Outside Lands 2019 came and went, and the 12th year of the festival brought with it a wide array of emotions for all to step through the gates. This year’s Outside Lands featured their most polarizing line up to date. The general feel around the Bay Area in the months leading up to the festival was you either thought this was the strongest year yet, or adamantly detested everything it stood for, there was no in between.
The sun came out bathing the Ventura fairgrounds in a beautiful orange glow as sleepy festival goers woke from a long night of music and partying. The noontime drum circle was the wake-up call for many. But it wasn’t until about 3 PM, when Northern California’s premiere Grateful Dead cover band, the China Cats took the stage, that most people finally gathered together for a dance jam. The group formed in 2008 in Santa Cruz California and has garnered a loyal following since.
Becoming a Dead Head was and still is a remarkable thing, much richer and more complex than simply deciding to like a band. It means becoming part of a community, a family of kindred souls. It’s about celebration but also about learning – new music forms, whether it’s obscure blues or chanting monks or … everything.
On Thursday, December 6th, the hill in Boulder will again be grooving to the sounds of the Grateful Dead. Making their first appearance at The Fox Theatre is Los Angeles, CA tribute act Grateful Shred. Accessing a full repertoire of songs from the Dead’s 60’s and 70’s catalogue, Grateful Shred’s sound is Workingman’s Dead incarnate, focusing more on the Folk and Americana elements on the Dead and less on the electrified Psychedelic, Progressive, Jazz, or