About The Bash

About The Bash


The 9th Annual Neal Cassady Birthday Bash Weekend will feature events at both the Mercury Café and the Alamo Drafthouse in Denver.

On Friday February 9th the David Amram Quartet will headline the annual Bash featuring music, poetry and reminiscences celebrating the life of Neal Cassady, starting at 8:00pm, upstairs at the Mercury Café located at 2199 California Street.

On Saturday February 10th the Alamo Drafthouse/Sloan’s Lake 4255 W. Colfax  Avenue  will host a 7:15pm  screening of  Magic Trip  (2011) detailing  Cassady and Ken Kesey’s 1964 adventures in the Merry Pranksters bus “Further.”  Also shown will be the seminal Beat film, Pull My Daisy (1959), followed by a discussion featuring Neal’s daughter Jami Cassady and David Amram who composed the score for “Daisy.”  https://drafthouse.com/denver/tickets/neal-cassady-birthday-bash-magic-trip-pull-my-daisy-with-jami-cassady-and/0402/8907/showtimes

The “Bash” is held annually in cooperation with the Cassady Estate to celebrate the life of Denver’s self-described “unnatural son,” Neal Cassady.  Cassady’s influence on literary and pop culture is well documented. He was the archetype Beat writer as well as 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, “Further.” Throughout his life Neal exuded a style and distinct Denver “cool” which secured his stature as a true American original.

Neal Cassady would have been 92 years old on February 8.


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