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Ratdog Photos from the Beacon Theater (4.5.2008)

Bobby and Ratdog played the Beacon Theater in New York City the past three nights.  One of our writers, Sharon Abella, was on hand and snapped some photos of the show.  Check back soon for her write-up from the night. And a special thank you to Dennis McNally for his wonderful hospitality.

Enjoy,

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Winterland 1973: The Complete Recordings

You waited, you begged, you became surly; so without further ado...A Dead.Net Exclusive:

Happy Birthday Phil Lesh!

Phil Lesh is 68 years young today. Happy Birthday, Phil! Phil & Friends are hitting all the summer festivals, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to see the latest incarnation of Phil & Friends.  Check below for all the cool festivals Phil & Friends will be playing.  The Grateful Web will be on-hand at many of these festivals, so watch for upcoming reviews and photo spreads from these great summer shows.   Happy Spring!

Donna Jean & The Tricksters: Coming Full Circle

There is something to be said about the marriage of experience and youth. It usually results in wisdom–or at the least a sort of magic. And magic is what seems to be coming from the new band, Donna Jean & the Tricksters. The experience comes from Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay, known best for her harmony voice in the Grateful Dead, and keyboardist Mookie Siegel, who has played with the David Nelson Band, Phil & Friends, and RatDog.

Happy 60th Birthday, Bob Weir!

Bob Weir at Red Rocks - Morrison, CO- for the Grateful Web

Bob Weir is 60 years old today.  I saw Bobby play on his 42nd bday on 10.16.89 at the Brendan Byrne Arena in New Jersey.   Grateful Web hopes Bobby has 60 more birthdays.  be well, bobby

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.

A Look Back at the 2007 10,000 Lakes Festival

Hey kids! Sorry this review is so late, but life always gets in the way once you return from a fest huh? Anyway, I moved to another state so that was a bit disruptive, then I got almost entirely finished with this little piece here, and the house got struck by lightning! And wouldn't it just figure that the two things that got smoked were some files I had open on another computer (including this review) and my beloved stereo! Heartbreak all around. I digress. Hope everyone had a great summer and are finding some cool musical events for the upcoming lovely fall weather.

Ratdog & Keller Williams on the Rocks

Keller & Bobby at Red Rocks- for the Grateful Web

Ratdog and Keller Williams played Red Rocks this past Tuesday night. Here are some photos from that night. More photos will be added over the weekend.

I: Jam > Shakedown Street > Minglewood Blues > She Belongs to Me > Money for Gasoline > Loser* > Brown-Eyed Women* > Weather Report Suite Prelude/Part 1 > Let It Grow

II: Me and My Uncle@4, Victim or the Crime@, The Weight@, Mississippi Half-Step > The Other One > Stuff > Standing on the Moon > Sugar Magnolia

E: At a Siding > Terrapin Flyer

Show with Steve Kimock (Guitar); *-with Keller Williams (Guitar/Vocals); Mark was absent; Bob sat in with Keller on "Dark Star"(Keller Williams opened)

setlist from: www.ratdog.org

Upcoming Ratdog gigs:

7/27/07 San Diego, CA  Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay 

7/28/07 Los Angeles, CA  Greek Theater

8/11/07 Bridgeport, CT  Gathering of the Vibes 

8/12/07 Lowell, MA Boarding House Park  

MID-AUGUST TOUR WITH THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND!

8/14/07 Bristow, VA Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge

8/15/07 Burgettstown, PA Post-Gazette Pavilion

8/17/07 Camden, NJ (and Keller Williams) Tweeter Center @ The Waterfront 

8/18/07 Bushkill, PA Mountain Laurel Center

8/19/07 Darien Center, NY  Darien LakePerforming Arts Center 

8/21/07 Wantagh, NY  Nikon Theatre at Jones Beach 

8/22/07 Holmdel, NJ  PNC Bank Arts Center 

tickets are available through GDTS TOO

Bob Weir, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Mr. Blotto, & Festival Philosophy

In a rare Grateful Dead booking configuration, this year's 10,000 Lakes Festival will feature not only found Dead member Bob Weir and his band Ratdog, but also Chicago's Mr.