This Saturday, July 1st, during Dead & Company‘s tour closer at Chicago’s iconic Wrigley Field, a pair of special one-of-a-kind D’Angelico guitars will be auctioned off to benefit a variety of charitable foundations hand-selected by members of the band. The auctions are part of the “Participation Row” social action “village” the band brings to each tour stop, co-organized by music-oriented voter registration non-profit HeadCount and environmental group REVERB. Both guitars are Premier Weir SS models, which Bob Weir and D’Angelico designed and developed together, and each one is signed by all six members of Dead & Company (Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti). They are expected to net tens of thousands (or even hundreds of thousands) of dollars for charity.Dead & Co Surprises Fans With Free Webcast Of Beautiful Blossom Show [Full Show Pro-Shot]The first guitar being auctioned off may look familiar to those who have caught the band live this summer: it has been displayed (and available to bid on) at Participation Row at each stop throughout the 2017 summer tour, and already has received bids of nearly $50K. The second guitar will feature a special design to specifically commemorate the Wrigley Field run. Bids will be accepted at “Participation Row” at Wrigley Field throughout Friday night’s show and through the first set of Saturday’s tour finale. The winners will be determined at set break on Saturday night. You can see pictures of both the Summer Tour 2017 D’Angelico Premier Weir SS and its Wriglet Field counterpart in all their glory below:On this summer’s Dead & Company tour, three D’Angelico guitar auctions (of Fenway Park, Shoreline Amphitheatre, and Folsom Field variations of the special edition design) have already generated $70,000 for the band’s various charities, which include HeadCount and REVERB as well as The Rex Foundation, The Jerry Garcia Foundation, The National Parks Conservation Association, Positive Legacy, the Hawai’i Alliance for Progressive Action and the Veterans Health and Integration Program. Nightly signed poster auctions this tour have also generated an additional $25,000 toward the various charities involved in the “Participation Row” efforts. By the time the band takes the stage for the last time this summer, the total charitable contribution could easily surpass $250,000.HeadCount Co-Founders Marc Brownstein & Andy Bernstein Discuss Effecting Change, One Show At A TimeHeadCount has ran several similar charitable guitar auctions for various events over the past few years. At 2015’s Fare Thee Well shows in Chicago, a D’Angelico guitar signed by members of the Grateful Dead was auctioned off for an eye-popping $526,000. Similar efforts on last summer’s Dead & Co tour netted over $160,000 in contributions. HeadCount also helped produce an event last month where Jerry Garcia’s “Wolf” guitar was sold for $1.6 million, generating a total of $3.2 million for the Southern Poverty Law Center after an anonymous donor match.Jerry Garcia Wolf Guitar Raises $3.2M For Charity While Joe Russo’s “Friends With Benefits” Rock Out On It [Photos/Videos]“Dead & Company and their fans are incredibly generous,” said HeadCount executive director Andy Bernstein. “They’ve helped turn Participation Row into an active and loving home for all the various causes tied to this community.” Dead & Company concert attendees have also taken nearly 20,000 socially-conscious actions on “Participation Row” throughout the tour, including writing postcards to Congress, registering to vote, and taking quizzes about environmental impact. Any fan who takes three actions is rewarded with a limited edition Dead & Company pin from Participation Row sponsor Clean Energy Advisors. Fans also get a chance to win one more D’Angelico guitar signed by the band in a free drawing.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – At least a couple times every game, a Syracuse player lobs a pass toward 7-foot-2 Paschal Chukwu. For much of the season, those attempts have gone awry. Chukwu bobbles or doesn’t slam it home.Early Saturday, though, Elijah Hughes drove and tossed the ball up toward the rim — Chukwu timed his leap and threw the ball almost straight down through the rim.“He got a couple good alley-oops and he made a couple good plays down there, which he just hasn’t been doing,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “That was a very good sign.”In Syracuse’s (19-10, 10-6 Atlantic Coast) 79-54 win over Wake Forest (11-17, 4-12) Saturday, Chukwu provided a rare interior option for the Orange this season. He racked up nine points, four rebounds and three blocks, making all four of his shot attempts. And on a day when SU made its fewest 3-pointers in ACC play, Chukwu was part of a dominant effort in the paint that ensured poor perimeter shooting wouldn’t matter.“I thought Paschal was really important,” Boeheim said. “We found him down low and he finished a couple around the basket. That’s something we haven’t been getting. So even though we didn’t shoot it well from the perimeter, I thought that was something we haven’t had in there.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoeheim has spent much of the season pointing out that Chukwu’s counterpart, Marek Dolezaj, isn’t big enough to play loads of minutes in the middle. And considering Bourama Sidibe didn’t check in until Saturday’s game was out of reach, Chukwu will have to provide a presence that he’s proven capable of in short spurts.Susie Teuscher | Digital Design EditorAt times, Chukwu’s done what someone might expect a 7-foot-2 player to do. He responded to his midseason benching with a 10-point, 18-rebound effort in an upset over No. 1 Duke that earned him his starting job back from Dolezaj. Recently, Chukwu’s started slow in games, lacking activity and movement but then affects shots in the second half.Wake Forest took advantage of another slow start for Chukwu, too. Sparingly used WFU freshman forward Isaiah Mucius hit four short jumpers, all in areas of the 2-3 zone that fall on Chukwu to protect. Dolezaj subbed in early for Chukwu, again. But the successful Hughes lob was a sign of things to come.In the second half, unlike most games, a poorly lobbed pass didn’t result in a turnover. Instead, Chukwu gathered the errant delivery and brought it down to the floor with him. Wake Forest converged, and Chukwu found himself in a common spot: Bringing the ball down and then being unable to get a clean shot off, even as the tallest man on the floor.But this time, he didn’t put it down. Chukwu kept the ball high and placed it off the glass with his left hand. A whistle blew to add a foul shot. Chukwu added a righty lay-in off a Dolezaj dish where he again kept the ball high. And he converted an offensive rebound tip-in midway through the second half.“Yeah, it’s definitely fun,” Chukwu said of getting a chance to score the ball.As is often the case when Chukwu gets a few shots to fall, his defensive activity increased. He didn’t allow more easy looks for Mucius or the other Demon Deacons who planted themselves near the foul line or in the short corner. He rotated to help SU trap players deep into the corners, leading to bad passes and Syracuse steals up top.Chukwu blocked shots then, too, because that’s what he does best. He’s said he loves to spike the ball away, as if playing volleyball. If not for a foul call that seemed incorrect on replay, Chukwu would’ve added a two-handed spike block to his collection against WFU, as well.“I thought (Paschal) was good defensively,” Boeheim said, “which he hasn’t been.”At one point in Saturday’s game, Chukwu had taken off his goggles, thinking he’d been pulled again. But Syracuse only had four players on the floor. Boeheim wanted his 7-foot-2 center out there, just as he’s known he would be needed all season long.So Chukwu put his goggles back on and jogged out to the center of SU’s 2-3 zone, exactly where the Orange needed him. Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on March 3, 2019 at 11:31 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3