Historically, jam bands and drugs have been as closely associated as water-filtered, color-changing, pyrex "tobacco" pipes and marijuana. And the marriage has at times been blissful, no doubt. But drug abuse has also contributed to many beautiful lives turning ugly and ending too soon. For many in the jam band world, Jerry Garcia is the primary, shared-example of this sort of occurrence. A lesser number of folks think of a friendly, young, music-loving fellow named Ben Evans.
Evans was a beloved member of the South Florida jam community who passed from a drug overdose in the fall of 2011. In the wake of his untimely passing, his family and friends longed to honor his life and continue his caring spirit. Thus, they established the B.e. Easy Scholarship Fund--a non-profit which aims to reduce the number of lives that end in the tragic way that Ben's did by helping those in the spins of addiction connect with the support they need to set a different course.
On August 31, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk and a slew of the area's most groovin' acts -- including the Resolvers and the Funky Nuggets -- will take the stage at Birch State Park in Fort Lauderdale at the second annual B.e. Easy Music and Arts Festival--a fundraiser for the organization.
In the spirit of inspiring folks to kick the dope and get healthily high, we'd like to offer the encouragement (and super-heady, sober jams!) of some of the most well-known people in the jam world to have realized the glory of clean living.