Jerry Garcia’s Wolf Guitar Auction

Wolf Jerry Garcia Guitar

The Night Wolf Found a New Home

On May 31st at the Brooklyn Bowl, there was a concert that, on the surface, seemed like most nights. Only this night was a little different. Rather than just another evening of great music, the legendary venue was the location for a historic auction. On this night, Jerry Garcia’s custom made Wolf guitar found its way to a new home.

Most auctions have numerous lots available to bid on, but being this guitar is so iconic, it was the only thing being auctioned off. All of the proceeds from this auction and concert will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The previous owner of Wolf paid nearly $1 million for this guitar in 2002. Now, he hopes the donation from tonight’s auction and concert bring much-needed funding to the SPLC to continue their fight for civil rights.

The First Set

The band opening up for this legendary auction is considered a supergroup to most. Joe Russo’s Friends With Benefits had a revolving cast of players and brought one of the most expansive band lineups ever.  The show started around 8 pm with the band breaking into ‘Truckin Jam.’ It didn’t take long for the star of the show, Wolf, to take the stage. First up was Neal Casal. He put down his Garcia inspired custom guitar and strapped on Wolf,  finishing off the first jam and keeping him on for one more song. Next up to take the star of the show on a ride was Scott Metzger. The guitar was passed down one more time before it needed some time to rest before his big auction.

The Auction

Once the band had the place dancing and singing along, it was time to bring back ol’ Wolf and send the guitar to a new home while making some good money for the SPLC. Bidding started off at $900,000.00 and soon rose to $1 million instantly. A quick climb to $1.4 million and people started backing out. $1.5 million and finally the hammer finally dropped at $1.6 million. The whole auction lasted under 2 minutes and when it was completed, the place erupted. The final number of $1.9 million raised by Wolf. That includes the money raised from the concert and webcast of the event.

The Band

Joe Russo’s Friends with Benefits featuring:
– John Scofield
– Nels Cline (Wilco)
– Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Circles Around The Sun)
– Billy Martin (Medeski Martin & Wood)
– Joe Russo
– Cass McCombs
– Dave Dreiwitz (Ween, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead)
– Dave Harrington (Darkside, Hooteroll? + Plus)
– Tom Hamilton (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead)
– Delicate Steve
– Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead)
– Jon Shaw (Bob Weir, Shakey Graves)
– Erik Deutsch (Charlie Hunter, Hooteroll? + Plus)
– Alecia Chakour (Tedeschi Trucks Band)
– Eric D Johnson (Fruit Bats)
– Jonathan Goldberger (Red Baraat, Hooteroll? + Plus)
– Cochemea Gastelum (Dap-Kings)


The night wasn’t just about an all-star band lineup or a legendary guitar, it was about making good money for an organization that helps people. The money raised tonight will help the Southern Poverty Law Center help fight for your civil rights. For everyone that was in attendance for this historic auction and concert, that was a bonus.

Dead inspired guitars:

For the dead fan: D’Angelico Premier Grateful Dead Signature DC Electric Guitar with Bag

The Bobby fan: D’Angelico Premier Bob Weir Signature SS Electric Guitar with Bag

For the hardcore Bobby fan: D’Angelico Deluxe SS Bob Weir Signature Guitar with Case SIGNED

Thanks to our friends at D’Angelico Guitars for getting us into this historic event.


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