Update: I will be on a "special panel discussing the influence of the Acid Tests on art, music, and culture" at 6:30 at this event. The music starts at 8PM. I was also told that Rick Doblin will be on the panel but I’m not sure who else but presumably some people from the original Pranksters. If you read Vision Thing and are at the event, be sure to say hello..
Previous Update: Some good background this: The Day-Glo Effect Exhuming Ken Kesey and Further 40 years after the Acid Tests by Michael Hoinski in the LA Weekly (slightly old but relevant)
This "acid test anniversary" is happening in the town I live, Las Vegas, Nevada. I got sent a link to this event by my friend George Douvris and bought a couple of tickets as soon as I saw their site. I was in Vegas the last time pranksters were here with their trusty bus Further back in 1994.
The second edition of my book, Ecstasy: The MDMA Story came out that year so I was invited to sit at the Ron in Publishing Booth along with Leary and Steven Gaskin.
It was the year that Kesey was driving Further to Washington DC so it could be placed in the Smithsonian. Either the original bus or a replica drove up to the Las Vegas Convention Center with Kesey, his Prankster partner Babbs, Timothy Leary and his wife Barbara and Mountain Girl. It was a historical encore for those leading figures in the Sixties counterculture.
Kesey and Leary are both gone now but I would certain wish their spirits show up at the Beach nightclub for this Reunion — along with some of their original Electric Kool-Aide.
Note: Picture of Further from Key-Z Productions.