WHO: Grapefruit Ed, David Gans, Jerry Day 2005 Committee, Excelsior District Residents/Natives.
WHAT: Benefit for Jerry Day 2005. An annual birthday celebration for Jerry Garcia in his childhood neighborhood, the Excelsior District.
WHEN: December 16, 2004 at 9:00
WHERE: Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center - San Pablo and Gilman in Berkeley.
WHY: To raise funds to cover the production costs of Jerry Day.
HOW: Excelsior District Improvement Association, Friends of Mclaren Park, Excelsior Cultural Group, Jerry Day Committee, Tom Murphy (Jerry Day Organizer), Pat Nevins (Grapefruit Ed).

Please join us for a concert to benefit the Jerry Day concert of 2005. Jerry Day is a free Jerry Garcia Birthday Celebration held on the first Sunday of August in Jerry's childhood neighborhood, the Excelsior District. Proceeds from this concert will go to the Jerry Day Committee and the Excelsior District Improvement Association in order to cover the production costs of the Annual Jerry Day Concert.

Performing at this special event will be Grapefruit Ed and special musical guest David Gans, for an evening of full blown electric dance music.

Grapefruit Ed is a brand new band composed of veteran bay area musicians (Vicious Hippies, Buffalo Roam, Deadbeats, Box Set, Dog Name Blue, JC Flyer) all of who share a deep love of Jerry Garcia as well as Bob Dylan and Neil Young and draw their set-list from deep inside the catalogs of these three legendary musicians and songwriters. You can expect the unexpected – true Dead Heads will appreciate their wide range of material along with novice listeners. Tom Murphy (Jerry Day Organizer) states "this band is amazing! I haven't been this excited about a band in a long time! Whether you're a Dead Head or not you will love this band!"

David Gans has been playing music since the seventies. After developing his successful Grateful Dead Radio Hour and having it broadcast nationally, David started to refocus on his musical career in the mid-90s. Needless to say his successful ventures with the likes of Robert Hunter have emerged to make him a singular artist with his own strong identity. That identity can be seen at Ashkenaz!

Come check out this Special Event and support Jerry's Childhood Neighborhood, the Excelsior District, at the Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center on December 16th.

Advance tickets available from the Ashkenaz front desk on show nights or online from Ticketweb or call 1-866-666-8932. Show line: (510) 525-5054 Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center 1317 San Pablo @ Gilman in Berkeley Ample parking across the street in the REI parking lot. Wheelchair accessible. All ages all the time. Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center is a non-profit, tax-exempt community organization supported by patrons, donors, staff, musicians and volunteers. Excelsior District Improvement Association is a non-profit, tax-exempt community organization supported by neighborhood residents of the Excelsior District.

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