San Francisco Giants to Honor Jerry Garcia

July 13, 2010  |  12:00pm

This August, San Francisco’s AT&T Park will play host to a crowd that’s more Haight-Ashbury than Major League Baseball when they honor Grateful Dead guitarist and vocalist Jerry Garcia, Spinner reports.

The San Francisco Giants will host “”Jerry Garcia Tribute Night at the park on Monday, Aug. 9, the 15th anniversary of Garcia’s death. The evening will feature pre-game performances by Grateful Dead tribute bands, Garcia’s daughter Annabelle throwing the first pitch and a National Anthem performance from Dead guitarist Bob Weir (no word yet on whether or not it will be half an hour long). Dead drummer Mickey Hart will be in attendance with a two-fold purpose: to honor his former bandmate and to break a Guinness World Record for the world’s largest kazoo ensemble, when he leads the crowd in an all-kazoo rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

Fans can purchase a special ticket package for the event (priced at $20 or $28 for lower boxes) that includes special seating in the set-up Jerry Garcia tribute section of the ballpark and a limited-edition Jerry Garcia bobblehead doll commemorating his 1993 performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Candlestick Park.

A portion of the proceeds from the evening will go to the Rex Foundation, the Dead’s grassroots-focused non-profit that provides grants and other support for community betterment projects.

Jerry Garcia Tribute Night concludes San Francisco’s annual week-long celebration of Garcia’s life and music, which begins Aug. 1 with the 8th-annual Jerry Day concert and festival, held at the amphitheater named for the guitarist and featuring music from Melvin Seals and the Jerry Garcia Band.

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