Saturday, July 31, 2010

San Francisco Examiner: "JERRY GARCIA: WHAT A MENSCH!"

Jerry Garcia: What a mensch!

It’s Jerry Garcia’s birthday week, which means lots of music, tie-dyed T-shirts and other, uh, stuff will be on display at meadows and valleys around the Bay, with the annual concert Sunday at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park.

But who knew the late Grateful Dead leader had such a big following in Jerusalem?

Laurie Armstrong, vice president of the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau, forwarded news that it was contacted as a potential sponsor for a nine-day tribute to Garcia by Radio Free Nachlaot, which touts itself as “the Jewish world’s most popular new Internet radio station broadcasting live 24/6 from Jerusalem.” (My guess is that on the seventh day, they rest.)

The “9 days of Jerry” event invites listeners to “Deadicate” music and playlists to friends and to contribute remembrances of Garcia during the marathon. By the way, Nachlaot, we’re told, is Jerusalem’s coolest neighborhood.

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