Phil Lesh and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead to Attend Benefit Evening at the New-York Historical Society

Event Will Raise Funds for the Exhibition The Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New-York Historical Society and for the Grateful Dead Archive, UC Santa Cruz

In support of the new exhibition The Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New-York Historical Society (opening March 2010) and the Grateful Dead Archive, the Historical Society will hold a fundraising reception on Wednesday, October 21, 2009, co-hosted by business leaders Brian Harris, Robert Lapidus, Tom Marano, Billy Procida, Brad Settleman, Emanuel Stern and Marc Warren. Phil Lesh and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead will be guests of honor at the reception, where they and other attendees will have the opportunity to preview select highlights from the Archive.

The Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New-York Historical Society traces the career and achievements of a band that became one of the significant cultural forces in 20th century America. Through a wealth of original artwork and documents including concert and recording posters, album art, large-scale marionettes and other stage props, banners and decorated fan mail, the exhibition will explore the musical creativity and influence of the Grateful Dead from 1965 to 1995, the sociological phenomenon of the Deadheads (the band’s network of devoted fans) and the enduring impact of the Dead’s pioneering approach to the music business. Materials in the exhibition will be drawn almost exclusively from the extraordinary holdings of the Grateful Dead Archive at the University of California Santa Cruz, established in 2008.

When: Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 7:00 p.m.

Where: The New-York Historical Society, Two West 77th Street, at Central Park West

Who: Brian Harris, Robert Lapidus, Tom Marano, Billy Procida, Brad Settleman, Emanuel Stern and Marc Warren, Benefit Co-Chairs; Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, Guests of Honor

Tickets $300 each; 100% tax deductible

For more information or to purchase tickets https://www.nyhistory.org/web/dead_tickets

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