On Friday, February 8th, 2019, the David Amram Quartet and Jello Biafra 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, 2199 California Street, Denver CO.
On Saturday February 9th the Alamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO, will host an afternoon of speakers and panel discussions on Neal and the Beats from 4:00 to 6:00pm, followed at 7:00pm by a very special screening of the documentary Neal Cassady: The Denver Years, followed by a discussion with the films director and others.
Aspiring young writers (ages 18-30) take note: this year we are accepting submissions for the 1st Annual NEAL CASSADY AWARD (FOR YOUNG WRITERS OF THE HUMAN SOUL)! Prizes will be awarded and the entry fee is only $10.00. There is a 1,500 word limit for your submitted work. Please click here for more info!
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 93 years old on February 8, 2019.