Today on www.phillesh.net, Phil Lesh posted, "I am very pleased to announce that a dear, old friend will be joining me on stage in Denver. I have played hundreds of shows with this friend, and am thrilled that he will be once again be on the road with me.
"Wolf" was Jerry Garcia's main guitar during the 70's. He played with us during one of the most exciting and musically explosive periods in Grateful Dead history, and always had a special place in Jerry's heart.
In a classic Jerry move, he willed his Irwin guitars to their maker, luthier Doug Irwin. Doug received two of the five guitars - Tiger and Wolf. He sold them at auction in 2002 to help pay medical expenses that he incurred after a serious bike accident.
I am honored and humbled to announce that the current owner of Wolf has donated my old friend to Unbroken Chain Foundation for the purpose of raising funds for worthy causes. We are therefore establishing a new link in the Unbroken Chain- the Wolf Link. Due to our donor's vision, one that I feel sure Jerry would proudly endorse, Wolf will be available for raising funds and making music for years to come. I recently had the opportunity to hold and play Wolf - a spine-tingling experience, as I truly felt Jerry in the guitar.
We will be looking for many ways to share Wolf with the Grateful Dead community. Wolf's first appearance will be onstage with my band at the Denver Fillmore and at Red Rocks. The first fundraiser will also happen in Colorado. We will auction the opportunity to play a song, on Wolf, with my band and me at a very special party. There will also be two lucky people chosen on the basis of their talent to join the party on a Wolf Scholarship.
Phil Lesh by Casey Flanigan
I feel blessed to be able to honor Jerry in this way and see Wolf help better the world that Jerry has transcended." - Phil
Unbroken Chain Foundation is honored to present:
Playin' With The Band - The Wolf Sessions
Created in the spring of 1997 by Phil Lesh & Friends, the Unbroken Chain Foundation is a nonprofit organization that seeks to perpetuate the long-standing tradition of community service that has been the hallmark of the remarkable three-decade relationship between the Grateful Dead and its audience.
Our first Wolf Sessions will be two pre-sound check jam sessions: One at the venerable Denver Fillmore on July 15, 2005 and the other at the spectacular Red Rocks Amphitheater on July 16, 2005.
Those selected will have the pleasure of playing Wolf for a song on stage with Phil Lesh and Friends for a unique and unparalleled experience. After your jam session, you and your guest can watch Phil and the band sound check before you enjoy dinner and the PLF show.
You and one guest will receive the following:
- VIP passes
- Special seating for the concert
- One event poster signed by Phil and the band
- Two event t-shirts
- A photograph of you playing Wolf on stage with Phil
There are two ways to join this event:
1) Donors - Please submit your bid via ebay
This category is limited to two (2) musicians per venue. Bidding starts at $1000.
2) Scholarships - Two (2) deserving musicians will be invited to join the party and play at the pre-sound check with Phil and Friends. The first 50 submissions received will be personally reviewed by Phil. He will select the winners who will be notified by July 5, 2005. To be considered please submit the following which must be received by June 28, 2005:
- A CD that showcases your talent
- A short introductory bio that tells us about your musical experience and reasons for wanting to play Wolf.
Mail your submission to:
Unbroken Chain Foundation
PO Box 10188, San Rafael, Ca 94912
Selection of participants is solely at the discretion of Phil Lesh and Unbroken Chain Foundation. Those selected will be notified by mail, phone and/or email. Please include as many ways that we can contact you as possible.
For winning bidders and those chosen to attend: A limited number of additional tickets for this event are available for purchase for family and friends at $150.00 per person (up to 4 per musician). Tickets include:
- VIP passes
- Special seating for the concert
- One event poster
- One event t-shirt
A selection of songs will be sent to you prior to the event so that you can choose the song you wish to perform.
Any and all travel, lodging and other expenses are the sole responsibility of the winning bidders and those chosen to attend the event. Phil Lesh, Cygnus Productions, or Unbroken Chain Foundation will not be responsible for any delays or inability to attend the event due to travel arrangements, weather or without limitation, any other circumstances.
All of the above is from www.phillesh.net