An Evening of Songs and Stories with the Ace of Cups feat.

From the Acid Tests to the protests, from the free concerts in Golden Gate Park to the ballrooms of San Francisco, they shared stages with everyone from The Band to the Grateful Dead. Musical heavyweights like Michael Bloomfield, Jerry Garcia, and Buddy Miles were their fans and the Ace were chosen to open for Jimi Hendrix the week after his groundbreaking performance at The Monterey Pop Festival. When asked by Melody Maker magazine to name his favorite musical discoveries on his U.S. trip, the Ace of Cups was the first thing he mentioned.

With the enthusiastic support of High Moon Records, and the guidance of celebrated producer Dan Shea, four of the band’s original members began exploring their back catalog and writing new material. Right from the start the Ace understood the art of the song, and the band has kept that spirit true and close to everything they do. The album was releases on High Moon Records in November 2018.

Ace of Cups blends pure rock, folk, blues and gospel influences with a pop sensibility and a garage band rush; all tinted by an intoxicating psychedelic sheen. As the news spread that the Cups were recording, old friends began to come by the studio to offer support and musical contributions. In total 36 songs were recorded during those sessions, and what started out as a chance to set the record straight turned into a history-making second act.

Gary Lambert

Guitarist, bassist (played with Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Richard Thompson and many others).
Since 1991 works for Grateful Dead Productions and since 1993 writer/editor of the Grateful Dead's official newsletter (the Grateful Dead Almanac). Broadcaster on Sirius/XM Radio; co-hosts a radio show with David Gans on Sirius-XM called "Tales from the Golden Road".
Author of books (i.e. "Access All Areas: Backstage With the Grateful Dead"), essayist.

Rhoney Stanley

Rhoney Gissen Stanley, a graduate of the University of California, worked in the LSD labs of the 1960’s with her partner, Owsley Stanley. She is a practicing holistic orthodontist in New York.

Lenny Kaye

American musician, composer and writer, born 27 December 1946 in Manhattan, New York, USA. Guitarist for Patti Smith Group and Elektra label historian.
Married to Stephanie Kaye.

David Fricke

Senior editor of the Rolling Stone magazine.
He also has written liner notes for compilations and box sets.

Jesse Jarnow

Hi! I’m Jesse. I’m a writer and a DJ on WFMU. The Frow Show airs live late-night every Monday from midnight to 3am on WFMU–91.1 in NYC, etc.–and wherever in time-space you are through the my playlist page. I’ve got a highlights reel of favorite articles and miscellaneous writing. This fall, I’ve been hosting a podcast called Alternate Routes, spotlighting independent music not available on Spotify and major streaming services.

Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta



Heads-Up New Yorkers! An evening of music and history you don't want to miss.

The evening begins with an all-star panel that reminds us of something Allen Ginsberg would put together at St. Mark's — Gary Lambert from Grateful Deadlandia hosting the mighty Lenny Kaye from Patti Smith's band, Rhoney Stanley from "Owsley & Me," one of our favorite writers from Rolling Stone - David Fricke, psychedelic history author Jesse Jarnow and Relix's Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta.

Following the panel will be the New York premiere of the Ace of Cups, the historic San Francisco band from the '60s that recently reformed, made a double-album that includes Bob Weir, Jack & Jorma, Taj Mahal, Peter Coyote, Wavy Gravy & more, and who have been featured on CBS This Morning, NPR, the SF Chronicle, the LA Times, the Guardian, Billboard and a million other places.

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