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Thugz celebrate Jerry Garcia’s birthday by once again resurrecting the Dead

Thursday, August 1st, 2013 | Posted by

The Thugz performing at the Rio Nido Roadhouse on Bob Dylan night

The Tribal Hippie UnderGround Zone (aka the THUGZ)  will bring the Dead back to life with a celebration of  Jerry Garcia’s 71st  birthday at the Rio Nido Roadhouse from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the evening of Saturday, August 3.

The user-friendly and beloved local band will be certain to cause a Ripple in every Friend of the Devil who comes Truckin’ on down to revel in the festivities as the THUGZ  play exclusively all Jerry/Grateful Dead tunes  for the benefit of the Rex Foundation,  $7 cover charge.

Jerry Garcia

Jerry Garcia

Proceeds go to the Rex Foundation which provides grants to worthy arts, ecology and social programs. There will be raffles and prizes, dining and dancing at one of the lower River’s most unique venues. Unique because of an outdoor stage, a spacious dance floor, an excellent sound system, imaginative lighting and Adirondack chairs a-plenty scattered about an expansive lawn which butts up against the establishment’s swimming pool. Diners may eat indoors, in the attached, covered pavilion or while seated comfortably at an outdoor  picnic

table or in a chair.This is the Roadhouse’s 12th annual Jerry celebration and it’s often mentioned that the Dead’s Dark Star was composed on this very site in the 60′s.

It’s also safe to bet the performance will take place against a backdrop of tie dye that is certain to time-trip attendees back into the  Bay Area of the late 60s when the hugely successful Garage Band called the Grateful Dead, which became an icon during their own time and a legend to many, entertained legions of ganja-puffing, anti-establishment denizens of America’s Left Bank, who lived

Thugz Drummer Ian Favell

Thugz Drummer Ian Favell

primarily, to see and hear the Dead. All ages are welcome and the tab is $6.

What is the Rex Foundation?

Established in 1983  by members of the Grateful Dead and friends, the Rex Foundation enabled the Grateful Dead to not only respond to multiple requests for contributions but to provide extensive community support to creative endeavors in the arts, sciences, and education. Since the first benefit concerts held in the spring of 1984 at the Marin Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium,  the Rex Foundation has granted over $9 million to over 1,000 recipients.

The Foundation’s mission is 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

A Well-Seasoned Jerry

A Well-Seasoned Jerry

and ensure their cultural survival, build a stronger community, and educate children and adults everywhere.”

When: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, August 3

Where: Rio Nido Roadhouse, Canyon Two Road, Rio Nido

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