Ever since the Grateful Dead began its legendary career nearly 45 years ago, the band has supported worthy causes that serve to raise awareness, lend support, and make this world a better place.
Continuing this long-standing tradition of community service that has been a hallmark of the Dead and the Deadhead community, The Dead, known as one of the greatest touring bands of all time, has partnered with Charity Folks to auction a limited number of tickets to every stop on their 2009 Spring Tour.
Beginning March 23rd at 3pm EST, Deadheads will have the opportunity to bid on auction packages that include great seats, as well as band-signed limited edition show posters. Other packages will include VIP perks, such as access to the Loose Lucy's Lot Lounge. The Dead will also be auctioning special memorabilia from their vault that you won’t want to miss!
The tour kicks off in Greensboro, North Carolina on April 12th and ends in George, Washington on May 16th with a highly anticipated performance featuring very special guests The Allman Brothers Band and The Doobie Brothers.
Proceeds from the auctions will benefit longtime Grateful Dead-related nonprofits including: The Furthur Foundation, The Rex Foundation, and Unbroken Chain Foundation, among others. (Insert quote from Phil – something along the lines of being excited to align with fans to support the good work of these foundations.)
Each of these organizations have served and supported a wide range of organizations in the many areas where need exists.
This is The Dead’s first tour in nearly five years and the band is excited to be on the road again. The lineup will be the same one that rocked the house last fall at the Obama benefit: The Core Four of Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, joined by guitar monster Warren Haynes and RatDog keyboard ace Jeff Chimenti - both veterans of the 2004 Dead "Wave That Flag" tour.
ABOUT CHARITY FOLKS:
CHARITYFOLKS.COM is an online auction marketplace that has fast become THE place to find one of a kind celebrity experiences, backstage encounters and sold out seats to every major event and show. The proceeds from every auction go directly to charity and since its inception, CharityFolks.com has helped raise millions of dollars for various causes with the help of celebrities and newsmakers such as Julia Roberts, Tiger Woods, David Beckham, Jonas Brothers, Justin Timberlake, President Bill Clinton, Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen and more. www.charityfolks.com
ABOUT FURTHUR FOUNDATION
For nearly 20 years, the Furthur Foundation has been giving money to progressive groups working on environmental and social change issues in the Bay Area and around the world. The foundation focuses on smart-thinking groups that are small and close to their target - groups that know their business, share our politics, and spend the money carefully, without a lot of bells and whistles, overhead, and wasted effort. Working capital is a series of donations from Bobby Weir, given over a decade ago, and donations from good and like-minded people that stream in.
ABOUT REX FOUNDATION
In the fall of 1983, the Rex Foundation was established as a non-profit charitable organization by members of the Grateful Dead and friends. The Rex Foundation enabled the Grateful Dead to go beyond responding to multiple requests for contributions, and provide extensive community support to creative endeavors in the arts, sciences, and education. The first benefit concerts for the Rex Foundation were held in the spring of 1984 at the Marin Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium.
The Rex Foundation mission is to help secure a healthy environment, promote individuality in the arts, provide support to critical and necessary social services, assist others less fortunate than ourselves, protect the rights of indigenous people and ensure their cultural survival, build a stronger community, and educate children and adults everywhere. Since 1984 the Rex Foundation has granted $8.4 million to over 1,000 grassroots programs across the United States and internationally, that might otherwise be overlooked by more mainstream funding entities, yet work in innovative and bold ways to bring about helpful solutions to challenging situations.
ABOUT UNBROKEN CHAIN FOUNDATION
Created in the spring of 1997 by Phil Lesh and friends, the Unbroken Chain Foundation is a nonprofit organization which seeks to perpetuate the long-standing tradition of community service that has been the hallmark of the remarkable three-decade relationship between the Grateful Dead and its audience. The foundation's mission is to generate support for, and public awareness of, groups and individuals that bring hope and inspiration to communities where great need exists, and to create partnerships of people working together for a common good, especially in such areas as the arts, education and the environment.