From the Grateful Dead to Widespread Panic: Morrison Hotel Gallery Celebrates the Long, Strange Trip of Rock's Legendary Jambands

Article Contributed by The Press House | Published on Tuesday, October 15, 2019

It all started in the Haight Ashbury over 50 years ago: from the psychedelic ballroom bands of the late 1960's, the Grateful Dead emerged and went on to have a robust 30-year career with Jerry Garcia and another 24+ years post-Garcia. Rather than sticking with a scripted set list, the band flowed into the unfamiliar territory of improvisational concert celebrations that broke down the boundaries between musician and audience. This new style of performance eventually gave birth to the genre of music we now know as "jamband," and its emergence onto the musical scene went on to inspire an explosion of musicians following in those "no risk, no reward" footsteps originally forged by the Grateful Dead.

While jambands have their roots in 60s rock groups like the Grateful Dead and - a few years later, the Allman Brothers - their appeal has extended well into modern times with artists such as Phish, the Dave Matthews Band and Widespread Panic - just to name a few.

On October 17th, from 7 to 9 PM at their NYC location, Morrison Hotel Gallery pays homage to the world's greatest jambands and the many talented photographers who have worked with these legendary performers with its Jambands exhibition. From Jerry Garcia and the gang backstage at the Fillmore East to Greg Allman posing next to a portrait of his brother as well as rehearsing with the band, this exhibit examines the forefathers of the jamband movement. It also takes visitors on an exploration of many of the like-minded bands that have followed, including The Band, Dave Matthews Band, Gov't Mule, Grace Potter, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Tedeschi Trucks, and more. This event is open to the public but you have to RSVP to attend. Those interested in attending the Jambands exhibition are asked to contact [email protected]

The Jambands exhibition will feature images by photographer Jay Blakesberg, known for his iconic shots of the Grateful Dead captured over 41 years of working closely with the band. Blakesberg will also be the featured artist for Morrison Hotel Gallery's November 3rd Close Up Artist Talk (which will be co-hosted by the ACE Hotel New York). The Artist Talk will be in celebration of the release of Blakesberg's new book, Jerry Garcia: Secret Space of Dreams, due for release on October 11th.

In addition to Blakesberg, the Jambands exhibition will also feature extraordinary images by photographers Danny Clinch, C. Taylor Crothers, Sam Erickson, Herb Greene, Brantley Gutierrez, Lynn Goldsmith, Patrick Harbron, Rene Huemer, Elliot Landy, Gilbert Lee, Catherine McGann, Patricia O'Driscoll, Ken Regan, Amalie R. Rothschild, Norman Seeff, Allan Tannenbaum, Peter Tarnoff, Dave Vann, and Baron Wolman.

This exhibition will show many of the musicians in this vibrant scene both on and off stage, over the course of the last 50 years!

About Morrison Hotel® Gallery 

MHG is the world's leading brand in fine art music photography representing over 125 of the world's finest music photographers and their archives. Their vast catalog of photography encompasses jazz, blues, and rock imagery spanning several generations through to today's contemporary music artists and now includes iconic photographs in the world of celebrity and sports as well. MHG has a robust online presence, featuring over 100,000 images searchable by photographer, music artist, band or concert.

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