Revisiting Grateful Dead at SPAC ’83. Again.


I just finished listening, again, to one of my favorite Grateful Dead shows from the many I attended. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, June 18, 1983. I’m going through the vast 30 Trips Around The Sun box set which showcases a single concert from each year of Grateful Dead (30). I’ve been adding shows to each year as IContinue reading “Revisiting Grateful Dead at SPAC ’83. Again.”

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”

Silberman’s Love Song To Garcia, The Grateful Dead & The Heavens Themselves


It’s always been a challenge for me explain to non-Dead Heads what the Grateful Dead experience is for me. It’s been such a lifelong love, has moved and changed me in so many ways, opened me up to things I never knew existed. It enhanced and strengthened my desire and ability for exploration, both externallyContinue reading “Silberman’s Love Song To Garcia, The Grateful Dead & The Heavens Themselves”

The Unabashed Joy of Grateful Dead, Binghamton, NY & the Fall of 1977


Spring 1977 is largely considered one of the Grateful Dead’s best tours. So much so, in fact, there’s a 5 show box set that’s just been released by the Grateful Dead and Rhino (the keepers of the Dead’s massive musical vault) this week. But for me, the magic didn’t end with the completion of theContinue reading “The Unabashed Joy of Grateful Dead, Binghamton, NY & the Fall of 1977”

Jerry Garcia Week 2012 Day 6: David Crosby & The Perro Sessions


Perro, or Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra, was the name given to the group of musicians who played, recorded and jammed together in the early 70’s. They were, essentially, members of Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Crosby, Stills and Nash. Their first album together, Blows Against The Empire, was released, not as the PlanetContinue reading “Jerry Garcia Week 2012 Day 6: David Crosby & The Perro Sessions”

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…”

JACK STRAW From Boulder. On Your Mark, Get Set…


Don’t you just love those shows where the boys hit it out of the ballpark on the very first song? There’s that anticipation of “What’s the energy gonna be like tonight?” and “I hope Jerry’s ‘on’ tonight,” etc. and then they kick into that opening number and the energy’s through the roof and Jerry’s justContinue reading “JACK STRAW From Boulder. On Your Mark, Get Set…”