The Rex Foundation continues to help where it’s needed most and 2020 certainly has its share of needed recipients. The charitable organization began by members of the Grateful Dead and Friends in 1983 recently announced that $25,000 from the 2020 Daze Between virtual festival taken place between the late Jerry Garcia’s birthday (8/1) and passing (8/9), will go to the Rex Roadie Fund, a new Rex project in conjunction with Sweet Relief that aims to assist the hardworking touring crews of rock and roll (both at the bands and in the venues) who are out of work due to the pandemic.
The Bay Area’s legendary Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival (which recently pulled off its own virtual version for 2020) has jumped in to match that sum. If you wish to donate please visit here..
The Rex Foundation recently partnered with “Little Kids Rock,” a national nonprofit supporting music education, to record a wonderful version of the Dead song “Touch of Grey” that included such well-known artists as David Hidalgo, Steve Berlin, and Louie Perez from Los Lobos, famed producer/bassist Don Was, Trombone Shorty, Jeff Chimenti of Dead & Co., Billie Strings, and Jay Lane (Primus), as well as kids from LKR’s national music education programs. Check it out below..