Wavy Gravy To Celebrate 80th Birthday With ‘Unlimited Devotion’ Weekend In Pennsylvania


Counter-culture icon Wavy Gravy’s 80th birthday will be celebrated with another pair of events in Pennsylvania this weekend. The affable hippie clown activist will be honored with a weekend-long “Unlimited Devotion” celebration which includes “An Evening of Goodness” at the Main Line Art Center in Haverford on Friday, June 10 featuring a meet and greet with Wavy – who will be presenting his extensive Grateful Dead poster collection – and music by Grateful Dead tribute band Splintered Sunlight. The gallery will be open for viewing during the day Saturday, June 11 and The Bryn Mawr Film Institute will screen The Wavy Gravy Movie: Saint Misbehavin’ documentary followed by a Q & A with Wavy and the film’s director Michelle Esrick.

Saturday evening the Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore will host a benefit concert for The Rex Foundation featuring guitarist John Kadlecik & The Terrapin All-Stars made up of Grahame Lesh and Scott Guberman of the Terrapin Crossroads Terrapin Family Band and Klyph Black of the John Kadlecik Band. Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead), Mark KaranKenny Brooks (RatDog), members of Splintered Sunlight and others will also be performing as special guests.

“I have this beautiful, unique and interesting collection and so few people get to see it, I wanted to share it with people who I know will truly love it,” said “Unlimited Devotion” organizer Scott Shapiro. “That, and I have received so much from the Grateful Dead that this is my way of giving something back. For 50 years it has been remarkable, so now I’m lucky enough to do something good. Not everybody gets that chance.

“Come and enjoy the art, the food and drink, the fabulous music and our generous sponsors. Wavy will be in the house and if you have not met him, he is one of life’s greatest gifts. The Rex Foundation does amazing stuff for people in need and, if we fill the place up, the contribution I will be able to make will be incredibly meaningful to so many people. At the end of the day, that’s what I’m obsessed with.”

Tickets for “Unlimited Devotion” in Haverford are available here, while tickets for the Saturday night concert at Ardmore Music Hall are available here.