm, 3696 Mackville Road
(Rt. 152 West), Harrodsburg, Kentucky. 859-621-2479

* Sunday, September 25, 8pm: Windows on the Cumberland ( ), Nashville TN. $5 (18 and
older). Jason Graumlich opens.

* Thursday, September 29, 8:30 pm: The Invitational at Sweetwater (, 153 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley
CA. $10. 415-388-2820. DG, Chris Rowan, Joshua Zucker, Paul Cicco;
more TBA.

* Sunday, October 16, 4:00 pm: Mojo Cafe, 9890 Bodega Hwy (CA-12, 3
miles west of downtown) Sebastopol CA. $8. 707-829-3065

* Wednesday, October 19, 8:00 pm: With Earth Bombs Mars at Java
Junction ( ), 705 Frankllin Street,
Clearwater FL. 727-799-1100

* October 20-23: MagnoliaFest ( ) at the
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak FL. Donna the Buffalo,
Peter Rowan, Railroad Earth, The Duhks, The Gourds, and many more.

* Friday, October 28, 9:00 pm: The Invitational moves to its new
home! My longest-running (30 years!) musical collaboration, The
Reptiles ( ) at the Hotel Utah ( ), 500 4th Street (at Bryant), San
Francisco. $7. 415-546-6300

Friday, September 16, 2005


So soon after the last very successful tour,
Bob Weir and RatDog are hitting the road again
and will play the following shows:

The first day to mail in for the following shows
is Monday, September 19. (we won't mind if you
send in earlier)

Thursday, October 27 at the Riviera Theater,
Chicago, IL.
Doors open at 6:30 PM. Show time is 8:00 PM
18 and over only. General admission.
Mail order tickets are available at $36.50 per ticket.

Saturday, October 29 at The Town Ballroom,
Buffalo, NY.
Doors open at 8:00 PM. Show time is 9:00 PM.
All ages welcome. General admission.
Mail order tickets are available at $42.00 per ticket.

Monday, October 31 at The Docks, Toronto, ONT.
Doors open at 8:00 PM. Show time is 9:00 PM.
All ages welcome. General admission.
Mail order tickets are available at US$35.00 per
ticket. Canadian postal money orders can be
obtained in US dollars.

Saturday, November 5 at the Foxwoods Resort and
Casino, Mashantucket, CT.
Doors and show time to be announced.
All ages welcome. General admission tickets in the
first 15 rows, seated by the Maitre'D are $52.50.
Upper level reserved: $30.50. Tapers tickets will
be available at the $30.50 price range.

Thursday and Friday, November 10 and 11 at
Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe, PA.
Doors and show time are to be announced,
All ages welcome. General admission.
Mail order tickets are available at $$35.00 per ticket.

Saturday, November 12 at the Palladium,
Worcester, MA. Show time is 8:00 PM. Doors TBA
All ages welcome. General admission.
Mail order tickets are available at $33.50 per ticket.

We are working to bring you information for shows
in Athens, OH; Cleveland, OH; Baltimore, Md
and Greensburg, PA
More shows will be added to the schedule, so stay tuned.

The Crew of GDTSTOO


"Now you would not think to look at him
but he was famous long ago
for playing the electric violin
On Desolation Row"

Bob Dylan
So, what does irenie and Britney Spears have in common?
We both had baby boys on 9/14! My baby just turned 11 on Wednesday..He got some new dual screened hand held gameboy thing along with the stuff that goes in it including some sort of cyber dog thing. Scott took him to the Giants game and Linda-she goes to almost every game- talked someone into giving Noah a ball that fouled into their section. Linda, I owe you one!
Little do my kids know it, but sometime this weekend an old canine friend is coming for an extended visit..The younguns will be ecstatic...Scott and I are looking forward to it too!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Who loves Passion Flowers?


Monday, September 12, 2005

Forty Freakin Niners!

Scotto went to the game and was too tired to head back north afterwards to the Sweetwater but at least his team won!

"The Weema Woppas"

9/11/05 - Sweetwater, Mill Valley, CA

1- You Ain't Goin Nowhere, Something You Got, Confidential, Brickyard Blues, I Got To Find Somebody*, My Babe*, Maggie's Farm**->Big River**, Last Fair Deal Gone Down*, Mama Tried**

2- Whole Lotta Love (tease), Solitary Man, Come On (Part 1), You Won't Miss What You Can't Measure, St. James

Infirmary->Pass Out The Hatchets->Born To Be Wild (verse)->Keep On Poppin' That Shine, On Broadway->Do You Feel Like We Do***, The Word->Talk Talk (chorus), Black Is Black, Iko Iko

E- Instrumental****, Sympathy For The Devil, Gloria->Uptight (Everything's Alright)->Gloria

* - with Bob Weir - guitar
* *- ...and lead vocals
* **- Camile vocal - doing the Frampton guitar/voice thing.

Grateful Dead Tour Bus Ends Long, Strange Trip at Volo Auto Museum

VOLO, Ill., Sept. 12 -- After years of neglect, the Grateful Dead's original tour bus has been restored and placed on display at the Volo Auto Museum in Volo, IL.

"She was the sound bus, the caboose, number five in a caravan and unofficially the party bus where the guys relaxed with their friends after the show," said Butch Patrick, owner of the bus and former child actor best remembered as Eddie Munster on television's "The Munsters."

Jerry Garcia and his band mates called the 1965 Gillig bus "Sugar Magnolia" and used it to tour the country from 1967 to 1985.

All of the original furnishings and decor have been preserved. The ceiling is lined with hundreds of vintage rock posters featuring The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Janice Joplin and others who visited the bus.

As is the case with most of the cars at the Volo Auto Museum, the bus is for sale. The asking price is $200,000, Patrick said.

The museum is home to the world's largest collection of muscle cars and The George Barris TV & Movie Car Collection, featuringGrandpa Munster's Drag-U-La, the original Batmobile, General Lee, and other famous cars.

The museum is located in Volo, IL and open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult admission is $7.95. Special rates are available for children, seniors, active military, and veterans. Visit or call (815) 385-3644 for more information.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

I think this is the link I've been looking for

The Jazz Foundation of America was just named the Coordinator for the New Orleans Musicians Clinic as well as other groups in the Gulf Area who are helping the musicians in New Orleans.

List of Musicians who have been located:

Please donate to the Jazz Foundation:

Update from the Director:

Hello Good People:

I am going down to Lafayette, Baton Rouge and a few other places where musicians are stuck without anything. The latest report I have gotten is that there are 150 musicians in Lafayette alone. My wonderful sister organizations, including the New Orleans Musicians Clinic (N.O.M.C.) have reported there are so many musicians without instruments, many need sax and trumpets, and drums seem to be in the majority of their requests.

We have started a drive so please:

Send instrument donation responses to:

For $$ donations to N.O.M.C. in Lafayette:

The New Orleans Musicians Clinic in exile now and trying to raise funds to rebuild. They are being housed temporarily in Lafayette with a medical facility already in place but need to rebuild the clinic.

The Jazz Foundation is funding the N.O.M.C. for a gig idea Bethany had to pay the musicians stuck down there, to play for their fellow shelter-mates.

The JFA will be funding 1,000 gigs for them in Lafayette to play for the shelters, which will provide decent work for 100 musicians.

Some of the musicians I have heard from are much older and dealing with unbelievable situations where there are 9 people in a hotel room, children included, the food stamps are slow to come and they have no cooking facility in the room so they are eating out of cans and they are even grateful for that because before the foodstamps arrived, there was nothing.

We have also learned that there are musicians who don't want to leave the shelters and settle somewhere for fear of never finding family members who they have been separated from.

Now, more than ever we will be needed to:

* create employment opportunities (as we did after 9/11 with our Jazz in the Schools program in NYC which employed over 400 musicians a year)

* rebuild lives

* to house them (E*TRADE Financial Group just gave $100,000 to go directly to a first month's rent for our New Orleans & Delta displaced musicians)

* put food on their tables

* keep them from eviction and homelessness

* pay phone bills and keep the electricity turned on

* offer pro bono legal services as well as our pro bono network of physicians and specialists

We are also currently working on a national project that would employ hundreds of New Orleans area musicians while bringing New Orleans to the World.

As mentioned above, through the New Orleans Musicians Clinic (N.O.M.C.) we will be employing musicians to play at nearby shelters to lift spirits, repair and replace instruments, repair their souls by taking the time to have long talks on the phone, seven nights a week, and keeping spirits up when it seems that all is lost

The Jazz Foundation of America, in a very personal way, has changed and saved hundreds of lives and homes over the years.

With 35 musicians a week coming to us BEFORE the hurricane, we need to ask everyone to remember, that especially now, we cannot drop our elderly clients in crisis around the country who are also going hungry, or about to be evicted, and at the same time, we must be there for our suffering musicians in the South, so we truly need you now more than ever.

When I return I will have the names of other organizations who will need our help. In the mean time, bless you for helping us and helping them.

Other Organizations helping the musicians:

NOAHLEANS is a group that is gathering the New Orleans musicians and making them available for gigs. This organzation is in Texas and can found at:

Musicians can go to Musicares as well for assistance:

09-10-05, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA [Sat]

I: Monkey Meet > Falling Through The Bottom Line, Creepin' Vine > Hold Back The Flood > River Run, Go Back > Texas Chainsaw Massacre [tease], Look-Ka Py Py > Fortune Teller > Look-Ka Py Py, Waiting For The Rain* > Jump Into The Fire*, Little Red Rooster**, The Race Is On**, Deal**

II: Down in the Flood, You Can't Do That > Seven Devils > Diamond Joe > Do Re Mi > Diamond Joe, Parchman Farm, What Would I Do, Everybody Ought To Treat A Stranger Right > Over Under Sideways Down [tease] > Everybody Ought To Treat A Stranger Right

E: Nightmare On The Misery Train > Take Your Dead Ass Home

* w/Bob Weir on guitar
** w/Bob Weir on guitar and vocals


The Greek!

Come by and say 'Hi"!

Hope for Kepler's!

Did you know you can listen to past Rex benefits? Go to the site and click on the archives link

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Nice photos and other stuff to see are here
I'll add Bobstar content later on...Just stopping by to assure ya I'm all good.
Back to work for me last week and I was more unprepared for it than I expected. Part of the prob is that all my Rainbow Bears & Sunflower parent info/hand out templates are in my old computer and so I ended up designing all new stuff and printing them out at night @ home. There were 4 daze of Teacher/staff meetings in the mornings, afternoons were devoted to setting up classroom-washing toys, decorating the walls, putting stations together,cleaning stuff yada-yada. One evening was an open house for my 2 year old group "The Sunflowers". The 3 year olds all came in on Friday to see the room and meet me and my support teacher- Kristi. Kristi is awesome, I'm glad to be working with her. She's in her mid twenties and looks like an all American cheerleader, with Tigger like energy. The dads immediately gravitated right over to her..Moms generally like me- someone described me as the " a creative Jewish Earth Mama type" While they couldnt be more WRONG-(lol on the Earth mama!) it's a vibe that works well with hormonally unbalanced/sleep deprived(1/2 my mamas are preggers or lactating)young mothers.
Still, I managed to head up to SF yesterday..This time I drove in. Mission was to drop off all those guitars to the Rex office. I had been there before to drop off lavender sachets, that time I drove in circles for about 45 minutes before I could find them (Hey, the presidio is beautiful but enormous. Didnt take quite so long. The guitars were well received and I caught a glimpse of other goodies piled up...good stuff! Certainly, they were extremely busy trying to return calls about tix. Wish them well- they are pretty upset too.
I've got another funny little project I'm working on for CAT...I'm on my own with this one and will post more about it after the event.

Friday, September 09, 2005

From October 14-22, Jemimah Puddleduck
is doing a rare tour of the east coast with the John Ginty Band

Jemimah Puddleduck, based in San Francisco, is made of some of the most sought after musicians, both live, and in the studio. Their “day jobs” with top touring acts prevent them from playing often together, so this quarterly collaboration is making a short tour of the east coast to repay their loyal fans. JP is:

Mark Karan (RatDog, The Other Ones) on guitar/lead vocals
John Molo (Phil & Friends, John Fogerty) on drums
(Grammy winner w/ Bruce Hornsby & The Range)
JT Thomas (Bruce Hornsby) on keys
(Grammy nominee this year with Bruce Hornsby)
Bob Gross (Albert King, Delaney Bramlett) on bass/vocals

The John Ginty Band is fronted by Grammy- winning B-3 man John Ginty. John toured and recorded for years with Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and was on the Grammy winning “Higher Ground” by the Blind Boys of Alabama. In addition, he has been touring all this year with Citizen Cope and has recorded in the past with Sheryl Crow, Jewel, Santana, and Whiskeytown. With John on the keys, he’s joined by Mike Buckman- Bass; Dave O’Donnell- Guitar; John Hummel- Drums; Paul Gerdts- Vocals; and Dave Heddon- Percussion.

Fresh from Bonnaroo, summer festivals, and tours all over the US and Europe, these musicians are joining forces from October 14 to 22 to bring rootsy rock n roll with their eclectic covers and own originals. We have invited several special guests to join us throughout the tour, which will culminate in a live album recording/DVD shoot. Additional live radio and prerecorded interviews and performances are scheduled throughout the week.


Friday, October 14- (TBA- Maryland/PA/VA area) A Forever Family Presents show

Saturday, October 15- (TBA- Maryland/PA/VA area) A Forever Family Presents show

Tuesday, October 18- Joyous Lake, Woodstock, NY $15, 9:30 pm, 21+ 888.679.1969

Thursday, October 20- Brownie’s 23 East, Ardmore, PA, $15/$12 adv, 9 pm, 21+ 610.649.8389
Splintered Sunlight acoustic opener,

(Tickets for these shows are available by calling the venue directly or stopping by.)

Friday, October 21 & Saturday, October 22- Denville, NJ
The Fireside- 9 pm and 21+
Tickets available via paypal/credit card here:
Or you can send a SASE with a check or money order for $15 per ticket to:
"Mark Karan", PO Box 961, Fairfax, CA 94978.
Please indicate Friday or Saturday or both on your request.
While we hate ticket fees, we do love a good cause, so a portion of the proceeds from these two shows will benefit the Jersey Jams Fund:

Fireside poster on our site by Mike Buckman
(also the bass player in the John Ginty Band)

Visuals at the shows by Sonny Melnick

Photos by Alan Hess:
(he also did the flyer you saw at the festivals last month)

Support from the fans. Thank you!!!!!

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Dear Ratdog Live customer,

Just a quick note from all of us at MunckMix to thank you for your interest in Ratdog Live, and to let you know about an opportunity to support the victims of hurricane Katrina.

The music community of New Orleans has suffered beyond comprehension. In addition to losing family, friends, band mates, homes and belongings, thousands of local musicians have also lost their livelihood. Instruments, equipment, and studios have been destroyed, as have music stores, bars, clubs, and concert venues where musicians earned their living.

In addition to live recordings by Ratdog, The Dead, Bruce Hornsby, and Dark Star Orchestra, MunckMix is also producing the live recordings from the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. To help return the creative musical soul to New Orleans, we are releasing the 2005 Jazz Fest Live Compilation Album and donating profits to the MusiCares® Hurricane Relief Fund - an "organization set up so music people impacted by hurricane Katrina can get help". Many of the artists on the 30 track, 3-CD album are New Orleans based and could sorely use the royalties they earn from the album, and artists not based in New Orleans have offered to donate their album royalties to MusiCares® as well. Thus, the music community of New Orleans will benefit directly from the sale of this album.

It is our hard held belief that the "Crescent City" will rise again and continue its heritage of enriching millions of people's lives through its music. Surely, it will require a monstrous effort, but with everyone's support we shall no doubt see the return of its people, its talent, its traditions, and its music community.

Thank you for your support.

Peer Munck

Monday, September 05, 2005

Hippy Bertha to my Pop!

...And also to {{Adrienna}}
Hearing good things about the NH Ratdog show..Adding that to my wishlist.
I've seen a lot of great photos of the recewnt shows. Check Dozin.Com's pix. They hadnt put em at the site just yet but some of the shots are bound to be up on the dot org photosite.
Quick Bobby fix

Just ireniestuff below....
Managed to drag myself away from the TV & computer coverage of the flood.
Friday, returned to SF for the weekly walkabout. Met a friend at BART and we headed down 24th (the South Van Ness direction)
Our first stop was at the Mission Cultural Center which was a multifloored maze of studios. They were in the process of setting up a new exhibit, but we wandered through anyway. What a great place to create art.
Visited the Precita center -a combo of a gathering space for muralists and a supply shop. One can also go there to find a guide-a docent or a brochere-to see the murals. It's next door to Balmy Alley which is full of murals.
One mural depicting violence in Africa borrowed a quote from Yeats which so struck me wrt the whole delay with getting help to the Gulf region:
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, the blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned;
All in all, the murals were totally inspiring. Scott's been after me to do something in the den...I think it's because the wallpaper is driving him nuts- it doesnt really bother me.
Other fun finds in that part of the Mission were a high quality Mexican craft gallery/store and Phil's organic coffee shop.
Home again and back into CNNland for Larry King...Was glad to see Irvin Mayfield (Sat in with Ratdog 2000,NOLA)is okay but sad that he was/is missing family members. He said something about starting a collection of instruments to give to the street musicians of NOLA who lost everything..If anyone out here knows anything more about that- please fwd the info to me. We may be able to help out with that.
Rest of the weekend has been busy. Had a party to go to last night and today we checked out the King Mountain Art fest (located in Woodside).

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Mazel Tov Bobby!

From MIJ-
Dead's Weir wins Mill Valley art award
Staff Report

The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir has been named one of the five recipients of this year's Milley Awards from the City of Mill Valley Art Commission.
Nice show photos here!
and also Here!
Review off of Deadnet-
Debess - 07:52am Sep 3, 2005 PDT (#91 of 94)
walk into splintered sunlight

last night's show totally hit the spot for me.. loved it

the show was bookmarked with a couple of really specials - Jack Straw with Hornsby and Bobby trading verses.. nice! , and the closing Ripple with 5 part harmony.. 5Xnice!!

for Jack Straw, with binoculars, I could position so that Hornsby was on one end, Weir at the other, Kenny unfocused in the middle - great perspective on the song! - the 2 singers were having a BLAST singing this together. COuld see it in their faces.

Dark Star seemed Light rather than Dark, meaning the feelings invoked

Lazy River Road was the highlight for me - I tend to work through feelings and bring events with me in my mind to shows - whether it was meant or not by the musicians, from this point on I was thinking about New Orleans. Lazy River Road was done like a New Orleans funeral, starting off with the sad slow plodding down the street with the casket evolving into the raise the umbrellas up and down and spin around in delight joyful heaven-bound spirit feeling. All the solos done in the first part felt dirge-like in their approach - not saying that in a bad way at all - emotion-filled and inspired they were - starting off with Jeff's, then Kenny's then Mark's, Bobby's - all filled with deep feeling - then the tempo picked up and carried me upward.

I'm not sure what Chez means by Stuff 5 or Chasing Spooks, but somewhere in that Sugaree part of the show there were some veryvery stong hints of the Other One - like it was all played except for the words. I Loved It!

I had lawn tickets but never made it up to the lawn - was standing right outside the pavillion entrance with a GREAT view of the stage and GREAT sound. A good group of spinning dancers out there too. nice! From where I stood, the musicians facing my direction were Jeff, Kenny and Bobby - primo! - and the other 3 I looked at in profile.

through the transitive nightfall of diamonds had me leaning my head back and looking up into the dark sky filllllllled with stars - the constellation Cassiopia was directly overhead.

Chez mentions Hard Rain was on the setlist, replaced by FOTD - Hard Rain woulda been awesome, but so was FOTD.

I don't know why I waited till the last minute to decide to go - I guess I wanted a whole show of just RD - but this show fulFilled! I am SO glad that I went last night. I do so love to hear and dance to Bobby's playing. It was just wonderful last night.

New band Ratdog has wings, says Dead guitarist
The Stamford (Conn.) Advocate

It has been 10 years since Jerry Garcia's death put an end to the Grateful Dead.

For Bob Weir, Garcia's fellow guitarist for more than 30 years, it's hard to think of the past decade in terms of time.

"One moment, it seems like yesterday, and in another, it seems like eons ago," he says.

The remaining members of the Grateful Dead have stayed musically active and occasionally team up together (they did last summer as The Dead), but none has shown Weir's dogged determination.

When Garcia died in August 1995, Weir's band, Ratdog, was starting to take form as a side project that, like the Jerry Garcia Band, would tour when the Dead wasn't on the road. Soon after, it became his focus and took several years and lineup changes to find its shape. In putting together a band, Weir wasn't looking for musicians who knew the Dead's repertoire inside out. Instead, he wanted players who would bring a new approach to his own and the Grateful Dead repertoires, in addition to the songs they would write as Ratdog. Ultimately, he found them.

"I tapped into a well of good musicians who were fun to play with, a lot of whom came from the jazz vein, there's a healthy one in San Francisco," he says. "That made sense to me. I knew I was going to get players with wings. I kept going to that well."

Ratdog's lineup is Weir, guitarist Mark Karan, saxophonist Kenny Brooks, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, bassist Robin Sylvester and drummer Jay Lane, an original member.

Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers play with Ratdog and aren't strangers to Deadheads. When Grateful Dead keyboardist Brent Mydland died in 1990, Hornsby joined the band to help the transition for new keyboardist Vince Welnick. He stayed until the summer of 1992 and would continue to sit in with the band and its various offshoots. (Hornsby performs Sept. 16 at the University of Notre Dame's DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts.)

When asked if he plans to collaborate with his old friend, Weir is emphatic.

"Hell yeah," Weir says. "I was going to give him a buzz today and see if he has any notions. ... I had the notion of just seamlessly flowing from his set to ours, removing one of his guys and putting one of our guys onstage. ... The band changes slightly over every few minutes. But that wouldn't give the audience the break it needs, but we might try it once or twice. The situation is rife for borrowing musicians."

A common misconception is that the Dead's albums were always afterthoughts to the concerts. With decades to rethink them, several of the studio albums -- particularly "American Beauty" and "Workingman's Dead," both from 1970 -- are considered classics.

Ratdog has toured consistently for a decade with only 2000's "Evening Moods" as its recorded output. Weir realizes the band is overdue for a new disc -- and batch of songs -- but says a two-year renovation of his home has kept him out of his home studio, where he normally writes.

In concert, Ratdog encompasses the span of Weir's career. Set lists include songs from the Grateful Dead, Weir's solo career ("Ace," "Heaven Help the Fool" and "Bobby & the Midnites") and Ratdog originals.

Weir was born Oct. 16, 1947. He began playing with Garcia and Ron "Pigpen" McKernan as Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions in 1963. As the jug band switched toward a more psychedelic sound that would incorporate many forms of American music, the group became the Warlocks and eventually the Grateful Dead.

Just as the band was forming its own sound by mixing elements of rock, rhythm and blues, bluegrass and country, Weir took a distinct approach to rhythm guitar. He drew his inspiration from classical composers including Stockhausen and Debussy and jazz pianist McCoy Tyner.

"I wanted to play music, and I'm sort of an iconoclast by nature," he says. "I want to squeeze all the music out of that instrument as I can. All that stuff that's been done as rock 'n' roll guitar has been done. It's not my job. I just want to try to expand the horizons a little bit for my own satisfaction."

Popular opinion has marked this year as the 40th anniversary of the Grateful Dead, but to the surprise of Deadheads, the living members of the band are doing nothing to commemorate it. According to Weir, he will play with his former band mates again sometime down the line.

Despite its absence from the stage this summer, the Grateful Dead organization seems omnipresent. Live recordings regularly are released through the "Dick's Picks" series and other ventures. The estate of Jerry Garcia also is catching up for lost time by releasing recordings and DVDs of his musical ventures outside of the Dead with the "Pure Jerry" series.

For the "Dick's Picks" series and archival material released on Rhino records, the band allows others to decide what is put out -- not surprising since the band allowed fans to record their concerts for years, letting people hear performances with peaks and flaws.

"I have veto power, but I don't ever expect to use it," Weir says. "I don't have time to do it, nor the interest. The benign neglect approach to that is the best one. We'd get too bogged down in the process."

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Kepler's Closes :o(

> Thursday, September 01, 2005
A California Institution Shuts Its Doors
Kepler's Books and Magazines in Menlo Park, Calif., one of Northern California's oldest and most venerated stores, has unexpectedly closed after what turns out to be several years of financial struggle. The closure was reportedly announced at a staff meeting yesterday morning with owner Clark Kepler, where he said the store would be filing for bankruptcy today.

In its 50 years, Kepler's was a premier independent that served Stanford and the peninsula region--which includes Silicon Valley--south of San Francisco. A sign posted on the door expressed gratitude to customers and cited "the economic downturn since 2001 [which] has proven to be more from which we can rebound."

Many in the Bay Area expressed shock yesterday, with the NCIBA's Hut Landon calling it "a tremendous loss." Named PW's Bookseller of the Year in 1994, Kepler's had expanded in 1989 and made management and other changes to fend off the onslaught of the chains during the '90's while retaining much its indie feel. The store attracted a list of heavy-hitters; upcoming appearances were to have included Alan Alda and Salman Rushdie on October 3. Signs for these events were still in the store's darkened windows yesterday.

About a dozen of the 50 former employees gathered outside the store yesterday. Cynthia St. John, a bookseller and buyer, said Kepler "was clearly devastated," while in a separate interview, Michael Tucker, owner of Books Inc, a local independent chain, said he had "no inkling that this was coming." Clark Kepler could not be reached for comment.

Gemini posted this url and I pretty much am in agreement with Foamy
Jerry covers Bob Dylan

No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
A Martin Scorsese Picture
Bob Dylan Opens Archives For The Film, Which Features Previously Unreleased Footage From Dylan's Groundbreaking Live Concerts, Studio Recording Sessions, Outtakes, And Interviews
In an event that has brought together Bob Dylan and Martin Scorsese, NO DIRECTION HOME: BOB DYLAN, a production of Spitfire Pictures, Grey Water Park Productions, Thirteen/WNET New York and Sikelia Productions, in co-production with Vulcan Productions, BBC and NHK, will make its U.S. broadcast premiere on Thirteen/WNET's award-winning AMERICAN MASTERS series Monday and Tuesday, September 26-27 at 9 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings). Part One will also premiere on September 26 in the UK, on BBC Two on the internationally prestigious series ARENA, closely followed by Part Two. This will be a historic collaboration between the world's two principal public broadcasters, brought together in a production forged by independent producers Spitfire Pictures. Paramount Home Entertainment will also release a DVD version of the documentary with extensive, additional, never-before-seen footage on September 20. Apple will present the DVD and international version of NO DIRECTION HOME: BOB DYLAN, and is the corporate underwriter of the PBS broadcast.
The two-part film, which focuses on the singer-songwriter's life and music from 1961-66, includes never-seen performance footage and interviews with artists and musicians whose lives intertwined with Dylan's during that time. Dylan talks openly and extensively about this critical period in his career, detailing the journey from his hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota, to Greenwich Village, New York, where he became the center of a musical and cultural upheaval, the effects of which are still felt today.
For the first time, The Bob Dylan Archives has made available rare treasures from its film, tape and stills collection, including footage from Murray Lerner's film Festival documenting performances at the 1963, 1964 and 1965 Newport Folk Festivals, previously unreleased outtakes from D.A. Pennebaker's famed 1967 documentary Don't Look Back, and interviews with Allen Ginsberg, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Maria Muldaur, and many others. In anticipation of the film, members of Dylan's worldwide community of fans also contributed rarities from their own collections.
NO DIRECTION HOME: BOB DYLAN, A Martin Scorsese Picture, comes on the heels of Dylan's bestselling memoir, Chronicles: Volume I, which spent 19 weeks on The New York Times Hardcover Non-Fiction Bestseller list.
In addition to being the director of such dramatic films as Raging Bull, Goodfellas and The Aviator, Scorsese is an avid chronicler of the history of American popular music. Most recently, he executive-produced the music miniseries The Blues, which aired on PBS, as well as the related concert film Lightning in a Bottle, directed by Antoine Fuqua. Scorsese also directed the documentary The Last Waltz (1978), which captured the legendary farewell concert of The Band, and he served as an assistant director and editor on Woodstock (1970).
In discussing his excitement about the current project, Scorsese remarked, "I had been a great fan for many years when I had the privilege to film Bob Dylan for The Last Waltz. I've admired and enjoyed his many musical transformations. For me, there is no other musical artist who weaves his influences so densely to create something so personal and unique."
Along with Scorsese, NO DIRECTION HOME: BOB DYLAN is being individually produced by Jeff Rosen of Grey Water Park, Nigel Sinclair of Spitfire, Anthony Wall of the BBC's Arena series, and Susan Lacy of Thirteen/WNET New York's AMERICAN MASTERS series, which has won the Emmy for Outstanding Primetime Non-Fiction Series five of the last six years.
"When we first began discussing this project years ago, we were overwhelmed by the material at hand - home movies and history-making concert footage, fascinating interviews with Dylan's friends and fellow performers and, of course, Dylan himself, speaking so frankly about this incredible period in his life," said Lacy, series creator and executive producer of AMERICAN MASTERS. "What we needed - above all - was an artist with a singular vision who could fuse this material into a unique visual narrative. That artist was Martin Scorsese, who graciously agreed to direct."
Added Spitfire's Sinclair: "Bob Dylan is a true cultural worldwide icon. This is the first time Bob has given this unprecedented access, which, coupled with Marty's outstanding filmmaking talents, should provide an unparalleled portrait of Dylan's indelible mark on the culture of the 20th century."
"This is history," said Wall, ARENA series editor. "As Dylan's extraordinary career is building to another great peak, it's also a milestone for the BBC and PBS."
The film's soundtrack will be a double CD set comprised of key songs in the film as well as rare and unreleased recordings from 1961 to 1966. Volume 7 of Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series, No Direction Home: The Soundtrack, is slated for release August 30, on Columbia/Legacy Records.
The Bob Dylan Scrapbook 1956-1966 will be published by Simon & Schuster on September 20 and sell for $45. The book features Dylan's early years, illustrated and packaged in a slipcased scrapbook complete with rare photographs, removable documents, reproductions of memorabilia, and a 45-minute CD. This unique book features interviews, archival photographs, and reproductions of song lyrics, plus other rare materials drawn from the film.