Life, Music, and the Pursuit of Happiness: A Benefit For the Rex Foundation
Marin Civic Center | San Rafael, CA | 3.28.03

words and photos by John Croxton |

In the fall of 1983, the Grateful Dead established the Rex Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization that enabled the band to provide community support to creative endeavors in the arts, sciences, and education. Rex Benefit shows became yearly staples of the Dead's touring schedule. Current and former Dead members and friends kept that spirit alive with "Life, Music, and the Pursuit of Happiness," a special evening of acoustic music to benefit the Rex Foundation.

Mickey Hart and Friends started off the night with a percussion-heavy set that filled the air of the Marin Civic Auditorium. Bob Weir took the stage shortly after, joined by old and new friends Rob Wasserman and DJ Logic. Bob played a short but inspired acoustic set that included old Dead classics “El Paso,” “Corrina” and “Friend of the Devil,” as well as Ratdog songs like “Bury Me Standing” and “Ashes and Glass.” Bruce Hornsby took the stage last and played a slightly longer solo set that included the ‘80s radio hit "The Way It Is" and "Rainbow's Cadillac," his personal tribute to the Grateful Dead.

True to its name, the evening overall had a warm and positive vibe. I was forewarned that lighting would be less than ideal for a photo shoot, but I took that as a challenge and managed to capture a little bit of the performance in the following photos. Enjoy!

Bob Weir
Rob Wasserman with Bobby

DJ Logic

Mickey Hart

Bruce Hornsby

[Published on: 4/10/03]

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