Saturday, June 30, 2007

{{{{Healing Vibes for MK}}}}
Can be posted in the following places:

  JP's MySpace page  
We love you Mark!
(((Maile, EK & family)))


Bobby remembers the summer of 67 HERE

Look forward to:
The July 12th issue of Rolling Stone is the second of three dedicated to celebrating the magazine's 40th anniversary. It's filled with stories and reviews from and looking back to 1967, the year known as the summer of love - and the year Rolling Stone first hit the streets. Among the headlining stories in the "Rock & Roll" news section are details of the Grateful Dead's marijuana bust, news of The Beatles' new Apple record label and Bob Dylan's return to the public eye after "18 months of self-imposed seclusion." Among the features in the magazine is an essay by the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir called "LSD Forced Us To Listen to Each Other." The new issue of Rolling Stone will be on newsstands next week...

From mtv news
And who let Scully out of his cage again? articl;e on Dead

Thursday, June 28, 2007


"As many of you know, RatDog's sterling lead guitarist, Mark Karan, is experiencing a health problem.

Said Chief Dog Bob Weir, “The docs want to have a close look at our brother Mark over the next
few weeks, and we're gonna have to go with that. Our old friend Steve Kimock has graciously offered to cover for him for this tour, and so we're thinking we should go with this. We'll be in touch with Mark daily, and if his docs cut him loose, we'll bring him out. The show must go on, I think, in everyone's best interest. Here's to Healing…”
Steve chipped in. “First, I'd like to wish Mark a speedy recovery, and secondly, I'd like to thank Bob Weir & RatDog for this opportunity to serve our music, family, friends and community during Mark's absence. Love is a service done. Gratefully, SK."
Finally, we checked in with Mark. “I really appreciate all the love and good vibes I've received since announcing my need to take a 'healing break.' I'll be very sorry to miss all these great summer shows this July, but I'll be back ASAP and I'm sure my ol' TOO-mate Senor Kimock will do his best to add something special to this run. Keep me in your prayers, and meantime…”Hey, hey…come right away…come and join the party everyday.”
Hmm, good thinking. See you down the road, Milwaukee first. "

On stage Bobboroo interview TRANSCRIPTS (by FLJen) can be read at
Thanks Jen!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

We Love You Mark!

A Message from MK

hey there groovy guys and groovy gals... it's yr ol' pal MK here with some less than stellar news. i will not be joining the boys on this july run thru the good ol' USofA...

my MDs have decided that a lump i've had on my neck for quite some time may in fact be a bigger problem than they originally thought. they can't say it's cancer but they can't say it isn't either (all tests are negative so far but they are still quite concerned).

meanwhile, i have several wonderful healers that believe they can help me a lot with focused attention and hard work... so that's what i'll be doing for the next month. if all goes well... all good. otherwise it's western style surgery and we'll have to wait and see where the dust settles.

so get on out to the shows. they'll be different and i'm sure they'll be fun. if at all possible i plan on joing the boyz for a rockin' good time on the august run.

much love to alla you boneheads!!!

mark karan
Seva Foundation Announces New Executive Director
Mark Lancaster joins Seva after serving as Chair on the Board of Heifer International
Berkeley - Seva Foundation, a donor-supported international development NGO working to build solutions to poverty and disease, has appointed Mark Lancaster as its new Executive Director. Mr. Lancaster brings a wealth of international experience, serving most recently at the Presbyterian Hunger Program, which distributes grants to 30 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He also served on the board of Heifer International for over 15 years, including two terms as Chair, and was instrumental in guiding the organization to achieve dramatic revenue growth and extend its services to more than seven million people in 125 countries.

"I am truly honored to join the Seva Foundation team," says Lancaster. "Seva has a well-earned reputation for creating innovative, sustainable programs that benefit some of the world's most vulnerable populations. But the need for these programs is enormous, so we want to do even more. I'll be working to expand Seva's community of supporters so we can scale-up our investment in new projects around the world."
Seva Foundation was formed in 1978 by an eclectic group led by Dr. Larry Brilliant, a TED Prize winner and currently Executive Director of Operating in nine countries in addition to the United States, Seva provides financial resources and technical expertise to community-based partners carrying out projects dealing with health and wellness, community development, environmental protection and cultural preservation. Widely known for its sight-restoring eye care programs, Seva also works with indigenous communities in Guatemala and Mexico, along with Native American communities here in the U.S.
Dr. T. Stephen Jones, Chair of Seva's Board of Directors and formerly with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says the search for a new Executive Director was an exhaustive, year-long process. "We wanted to find the best possible candidate, someone who is a natural leader and equally adept at organizational development, fundraising and strategic planning," Jones says. "I'm delighted to say we found that in Mark. With his professional expertise and his experience with Heifer, Mark is uniquely qualified to lead Seva's efforts to grow."
Former Congresswoman Eva Clayton (D-NC) worked with Lancaster on several projects, including Joining Hands Against Hunger. "Mark was a trusted colleague in antipoverty work, always looking to address the root causes," Clayton says. "He understands that true solutions need to include the people being served, and he was effective at building genuine partnerships with organizations in developing countries. I think he's a great fit for Seva."
Lancaster's varied career includes several years as the Middle Atlantic Regional Director for the American Friends Service Committee office in Baltimore. He has also consulted on projects in more than 15 countries, including working withHabitat for Humanity in Eastern Europe on board development, with Interaction in West Africa on gender equity concerns, and with Interchurch Medical Assistance as it reorganized its international work.
Seva Foundation, which will be celebrating its 30-year anniversary next year, recently received a Critical Impact Award from The Council on Foundations, a Washington, DC-based association of more than 2,000 grantmaking foundations.
"With all of our past successes, Seva has a great story to tell," says Lancaster. "But we have our eye on the future. We're using the lessons learned over 30 years to increase our capacity to effect lasting change in communities throughout the world."
For more information about Seva Foundation, please visit:
For higher quality photos of Mark Lancaster, click here: Mark Lancaster photos.
Seva Foundation
1786 Fifth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
Phone: 510-845-7382 Fax: 510-845-7410

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Bobby Weir's Bonnaroo interview is up at the Bonnoroo website!
You have to scroll across the squares to find it!
Check it out at

Monday, June 25, 2007

Jski and Band Of Brothers Thursday night @ Ashkenaz!

Thursday, 06/28/07

Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm
Buy tickets online!

Long Beach rock band Delta Nove and Oakland’s Band of Brotherz are featured in the latest installment of Ashkenaz’ Locals’ Night Out series, taking place every other Thursday. Delta Nove’s brand of world funk, captured on five CDs so far, has gained radio airplay across America and in other countries, including Brazil and Japan. The band has toured nationally for the last four years. Delta Nove’s high-energy stage show has generated rave reviews in their Southern California home turf, where they are annually nominated as Best Live Act in the Orange County Music Awards (and won the award, as well as one for Best Jam Band, in 2006). In addition to regular rock instruments, the quintet incorporates steel drums, clarinet, and various percussion as it mixes funk, rock, ska, reggae, Afrobeat, and various Brazilian styles into original songs and jams.

The Band of Brotherz is an underground music collective founded in 2006 by Zachariah Mose, with members coming from Ratdog, Alphabet Soup, and Les Claypool’s Fancy Band. The quintet also features drummer Jay Lane, “wordsmith-horticulturist” Chris Burger, “abstract poet-Zen master” Mic Blake and Oakland rapper Kingpin Rowe. They describe their cutting-edge musical approach and politicized lyric presentation as “Revolutionary Multi-Kultural Urban Music.” Band of Brotherz solidified while recording a song, “Down in Babylon,” for the Hurricane Katrina benefit CD, “Eye of the Storm,” issued by Oakland’s Ella Baker Center. The group’s onstage approach uses, as the band explains it, “hip-hop, live instruments, samples, politics, alien technology, reggae, revolution, bong hits, freedom, poetry, justice, tofu products and world peace.”

Sunday, June 24, 2007

This was fun, this website create a signature for my iTunes library!:
Lots of other fun techological activities on
All can be made Bobby related if you feel creative.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Come one, come all

I'm going tomorrow-

San Francisco still feels the love
Concerts, tours mark 40th anniversary of hippie summer
By BRIAN J. CANTWELL / The Seattle Times

BRIAN J. CANTWELL/ Seattle Times
Tie-dye delights never go out of style at Positively haight Street in San Francisco.
SAN FRANCISCO – The Summer of Love turns 40 this year, and parties are planned. So is this the death knell for Haight-Ashbury's hipness? If 30 was over the hill in the '60s, surely 40 represents a headlong tumble toward an open grave.

Actually, by the time of the Haight district's famed Summer of Love in 1967, when the young and the restless flocked here from all over the nation, the Haight's hippies already were a dying cliché by their own proclamation: They even staged a mock funeral.

But the 40th birthday isn't going uncelebrated. A Labor Day weekend bash is planned for Golden Gate Park, and a July concert reunion brings nostalgic names such as Big Brother & the Holding Company and Jefferson Starship to Monterey, two hours to the south.

Meanwhile, it's easy to stage your own observance with a walking tour of Haight-Ashbury with a guide who's been around long enough to know the neighbors.

"Mommy and Daddy brought me out here from New York to hippie-fy me during the Summer of Love because they thought I was too conservative, and boy did they regret it," said Izu, our 53-year-old guide, who was 14 in '67, and who moved to the Haight permanently in 1971. (Her last name is Interlandi, but she doesn't use it.)

With a tie-dyed skirt and long black hair, she gabbed and laughed nonstop as we wandered the district on the 2 ½-hour Haight-Ashbury Flower Power Walking Tour.

We saw the Victorian house where the Grateful Dead used to live, right across the street from the Victorian where the Hell's Angels motorcycle club used to hang out.

Standing on Ashbury Street between the houses, Izu told us some insider stories:

"A lady from Long Island bought the Hell's Angels house in 1996, and she made it beautiful. It was a dump when the Angels had it. And, every Thanksgiving, hundreds of Hell's Angels still ride by to honor this house, and she comes out to greet them in full black leather. Then they go down to eat together at the People's Cafe on Haight Street."

When Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dead band leader, died in 1995, hundreds of fans showed up at the house at 710 Ashbury. A couple who have owned the house since 1980 were respectful of Garcia's memory, Izu said.

"People came and made an altar up the steps of the house, with candles, crystals and flowers, and the owners carefully walked around everything when they came and went."

In 1967, Hunter Thompson wrote of the neighborhood: "There will always be at least one man with long hair and sunglasses playing a wooden pipe, a hairy blond fellow wearing a Black Bart cowboy hat playing bongos ... and a dazed-looking girl wearing a blouse but no bra." On our walk, I think we passed each of them.

And at the end of the tour, we all got big, sincerely sweet hugs from our guide, who bid us farewell like lifelong friends.


•The 2 ½-hour Haight-Ashbury Flower Power Walking Tour is offered Tuesdays, Saturdays and Fridays. Tickets: $20 per person; 9 and younger free.
Contact: 1-800-979-3370; (click on "walking tour").

•The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society has a free 2 ½-hour High on the Haight Walking Tour, 2 p.m. Saturday. Begins at 231 Frederick St. Information:


•Summer of Love 40th Anniversary is a free musical event planned for Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, Sept. 2.
Information: www.2b1records .com/summeroflove40th.

•Monterey Summer of Love Festival 40th Anniversary Celebration, at the same venue as 1967's Monterey Pop Festival, is July 28-29 in Monterey, Calif.

Information: sfsummerof


San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau: 415-391-2000;


Cover me!

Cover bands that rock!
Yes, DSO is listed also a band Scotto really liked called Australian Pink Floyd....

NICE! NICE! NICE! Nice photos of our favorite guy and his associates over on David Gans' updated photo site!
Click that->

Hot fun in the Summertime!

I hope you have a plan for some (Hot fun this Summer)!
As I mentioned- ad nauseam, Mr S & I will be heading to the So Cal shows.
I'm so excited about San Diego (My mom was born there) I think the last time I was there was for a family reunion in something like 1970? We stayed at the Coronado hotel. I got stuck babysitting my cousins most of the time.
I look forward to seeing if the Humphrey's fabulous premium package is all that. We are to be seated at the fabulous restaurant (part of the package is we eat there before the show) at 4:30pm. After the fabulous dinner (they told me in a phone conversation) we will be lead to our fabulous 2nd row seats, dead Bobby center, and only then will the hot fun in the Summertime be starting!

With a carload of friends, we will head up to LA the next day. I have relatives I must try to visit .
I am actually from Los Angeles- born in Hollywood at Cedars Sinai hospital. I spent entire summers at my grandfolks homes one set lived in the "Miracle Mile" , another set in Beverly Hills . My great grandparents lived next to Fairfax avenue. I had relatives sprinkled all around there. My dad left Los Angeles to attend Hastings in SF in the early 1960's. My mom followed him here. After they got settled, they sent for me. YAY!
Anyhow, I will need to at least see my old haunts and fit a visit in with my newly discovered abuelito
while I'm there. Then it's off to the show!
Until then, it's all about getting the house and yard together....which is taking forever!
But, the price is right and the work that is getting done is solid.
Hopefully the new pool will be installed before Summer ends. That would rock!

I've been working on a few projects.
One of my projects is a 60th birthday gift for Bobby.
It's involving anyone who wants to contribute.
Send me an inquiry and I'll send you the info.
My deadline to acquire everyone's contribution ( not money- just birthday messages) is September 1st.
I'll be bugging everyone to contribute all thru the summer.

A few days a week, I'll be taking Sash into SF for Art classes at the Academy.
Noah and I look forward to wandering aroud SF on the days we bring her to the city. After a few classes, Sash might be able to manuever herself safely around on BART and meet up with us at various locations. We shall see. We have always enjoyed our city outings.
Noah doesnt go to camp til August (tech camp! again). This week, he's been going to a camp that all they do is go to the various water and amusement parks around the Bay Area. He comes home and conks right out. The rest of the summer he is going to start working on Bar Mitzvah preparations. Oh Boy.
Scotters has all his Summer softball leagues coming up (He pitches on a few teams) plus loads of Giants games (like one or two a week) including the upcoming Giants-Yankees game.
I'm working a whopping 9 days this Summer- as an arts & crafts instructor at a day camp. I'm being paid an obscene amount money to do it. It's going to be a great summer!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Bob Weir and RatDog and Keller Williams:

the July shows have all been processed. The
orders for Red Rocks, Santa Fe and San Diego
are in the mail. We will soon also finalize the
show at Councils Bluff, Iowa.

As for Atlanta: When we finally received our allotment
it turned out that we only had a few table seats and
very few box seats. Most tickets are in the terrace.
They seem to be in a decent location, and it's the
best we can do. All these orders are also in the mail.

We have bits and pieces of tickets left for various
of the July shows, particularly Boston and
Charlottesville. If you want to make a late run for
this tour, please email us so we can properly
advice as to availability. Email us at or call us: 415-898-2364

Be aware that we need to close any show about
10 days before its show date.
ABB/RatDog shows:

We will soon start processing these orders hoping to
have them all done by the later part of July. All orders
will be filled.

Tickets are available for all shows but for Camden,
as listed on our web site:
The post office has increased not only the fee for
a regular stamp, now at 41 Cents, but also starkly
increased fees for almost any other service,
so we need to adjust our fee for priority mail:
Domestic US Priority Mail: now $6.00
Canada: International Priority: $8.00.
The $1.00 for regular mail is still OK.
Europe and Japan: International Priority: $9.00

With our thanks to Butch from Tennessee for
covering all the 2 cent stamps.

The Crew of GDTSTOO
Happy Summer Solstice to all

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Did you know that "Grateful Dead and Philosophy" is out and on sale,
I've been looking forward to reading it for quite a while.
Philosopher and author, Steve Gimbel has a blog callled "Philosopher's Playground". There is a link to it on the side to it but why go there when all you have do is click this?->
It's on the top of my list for Summer reading!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Got Any Flies?

Someone on TooBoard dug this up!
Posting it here before my power gets shut down (Electricians are still prepping)

Bobboroonie HIAB!

Relix Bonnoroo report@
Headcount pictures!
My power is going out today!
Don't worry, it's a good thing!
Contracters & electricians are rewiring the kitchen and the backyard- power for the pool, cottage, waterfalls and hot tub!
The backyard novelties have been running more or less with some sort of extension cords.
After this phase, they will put in a gasline to the kitchen for the new stove.
After a year of waiting around, and finally things are happening-it's exciting! - Custom comment codes

Monday, June 18, 2007

Yeah Baby, I had a nice weekend!

Father's Day was a good one.
Started it off by bringing Scotto breakfast in ber. Raisin Bread with cream cheese, a quarter of a honeydew melon, big old egg omelet with prefried Kosher Salami & Monterey Jack with jalopenas in it.
And coffee with 1/2 & 1/2. At some point around 12:30, we got the Bonoroo webstream going on the computer put the Giants game on mute, sat back and enjoyed!
We loved the show. Especially the Minglewood with both Tennesee & SF references in it.

This "Road to Roo-in" blog is a fun read check it out at:

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 2007
What Stage, Manchester TN
Sunday June 17, 2007
Bob Weir & Ratdog:
Jam ->
Help On The Way ->
Slipknot! ->
Minglewood Blues ->
She Says ->
Money For Gasoline
Hell In a Bucket ->
The Other One
Stuff ->
Come Together ->
Throwing Stones ->
Slipknot! ->
Franklin's Tower
Samson & Delilah

Who doesnt love a Grateful Dad?

Hippy Father's Day!

Checky it out!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Happy Saturday!

Head's up:
The new backstage documentary "Monterey 40" (tonight at 9, VH1 Classic and VH1) explains how the fest kicked off the Summer of Love and established rock as an art form alongside jazz and folk. Monterey also defined such legendary talents as Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Otis Redding. The film features new interviews with David Crosby, Michelle Phillips, Pete Townshend, Grace Slick, Paul Kantner, ****Bob Weir****, Micky Dolenz, Ravi Shankar and others.
Click on VH1 Classic at

How's your Concert behavior? guide to concert etiquette

Friday, June 15, 2007

Ala dot org:
June 14, 2007 Canal Room, New York, NY
RatDog Headcount benefit
I: Jam > Shakedown Street > Easy Answers > Baby Blue* > Big Boss Man* > Lucky Enough, Me and My Uncle@, Desolation Row@, West L.A. Fadeaway > Stuff > Jam > Knockin on Heaven's Door > Throwing Stones
E: Bertha

Fun Name Generater here

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Just found out that we'll be able to watch Ratdog @ Bonnaroo!
I believe the webcast will be streamed LIVE via this link->

Just one more day of clearing out my classroom (I'm moving to a new sunnier room) and it's vacation!!!
Last night we went and saw The Police at the Oakland Coliseum (oh the hours we spent inside the...) I like Sting.
It was mostly nice..went on too long. Lots of those eh-oh things, which drove me crazy. I still don't mind Sting. The crowd was freakishly well behaved. Pure Bay Area chill folks. Lots of scary 80's flashbacks. They played songs I didnt think I'd ever remember. I kept waiting for the songs I know I like, but Sting didnt sing those. Scott said it's bec ause those are Sting songs. Oh.

So all day, even after listening to hours of Ratdog while washing toys at work, I am stuck with Police riffs on repeat in my brain.


Good news- someone at the sales office for the LA Greek theater emailed me that I'm moving up on a waitlist for luxury box seats for Bobdog on July 28!!!! I have Pit tix for now- which are totally groovy but I'll be happy to get into a box. Seems it might just be a smoother move because we will be rushing around like crazy in L.A. A box means- nice view, nice sound, some space to space or dance without getting pushed or shoved. We will see.

Bobby & Ratdog played a benefit last nite for (I think) The Farm School in MA.
to see & hear a video of the night visit youtube at
Full setlist is up at
Tonight, Ratdog plays a private Headcount party in NYC!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Thanks to "Neal at the Wheel" who posted this fantastic link to a fun GD set from 1969, Lotsa Bobby tunes! Go listen!

A little something about Bobboroo
Not so much blogging this week as I'm wrappping up the school year with my 3 classes. Today was an end of the year pool party. Tomorrow the last day with students. Thursday & Friday, we'll be packing everything up and getting ready to relocate to a different classroom when school resumes.
Then at last, at long last, SUMMER VACATION!!
This summer, Scott and I will get away for Los Angeles & San Diego Ratdog!
Maybe I'll make it East but no plans set for now.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Nice Mama tried over at

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Mazel Tov to Dave & Allison Rosenberg of, on the birth of their new baby son!

While there may not be the Fantasy setlist game on dot org this tour, the guys over on the Purply Grotto are offering it.
Here's the info:

Here are the categories and scoring. Since roo will be a one set show, here's what we'll do:

if opened with - 5 points
if played in set - 2 points
if played as encore - 1 point

Dylan Slot
if played - 3 points

if played in set - 3 points
if played as encore - 1 point

Break out (1st time the dog ever played)
if played in set or encore - 12 points

Acoustic Tunes (pick 3)
if all three are played in your order - 15
if any are played - 3 points per tune

Jerry Tune (pick 1)
if played in set - 3 points
if played as encore - 1 point

Traditional Tune (pick 1) << this includes iko, stagger lee, etc.
if played in set - 3 points
if played as encore - 1 point

if played as closer - 5 points
if played in set - 2 points
if played as encore - 1 point

if played as encore - 5 points
if played in set - 1 point

Tie Breaker: pick the number of songs played - in the case that two or more people are tied for the win

ok, pm me with your picks and I'll post up the finals sometime Monday.

Stakes...all losers will send the winner a show (cd or dvd) to their liking from your "list."

pm me with your pix...and send me an email to

Another new GD message board


Friday, June 08, 2007

David Gans posted pix from my first Kingfish show at El Camino Park in 75.
First time I noticed who Bobby Weir is!
I was 16 years old and remember saying "He's pretty foxy, for an old guy!"

Exactly 32 years since then!
6-8-1975 Kingfish pix!


Thursday, June 07, 2007

More on the "Losing Jerry" movie:

In Hampton Beach, Deadheads never die
Filmmakers shoot crowds at concert
Py Victoria Shouldis
For the Monitor
June 07. 2007 1:41PM

As the small camera crew filmed the tie-dyed, pony-tailed Grateful Dead loving-crowd at Hampton Beach's Casino Ballroom last Friday night, it was easy to forget that Jerry Garcia had been dead for more than 11 years.

But while Jerry is gone, Deadhead culture lives on. And that's why writer and director Mitch Gamen spent last Friday shooting the crowd at a performance by the Dark Star Orchestra, perhaps the premier Dead-tribute band. It's also why Ganem will spend a good part of his fall in New Hampshire, doing the principal shooting on his film, Losing Jerry.

The film tells the story of a group of friends whose lives intertwine while going on the road to follow Jerry. Ganem, a screenwriter who has worked as a location scout for commercials and movies (including Spider-Man), is a New Hampshire native.

On the day Garcia died - August 9, 1995 - his bandmate

Bob Weir was scheduled to perform solo at the Casino in Hampton Beach. Weir's show went on, and that night, grief-stricken Dead fans from throughout the eastern seaboard made their way to Hampton Beach. Those who couldn't get in to see the sold-out-show gathered along the boardwalks, on the beach and on the streets

Ganem's Losing Jerry ends with that gathering of Deadheads, but as he tells it, the denouement is about much more than grief.
"The Grateful Dead were a band that brought people together, and that's the story to tell. It's about the spiritual connection, about the bonds you make in your life," said Ganem. "These are people who are friends and more than friends - they are family. It's that second family we all form in life. Not the family we come from - we don't really have a lot of choice there, do we? - but the families we make."

Ganem and his crew are working with the state's N.H. Film and Television office, and this fall, they will shoot the bulk of the movie in Hampton Beach, Manchester and other spots throughout the state.

Ganem is openly and firmly a Deadhead, and has been since 1981, when he and four friends piled into a pickup and headed to a Dead show. If you look closely, you can find Ganem in the crowd picture on the inner sleeve of the 1990 live album Dylan and the Dead.

Producer Mark Constance is working to make Losing Jerry a film both meaningful and authentic, which is why the filmmakers found themselves at the Casino Ballroom last week.

"There are two pivotal concert scenes in the movie. We could have hired like 2,000 extras and gathered them in a room and asked them to pretend they were enjoying a Dead show, or we could film at a show with the Dark Star Orchestra and get real people really enjoying the music," said Constance. "The Casino Ballroom and the band allowed us to do this - and it's exactly what we want."

Skip French, 51, of Hopkinton, says he saw the Dead "six or seven dozen times," and last week was his third time seeing the Dark Star Orchestra. He was more than happy to find himself a potential movie star.

"Honestly, there's very little difference in the way Dark Star plays and the way the Dead did," said French. "They get the music right, they get the atmosphere right."

Indeed, the folks in attendance were clearly old-school Deadheads. The once-new T-shirts are now vintage, and the hair has a touch of gray.

But old friends were happy to reunite, and there was a certain communal sense of culture - as well as a scent of patchouli oil - in the air.

The blurring of lines - is it a Dead show or a facsimile? - is just fine with writer Gamen.

"There is something that people who followed the Dead tend to teach - that sense of being in the moment," said Gamen. "We're here in this moment. And this moment? It's perfect."

------ End of article


For the Monitor

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

CACS Pictures are up in Dot org's photo gallery.
On the topic of pix, I received some beautiful ones from Alan Hess's gallery at
I already have them in frames and on a wall!

Monday, June 04, 2007

I'm not sure how to explain the 60 second Rock & Roll tour across America> but click around if you want to check out 710 Ashbury.

The new! is up!
The site is a must see!

Sunday, June 03, 2007

I'm up early to watch Bobby on CBS, 6-7;30 AM , pacific time.
Should be on any minute now.

Thanks Wendysue for thislink to the transcripts!

Sweet old pix

Saturday, June 02, 2007

CACS Benefit!

Ferry Building, Weir, Wass and Lane
Had a great time!

Happy Happy Joy Joy!
There was a problem locating a missing black shoe to go with my outfit. the shoe was located at the last possible minute (in the back of my car!?)
I threw pizza $$ on the table for the kids, dashed out the door , drove down the hill , parked and somehow made it to the train on time.
Scott was already at the SF station when I arrived. We drove down to the Ferry building and chose the nearest parking lot.
Wandered up to the line and into the Ferry building.

Ferry building is like a gigantic Covent Gardens type building. Uber clean. Shopping Mall ish.
Wasnt in the door more than 30 seconds before finding ourselves face to face with various Ratdog crewbies.
Everyone looking happy and relaxed.
The crew guys volunteered their time to work the event.

Scott and I pretty much grazed our way around the building. So many amazing food stations. All sorts of yumness.
And there were complimentary wines and exotic sodas- my favorite was the lavendar soda I made everyone I saw try it. yum!. I could go on and on about the foods and the wines. I drank a lot of wine. CACS supplied etched wine glasses that we could each keep as a souveneir. There were also espresso /coffee stations. And plenty of desserts. Participating restaurants/caterers included several of SF's trendiest-
Angeles Wine Agency
Belvedere Winery
Bi-Rite Creamery
Blue Bottle Coffee
Jim Dodge, Bon Appetit Management Company
Chow Restaurant
Citizen Cake
Coco 500
Crushpad Wine
DRY Soda
Hard Knox Cafe
Hog Island Oyster Company
Miette Patisserie
Recchiuti Confections
Siena Imports
Slow Club

At $45 bucks a ticket- the event was underpriced based just on the spread of fine foods. Amazing food & beverages!
Lots of goodies for the silent auction, but we heard that there would be autographed posters coming up to bid on after RD3's set.
While grazing about we ran into lots of friends and had many enjoyable chats. Nice to see folks dolled up - nice to be dressed like an adult for a change too- though I doubt I'll be making a habit of it.

The KFOG (They play Grateful Dead sometimes) morning DJ- Renee, was the auctioneer. She looks as good as she sounds.
By the end of the live auction, the areas surrounding the stage were getting really crowded. At last Bobby, Wass & Jay were on stage & playing! I didnt make it thru the first song- had to move to the side- I liked the view and the sound was just fine- though I was wondering before how the odd shape of the building would effect the acoustics.

Blackbird, Me and My Uncle, K.C. Moan, Victim or the Crime, Desolation Row, China Cat Sunflower, Even So.

Setlist seemed to be cut short so there would be time for the auctioning of the three sets of posters & disks.
Scott said he'd go for at one of the sets. First up was a poster we already have (2/14). He succeeded in obtaining set 2- St Patrick's Day dog from Penn's Peak.
As you can see, I didnt dilly dally when it came to having it up and hanging.

We hung out a little bit afterwards, then went to get our car from the lot.
Really pretty view of the Bay Bridge and a nice drive by all the touristy spots Pier 39 and the Wharf.
Friends, wine, foods, music, autographed poster and San Francisco, who could ask for anything more?.

Bobby's thoughts on Release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts club Band from an article found at
The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir has arguably the best story about hearing "Sgt. Pepper's" for the first time.
"The Grateful Dead was in New York," the 59-year-old vocalist-guitarist remembers. "It was right before the Monterey Pop Festival. We
were playing the Cafe au Go Go. We had a day off in the middle of that run. Somebody put together a little outing to Timothy Leary's house, so we all hopped into a bunch of cars and we went up there.
"Somebody had the new Beatles album. We listened to it, side one, side two. There was a moment of pause at the end of the last chord of the record, after which Timothy Leary said, 'Well, my work here is done.'"