On Saturday night amidst his current Wolf Bros tour, Bob Weir made a stop at Orange County, CA’s Chapman University to receive a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award, during the 37th Chapman Celebrates Gala at the university’s Musco Center for the Arts. This lifetime achievement award was not his first, as he received the honor in 2016 at the Americana Honors & Awards ceremony, hosted by the Americana Music Association.
Bob Weir joins past Chapman honorees Annette Bening, Rita Moreno, Tommy Tune, Mitzi Gaynor, Debbie Reynolds and Jerry Lewis. Weir is no stranger to Chapman University as his daughter Monet (Weir) is a current student at the Southern California private university.
Since the gala’s inception in 1981, Chapman has grown from a private college to a university, adding the College of Performing Arts, the Musco Center for the Arts and the Keck Center for Science and Engineering. The weekend’s gala included a short performance by Weir, a Broadway-style revue performed by Chapman students, and a candlelit dinner for Orange County philanthropists. During its 37-year history, the annual gala has raised a total of $35 million of scholarship money for students.
Weir explained to the Orange County Register, “It’s edifying. It makes me think I made some right decisions along the line. Like I say, you have to learn how to learn to do it. I was successful and all that kind of stuff, but not everybody can count on that happening for them. But there’s ample reason to pursue the arts and feature the arts in education. You have to know what you’re doing. In music, you have to learn what it is you’re setting about to learn. You have to learn how to learn, and how much more important could that be?”
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Bob Weir and Wolf Bros tour continues tonight, Monday, November 5th, with a performance at Nashville, TN’s historic Ryman Auditorium. For a full list of their upcoming dates, head to Weir’s website here.