These pics are a time machine, bringing me back to the very moment. Standing next to, and even getting to know, some of the all time all timers, is surreal. Just a brief flash, then evening over. Did that really just happen? I'll try to fill in some of the backstories.
Bob Weir with necktie
At the Sen. Patrick Leahy (D VT) fundraiser, Washington DC 2005
Mike Falzarano, Bob Weir and David Nelson
Bobby Weir and Senator Patrick Leahy
at the post show, caught this moment with Bob and Senator Leahy (wearing Garcia necktie)
Senator Leahy and Mickey Hart
I've seen many surprising jams, but watching Senator Leahy jump on stage to join Bobby Weir, Mickey Hart and David Nelson on Goin' Down the Road (Feelin' Bad) was almost surreal.
With Senator Leahy
A few minutes backstage with Senator Patrick Leahy (D VT). I presented him two of concerts posters I designed for Rex Foundation events featuring the Dark Star Orchestra and Zen Tricksters with Mickey Hart and Donna Godshaux.
Trey Anastasio: before Comes A Time
One of the most amazing gatherings I've ever been to, was the 10 yr anniversary tribute to Jerry show, Comes A Time in Berkeley University (9/24/05).
We were in the open air backstage area at the Greek Theater, and everyone was getting it together. Literally bumped in to Trey.
Richie Havens at the Jammys
One of the truly great benefits to being involved with Relix Magazine, was access. I was privileged to be backstage for sound checks and other festivities.
The 2004 Jammy Awards at Madison Square Garden, had to have been the highlight event in my short music industry career. I designed the concert poster and branding, and was backstage for half the night. The after party at BB King's was historic.
The evening started about 5:30. I entered MSG from the 8th ave commercial entrance. Not really sure if I could / should, the door was kind of open, so I just walked in. No security or anyone yelling, stop, so i just kept going.
There was a short hallway, and then thick red curtains, and suddenly I was standing on the back of the stage. And, right in front of me was Richie Havens doing his sound check, furiously playing Freedom.
Some Relix friends were in attendance. Richie was smiling after he wrapped up and said hello to everyone. I told him I lived in Brooklyn, and he threw his arm over my shoulder and said, "I grew up in Brownsville". They caught the moment.
After the chance meeting with Richie Havens, I landed at the pre-show party and met Minute Bol. He seemed very quiet and brittle. He leaned on a cane and slowly stood up for this photo.
Mickey Hart and the Zen Tricksters
Iko-Iko. the after-show at the Society of Ethical Culture. I did the concert poster for this one and had a ringside seat.
with Mickey Hart
Post show - Society of Ethical Cultural Rex Event.
with Jorma at the Beacon after party
When Sandy Sochott (Pres., Rex Foundation) asked me to design a Hot Tuna poster, I had a flashback to being 17 and listening to Quah for the first time. Back then, I was obsessed with Jorma and Hot Tuna and would hit Bleeker Bob's each weekend snapping up every album - including all the Jefferson Airplane i could find.
Jorma holding up my poster at the after party.
with Jack Casady
I had met Jorma a few times but never approached the other half of Hot Tuna, Jack Casady. Jack was gracious and we chatted for a few minutes at the after party. He also signed the event poster (my 2nd for Hot Tuna at the Beacon).
With Bob Weir at Rex Event
This was a pre-show meet and greet above the Beacon Hotel above the Theater (circa 2003).
Bob Dylan takes the stage
July 2003, Raceway 66, Joliet, Illinois. I was able to wind my way to the side of the stage and yelled, "How do you feel?" at Dylan as he took the stage. He answered with a thumbs up.
Phil Lesh, Joan Osbourne, Bob Weir, Bob Dylan
Later in the evening at Raceway 66, Dylan joined the Dead (with Joan Osbourne) on keyboards.
Steve Bernstein, Vinnie Amico, Chuck Garvey, me
Backstage at Bonnaroo (6/11/04) before moe hit the stage. I spent a bit of time with moe in Japan (June 2001) and caught my fair share of shows. This pic was moments before moe joined Umphrey's McGee on stage for a handoff jam.
with Donna Godshaux and Martin Fierro
This is backstage at the Gathering of the Vibes (2002). I had the good fortune to spend some time with Donna a couple years later at the Rex Foundation Dark Star Orchestra show in DC at the 9:30 club.
Martin was incredibly kind and jumped in for the pic. He's probably best known for playing sax and flute on the Dead’s 1973 album, Wake of the Flood and then being a regular member of the Saunders-Garcia band.
Steve Bernstein, Bill Walton, me, Ira Gottlieb
This was a Rex Foundation event (Dark Star Orchestra) at the Nokia Theater in Times Square. Steve and I had met Bill a few years before at the Comes A Time show at the Greek. This was pre-show - I tried to orchestrate a pic. I told Bill to stay there, grabbed Steve and the roaming photographer and just as he took the pic, Ira pulls in front to eclipse me.
Michael Kaluta, me, Charles Vess
At a MOCCA (Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art) event with two of my idols, Mike Kaluta & Charlie Vess, Spring 2004. I collaborated with Charlie on the event poster.
Both are legends in the comics industry, Mike for his original work on Starstruck and innovative approach to the Shadow, and Charles for his fantasy illustrations and breakthrough work on Sandman.
They were actually roommates for a time on the westside. My dad had met Mike at a party (back when I was in high school), and set up an intro. I visited their studio a few times and was a 16 year old fly on the wall watching the masters at work.
This event brought it all full circle.
with Art Spiegelman
I was lucky to meet the legendary Art Spiegelman a few times in early 2013. This pic was from his opening at the Jewish Museum.
Jackie (the Joke-Man) Martling
I met Jackie at Syd Mandlebaum's Rock & Wrap It Up event at Yankee Stadium. Jackie had been a fixture on the Howard Stern show for years. During the game, I called a friend who was on the Board of Coney Island USA. After a brief intro, the wheels were in motion for Jackie being proclaimed King Neptune at the annual Mermaid Parade (June 2012).