I get asked a lot about the current crop of young (as in, never saw Jerry Garcia live) Dead Heads and whether they’re “real.” And no question, they are. They get the music, the code of ethics behind the music, the reason we do this stuff. There is, however, one thing that reveals the passage of time. Many—not all, but quite a few—members of the younger generation suffer from P.D. – Pigpen Deficiency.
One of the longest running Grateful Dead tribute bands in the world, Shakedown Street, makes its home in and around the Rocky Mountain region of North America. Spawned from jam sessions at the Ancient Mariner bar in Manitou Springs, Colorado in 1987, Shakedown Street quickly grew in popularity, and garnered a legion of loyal fans who refer to themselves as “Shakeheads”. In a few short years, throngs of “Shakeheads” could be found on the highways and byways of the Rocky Mountains, making their way to another Shakedown Street show.
Pickathon announces new additions to an already stacked lineup, bringing a true American musical legend, Phil Lesh, into the fold. A founding member of the Grateful Dead, Lesh not only influenced multiple generations of artists, but created and defined a new American songbook, at once inspired by the roots of the music that came before and open to psychedelic new horizons. Lesh will be performing two days at Pickathon as Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band.
Pisgah Brewing Company and All Good Presents today announce the debut of Dark Star's Pisgah Jubilee, an expansive weekend with two stages of music, special VIP packages and beer offerings, local food and vendors and more. Featuring two nights and four sets of Dark Star Orchestra with special guests Peter Rowan, Midnight North, California Kind, The Lil Smokies, Josh Phillips Feels Good, Captain Midnight Band, Campfire Reverends and The Snozzberries. On Friday, August 16, DSO will recreate the 5/3/79 show from Charlotte Coliseum 40 years later.
Bob Weir brought his newest project, The Wolf Brothers, to The Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Wednesday night for an intimate and impressive performance that satisfied the theater full of his loyal fans. With a catalog as impressive and extensive as Weir’s, the band was able to curate a fantastic show full of songs spanning all of Weir’s career with The Grateful Dead as well as his side projects, solo work, and even some covers thrown in for good measure.
Blakesberg’s presentation invariably has Deadheads grinning ear-to-ear AND shedding tears of joy as they absorb his epic photos and cosmic storytelling…a journey utterly infused with the spirit of the good ole’ Grateful Dead.