Iconic social activist and “official clown” of the Grateful Dead, Wavy Gravy, will return to Ardmore Music Hall as the guest of honor for Unlimited Devotion: A Weekend of Goodness. This jam-packed weekend will feature star-studded performances from musicians in the Dead community, an art exhibit, screening of the Grateful Dead documentary Long Strange Trip, and more. Proceeds from the weekend will benefit the Rex Foundation and Camp Winnarainbow.
Wavy Gravy hosted his 80th birthday party last June at Ardmore Music Hall and Main Line Art Center as part of the first Unlimited Devotion benefit, which raised over $20,000 for the Rex Foundation. Ardmore Music Hall and the Rex Foundation wanted to continue the momentum from last year, and are honored to bring the countercultural icon back to the Philadelphia Main Line for two days to celebrate the spirit and generosity of the Grateful Dead community.
The weekend kicks off on Friday, June 9th with an exclusive performance from The Wavy All Stars: Steve Kimock (RatDog / Zero); John Kadlecik (Furthur / DSO); Aron Magner (Billy & the Kids / Disco Biscuits); Reed Mathis (Golden Gate Wingmen); Jay Lane (Furthur / Golden Gate Wingmen), Kenny Brooks (RatDog); and Leslie Mendelson (KIMOCK). Starting off the night will be John Kadlecik doing an “acoustilectric” solo set followed by KIMOCK (Steve Kimock, Bobby Vega, Johnny Kimock, and Leslie Mendelson). Reed Mathis and Electric Beethoven will perform a late night set following The Wavy All Stars.
During the day on Saturday, June 10th at AMH, attendees can watch the full screening of Martin Scorsese’s new documentary about the Grateful Dead, Long Strange Trip. Scott Shapiro’s Grateful Dead Collection will also be on display; more than 75 framed and mint condition pieces of Grateful Dead artwork, including a myriad of classic concert posters. 100 percent of the proceeds for this event will benefit the Rex Foundation.
Saturday evening, the music-filled celebration continues with The Gravy All Stars: George Porter Jr. (The Meters); Michael Travis (The String Cheese Incident); John Kadlecik (Furthur / DSO); Aron Magner (Billy & The Kids / Disco Biscuits); Vinnie Amico (Moe.); and Tom Hamilton (JRAD). Both the Wavy and the Gravy All Stars will perform sets of music stemming from Grateful Dead as well as related influences by way of New Orleans, Little Feat, Bob Dylan, and more. Grateful Dead tribute Splintered Sunlight will perform a late night set following The Gravy All Stars.
General admission and VIP single day, as well as 2-night GA and VIP passes, are available through AMH’s website, www.ArdmoreMusic.com/unlimited-devotion. VIP tickets include: meet & greet with Wavy Gravy; screen-printed event poster signed by Wavy; private balcony access, 3 Hour Open Bar (6:30pm – 9:30pm) and complimentary hors d’oeuvres on Friday and Saturday evening; and souvenir laminate.
In the fall of 1983, the Rex Foundation was established as a non-profit charitable organization by members of the Grateful Dead, their friends, and families, to further the long-established tradition of generosity the band was well-known for. Supporting programs that might otherwise be overlooked by mainstream funders, The Rex Foundation offers unsolicited small grants, generally in the $5,000 range, to organizations in the U.S. and beyond who are doing innovative grassroots work in supporting the environment, education, arts for youth, social services, building community and other areas aligned with the Rex mission. Since 1984 the Rex Foundation has granted $8.9 million to over 1,200 recipients.