A pair of D'Angelico guitars will be auctioned at this weekend's Dead & Company concert in Chicago, projected to raise tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities chosen by the band.
One of the two guitar's on display in the "Participation Row" social action village that travels to each tour stop – is already listed at $49,000 and will be up for bid through intermission at the Saturday, July 1st tour finale. The second guitar celebrating the two Wrigley Field concerts will be auctioned at the same time.
The guitars will be displayed at the stadium before the concert at 4:30pm.
Each guitar is signed by Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir, singer/guitarist John Mayer, Allman Brothers bassist Oteil Burbridge and “Fare Thee Well” and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. The guitars were designed by Weird and D'Angelico.
The last time a guitar was auctioned off and signed by each Grateful Dead member was at 2015's Fare Thee Well 50th Anniversary concert in Chicago. The guitar sold for a whopping $526,000. The money was donated to HeadCount, a voter registration and civic participation non-profit.
Dead & Company's tour has already auctioned three D’Angelico guitar generating $70,000 for the band's various charities, which include HeadCount and the environmental group REVERB, the co-organizers of Participation Row.