Grateful Brass w/ Jefferson Bergey & Jules Leyhe @ The Ivy Room | 4/19/2024

Article Contributed by Mr. Hat | Published on Saturday, March 16, 2024

Mr. Hat Presents Jazz Mafia's Grateful Brass ft. Erin Honeywell, with special guests Jefferson Bergey (Freestone Peaches) & Jules Leyhe.

Jazz Mafia's Grateful Brass are a brass band offering a spirited reinterpretation of the music of the Grateful Dead, featuring lead vocalist Erin Honeywell, led by Adam Theis (Bob Weir & The Wolf Brothers).

Jefferson Bergey (lead vocals, The Freestone Peaches) and Jules Leyhe will open with a set of Allman Brothers and Grateful Dead, and Jefferson will join Grateful Brass as a guest vocalist.

8 pm doors, 8:30 Jefferson & Jules, 9:30 Setbreak Smokeout, 9:45-12:20- 2 sets of Grateful Brass

Grateful Brass reimagines the iconic music of the Grateful Dead with an instrumentation of brass, drums and vocals (no guitar!). The music digs deep into the Grateful Dead discography with creative re-imaginations infused with the ebullient spirit of New Orleans Second Line, trance-like grooves of Afrobeat, brass-driven energy of Balkan music, and energetic Afro-Cuban polyrhythms, all sitting on top of a heavy foundation of funk.

Grateful Brass is led by Adam Theis who is a current member of The Wolf Pack with Bob Weir & Wolf Bros and whose arrangements are featured in their live shows, as well as two Bob Weir albums.

Some of the finest musicians on the West Coast have joined Theis in creating this newest offshoot of the Bay Area music collective Jazz Mafia; many who have long collaborated with other artists in the Grateful Dead community like Mickey Hart, Joe Russo's Ain't Dead Yet, Peter Rowan, Reed Mathis, Jackie Greene, and Cold Blood.

Grateful Brass embraces the challenge of carrying on a 50+ year tradition of imagination, creativity, and groovy improvisatory adventures. This loving homage will make you fall in love with Grateful Dead's music all over again, or for the first time.