If you’ve been considering attending an art exhibit, but just can’t seem to find one that’s brought you to your knees like “Bertha,” think about getting “pinky up” with Wavy Gravy at “Unlimited Devotion,” a fundraiser for the Rex Foundation, a non-profit set up by the Grateful Dead that supports “programs that might otherwise be overlooked by mainstream funders.”
Picture it: A weekend full of music, art and friends bookended by a Meet & Greet with Wavy Gravy, a social activist and friend to the Grateful Dead, and a concert at Ardmore Music Hall, 23 East Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, Pa.
“An Evening of Goodness” starts on Friday, June 10 at 7 p.m. Life-long Deadhead and event promoter Scott Shapiro plans to show off his “massive” Grateful Dead Poster Collection at the Main Line Art Center in Haverford, Pa., and friends of the Dead (that’s you!) will help Wavy Gravy celebrate his 80th birthday “East Coast style!” The event includes gallery passes to view the collection, open bar and live music by Splintered Sunlight, a Grateful Dead tribute band. Local food trucks will be on-site in case you have a hankering for Jerry’s Kitchen, Foolish Waffles, The Tot Cart and Weckerly’s Ice Cream.
“Come and enjoy the art, the food and drink, the fabulous music and our generous sponsors. Wavy will be in the house and if you have not met him, he is one of life’s greatest gifts,” Shapiro said. “The Rex Foundation does amazing stuff for people in need and, if we fill the place up, the contribution I will be able to make will be incredibly meaningful to so many people. At the end of the day, that’s what I’m obsessed with.”
If that open bar got ya good and you didn’t get to look at Shapiro’s collection Friday night, the gallery will be open the following day.
“I have this beautiful, unique and interesting collection and so few people get to see it,” Shapiro said. “I wanted to share it with people who I know will truly love it. That, and I have received so much from the Grateful Dead that this is my way of giving something back. For 50 years it has been remarkable, so now I’m lucky enough to do something good. Not everybody gets that chance.”
At 11 a.m. on Saturday, the documentary “The Wavy Gravy Movie: Saint Misbehavin’” will air at The Bryn Mawr Film Institute with the film’s director, Michelle Esrick, A-ing your Qs.
The (arguably) pièce de résistance takes place at Ardmore Music Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday night. The concert will feature performances from guitarist John Kadlecik & The Terrapin All Stars featuring Grahame Lesh (son of Phil), Scott Guberman and Alex Koford of the Terrapin Family Band, and Klyph Black of John Kadlecik Band. Additional guests include Scott Metzger of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Mark Karan & Kenny Brooks from Bob Weir’s RatDog, members of Splintered Sunlight and who knows who else? That’s part of the fun!
Buy your tickets and backstage passes at:
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Rex Foundation and Main Line Art Center.