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World Premiere of Dead Symphony, August 1st, in Baltimore

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The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will delve into the psychedelic world of The Grateful Dead on what would have been Jerry Garcia's 66th birthday, Friday, August 1 at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall with the world premiere performance of Lee Johnson's Dead Symphony No. 6. More than 10 years in the making, Dead Symphony No. 6 is the first orchestral tribute to The Grateful Dead ever composed. For this one-night-only performance, the lobby will transform into a counterculture museum featuring Grateful Dead memorabilia and other rock 'n' roll gems from the 1960s and 1970s. Rare Grateful Dead photographs by Baltimore native Amalie Rothschild—house photographer for the legendary concert hall Fillmore East in NYC - will also be auctioned online and in the lobby the night of the performance with all proceeds benefiting the BSO. See below for complete program information.

Known not only as counterculture icons, but also for their original musicianship, the group stands alone in its embrace of genres as diverse as gospel, funk, jazz, blues and psychedelic rock—complex musical forms which lend themselves to symphonic settings. With a following of "Deadheads" in the hundreds of thousands even today, the legendary music of The Grateful Dead lives on with countless cover bands and live recordings. The BSO is the first major orchestra to dedicate an entire concert to The Grateful Dead's legendary music. The BSO's premiere of Dead Symphony No. 6 will also celebrate the 66th birthday of Jerry Garcia, the late lead guitarist and iconic member of The Grateful Dead.

Dead Symphony No. 6—the No. 6 signifies that it is Johnson's Sixth Symphony—dedicates separate movements to Grateful Dead hits "Saint Stephen," "Here Comes Sunshine," "Mountains of the Moon," "Blues for Allah," "Sugar Magnolia," "To Lay Me Down," "If I Had the World to Give," "Stella Blue," "Bird Songs" and "China Doll." The work also features a symphonic jam session during "Stella Blue." In keeping with The Dead's performance style, Pro Video Group of Baltimore will recreate a psychedelic video display behind the orchestra during this performance.

Work began on the symphony in 1995, shortly after Jerry Garcia's death, when record producer and Deadhead Mike Adams contacted Johnson with the idea for the symphony. "I wasn't a Deadhead at the time, so I had to start at the beginning," Johnson said. "I bought everything The Dead had published and became a student of their art. I would finish a movement or two and gather up those that loved The Grateful Dead and see what happened when I played it for them. Their honest reactions told me everything. Tears, smiles, closed eyes and sometimes dancing. Any new movement that didn't create a genuine vibe in the listening room went away for good."

The culmination of Johnson's hard work paid off in 2007 when the Russian National Orchestra recorded and released Dead Symphony No. 6. The August 1st performance will be the first time Dead Symphony No. 6 is performed live.

Lee Johnson, composer

Lee Johnson has conducted and recorded with several world-class orchestras including the Russian National Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Taliesin Orchestra, London Session Orchestra, American Rock Orchestra and Cyberlin Philharmonia. During his career, he has composed six symphonies, four musicals, two operas and numerous chamber works, concerti, choral and vocal works. He has also composed music for ballet, theater, feature and experimental film and hundreds of works for multimedia and interactive technologies.

Among his numerous accolades for original compositions, Mr. Johnson has received an Emmy Award (1991, "It May Not Be Tara"), was named Georgia Artist of the Year (1995) and has won ASCAP (1993) and ADDY (1996) awards. Mr. Johnson is currently a full-time Callaway Professor of Music Chair at LaGrange College in Georgia.

About the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is internationally recognized as having achieved a preeminent place among the world's most important orchestras. Acclaimed for its uncompromising pursuit of artistic excellence, the Baltimore Symphony has attracted a devoted national and international following while maintaining deep bonds throughout Maryland through innovative education and community outreach initiatives.

The Baltimore Symphony made musical history in September 2007, when Maestra Marin Alsop led her inaugural concerts as the Orchestra's 12th music director, making her the first woman to head a major American orchestra. With her highly praised artistic vision, her dynamic musicianship and her commitment to accessibility in orchestral music, Maestra Alsop's directorship has ushered in a new era for the BSO and its audiences.

Each season the BSO plays host to some of the world's most renowned talents, including violinists Hilary Hahn and Joshua Bell, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. In addition to its year-round classical programming, the BSO has been praised for its popular concerts. In recent years, the BSO has performed with artists such as Elvis Costello, Alison Krauss, Ben Folds and The Decemberists. For more information about the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, visit BSOmusic.org.

COMPLETE PROGRAM INFORMATION

Dead Symphony: A Symphonic Tribute to the Grateful Dead

Friday, August 1, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. — Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Lee Johnson: Dead Symphony No. 6 (WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMANCE)

Special anniversary pricing at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall is made possible by generous underwriting from the PNC Foundation.

Media sponsorship is provided by WBAL 1090AM.

Tickets for this program range from $20 to $60 and are available through the BSO Ticket Office, 410.783.8000, 877.BSO.1444 or BSOmusic.org.

Grateful Dead Experience Comes Alive at UMass Amherst

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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"

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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.

The Dead's 3 From the Vault Coming Soon...

Pre-Order THREE FROM THE VAULT Now- for the Grateful Web

A magnificent gem from the band's historic February '71, Port Chester, run that closes the loop on the seminal From The Vault series - the series that spawned all Grateful Dead vault releases. A glowing tribute to one of the band's most prolific chapters, abundant with classics, lovingly captured in stellar HDCD audio:

2/19/71, Capitol Theatre, Port Chester

Disc One:
Two Ditties
Truckin'
Loser
Cumberland Blues
It Hurts Me Too
Bertha
Playing in the Band
Dark Hollow
Smokestack Lightnin'
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Disc Two:
Greatest Story Ever Told
Johnny B. Goode
Bird Song
Easy Wind
Deal
Cryptical Envelopment>Drums>The Other One
Wharf Rat
Good Lovin'
Casey Jones

Exclusive Offer 
All customers that order Three From The Vault or the Vault Boxed Set in June will also receive a free copy of Dick's 'Dex , a complete, comprehensive, song and track index of Dick's Picks , Volumes 1-36. Amaze your friends, stump your rivals and spend countless joy filled hours with more than 50 full-color pages of figures, facts and fun.

Be sure to order before July 1 to get your copy!

THE FADER IS DEAD

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The FADER magazine—the definitive voice of emerging music—releases its annual Icon Issue, this time taking an in-depth look at one of the most consistently relevant forces in popular music: Jerry Garcia. The Grateful Dead was an incredible musical force that defined its generation, with Garcia as its de facto leader, to the point that the band is almost synonymous with the '60s. Yet the Dead—and Jerry especially—remained an active force well into the '90s, and the band's power and influence has anything but diminished since their final show. In fact, Jerry and the Dead are as relevant now as they've ever been—a constant inspiration and obsession for the current generation of musicians that The FADER celebrates issue after issue.

It is also telling that The FADER's 46th issue hits newsstands on the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love, and notable that The FADER's tribute focuses on the early years of the Grateful Dead, when Garcia was a young rocker obsessed with authentic American music like folk, bluegrass, the blues and the jug bands of the '20s. The photographs in the feature come exclusively from 1966, 1967 and 1968, including never before seen images. The entire feature is comprised of "as told to" style interviews full of untold stories and reflections on Garcia's life from those who knew him best, including Carolyn "Mountain Girl" Adams Garcia, the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, his friend David "Dawg" Grisman, his collaborator Ornette Coleman, his manager Richard Loren, and the Dead's legendary soundman Dan Healy, among others. Artists from The FADER generation also give accounts of their experiences with Garcia's life and music and the impact it has had on them. Contributors include Devendra Banhart, Brightblack, Modest Mouse, Animal Collective, Dungen, the Hold Steady, the Meat Puppets and many more.

"There are so many misconceptions and prejudices regarding Jerry and his legacy," said Alex Wagner, Editor in Chief of The FADER.  "We wanted to dig deep and show our readers that he's an incredibly relevant and inspiring figure—an honest to goodness rock star who very much deserves his place in the canon of modern music."

As the Icon Issue also doubles as The FADER's Photo Issue this year, the rest of the feature well of The FADER's 46th issue focuses on extensive photo portfolios from some of the magazine's most dynamic contributing photographers. The photo features includes stories on underground eco leaders in Philladelphia, gang life in the shadow of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, and the golden days of the itinerant gypsy community known as the Roma. As always, F45 will also be available via iTunes in its entirety, with corresponding audio podcasts, and as a free download at www.thefader.com.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE :: JERRY GARCIA, with contributions from:

Carolyn "Mountain Girl" Adams Garcia
"There was an aspect of his playing that kind of reached through the dimensions and affected how people felt about things. There was a certain kind of musical catharsis going on sometimes when he played. After a while things became so fluid and sparkling and sort of gorgeous, I found it very touching and moving and loved it. I still do."

Bob Weir
"We lived together in Watts…Everybody brought their own music for everybody else to enjoy…at the same time we were all listening to the radio and deconstructing what we were hearing. We just had no idea what we were up to, every possible direction was a possible direction. The world was full of endless possibilities."

Mickey Hart
"I remember the end of it. We were sitting in a meeting saying, 'What are we gonna do?!' and Jerry drew this snake that was eating its tail. He said "This is us. We're eating ourselves.'

Richard Loren
"I was riding a camel around the Pyramids and the Sphinx when suddenly I looked over to my left and saw a stage. It all kind of hit me. A light bulb went off in my head and I thought God, you know, the band should play here!"

Devendra Banhart
"The Grateful Dead are the reliable band. They are the sonic, aural equivalent to warm water. They give you these options and choices and it's all a world of maybe. And the realm of maybe is what really makes a trip comforting. They are that comfort. Suddenly the water isn't going to boil and it isn't going to turn ice cold, it's going to stay warm."

Geologist, Animal Collective
"There's also the parking lot. I try and say this to Animal Collective fans. In the indie world or whatever, there is a lot of pretension and exclusion in the attitude, like, 'This band and this music are mine, and I have no interest in anyone else being a part of it.' At Dead concerts, these old hippies would be like, 'Oh is this your first show? Welcome to the party! Congratulations, that's great!' One day I hope the parking lot of an Animal Collective Show will feel like the parking lot at a Grateful Dead show, just an overwhelming sense of fun and community."

About The FADER
Founded by Rob Stone and Jon Cohen in 1998, The FADER magazine is the definitive voice of emerging music and the lifestyle that surrounds it. Through in-depth reporting and a distinct street sensibility, The FADER aggressively covers the most dynamic breadth of music and style emanating from the fringes of the mainstream to the heart of the underground, and was also the first publication in history to be released on iTunes. The FADER is the authority on what's next.

TRACKLIST
"Cryptical Envelopment" 3/1/69 - Fillmore West
"Turn On Your Lovelight" 1/24/71 - Seattle Center Arena
"New Speedway Boogie" 5/15/70 - Fillmore East
"Tore Up Over You/Legion of Mary" 4/7/75 - Keystone, Berkeley

"Candyman" 6-11-76 - Boston Garden
"Terrapin Station" 12-29-77 - Winterland, San Francisco

The 22nd Annual KPFA Grateful Dead Marathon

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The 22nd annual KPFA Grateful Dead marathon:

The 22nd annual KPFA Grateful Dead marathon:

Saturday, February 3, 2007, 10 am to 1 am pacific time

Live music from the Waybacks; possible other surprise guests...

Broadcast live on KPFA 94.1 fm in Northern California and KFCF 88.1 in Fresno CA Webcast via nugs.net, kpfa.org, and kfcf.org

Featuring unreleased music from the Grateful Dead archive; an April 1986 performance by Kingfish with Bob Weir; Bob Weir and Ratdog from the fall of 2006 (which we'll be offering as a premium for those who contribute to the station); highlights from the recent "American Beauty Project" show in New York City; new music from Wake the Dead and others.

Playlist and program notes will be updated as the day progresses at: http://logblog.gdhour.com

Live chat room hosted by Marc Evans: http://www.gdhour.com/chat

Many parties have contributed gifts for those who pledge support for KPFA, the nation's first listener-sponsored radio station. Featured premiums for contributors will be Grateful Dead Live at the Cow Palace, New Year's Eve 1976," just released by Rhino Records.

More information available at http://dttw.gdhour.com

Hosted by: David Gans

Michelle's Dead Ticket Stub Project

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Michelle''s collage of Dead ticket stubs- for the Grateful Web

After already beginning this project I decided to start to document my progress. The idea was to display my many years of Grateful Dead ticket stubs... the earliest from August 1984- Jerry Garcia Band at the Mann Music Center in Philadelphia, PA. For some reason I no longer have my first show tickets... which is disappointing. That was three shows from September 1983 at the Spectrum in Philly. I was 15 years old. Anyway, this was a way of reliving the good ol' days... and waving my freak flag high! Show your Dead!

The Dead Guise

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The Dead Guise formerly known by the name Ded Guise pronounced "dead guys" came about during a discussion from founding members; Ken Younger, Bill DeSmit, Dan Albers and Dan Cuervo- on what to name the band. "Since we're a bunch of guys who play Dead music, let's call us Dead Guys" exclaimed Ken. Dan noted that to be really "out there" and provide a more original approach that it should spelled the "Ded Guise."

The band came about in the Autumn of 1994 when Ken Younger, Bill DeSmit and Dan Albers got together for a friendly jam session. After a 2 hour jam of the Grateful Dead songs "The Other One-Dark Star", a decision was made to form a group. Dan knew a jazz drummer named Dan Cuervo and the early days were spent playing live at Abernathy's in Walnut Creek, California. Cuervo left after a year for other endeavors and after a brief transition the Ded Guise acquired Kenny Meagher. Kenny was a perfect fit and the group thrived for the next few years playing parties and gigs in the East Bay. They routinely hosted the Annual Jerry Garcia Memorials located in San Leandro, Livermore and Hayward, CA. and played various bars and parties in the East Bay.

In the Fall of 99 the most exactly perfect brother Jeff Faust replaced Dan Albers on bass and the band just kept on playing. More interesting gigs came about and the band would play in Santa Cruz (Brookdale Lodge) and Placerville (Grateful Bear Ranch). 2003 brought in some big changes, first Bill DeSmit left to start his own musical project called "Gravity" and was replaced by John Heffernan on lead vocals and guitar. Second, the band has officially changed it's name to "The Dead Guise"

In the fall of 2004 the Guise finally stumbled upon a keyboardist named James Miller who's talents now fill out for the complete "sound". Check the Gigs link to find out about their next performance dates.

Seven Troops Dead Monday - Another Four Tuesday - 1002 DEAD

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In Iraq, another eleven Americans have been killed in the last two days.  Why isn't this all over the news?  Has America become desensitized to our troops dying?  How come Bush didn't mention one word about these troops yesterday during campaign stops?  The death toll is now 1002, and thousands others have been maimed.  Nobody knows exactly how many Iraqi civilians have been killed since America has occupied Iraq. I still have no idea what we've accomplished.  What does your idea of 'MISSION ACCOMPLISHED' mean, Bush? I just can't figure it out.