When it comes to the Grateful Dead family, the old saying, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” is epitomized by Deadheads the world over. Yet we would be remiss if we didn’t understand that this is due to the quality of the parts, and their relationship with one another. The whole cannot be greater than its parts if the parts do not serve the whole. And in the end, this is why the Grateful Dead survives. We come for the music, and stay for the family. And what a family we have become.
After two years of planning and working through the COVID pandemic, two Edmonton promoters have joined forces to present a new music festival in Edmonton, Dead Ends Live.
On the weekend of March 18 and 19, 2022, Edmontonians will be able to enjoy the first hotel-based indoor festival as Dead Ends Live presents a weekend based on music inspired by The Grateful Dead and the spirit of the Jam Band Scene.
The inaugural Days Between Festival, celebrating the legacy of late-Grateful Dead patriarch Jerry Garcia and the musical score he left embedded in our soul, was upbeat and a resounding success in northern Mendocino County, California on August 6 and 7, even amidst the rage of north-state wildfires and Covid-19 pandemic 2.0. Proof of vaccination or a negative, very-recent Covid test were required for entry.
Acclaimed guitarist Joe Marcinek and singer-songwriter David Gans, host of the Grateful Dead Hour and the Grateful Dead SiriusXM channel will play an evening of Bob Dylan and Grateful Dead tunes at the Fox Theatre in Boulder on Thursday, March 26 with drummer Adam Perry (Gasoline Lollipops, Yawpers) and surprise Colorado guests.
The Suwannee Roots Revival music festival held its fourth annual concert at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL. The four-day festival ran from Thursday, October 10th through Sunday, October 13th, and featured a variety of top-rated musical acts. The family-friendly event is situated in northern Florida where concertgoers and campers can relax amidst the Spanish covered Oaks, a lake, a river, or a beach.
Spiral Light will be performing at The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater on Friday, December 14th, 2018, with special guest David Gans, musician and host of SiriusXM’s Grateful Dead Hour. He will also join Spiral Light performing the iconic music catalog of the Grateful Dead to the backdrop of a sensory expanding psychedelic light show!
Something really remarkable happened at the Fare Thee Well shows in 2015. Instead of being a goodbye, it was a re-ignition, a passing of the torch in some ways. Although Jerry was always quick to point out that it was Dead Heads who created themselves, the phenomenon of Dead Head-ism was focused on the band for the first 30 years. And it was fairly fractured for the next twenty, with some liking some iterations, and others, not. And the musicians aren’t done, whether it’s Dead & Co. or Phil and Bobby’s recent duo, or the future outings of Billy and Mickey.
Occasionally a flower rises up out of the garden of humanity that stands alone in its beauty and inspiration. In this case, it does so in the form of the Barton Hills Choir out of Austin, Texas. Headed by elementary school choir director, Gavin Tabone, BHC made their big splash onto the music scene through the Dead Covers Project. Submitting refreshing renditions of “Touch of Grey” and “Ripple,” the Dead family was instantly charmed by these talented young vocalists. “And it’s been snowballing from there,” s