Archive for November, 2008

Rubber Souldiers in Berkeley 11/20

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Reminder: RUBBER SOULDIERS at the Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley CA

Thursday, November 20, 9pm

Rubber Souldiers is a “Beatles jam band” with Chris Rowan (vocals & 12-string), Lorin Rowan (vocals, guitar, mandolin), David Gans (vocals, guitar), Paul Knight (bass), Craig Dawson (drums).

Benefit show 12/19 in Santa Rosa CA

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

For Immediate Release

On November 14th, beloved member of the Bay Area music community Michelle McFee underwent radical cancer surgery in San Francisco. From her early days as a Pegasus poet through her years working with the New Riders of the Purple Sage and into today, Michelle has been a constant in Bay Area music for over forty years.

To help defray her expenses, Blacklight Productions, in conjunction with the Kinkaid Foundation, has organized Words & Music: The Michelle McFee Benefit Concert. There is also a silent auction of unique items from the worlds of music, literature, and beyond. Both concert and auction are completely non-profit events.

Possibly no one else could have inspired the extraordinary lineup of talent who will take the stage on December 19th at the Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Boulevard, Santa Rosa. Doors open at 7:00. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door:

David Nelson and Special Guests, with David Nelson, Mark Karan, Pete Sears, Jimmy Sanchez, Peter Albin and Dave Getz

Rubber Souldiers, with Chris Rowan, Lorin Rowan (contingent on his availability), David Gans, Jimmy Sanchez and Robin Sylvester

Bill Cutler & Friends, with Bill Cutler, Patrick Campbell, Dave Perper, Steve Shufton and Peter Harris

Details about the show, auction, donations, and ticket pre-sales can be found at

We hope that, as a member of the Bay Area music and media world, you’ll join us in getting the word out about a fantastic show for a remarkable member of our community. Feel free to contact me, by phone or email (preferable) for more information.

Deborah Grabien, Event Coordinator
Words & Music: The Michelle McFee Benefit Concert

Dead to the World 11/19/08

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

DemocracyLeonard Cohen, The Future
SilverlinedDonna the Buffalo, Silverlined
Family PictureDonna the Buffalo, Positive Friction
Temporary MiseryDonna the Buffalo, Silverlined
Big RiverJohnny Cash’s America soundtrack
I Ain’t Marchin’ Any MoreJefferson Starship, Jefferson’s Tree of Liberty
Save Us from the SavedDavid Gans, The Ones That Look the Weirdest Taste the Best
Partisan PolkaChuck McCabe, Creatures of Habit
American TunePaul Simon, 1964/1993
Waggin’ the DogRailroad Earth, Amen Corner

Mickey Hart art show starts this weekend. See this earlier blog post for info.

Doctor Robert – Rubber Souldiers 10/25/08 MagnoliaFest, Live Oak FL

Rubber Souldiers play at the Ashkenaz (1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley) tomorrow night, Thursday 11/20, 9pm.

Hell in a Bucket
Cold Rain and Snow
Little Red Rooster
Tennessee Jed
Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again
To Lay Me Down
Let It Grow
Grateful Dead 7/13/89 RFK Stadium, Washington DC

Photos of GD acoustic set 11/17/78

Monday, November 17th, 2008

A user named Icepetal has posted a set of photos from the Grateful Dead’s acoustic performance at the Rambler Room at Loyola University 11/17/78.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1052

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

Week of November 17, 2008

Part 1 27:19
Grateful Dead 6/26/76 Auditorium Theater, Chicago

Part 2 28:06
Grateful Dead, Wake of the Flood
Grateful Dead 6/26/76 Auditorium Theater, Chicago

Ollabelle, Before This Time

Wake of the Flood, the Dead’s 1973 studio album, is available from the Grateful Dead online store on CD and via download in three formats.

GD on Bluegrass Signal 11/15

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

From Peter Thompson:

Here’s the plan for “Bluegrass Signal” on Sat., Nov. 15th, broadcast on KALW (91.7 FM, San Francisco, and from 6:30 – 8 pm (Pacific Time). In addition the show’s first hour will be repeated five times during the week of Dec. 6-12 on WAMU’s “Bluegrass Country” (

The show’s theme: bluegrass versions of songs (and/or arrangements) by the Grateful Dead. I’m excited about being able to debut Jesse McReynolds’ recording of “Black Muddy River,” which is on his Garcia-Hunter tribute, scheduled for a 2009 release.

It seemed logical to set up this track with OAITW and JGAB recordings of Jim & Jesse songs, so that’s how the show begins. I’m pretty sure the first three sets will go as planned, but live radio could things could change thereafter. BTW, thanks once again to David for turning me on to The Grass Is Dead, whose three albums provide the best collections of bluegrass covers of GD songs — at least until Jesse’s album is released.

Turn your radio on!
– Peter

BLUEGRASS SIGNAL: Grateful Grass – Nov. 15/08 on KALW

OLD & IN THE WAY: Hard Hearted/That High Lonesome Sound
(Acoustic Disc/73>96)
the World)/Lunt-Fontanne, NYC: The Best Of The Rest – October 15-30,
1987 (
JERRY GARCIA ACOUSTIC BAND: Ashes Of Love/Lunt-Fontanne, NYC: The Best
Of The Rest – October 15-30, 1987 (
JESSE McREYNOLDS & THE VIRGINIA BOYS: Black Muddy River/Tribute to
Garcia-Hunter (forthcoming)

STEEP CANYON RANGERS: Don’t Ease Me In/Lovin’ Pretty Women (Rebel/07)
DAVID THOM BAND: Ship Of Fools/The Thief (Swollen/04)
SELDOM SCENE: I Know You Rider/Live At the Cellar Door (Rebel/75>92)

THE GRASS IS DEAD: Row Jimmy Row/The Grass Is Dead (
THE GRASS IS DEAD: Foolish Heart/20 Degrees Of Solitude

RICE, RICE, HILLMAN & PEDERSEN: Friend of the Devil/Rice, Rice, Hillman &
Pedersen (Rounder/99)
CACHE VALLEY DRIFTERS: Cumberland Blues/Stolen Roses: Songs Of The Grateful
Dead (Arista/00)
JONATHAN McEUEN & PHIL SALAZAR: Franklin’s Tower/A Tribute To Jerry Garcia

BILLY & TERRY SMITH: Alabama Getaway/Long Live the Dead – A Tribute to the
Grateful Dead (K-Tel/96)
ADRIENNE YOUNG & LITTLE SADIE: Brokedown Palace/The Art of Virtue
THE WAYBACKS: Dupree’s Diamond Blues/Live at MerleFest

Dead to the World 11/12/08

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Dancin’ in the Streets->
Shakedown Street
Ratdog 11/5/08 Warner Theatre, Washington DC
That’s It for The Other OnePhil Lesh and Friends w/ Bob Weir 5/13/08 Warfield Theater, San Francisco
Push Comes to ShoveDonna the Buffalo, Live from the American Ballroom
Other SideBoris Garcia, Once More into the Bliss
Never Date a MusicianThe Bobs, Get Your Monkey Off My Dog
The Wine SongMike Agranoff, Ain’t Never Been Plugged
Children of DarknessThe Dulcimer Girls, Old Ways Area Leaving
Things We Said Today
– Rubber Souldiers 10/25/08 MagnoliaFest, Live Oak FL

Rubber Souldiers (Chris Rowan, Lorin Rowan, David Gans, Paul Knight, CC Dawson) play at the Ashkenaz (1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley CA) on Thursday, November 20. Showtime 9pm

Darling Underdog – John Doe, A Year in the Wilderness

Gans gig (and CD) update

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Hello friends!

The CD, The Ones That Look the Weirdest Taste the Best, is here, but the web page isn’t quite ready for prime time. For now, you can see the cover art, read the credits, listen to audio samples, and click to order by visiting this earlier blog post.

It’s also available at and it should be in the iTunes Music Store soon, too.

I’m staying in California for the rest of the year (unless a cool New Year’s Eve gig comes up somewhere). I’ll be in the Northwest in mid-February and in Utah around the first of March. More on those gigs, and whatever else lies ahead, in a few weeks.

Here’s what I have so far for November and December. Email me for info on the house concerts, or visit the web page for more information and direct links to the hosts and venues.

Friday November 14, 8pm: Linnaea’s Cafe, San Luis Obispo CA. No cover!
Saturday, November 15, 10:30pm: with Mr Smolin at Taix, Los Angeles. No cover!
Sunday, November 16, 2pm: house concert and potluck in San Diego CA

Thursday, November 20: Rubber Souldiers, Rowan Brothers, and DG at the Ashkenaz, Berkeley CA. Here are a few selections from the show we played at MagnoliaFest in Florida on October 25, and here’s the blurb about the band on the venue’s site.

Friday, November 21: DG opens for Donna the Buffalo at the Great American Music Hall, San Francisco. DTB doesn’t come to the west coast nearly often enough, so please come hear this great band, dance your buns off, and make sure they have the inventive to return soon.

Saturday, November 22, 7:30-9:30pm: with Kurt Huget at the Nomad Cafe, 6500 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland CA

Saturday, November 29, 2-6pm: Marilyn’s on K Street, 908 K Street, Sacramento. Grateful Dead tribute with DG, Lightning Hand, East Portal Express, Ghosts of Wyoming, and Dirt Nap Band.

Friday, December 12: The Poster Room at the Fillmore in San Francisco. Ozomatli on the main stage; DG plays before the show and during the break.

Friday, December 19, 7:30pm: Words and Music: The Benefit for Michelle McFee at The Glaser Center, Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 547 Mendocino Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA. David Nelson, Pete Sears, Bill Cutler, Dave Getz, Robin Sylvester, Rubber Souldiers (Chris Rowan, Lorin Rowan, David Gans), Mark Karan, Pat Campbell, Peter Albin, Jimmy Sanchez, David Perper, and others.

Saturday, December 20, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm: Grand Lake Farmers’ Market, Oakland CA

Saturday, December 27, 7:30-9:30pm: DG solo at theNomad Cafe, 6500 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland CA

GD Hour archives on DeadNet

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

We’ve been a tiny bit late posting the last two weeks, but it’s still happening: programs from the GD Hour archive posted on DeadNet every Wednesday.

Today’s post is the second of two remembering the late Merl Saunders, who was a splendid interview as well as a great musician.

Just posted: Grateful Dead Hour #97, originally heard the week of July 30, 1990

Last week’s post was Grateful Dead Hour #489, originally broadcast the week of February 2, 1998

Always happy to field your requests. You can browse the GD Hour archives here, and search for specific songs or interviews or show dates here (courtesy of David Newhouse).

Threee questions to ponder

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Steve Hurlburt, whose Dreadheads is a counterculture documentary well worth seeing, has posted three excellent short films on YoutTube:

Premise: I asked a bunch of folks at the recent “Change Rocks” show at Penn State what some well-known Hunter lyrics meant to them. As you might imagine, the responses run the gamut from “I don’t know” to hippie non sequitur to you-can’t-make-it-up. The chapters of the trilogy are:

Roll Away the Dew

Eyes of the World

Box of Rain

and should/can be viewed in that order.