Fare Thee Well Chicago: The Ephemeral Resurrection


For anyone who read my most recent posts, you know I was not a fan of the music-making that took place in Santa Clara, CA. at the Fare Thee Well Grateful Dead celebration. To clarify, my intent is not to diminish the experience of those who were there or those who genuinely loved the music.Continue reading “Fare Thee Well Chicago: The Ephemeral Resurrection”

Fare Thee Well Stumbles Out Of The Starting Gate


Let me begin by saying I love these guys. I’ve been a hardcore DeadHead since 1975. It was a joy to see Phil Lesh smiling and having so much fun up there on stage for the first night of the 5-night Fare Thee Well 50th celebration of the Grateful Dead with the “core-four” remaining membersContinue reading “Fare Thee Well Stumbles Out Of The Starting Gate”

Grateful Dead 50th Reunion Event: Impressions & Struggles


We all knew that the remaining members of the Grateful Dead were probably going to do SOMETHING to celebrate the 50 year mark. I was curious and a little uncertain about how I felt at the idea of celebrating the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary 20 years after Jerry Garcia’s death. Since that epic loss, the GratefulContinue reading “Grateful Dead 50th Reunion Event: Impressions & Struggles”

You Never Forget The First Time: HELP ON THE WAY, April 17, 1983


April 17, 1983 was the first time I saw the Grateful Dead play their magnificent trilogy of songs from what I consider their best studio album (from a band not known for their studio efforts), BLUES FOR ALLAH. Kicking off the second set with HELP ON THE WAY and moving seamlessly into the instrumental bridge SLIPKNOT!Continue reading “You Never Forget The First Time: HELP ON THE WAY, April 17, 1983”

Furthur Round Two: Back to the Greek


I first saw this post-Grateful Dead musical incarnation last year at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. They were here for one night only, but it was enough to convince me that this band had something going on that no other post-Jerry Garcia line-up had even come close to. Having already been a fan ofContinue reading “Furthur Round Two: Back to the Greek”

Weathering The Storm Of Disappointment: When DSO Doesn’t Turn The Clock Back Far Enough


This has nothing to do with the talent or skill of Dark Star Orchestra. I have never seen them not play well. But I am learning something about myself that I must face: I’m simply not fond of the Grateful Dead’s set lists or sound post 1984. In fact, I would go as far asContinue reading “Weathering The Storm Of Disappointment: When DSO Doesn’t Turn The Clock Back Far Enough”

DSO Does The Shrine ’78


Jeff Mattson made his Los Angeles debut as the lead guitarist/singer for Dark Star Orchestra Friday December 3rd, 2010 at the El Rey Theatre. My favorite venue to see this incredible band was the perfect setting for Mattson’s introduction to Angeleno Dead Heads and DSO Heads alike. I’ve been listening to Mattson’s work within this incarnation ofContinue reading “DSO Does The Shrine ’78”

Weekend Flashback: DSO’s Farthest Journey Back In Time To Date


Continuing their newly discovered ability to dip into the 1960’s, DSO has once again recreated a 1969 Dead show. This one from 04/22/69 at The Ark in Boston, MA. This is the oldest set of Grateful Dead music DSO has ever performed in their 13 years together. Very cool, if you ask me. And weContinue reading “Weekend Flashback: DSO’s Farthest Journey Back In Time To Date”

And The Winner Is… Jeff Mattson


Those of us following the trials and tribulations of Dark Star Orchestra know that, since the sudden exit of lead guitarist and founder John Kadlecik, DSO members have played with two different guitarists with the intent of making a final decision as to who would become their next permanent member. And while I personally lovedContinue reading “And The Winner Is… Jeff Mattson”

The Different “Jerrys” Of Dark Star Orchestra


What an interesting opportunity to be able to compare three different interpretations of Jerry Garcia’s influence on lead singer/guitarists all within the same band. Since founding member John Kadlecik made his exit to play lead in Bob Weir and Phil Lesh’s Further, Dark Star Orchestra has been playing with two different replacements. The first, andContinue reading “The Different “Jerrys” Of Dark Star Orchestra”