bill graham circa 1980 zippo kluv getty michael grecco1 Rock Promoter Bill Graham Saluted Tonight

Bill, circa 1980. Getty Images/Michael Grecco.

The late promoter Bill Graham will be remembered and honored tonight (Friday 7/8/11) at AT&T Park in San Francisco as the baseball Giants host the New York Mets:

A limited amount of ticket holders will receive a Bill Graham bobblehead doll and a seat in the Graham tribute section. A portion of the ticket proceeds will go to the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation, which gives grants in the areas of music, the arts and education, while also supporting social work, environmental protection and spiritual and compassionate projects in the San Francisco community.

There will be a video tribute with appearances by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Graham Nash[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jon Anderson[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Huey Lewis[/lastfm], Joe Satriani and others. His sons, David and Alex Graham, will be there to accept a donation check from the Giants on behalf of the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation.

While based in San Francisco, Graham not only promoted shows locally, but also nationally, working with such acts as [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Rolling Stones[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bob Dylan[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Grateful Dead [/lastfm]and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Santana[/lastfm]. He was returning from a Huey Lewis concert in Concord, California on October 25th, 1991 when the helicopter he was in crashed, killing him. He was 60.

The Giants will honor the Grateful Dead on August 9th and Tony “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” Bennett on September 27th.  ~JZ.


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