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Dark Star Orchestra @ Boulder Theater

DSO sing entire shows from the Grateful Dead's 30 years of extensive touring as a launching pad, Dark Star Orchestra recreates the original song for song performance set list for an entirely new generation of, as well as old school, Deadheads. Dark Star Orchestra performs Grateful Dead classics in the same way that an orchestra interprets music of classical composers. The composer spirit is derived and channeled as the players capture the excitement and innovation of the original performances and compositions. Touring nationwide for nine years to the tune of nearly 1500 shows since forming, the band's determined commitment to "raising the Dead" has drawn national media attention.

Precision is king with DSO; the band adapts their stage positioning, vocal arrangements, specific musical equipment and instruments to fit the era of the show they are performing. Following each performance the band announces the date and venue of the original performance. Dark Star Orchestra could dip into any incarnation of the dead at any of their shows, allowing fans to experienceˇ shows that happened long before they were born.
GA / 21+ / $30.00
On Sale Jan 15!

Boulder Weekly Presents
Dark Star Orchestra
Friday, April 9 and Saturday April 10
doors 8:00pm, show 9:00pm

Tickets are on sale Jan 15 at The Boulder Theater Box Office. Call (303) 786-7030 for tickets by phone.  Tickets are also available through our website @ www.bouldertheater.com.  All tickets are subject to tax and service charge.

Jeff Mattson: Grateful Troubadour

Amid the recent and exciting “Shakedowns” amongst the currently touring Grateful Dead threaded projects, I had the good fortune of swapping some very interesting and eloquent emails with my friend Jeff Mattson.

Grateful Web Interview w/ Gentle Giant

Grateful Web recently sat down for an interview with band members Gary Green and Kerry Minnear of the band Gentle Giant from November 10th, 2009.  

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The Grateful Web's Interview with the Disco Biscuits

The electro fusion jammers and livetronica pioneers known as The Disco Biscuits are currently in the midst of their most extensive and exciting tour to date.  We're talking sold-out shows, guest appearances, multi-night headlining extravaganzas, the works.  On Friday and Saturday nights, The Disco Biscuits will bring their signature sonic tidal wave to the Ogden Theater in Denver, CO, ready to unleash thr

Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue @ Boulder Theater

photo by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Review was formed in 2005 from the top players of the foremost Grateful Dead tribute bands in the Rocky Mountain region, Shakedown Street & Dark Star Orchestra. Based originally on a premise of player interchangeability to suit the situation, compatibility and success have coalesced the band into its present configuration. The band's forte lies in its faithful rendering of Grateful Dead material, both originals and covers, and the Grateful Dead's trademark style of improvisation. Achieved through a careful balance of comprehension and execution of the more defined musical elements of the material with a fearless passion to connect with the elusive "X factor" that Jerry Garcia affectionately spoke of, RMGDR remains aligned with the Dead's creed of playing off the energy of the audience and making them an integral component of the overall dynamic.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN GRATEFUL DEAD REVUE
Friday, January 9      
doors 8:30pm, show 9:00pm

Boulder Theater
2032 14th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
303.786.7030
www.bouldertheater.com

Grateful Memorial for David Kramar

Please visit this memorial site for a fellow deadhead, David Kramar, who recently passed away.  Grateful Web sends out our condolences to David's friends and family.

David Frederick Kramar my brother-in-law's life from Huntington, New York to St Augustine, Florida to Southern California. He dearly loved the Dead.

Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue @ Boulder Theater

Rob Eaton of DSO - photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Review is the apex of Colorado's vast cadre of uniquely talented and "Deadicated" musicians. Over the years, many regional bands have offered up their best efforts toward keeping alive the unparalleled music and party spirit of the phenomenon that was the Grateful Dead. From this cross-pollenating web of specialized tribute musicians has shaken out a pool of players deemed most apt, by popular opinion and support, to offer the truest interpretation of the essence of that legendary band.

Unlike many "put a quarter in the jukebox" tribute bands, Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Review delivers a caliber of genuineness, spontaneity and artistic integrity by weaving their own measure of "X factor creativity" into the songs, jams and transitional interludes.  Chemistry, both personal and musical, is an important ingredient of the musical high generated by RMGDR. This chemistry exists both among the band members themselves and between the band and their all-important audiences. It is a closed-loop of positive energy that feeds on itself and tends to elevate gyrating bones off the floor.

Perfect harmony with this chemistry emanates when the band is joined by their good friend from Dark Star Orchestra, Rob Eaton. The consummate Grateful Dead tribute musician, Rob is proudly presented as special guest of Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Review at the Boulder Theater. Don't miss what is sure to be a very special evening!

Feat. Members of Shakedown Street & Dark Star Orchestra
Friday, August 15
Doors 8:30pm, Show 9:00pm

GA / 21+ / $10.00

Other Shows:
August 16th
Saturday 9:30pm/21+
Sandbar
2161 N Frontage Rd W Vail, CO 81657 (970) 476-4314
 
August 22nd & 23rd
Friday & Saturday 9:30pm/21+
Mahogany Ridge
435 Lincoln Steamboat Springs, CO 80488 (970) 879-3773
 
Rob Eaton - guitar & vocals
Dave Kochman - guitar & vocals
Jim Allard - bass & vocals
Jake Wolf - drums & vocals
Smokey Joe Weisiger - Keyboards & vocals

Grateful Dead Experience Comes Alive at UMass Amherst

- for the Grateful Web

Scholars, fans, artists, performers and members of the extended Grateful Dead family will gather at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in November for the first major university conference on the enduring legacy of the Dead experience.

Unbroken Chain: The Grateful Dead in Music, Culture and Memory, being held at November 16-18 at UMass Amherst, will bring together more than 50 presenters for 20 panel sessions ranging from music composition and improvisation to an examination of the band's business model – as well as a musical performances, gallery exhibits, and presentations. Unbroken Chain is being presented in conjunction with a semester-long graduate History seminar entitled American Beauty: Music, Culture and Society, 1945-95; and an undergraduate course entitled How Does the Song Go: The Grateful Dead as a Window into American Culture.

Among the Unbroken Chain panelists are "Mountain Girl" Carolyn Garcia, first wife of guitarist Jerry Garcia and a central figure among the Merry Pranksters who populated the early Grateful Dead scene; David Gans, host of the Grateful Dead Radio Hour for the past 20 years; Grateful Dead midi wizard Bob Bralove; and Dan Healy, who designed and built the "Wall of Sound," famed enabler of the Dead's improvisational style.

Plenary addresses will include a keynote by Dennis McNally, longtime Dead publicist and author of Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead.  McNally earned a doctorate in History at UMass Amherst in 1978.

"The academic world is not as removed from so-called reality as people think, especially those in the academic world," said McNally recently. "In the rock & roll world, there are pockets of meticulous intelligence and literacy, people like Jerry Garcia and (bassist) Phil Lesh."

The event also represents an unprecedented collaborative opportunity for scholars from more than a dozen disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, engineering and business, many of whom have come to identify their work as part of the emerging area of "Dead Studies."  This kind of collaboration emphasizes academic rigor and a traditional multi-disciplinary perspective, according to University of South Carolina oral historian Nicholas Meriwether, author of All Graceful Instruments: The Contexts of the Grateful Dead Phenomenon, recently published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

"Ultimately," says Meriwether, "the Dead phenomenon suggests a new way of looking at yourself, of what we are capable of in a modern Western Society that appears increasingly fragmented, media-drive, manipulated and alienating. . . In an era in which academics are increasingly aware of the need to collaborate across disciplinary lines, a topic with as broad-based an appeal as the Dead phenomenon should be fascinating – and welcome."

Among the other scholars taking part are Rebecca Adams, author of Deadhead Social Science: You Ain't Gonna Learn What You Don't Wanna Know; David Dodd, editor of The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics;  UMass English professor Nicholas Bromell, author of Tomorrow Never Knows: Rock and Psychedelics in the 60s; and UMass Professor of Comparative Literature David Lenson, author of On Drugs.

Also making rare appearances are several seminal figures in the evolution of Dead scholarship, including ethnomusicologist Fred Lieberman and psychologist and chaos theorist Stanley Krippner.

John Mullin, Dean of the UMass Amherst Graduate School – which is sponsoring the event along with the Department of History and UMass Amherst Outreach – said that Unbroken Chain can be a model for future academic-community collaborations.

"Is it possible that we'll take a hit for focusing this kind of intellectual talent on what Jerry Garcia himself called 'just a dance band?'" said Mullin.  "Perhaps, but universities like ours need to be courageous in propelling serious scholarship in new directions, and in reaching out to communities far and wide. When we are timid in academia, we miss real opportunities. We hope that The Grateful Dead is the just the beginning."

Gallery sessions and discussions will feature the work of photographers Herb Greene, Susanna Millman and Lloyd Wolf, as well as poster and album cover artists Mikio Kennedy and Mike Dubois. In addition, original prints of Jerry Garcia's artwork will be displayed and available for purchase. Among the films being screened will be Deadheads: An American Subculture and a digitally re-mastered Sunshine Daydream, an until-now unreleased documentary on the August  27, 1972 benefit concert at Ken Kesey's farm in Oregon.

The weekend will include performances by the American Beauty Project ensemble, doing the music of acclaimed Dead albums Workingman's Dead and American Beauty, and Dark Star Orchestra, whose rhythm guitarist Rob Eaton and keyboardist Rob Baracco will take part in several of the panel discussions. The Dark Star performance at the UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center on Saturday evening will feature special guests and the work of Peak Experience Productions.

A maximum of 375 registrations for Unbroken Chain: The Grateful Dead in Music, Culture and Memory are now being accepted.

v  Information on registration and accommodations is available at www.umassconnections.com/unbrokenchain

v  Tickets, sold separately, for performances by the American Beauty Project and Dark Star Orchestra are available at http://umafacweb.admin.umass.edu/Online .

 

A full program, background and additional contacts are attached, and are available at http://www.umassconnections.com/unbrokenchain.

The Grateful Dead Get "SIRIUS"

- for the Grateful Web

On The Grateful Dead Channel, exclusively on SIRIUS, you'll hear music spanning the band's career with unreleased concert recordings, original shows hosted by band members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh and Bill Kreutzmann, and even rare archival interviews with Jerry Garcia! The channel will also feature contributions from Grateful Dead expert David Gans and Dead archivist David Lemieux.

Be Part of The Grateful Dead Channel 

"This is gonna be one fun channel. We, the guys in the band, get to be involved as much as we can and we'll make sure it's fun. We want the fans to be involved as well." – Bob Weir

The Grateful Dead Channel is going to take form based on your suggestions… and your favorite Grateful Dead memories. Call 877-33-SIRIUS, hit 32, and share your thoughts on what should happen on The Grateful Dead Channel. Plus, tell us about your favorite Dead show... or your favorite Dead song… and keep listening because The Grateful Dead Channel will be ever-evolving.

GRATEFUL DEAD CONCERT RECORDINGS

The Grateful Dead Channel will air full-length concert recordings three times a day: a 3 am, noon and 9 pm (all times ET). Here are the next performances:

# 9/11 @ 3 am ET: 9/22/93 New York, NY

# 9/11 @ Noon ET: 8/16/91 Mountain View, CA

# 9/11 @ 9 pm ET: 10/31/87 New York, NY (Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band)

# 9/12 @ 3 am ET: 6/14/91 Washington, DC

# 9/12 @ Noon ET: 9/22/93 New York, NY

# 9/12 @ 9 pm ET: 11/2/79 Uniondale, NY

Listen for archival interviews with members of The Grateful Dead Saturdays at 10 am ET and Sundays at 8 pm ET, and catch Today In Grateful Dead History every day at 7 am, 11 am and 7 pm ET.

The Jones Gang - Minneapolis' Grateful Dead tribute since 1996

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The Jones Gang - Minneapolis' Grateful Dead tribute band since 1996

And while we're at it, there are a couple other Jones Gang side projects.  Jake's Obsession is Lee's blues band.  And The High-Strung String Band is Jim's bluegrass/oldtime outfit.