About The Bash
The Neal Cassady Birthday Bash is held each February to celebrate the birth and life of Neal Cassady – who described himself as “Denver’s unnatural son.”
Neal Cassady’s influence on literary and pop culture is well documented. He was the archetype Beat writer, the protagonist of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road,” muse for Hunter S. Thompson and Tom Wolfe, and driver of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters’ bus “Furthur.”
Throughout his life Neal exuded a style and distinct Denver, western “cool” which secured his stature as a true American original.
The 8th Annual Bash – 8pm, February 10, 2017:
The Ballroom upstairs at the Mercury Café sets the tone for the Friday evening Bash with its intimate setting.
Performers and readers at the 2017 Bash will include Neal’s son Robert Hyatt (who has just published his first book, Beat Bastard), Denver author of Chicano noir fiction Manuel Ramos, poets Ed Ward and Jennifer Dunbar Dorn, Zack Kopp (author of The Denver Beat Scene), and singer/songwriter Marty Jones.
Admission is FREE and open to all ages.
Others in Denver Take Note:
In 2011 and 2013 Mayors Hickenlooper and Hancock, noting how, “Cassady’s unique outlook, philosophy, and worldview shaped by his Denver upbringing, still interest and inspire new generations,” proclaimed the date of the Bash as “Neal Cassady Day” in Denver. In conjunction with the 2012 Bash, Denver East High School granted Neal his high school diploma citing “Cassady’s major impact on American literature.”
Cassady, who died in 1968, would have been 91 years old on February 8, 2017.