NEAL CASSADY BIRTHDAY BASH WEEKEND IN DENVER
*David Amram Quartet and Jello Biafra headlined 10th Annual Event
*Mayor proclaimed February 8th 2019 as “Neal Cassady Day” in Denver
On Friday February 8th 2019 the David Amram Quartet and Jello Biafra headlined 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. Tickets were $25 at the door or from BrownPaperTickets.com
On Saturday February 9th 2019 from 4-6pm, the Alamo Drafthouse/Sloan’s Lake at 4255 W. Colfax Avenue hosted speakers, poetry, and panel discussions celebrating Neal Cassady, Denver, and the West. Scheduled panels were “Women and the Beat Legacy,” at 4:30pm, moderated by filmmaker Heather Dalton. Participants include; Patricia Calhoun/founder and Editor of Westword, poet Jennifer Dunbar Dorn and others. And, “Creativity in Difficult Times” at 5:15pm, moderated by Mark Bliesener with participants, composer and musician David Amram, musician and spoken word artist Jello Biafra, and others. Free and open to the public of all ages.
At 7pm the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema screened the documentary “Neal Cassady the Denver Years,” followed by a discussion with the film’s director, Heather Dalton. Tickets were $15 at the door or from Drafthouse.com
In addition, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock citing Cassady’s “Unique outlook, philosophy and worldview-shaped by his Denver upbringing,” proclaimed February 8th 2019 as “Neal Cassady Day.”
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 protagonists 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. Cassady, who died in 1969, would have been 93 years old on February 8, 2019.