Two of the Grateful Dead's greatest albums, American Beauty and Workingman's Dead, both recorded in 1970, will each be honored with its own evening when Arts>World Financial Center presents The American Beauty Project free in the World Financial Center Winter Garden, 220 Vesey Street.
I never understood the notion of the critic. Who takes the time and effort to write about something they don't like? I have always tried to use the written word to elevate, not dissect or discredit. So it's with some trepidation that I set out to discuss RatDog's two night stand at (to borrow from the great Neil Peart) the "obnoxious local bank" theater (near Westbury Music Fair) on October 31st and November 1st in Westbury, NY.
We need not recap the 11 year history of this wondrous event, held for five years now at the Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville, NY. We need no account of the heartfelt and soulful preparation put in by the original "Deadhead Heaven" promoters, Terrapin Tapes and Dupree's Diamond News, to commemorate the life and music of Jerry Garcia. These details have been covered numerous times in other reports. All we need is to be here
The night started out cold and rainy, which is almost as unlikely in Boulder as the Jerry Garcia Band has been. Ironically, I inquired to my wife about two weeks before the announcement of the show, while listening to the JGB recording from Kean College 1980 about when they will play in Boulder again. I saw them play in San Diego last summ
The Planet Drum 2006 Tour reunites Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju, and Giovanni Hidalgo for a September series of West Coast shows in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the ground-breaking album of that name. Planet Drum was released in 1991 on the Rykodisc label and went on to earn the first-ever Grammy in the World Music category. The tour is the groups first in almost a decade. It also marks the resumption of an artistic relationship – between Mickey Hart and Zakir Hussain – that goes back to the late 1960s.
Vince died Friday, June 2nd. He played keyboards with the Grateful Dead from September 1990 - August 1995. Though he received a lot of criticism during his tenure, Vince was a loving, happy guy who played his heart out with the band. Grateful Web sends our thoughts to his family and friends. Thanks for your loving nature, Vince. We'll miss you...
Thanks to Jann L for this picture! Jerry's coming back to the big island (Kona) after a day spent scuba diving. Jann told us Jerry could spend more time under water on one tank than any body else.
If you'd like to share your Jerry pictures, we'll be more than happy to tell your story too. Thanks for sharing, Jann!
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