The Landmark music bar in Yachats, Oregon will summon up the spirits of Kesey, Kerouac, Ginsberg and Leary in one final weekend blowout to end the Disaster Decade, as the OO's will come to be known.
From Thursday, Dec. 31 thru Saturday, Jan. 2 the Landmark will present the Merry Prankster New Year's Eve Party Weekend with the Rose Bowl Art Show, music Thursday and Saturday ay 9 p.m. Art at ll:30 a.m., football at 2 p.m. Friday
WITH NORMAL BEAN
& SPECIAL GUESTS
PLUS THE DISTURBED POETS SOCIETY
& THE LOST CREEK GANG
FEATURING KEN BABBS & MORE SPECIAL GUESTS
The Kesey Karnival comes to the Koast to kick 2009 out of town
For those who have forgotten the '60s, the Merry Pranksters were born on a bus trip from Eugene to New York in 1964, a ride intended to celebrate the publication of Ken Kesey's book "Sometimes a Great Notion" and to meet and greet the great Doctor Timothy Leary. The bus trip is the subject of Tom Wolfe's "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test," and led to the psychedelic scene and the rise of the Grateful Dead. Kesey, who had a summer home just outside Yachats, died in 2001 but his family and friends have kept his spirit and philosophy alive through (among other things) the replica bus FURTHUR 2 and the Normal Bean Show. We get the full-out, pranksterized version of the latter on the last day of 2009. On Friday, New Year's Day, the Poets, freaks and football fans mingle through the area of the stage and the Ducks vs. Buckeye mayhem. It's back to the music Saturday night, with a special edition of the Lost Creek Gang, including the horn playing of Ken Babbs, Kesey's longtime pal. Watch for Ginsberg in the crowd.