6–22-08 Great Amer­i­can Music Hall, San Fran­cisco, CA poster by Chris Shaw

6/22/08 Moonalice poster by Chris ShawJune 22, 2008 Haight Ash­bury Free Clinic Gala
Great Amer­i­can Music Hall, San Fran­cisco, California
Moon­al­ice poster by Chris Shaw

Other Acts: Ram­blin’ Jack Elliott, Shana Mor­ri­son, Narada Michael Walden, Karmen. Emcee: Will Durst

Accord­ing to Moon­al­ice leg­end, the 22nd of June is Hang­over Day. It is a day tra­di­tion­ally ded­i­cated to recov­ery and contemplation. Moonalice tribal cel­e­bra­tions of the sum­mer sol­stice on June 21 and Mid­sum­mer on June 24 have been bois­ter­ous affairs since the dawn of time. Because it comes first, the sol­stice ben­e­fits from get­ting the tribe when every­one is fresh. Of course they don’t stay that way for long. Not sur­pris­ingly, each Sol­stice brought with it an over­sup­ply of headache and nau­sea, neces­si­tat­ing the cre­ation of a DIFFERENT KIND of fes­ti­val on June 22 to deal with it. But Hang­over Day was noth­ing more than a bunch of barf­ing and whin­ing until some good Samar­i­tans from the Haight-Ashbury clan stepped for­ward with a con­cept they called Rock Med.

Rock Med was an amaz­ing idea. If peo­ple are hurt­ing, don’t judge them. Help them. The tribe imme­di­ately saw the bril­liance of Rock Med. Rock Med meant you could party with­out fear. The cer­tainty of recov­ery from Sol­stice cel­e­bra­tions … ensured readi­ness for the equally intense Mid­sum­mer party on June 24.

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