Jerry Day in SF
On Wednesday, August 1, the San Francisco Giants baseball team will host a Jerry Garcia-themed park day in honor of the late guitarist’s 70th birthday on August 3rd. Garcia was a San Francisco native, born and raised in the city’s Excelsior District before going on to form theGrateful Dead. The Giants face off against theNew York Mets again tomorrow and the fun starts at 6:00 p.m. with the official game at 7:15 p.m. Unfortunately the game is completely sold out as of today. All-Star Giants pitcher Matt Cain will be the starting pitcher against Jon Niese of New York.
To commemorate Jerry’s big birthday anniversary, AT&T Park and the Giants will host a concert by Moonalice featuring songs by the Grateful Dead before the Giants’ game versus the New York Mets. Each attendee will receive a free Jerry Garcia bobblehead. Word is out that Jerry’s daughter, Keelin, will be tossing out the opening ball. Expect to see more than a few of Garcia’s oldest friends at the stadium, whether in the stands or in the exclusive party rooms.
All ticket proceeds will be donated to the Rex Foundation, a Grateful Dead family-run organization that aims 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.”For more information, check out the event’s website.
Bob Weir will join other rock’n'roll musicians on August 3 to celebrate what would have been Garcia’s 70th birthday. The concert, titled “Move Me Brightly,” will be broadcast for free in HD video from Weir’s TRI Studios in San Rafael. Another event in honor of Garcia is the annual“Jerry Day” being held next Sunday, August 5, 2012, at MacLaren Park in the Excelsior District.