A Grateful Night at the Ballpark

Monday, Aug 9, 2010  |  Updated 8:00 AM PDT
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A Grateful Night at the Ballpark

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Musician Jerry Garcia was best known for his work with the band the Grateful Dead. Garcia was born on August 1, 1942 and died August 9, 1995 at the age of 53.

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San Francisco Giants fans will have a chance to be part of the world's largest kazoo ensemble tonight at AT&T Park as the team pays tribute to music legend Jerry Garcia and marks the 15th anniversary of the Grateful Dead frontman's passing.

In a special seventh-inning stretch celebration, Grateful Dead member Mickey Hart will conduct more than 7,000 kazoo-tooting fans in playing  "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record.

The kazoo encomium is part of the team's "Jerry Garcia Tribute Night" that concludes the city's celebration of "the days between," which are the days between Garcia's Aug. 1 birthday and his Aug 9. passing.

Local Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia cover bands will perform before the 7:15 p.m. game versus the Chicago Cubs begins. The evening will also include a national anthem performance by Grateful Dead member Bob Weir.

Fans who purchase a special event ticket will be seated in a Jerry Garcia-designated section at the ballpark and will receive a limited edition bobblehead of the musician.

A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit the Rex Foundation, an organization of the Garcia family that gives donations to worthy grassroots causes.

A limited number of $175 tickets are available for a VIP party  from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the park's Triples Alley that will include an  exclusive Q-and-A session with Garcia's family, friends and Rex board  members.

Tickets to the event can be purchased by visiting  www.sfgiants.com/specialevents or by calling (415) 972-2233.

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