Bobby Lazoff isn’t shy about sharing stories. He’s just as likely to drop a casual reference to his inclusion in Hunter S. Thompson’s Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (“I'm not in it by name, but I'm the guy with the BMW”) as he is to rattle off the many musicians that have crossed his path over almost seven decades. (He counts The Grateful Dead among his personal friends, and has a tattoo on his right arm that was inked at Janis Joplin’s house).
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.
Records may be broken tonight at the Giants game, and they don't have to do with baseball. SF Appeal has alerted us to a tribute to the 15th anniversary of the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia's death, in which over 7,000 kazoo-ists will congregate tonight at AT&T Park to blow "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the 7th inning stretch in an attempt to score a spot in the Guiness Book of World Records.
The Grateful Dead is on the road again. Well, at least some 40 years of the beloved band’s musical memorabilia is, having traveled down Highway 1 to its new home at UC Santa Cruz.
The band’s donation of the collection (said to be both priceless and worth multi-millions) to the university was officially announced in Spring 2008.
But to raise awareness (and funds) for this yet-to-open treasure trove, Chronicle Books publisher Nion McEvoy hosted friends, fans and Dead drummer Mickey Hart at his home last week.