If one considers how Grateful St. Louis is for The Kind, The Shwag and Jake's Leg, there's no doubt that this city certainly knows how to honor its Dead. Truckin' into town are two of the ultimate Dead cover bands. Straight out of the kennel comes RatDog. Led by former Grateful guitarist Bob Weir, the band plays a repertoire of Bob's solo material, Dead favorites and, of course, select tracks from RatDog's premier 10 track CD, Evening Mood.
This a story about my own first mystical experience with the band. I can't remember exactly what year...82 or 83, I believe. It was Friday the 13th and we were at the Greek Theater in Berkley Cal. It was a gorgeous day...mid 70s and not a cloud in the sky. This was back in the day when sold out shows were simulcast outside the facility so you were assured of a good time even without a ticket. I was selling and trading painters hats with the steal your face stamped on top and was gifted a set of berkeley community theater stubs to get me in the shows.
Songs that have asterisks are ones that Susan Tedeski joined in on. I don't even think they announced her at the show, b/c the whole time we all kept saying, who is that??? and she really didn't do much for the songs. i would have at least expected her to stand out a bit during estimated prophet, but she didn't do the donna-back ups the way you'd expect.
Driving down from Boulder on HWY 93, our VW Bus and every one coming from the north were treated to a wicked lightning show. It’s funny, but my friends and I often joke about leaving our little bubble in Boulder, driving into Jefferson County, seeing the factories and sprawl instead of our lovely open space. Most of the drive is really pretty though. But the city council in Golden hasn’t a clue, they have some of the loveliest geography in America, and instead preserving it, they have turned much of into cookie cutter America. But I digress…
Phil Lesh will be at Bonfils Blood Center's Lowry Donor Center on Saturday, June 19, 2004 to increase awareness about the importance of giving blood. Lesh received a liver transplant and is an advocate for blood, organ and tissue donation. He dedicates much of his time at similar events across the country to promote blood donation and express his gratitude to donors. Lesh will be at the Lowry Donor Center for a portion of the blood drive.
The Dead just played the Bonnaoo Music Festival in Manchester, TN. We just got news of the setlist, check it out here:
June 12, 2004 | Bonnaroo Music Festival | Manchester, TN
Me & Bobby McGee