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”

“NOT THE GRATEFUL DEAD” Even More Cynical Than I


I post the below article written by Stewart Sallo in the Boulder Weekly titled LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, NOT THE GRATEFUL DEAD not because I agree with it, but to represent part of the experience Dead-Heads are having. This article is far more cynical than I am. I would prefer to believe the remaining members of the GratefulContinue reading ““NOT THE GRATEFUL DEAD” Even More Cynical Than I”

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”

Searching For The Sound: When Audiences Drown Out The Music


I suppose there has always been rude people at live shows. Any concert I’ve ever been to has had talkers. You know, those folks who seem to be only peripherally aware that someone is on stage making music and that there are people actually engaged in listening (or trying to listen, as the case mayContinue reading “Searching For The Sound: When Audiences Drown Out The Music”

Jerry Garcia Week 2012 Day 2: Something Like A Bird…


When Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia wrote the lilting tune BIRD SONG, it was a heartfelt ode to Janis Joplin. It grew into one of the most beloved and experimental of all Grateful Dead songs and it remained in their repertoire until the end. Now, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir’s extraordinary band, Furthur, plays the tune,Continue reading “Jerry Garcia Week 2012 Day 2: Something Like A Bird…”

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”

Grateful Dead Go FURTHUR At The Greek


I’ve been listening here and there to this current incarnation of the Grateful Dead legacy; bits and pieces as they appear on Archive.org and other sites. While I am already a fan of their newest lead guitarist John Kadlecik (of Dark Star Orchestra fame), I have found what I’d heard so far to be “interesting,”Continue reading “Grateful Dead Go FURTHUR At The Greek”