Archive for December, 2006

Ratdog to tour the west coast in February

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

This just in from GDTS-TOO!  Bob Weir and RatDog will play the following shows:

Saturday, February 10 at the Ventura Theatre, Ventura, CA.
Doors open at 7:00 PM. Show time is 8:00 PM.
All ages are welcome.
Mail order tickets are available at $58.00 VIP General
admission in the front of the Orchestra,
and $42.50 General admission in the second half
of the Orchestra. A taper section will be available at the $42.50 level.

Tuesday, February 13 at the Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA.
Doors open at 6:30 PM. Show time is TBA.
This is a General Admission show. All ages are welcome.
Mail order tickets are available at $38.00 per ticket.

Friday, February 16 at the Roseland Theater, Portland, OR.
Doors open at 8:00 PM. Show time is 9:00 PM.
21 and over ONLY.
Mail order tickets are available at $43.00 Reserved, and
$30.50 General Admission. A taper section will be available
at the General admission level.

Sunday, February 18 at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Doors open at 7:00 PM. Show time is 8:30 PM.
19 and over ONLY. Govt. ID required.
This is a general admission show.
Mail order tickets are available at US$45.50. Of course we will accept Canadian postal money orders in US Dollars.

By the way: February 18, 2007 is Chinese New Year’s, ushering in the Year of the Fire Boar.

We will consider Thursday, December 14, through Monday, December 18 as first postmark mail.

Obviously there are some gaps in the schedule. More shows will be added when details are confirmed.

We will not send out any tickets in December to avoid the Christmas Rush.

We wish you all a very happy Holiday Season, with the hope that 2007 will be a good year.

The Crew of GDTSTOO
12.13.2006

Dead to the World 12/13/06

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

Help on the Way->
Slipknot!->
Franklin’s Tower->
Dancin’ in the Streets
Samson and Delilah
– Grateful Dead 6/17/76 Capitol Theater, Passaic NJ

Interview with Blair Jackson, author of Dead Gear: the Band’s Instruments, Sound Systems, and Recording Sessions from 1965 to 1995.

Interview with Jim Lauderdale, recorded in my living room last night:
Upside Down (with Donna the Buffalo) – Jim Lauderdale, Headed for the Hills
I Will Wait for You – Jim Lauderdale, Ralph Stanley, and the Clinch Mountain Boys, I Feel Like Singing Today
Joy, Joy, Joy – Jim Lauderdale, Ralph Stanley, and the Clinch Mountain Boys, I Feel Like Singing Today
Trust (Guiding Star) – Jim Lauderdale, Onward Through it All
Headed for the Hills – Jim Lauderdale, Headed for the Hills
Who’s Leaving Who – Jim Lauderdale, Bluegrass
Single Standard Time – Jim Lauderdale, Country Super Hits! vol. 1
This World is Getting Mean – Jim Lauderdale with Donna the Buffalo, Wait til Spring
Rollin’ the Dice – Jim Lauderdale, The Hummingbirds

Jim Lauderdale is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter who has collaborated with Robert Hunter on many songs, including a whole album called Headed for the Hills. In September, he released two CDs on Yep Roc Records, Bluegrass and Country Super Hits! Vol. 1

Suwannee Springfest lineup taking shape…

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

Magnolia Music has been a supporter of the GD Hour for a decade. Plus, they put on two great events every year. I’m in the lineup for this festival, too – my favorite venue! – DG

Dear Festival Folks:

My Granny used to say “Live and Learn – If you’re lucky!” and one thing we’ve learned in the last two weeks is never ever put an exact date on when our lineup will be announced. It’s just asking for a delay, and that’s what happened. And in case inquiring minds want to know, there was never anything seriously wrong, it was just the paperwork technical legal delays of bands, booking agents, managers, and us! But we’re good to go now, so get ready because we think it was well worth any waiting!

Suwannee Springfest 2007!
We’ve got some new to us artist to share with you, like Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Ollabelle, The Infamous Stringdusters, Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams, the everybodyfields, and Scythian.

We’ve got Four Days of Donna the Buffalo and Three Days of Duhks!
Peter Rowan heads the list of many other of our festival favorites like Tony Rice, Jim Lauderdale, Joe Craven, Blueground Undergrass, The Lee Boys, Roy Book Binder and a whole lot more.

Please welcome back artists like Jorma Kaukonen, Darrell Scott, The Avett Brothers, Crooked Still, Will Kimbrough, and Seth Walker.

We’ve got a couple more bands we’re working on and we’ll let you know when and if they get confirmed. But for now, go to the lineup page and enjoy!

Special Tickets end December 31st and January 17th!
Don’t forget that Magnolia Blossom Season Passes, which include one ticket for Suwannee Springfest 07 and one ticket for MagnoliaFest 07 are on sale for a very special price until December 31st, 2006.

Suwannee Springfest Early Bird Tickets are on sale now until January 17th!
Order online or call our office 904-249-7990. Our office hours are generally Monday – Friday 10am -5pm but will vary wildly during December. Leave a message and someone will call you back!
Click this link for all ticket information

Suwannee Springfest
March 22 – 25, 2007
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Live Oak, Florida

Thank you for your time. We appreciate your support and commit to bringing you quality events that feature great music, a joyful community spirit, healing vibes, and that are just plain fun!

In Harmony,
Iris Blooms (speaking for Beth & Randy)
Magnolia Music & Events, Inc.
904-249-7990

Glide magazine features Rock the Earth

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

I am on the advisory board of Rock the Earth, an organization devoted to “Defending the planet one beat a time.” We’d love it if you would join up. – DG
Here’s an excerpt from a new Glide Magazine article about RTE:

You’ve likely seen the smiling faces behind the Rock the Earth booth at numerous shows and festivals across the nation. An environmental advocacy organization born from and serving the music community, Rock the Earth was founded by environmental attorney Marc Ross in 2002. With a staff of volunteers recruited from the music community, the projects upon which the legal and technical staff work are suggested by artists and their fans. Outreach, education, canvassing and membership solicitation is done in conjunction with the music community — at concerts and festivals throughout North America. Glide recently had a chance to speak with Ross, executive Director of Rock the Earth.

Read the whole article.

Songs and artists for the American Beauty Project

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

Looks like I’m going to be in NYC for at least the Saturday show…
Free in the World Financial Center Winter Garden, New York City. More info in the original (11/16) post.

Workingman’s Dead 8pm Sat, Jan 20, 2007:
1. Uncle John’s Band – Ollabelle with Larry Campbell
2. High Time – The Holmes Brothers
3. Dire Wolf – Larry Campbell with Teresa Williams and Rob Barraco
4. New Speedway Boogie – Catherine Russell and friends
5. Cumberland Blues – The Klezmatics
6. Black Peter – Jim Lauderdale with John Leventhal, Brandon Ross and friends
7. Easy Wind – Tim O’Reagan (the Jayhawks)
8. Casey Jones – Railroad Earth

Plus instrumental interludes by: Andy Statman and Tony Trischka.

American Beauty 8pm Sun, Jan 21, 2007:

1. Box Of Rain – Toshi Reagon
2. Friend Of The Devil – Mark Eitzel (American Music Club)
3. Sugar Magnolia – Jim Lauderdale and friends
4. Operator – Jorma Kaukonen with Barry Mitterhoff and Larry Campbell
5. Candyman – Jay Farrar (Son Volt/Unlce Tupelo)
6. Ripple – Dar Williams and Dan Zanes
7. Brokedown Palace – Ollabelle with Larry Campbell
8. Till The Morning Comes – Espers
9. Attics Of My Life – Larry Campbell with Teresa Williams and Rob Barraco
10. Truckin’ – The Jen Chapin Trio

Plus instrumental interludes by: Sex Mob, Tony Trischka, and Andy Statman.

Grateful Dead Hour #951

Sunday, December 10th, 2006

Week of December 11, 2006

Part 1 18:37
Grateful Dead 6/17/76 Capitol Theater, Passaic NJ
LAZY LIGHTNIN’->
SUPPLICATION
FRIEND OF THE DEVIL

Part 2 36:23
Harry Belafonte, Calypso
MAN SMART (WOMAN SMARTER)
Grateful Dead 6/17/76 Capitol Theater, Passaic NJ
LET IT GROW (with Drums)->
WHARF RAT->
AROUND AND AROUND

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Jam in the Dam music festival in Amsterdam, Holland March 18-19-20 at the legendary Melkweg music hall, where the Grateful Dead played 25 years ago. Performing will be Dark Star Orchestra, Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams, and Galactic, each doing a two-hour set each night. An intimate festival in one of the great cities of the world. More information, video clips, reviews, message board and tickets available at jaminthedam.com

eDeadshop.com, an online store offering t-shirts, hats, stickers, tie-dyes, gifts, and other rock’n’roll items.

Eagle Rock Entertainment, offering the Black Crowes’ Freak N Roll, recorded live in San Francisco in 2005, on CD and also on DVD with 5.1 surround sound; plus Eric Clapton’s Live at Montreux 1986 DVD, and Canned Heat’s DVD Live at Montreux 1973. Sample audio tracks and ordering information can be found at www.eaglerockent.com

Name checked in “The Humble Stumble”

Saturday, December 9th, 2006

Roy Schneider used my name in a most pleasing way today in his wonderful comic strip The Humble Stumble. Woo-hoo!

The thread actually begins two days earlier.

Thanks, Roy!

Another batch of photos from my archive

Friday, December 8th, 2006

Just posted on flickr:  Norton and Bonnie, originally uploaded by dgans.

Thanks to John Rottet, who did the scanning in his spare time, I’ve got another batch of photos from my journalism days in the bay area in the late ’70s.

So far I’ve posted shots of Carlos Santana 12/31/76, David Crosby and Graham Nash summer ’76, and this shot of Norton Buffalo and Bonnie Raitt smooching outside a club in Berkeley.

More to come…

Epitaph for the 109th Congress

Friday, December 8th, 2006

The San Francisco Chronicle’s “Two Cents” feature includes my response to the question, “Your epitaph for the 109th Congress?”

Tucker Carlson at a DSO show

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

This guy Dinger blogged about running into conservative talking head Tucker Carlson at a Dark Star Orchestra show. An excerpt:

Just prior to the beginning of the second set, I turned to Tucker Carlson and said (with my index finger and thumb a 1/4 inch of each other) that “I now have this much respect for you.” He said “why”? I said “just because he was into the music of the DEAD.” He then told me that he had been to 75 GRATEFUL DEAD shows and started to follow them in California as a 15 year old. Who Knew?

I then asked Tucker if he brought Anne Coulter (another DEAD HEAD)and he said “No, I brought my wife….she’s much prettier!!!”

Read the rest.

Robert Hunter archive relocated

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

Robert Hunter’s online archive, which includes his occasional journal posts, has moved to www.hunterarchive.com

Dead to the World 12/6/06

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

Cold Rain and Snow
Big River
They Love Each Other
Cassidy
Tennessee Jed
Looks Like Rain
Row Jimmy
The Music Never Stopped
Scarlet Begonias
Promised Land
Grateful Dead 6/17/76 Capitol Theater, Passaic NJ

No Puedo MasLos Lobos, The Town and the City
We Dance the Night AwayChris Bramble, Laugh at the Wind
Sandy Ford (Barbara Lee)Jim Lauderdale, Headed for the Hills*
Ginger PeachJim Lauderdale with Donna the Buffalo, Wait ’til Spring
Twilight in AmericaMr. Smolin, The Crumbling Empire of White People
Petroleum BonaparteJim Page, Head Full of Pictures
Ridin’ HighDread Clampitt
Tom Mix BluesMichael Peter Smith, Live at Dark-Thirty

*Robert Hunter co-wrote all the songs on Jim Lauderdale’s terrific CD Headed for the Hills.

Weekly downloads from the new DeadNet

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

David Lemieux is posting a weekly essay with audio in the “Taper’s Section” of the new Dead Net. It’s a “This week in Dead history” format.

Here’s an excerpt from the December 4-10 edition:

One of the most intriguing short tours in Grateful Dead history took place in the first two weeks of December, 1971, and featured the return of Pigpen, who had been resting himself the previous couple of months, allowing Keith to work his way into the band’s sound on the October, 1971 tour. The short December run included many shows Dead Heads can merely refer to by name and be greeted with a smile: Felt Forum; Ann Arbor; Boston Music Hall; Fox Theatre. Unfortunately, the vault doesn’t contain all of the shows from this tour, but what is there includes some of the best material, including the terrific “Run Run Rudolph” (MP3 5.17 MB), heard here from 12/4/71 in New York. There were also a few surprises on this little tour, including the return of “Smokestack Lightning” and the only performance of “Muddy Water,” (MP3 6.55 MB), heard here from the 12/5/71 show also at the Felt Forum in New York from the 10” reel-to-reel master.

And he closes with an invitation to get in touch:

Feel free to get in touch with questions or comments, or if there is any particular show about which you’re curious about the vault source (if any), don’t hesitate to ask. We’ll try to address your curiosity in future entries, date-appropriate, of course.

David Lemieux
vault [at] dead.net

This is a wonderful development. The old DeadNet was static, stale, and hard to navigate. I am thrilled to see this new feature, and I look forward to more cool stuff in the future.

Grateful Dead Hour #950

Sunday, December 3rd, 2006

Week of December 4, 2006

Part 1 26:39
Grateful Dead 6/17/76 Capitol Theater, Passaic NJ
HELP ON THE WAY->
SLIPKNOT!->
FRANKLIN’S TOWER

Part 2 29:41
Grateful Dead 6/17/76 Capitol Theater, Passaic NJ
DANCIN’ IN THE STREETS->
SAMSON AND DELILAH
SHIP OF FOOLS

Might as Well: The Persuasions Sing Grateful Dead
I BID YOU GOOD NIGHT

Support for the Grateful Dead hour this week comes from:

The Jam in the Dam music festival in Amsterdam, Holland March 18-19-20 at the legendary Melkweg music hall, where the Grateful Dead played 25 years ago. Performing will be Dark Star Orchestra, Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams, and Galactic, each doing a two hour set each night. An intimate festival in one of the great cities of the world; more information, video clips, reviews, message board and tickets available at jaminthedam.com

Vanguard Records, presenting Joan Osborne’s new release Pretty Little Stranger, featuring the Grateful Dead’s “Brokedown Palace,” the first single “Who Divided,” and songs by Kris Kristofferson and Patty Griffin. Alison Krauss appears, along with many other friends. Joan Osborne’s audio tracks stream online at myspace.com/joanosborne, and the CD is available at retail outlets nationwide, iTunes and vanguardrecords.com.

eDeadshop.com, an online store offering t-shirts, hats, stickers, tie-dyes, gifts, and other officially licensed merchandise from the Grateful Dead, Phish, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Pink Floyd, and many others.

Jerry Garcia 12/31/76

Sunday, December 3rd, 2006

The impending release of the Dead’s 12/31/76 show at the Cow Palace inspired me to dig out my photos from that night. Extra big thanks to John Rottet for scanning my negatives.

I also finally got around to organizing all the GD shots among my flickr images.