Zach Nugent

On the 48th anniversary of the Grateful Dead’s legendary visit to San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall (8/13/75), Dead Heads recently returned to see an all-star lineup of jam band stars recreate the show – and more – to benefit the Grateful Guitars Foundation. Not only were there star players, but also star instruments. It took a spreadsheet for musical director Alex Jordan (Cubensis, Midnight North) to keep things straight—check it out.

Zach Nugent’s Dead Set comes to City Winery Boston for a Special 81st Birthday Celebration for Jerry Garcia on Tuesday, August 1st at 6:00 PM. Tickets and information are available at

Grateful Web is delighted to share news of converging baseball and Dead music at Oracle Park. On Wednesday, August 2, 2023, the Sunshine Garcia Band, known for their memorable performances of the national anthem on past Grateful Dead nights, will take center stage with members of Zach Nugent's Dead Set. This high-powered concert will precede the face-off between the San Francisco Giants and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Zach Nugent’s Dead Set is thrilled to announce their ‘Spring Thaw’ New York Tour, which will take place from April 19th to April 29th. The six-show tour will kick off at Garcia's in Port Chester on April 19th and will conclude with a show at Cohoes Music Hall on April 29th, with stops in Syracuse, Rochester, Ithaca and Woodstock along the way!

Jerry’s Middle Finger, the nation’s preeminent Jerry Garcia Band tribute, kicks off a 3-night Pacific Northwest run tonight at Portland’s Mission Theatre with very special guest Zach Nugent.

The band then heads tomorrow to Tacoma, WA for their first ever gig at the Spanish Ballroom and closes the visit with a Sunday night gig at Seattle’s Tractor Tavern.

Music and merriment drifted from person to person on August 5 to 7, all wrapped in the loving embrace of the fabled tree-and-meadow acreage of Black Oak Ranch, aka the Hog Farm, for the second Days Between festival in far Northern California.

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.

Since the Grateful Dead has always cherished weirdness as a super-positive adjective, it’s not totally surprising that the post-Dead scene should have the weirdest possible outcome….namely, instead of fading away, Dead-Head-ism is growing just as it always has.  Now, it turns out, Dead Heads are fans of the music even more than the band, so that who’s playing the music is mostly a matter of taste and choice.

In a three-set, five hour night of music at the Warfield Theatre on February 25 that began with an unusual David Nelson Band performance, the current, proficient Melvin Seals and JGB turned in an fine set before giving way to special band roster, also led by monster organist Seals, but with the addition of Stu Allen on lead guitar, Oteil Burbridge on bass and 1980s-‘90s-era JGB v

The air was crackling with energy last Saturday night as fans piled into The Warfield to witness a tribute to hometown hero Jerry Garcia. The significance of the venue was certainly not lost on the audience, smiles abounding through the crowd on the floor of the theater, which provided a home-base for the Jerry Garcia Band in the 1980s and 90s. Garcia performed at the hallowed venue 88 times, and the memories of countless transcendent nights of music have seeped into the bones of the old theater.

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