Jerry Garcia Foundation Donates Art for TCAN Auction

The Jerry Garcia Foundation in conjunction with The Garcia Project are raising money for The Center for Arts in Natick, MA.

Natick, MA – The Jerry Garcia Foundation is donating THREE limited-edition prints of Jerry Garcia’s artwork to the Center For Arts, Natick, MA. The Center will be auctioning off these limited-edition prints on October 16, 2015 at The Center For The Arts. The full proceeds from the auction will go towards arts and music education and continuing of the programming available at the Center For Arts. 

The bidding for the auction for the three limited-edition prints will start online on 10/13/2015 and end on 10/27/2015. To view the three different pieces and learn more, please click the links below:

1. Landscape
2. Paris Carousel
3. Facets II

 Please call 508.647.0097 x205 for more information. 

Also on October 16, 2015, The Garcia Project, a regional Jerry Garcia Band tribute, will perform with Mevlin Seals and Shirley Starks of JGB. The Garcia Project will be performing two, full, classic Jerry Garcia Band set lists from the 70’s and 90’s eras this night. Melvin Seals is slated to perform the first set on a baby grand piano and the second set on a Hammond B3 with Leslie.

Tickets for The Garcia Project with Melvin Seals Performance for October 16 are selling quickly and will be available until sold out here:

About The Jerry Garcia Foundation
The Jerry Garcia Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, serves to support meaningful causes through the beauty of art and music.The Foundation was established in 2015 as an expression of gratitude, by family members, Manasha and Keelin Garcia, in honor of musician, artist, and visionary,  Jerry Garcia. 

"Staying true to Jerry's values, we embrace the idea that music and art bring great healing to the world."   

The Mission: The Jerry Garcia Foundation supports artistic, environmental  and humanitarian causes. To realize the mission, grants are provided to vetted 501c3 nonprofits in good standing with the IRS. The Foundation engages artists and musicians who wish to share their gifts for the benefit of the greater good. 

All board members donate their services as volunteers. Net proceeds benefit the causes supported by the Foundation.

About TCAN
The Center for Arts in Natick was founded in 1997 with a mission to bring people together through a common interest in the arts. Its initial success in a rented storefront became the foundation for a multi-year $2M capital campaign to purchase and restore Natick's historic Central Firehouse building, originally constructed in 1875, as a dedicated performance space and gallery. The firehouse provides a home for over 200 concert events annually, year-round children's theater and dance education programs, visual arts exhibits and receptions, and a thriving community theater organization. TCAN has since grown to become the MetroWest region's premiere nonprofit arts organization, with strong patron support from every town in the region. 
TCAN is an authorized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 

About The Garcia Project (
"The Garcia Project was on point with the whole experience and it didn't seem like a cover band more like a mirrored band...they are just as real as the Jerry Garcia Band." – Buffalo FM Review

The Garcia Project faithfully channels and projects the feelings, emotions and music that propelled the Jerry Garcia Band and the fans through many years of musical bliss. It’s about family, soul searching, rejoicing, contemplating, celebrating, seeking truth and loving one another. It’s The Garcia Project.

The Garcia Project performs full, classic Jerry Garcia Band shows from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s – creating the Jerry Garcia Band experience for old fans to relive or new fans to enjoy for the first time.

(518) 744-2066
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Melvin Seals - Piano and Hammond Keyboard
Melvin is best known for his long friendship and musical partnership with cultural icon and guitarist Jerry Garcia and the smile of his that lights up the room. Melvin spun his B-3 magic with the Jerry Garcia Band for 18 years and in doing so helped pioneer and define what has now become “Jam Band Music”. From blues to funk to rock to jazz, Melvin Seals serves up a tasty mix with a little R&B and gospel thrown in to spice things up.

Shirley Starks - Vocals
Shirley has a love of singing.  Shirley returned from a stay in New York of six years and was introduced to the Jerry Garcia Band by her best friend Gloria Jones, who Shirley grew up with in church, and was a background singer for the Jerry Garcia Band at the time.  Because of Gloria Shirley attended many concerts started the love of the Jerry Music.  Shirley met Cheryl through Gloria and they had an a cappella gospel group we’ve been friends and singing together since they met.  Shirley started touring with Melvin Seals and JGB in 1998 part-time and is now touring full-time and loving it. “I love the music and touching people to their souls makes me feel good and warm inside.”

Mik Bondy – Guitar & Vocals
Mik Bondy fills the “Jerry” role with modesty and an understanding that no one can replace Jerry – but that we all together can rejoice in his music. Mik has constructed two tribute guitars and a recreation of Jerry’s actual guitar amps, effects and speakers. Mik loves to jam. He led and played with his band “Tapestry” for over twenty years. A long time Jerry-head, Mik enjoyed the last few years of Jerry’s life following the JGB around whenever he could.

Kat Walkerson – Vocals
Kat Walkerson adds heartfelt and soulful female vocals to the mix. She brings an awesome energy to the project and you can feel her love for this music though her singing. She exudes positive vibes and her smiles are a testament to her appreciation of the music. 

Dan Crea – Bass
Dan uses two Fender Precisions like Kahn used from ’74 to ’81, with American Special necks, EMG pickups with Alnico magnets and high mass bridges for clarity, and Warmoth bodies with custom bridge pickups and electronics (Mike Pope Flexcore in one and ACG in the other) to approximate the Steinberger tone when needed. 

Greg Marshall – Keys
Greg plays the piano part form the early Jerry Garcia Band styles and he excels at the Hammond Organ parts for 80’s and 90’s JGB stylings. He is an amazing keyboardist that loves the music of the Jerry Garcia Band. 

Bobby Belanger – Drums
Bobby is a solid and tight drummer that can bring the music down to whisper and back up with a roar. Bobby excels in the 70’s era JGB stylings as well as the later eras.

Jordan Giangreco - Keys
Jordan is a keyboard player from CT and plays with many different bands and musicians from around the region.