Mercury Cafe Bash - on Friday February 9 the David Amram Quartet 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. Purchase tickets for bash HERE.
Alamo Drafthouse/Sloan's Lake Bash - on Saturday February 10 the Alamo Drafthouse will host a 7:15pm screening of Magic Trip (2011) detailing Cassady and Ken Kesey’s 1964 adventures in the Merry Pranksters bus “Further.” Also shown will be the seminal Beat film, Pull My Daisy (1959), followed by a discussion featuring Neal’s daughter Jami Cassady and David Amram who composed the score for “Daisy.” Purchase tickets for bash HERE.
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 92 years old on February 8.