Wavy Gravy Celebrates his 75th Birthday with a Benefit Concert Full of Grateful Dead and Black Crowes
Wavy Gravy - activist, official clown for the Grateful Dead, inimitable local icon - is turning 75. So he’s throwing a party stuffed with legendary musicians, local icons, and good karma.
Called the “perfect entertainer” by Lenny Bruce and “one of the better people on earth” by The Village Voice, his clown persona stemmed from his protesting days and the infallible logic that police are less likely to arrest someone in enormous floppy red shoes. If you’re wondering about the name, he was dubbed Wavy Gravy in 1969 by B.B. King and has introduced himself that way ever since.
Brace yourself, San Francisco. It's been a long time since our city has seen this many showstoppers together in one room. The lineup for Memorial Day's Let the Sunshine In benefit concert reads like a who’s who of the music industry—Sting, Bob Weir, The Supremes’ Mary Wilson, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. of The Fifth Dimension, Earl Klugh, David Grisman, Shanice Wilson, Tevin Campbell, Lisa Fisher, Jeanie Tracy, Ralphe Armstrong, Dale “Satchmo” Powers, the Narada Michael Walden Band and many more.