Archive for September, 2017

“Red Roses, Green Gold”

Friday, September 29th, 2017

Interview with Michael Norman Mann, author of the new play “Red Roses, Green Gold,” based on the music of the Grateful Dead. This will air on the GDH the week of October 16, but previews are starting soon so I wanted to get the word out.

Letter from a listener

Friday, September 29th, 2017

Posted here with the writer’s permission:

Dear David:

Through dead.net, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying archival presentations of your program “The Grateful Dead Hour” while slogging through stuff I have to deal with at the office. The Grateful Dead are 22 years past-tense, and from what I understand, finding their more listenable material requires going even further back in time. I wanted to tell you that I REALLY appreciate the quality of the research you’ve done or the guests whom you feature, and the alternate takes (from the Dead and others) of music they’ve played. It sounds very professionally done, and, with first-rate access you seem to have (to those who’ve crossed the paths of GD members in significant ways), worthwhile for listening. It’s very professional in the impression it leaves, even if that’s achieved more by creativity and innovation than by lavish budget. Anyway, without more polysyllabic puffery, very well done.

Context: I just turned 57 yrs old, and through accompaniment of a younger friend to two Dead & Co. Shows last June (in San Jose – we had to travel about 750 miles from my driveway north of Seattle), have become initially interested in things ‘Dead, but through the prism / filter of my pre-existing music prejudices. Allegedly I had my face stolen the second of those shows, but I’d say my interest level isn’t single-subject obsessive (hope that doesn’t come across as too arrogant – I don’t mean for it to), so it might be that I’m not a full-fledged Dead-head (but instead a novice). I’ve picked up some very good quality (of performance and recording) live ‘Dead CDs, playing them when I exercise in the basement after work. I’ve read the Lesh and Kreutzmann memoirs, seen “Long and Strange Trip”, and truthfully wonder how any of those 4 guys are still alive (let alone still perform). So although I’m old, and so is the music, it’s new to me, and an interesting discovery. It’s hard to get my arms around what all I was exposed to – an audience culture, a special vocabulary, a unique repertoire, and of course that tendency to improvise when my own instinct says, “please stay with the melody” (the best improvisation will do it anyway, but step around it). Anyway I hope they (Dead & Co.) stay at it long enough for me to catch a few more shows live, and intend to further explore your archives. I need to cultivate hearing of the interaction of individual instruments instead of melody/structure/texture/transition.

I don’t know when you’d get up to the Pacific Northwest, but would appreciate the opportunity to hear you play and sing.

With Respect and Gratitude…

[name withheld]

(There’s an archive of Grateful Dead Hour shows on dead.net; a new one is added every Wednesday.)

DeadCo ticket giveaway!

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Dead & Company ticket giveaway!

I’ve got one pair for each show on the upcoming tour. We’re gonna offer them one show at a time.
Note: this is admission only. Just a pair of tickets.

First show is Sunday, November 12 at Madison Square Garden. If you’d like a pair of tickets to this show, send an email to DEADCO@WELL.COM – put the show date in the SUBJECT line and include your name, email address, and phone number in the body of the message.

We’ll pick a winner at random in a couple of days, and then I’ll announce the next giveaway.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1514

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

Week of September 25, 2017

Part 1 28:20
Dead & Company 6/1/17 Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles CA
TERRAPIN STATION->
DARK STAR

Bob Dylan, World Gone Wrong (Columbia)
STACK A LEE

Part 2 27:27

Grateful Dead 8/15/71 Berkeley Community Theater
BIG RAILROAD BLUES
PLAYING IN THE BAND
MR. CHARLIE
CUMBERLAND BLUES
SUGAREE

Starting in on the complete unreleased soundboard recording of August 15, 1971, Grateful Dead at the Berkeley Community Theater. The BCT is a 3500-seat sit-down theater, not an arena nor s ballroom with a dance floor. That made me happy at the time because I wanted to sit attentively and watch the musicians. But there was plenty of dancing in the aisles!

This is a very powerful Grateful Dead here, the original five guys – Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, and Ron “Pigpen” McKernan. Pigpen was still delivering strong vocal performances, but he wasn’t really adding much on the keyboards. This show takes place a couple of months before Keith Godchaux joins the band on piano, and you can sorta feel the niche opening up for a new voice in the songs and in the jams. We’ll talk more about the music over the next few weeks. This first segment is all short songs, with the somewhat unusual choice of “Big Railroad Blues” to open. It’s 8/15/71. Enjoy!

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour November 12 through December 8. Complete details and ticketing at www.deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour from November 12 through December 8.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Umphrey’s McGee return to The Cap for 2 nights, October 20th and 21st. It’ll be a psychedelic sea of mesmerizing light shows and shredding guitars. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

WNKU bites the dust

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

We knew this was coming. The new owners are taking over at WNKU, and all their current programming – including the GD Hour – will cease after this week.

Damn.

Cincinnati-area listeners, is there another radio station that might be interested?

You still have Ramblin’ Rob’s Greatest Story Ever Told, Thursdays 8-10pm on WAIF 88.3

Current station list is here.

Gans gigs this week: VA, NC, and SC!

Monday, September 18th, 2017

More info and more gigs at dgans.com

  • Tuesday, September 19: DG and The Grass Is Dead at The Ante Room, 219 Water Street West, Charlottesville VA
  • Wednesday, September 20, 9pm: DG and The Grass Is Dead at The Blind Tiger, 1819 Spring Garden Street, Greensboro NC
  • Thursday, September 21: Charleston Pour House w/ The Grass Is Dead. Advance tickets available.
  • Friday, September 22: DG and Better Off Dead at The Whiskey, Wilmington NC
  • Saturday, September 23: House concert in Lexington SC. Email me for info/reservations
  • Sunday, September 24: DG and The Possums at the Pour House, 224 Blount Street, Raleigh NC
  • Grateful Dead Hour no. 1513

    Sunday, September 17th, 2017

    Week of September 18, 2017

    Part 1 25:08
    Panel discussion 6/10/17 at Folsom Field, Boulder CO
    Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart interviewed by G Brown
    Gregg Allman, Southern Blood (Rounder)
    BLACK MUDDY RIVER

    Part 2 30:37
    Grateful Dead 7/25/72 Paramount Theater, Portland OR
    SUGAR MAGNOLIA
    SING ME BACK HOME
    NOT FADE AWAY->
    GOIN’ DOWN THE ROAD FEELIN’ BAD->
    NOT FADE AWAY

    The June 10 panel discussion was the unveiling of an exhibit on the Grateful Dead in Colorado, now permanently installed at the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, located in the trading post at Red Rocks in Morrison CO. Take a look the next time you’re up there!

    Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

    The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Umphrey’s McGee returns to The Cap for 2 nights on October 20th and 21st. Psychedelic light shows and shredding guitar solos will be in full effect. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

    Dead & Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour November 12 through December 8. Complete details and ticketing at deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead & Company, on tour from November 12 through December 8.

    Grateful Dead Hour no. 1512

    Sunday, September 10th, 2017

    Week of September 11, 2017

    Part 1 12:54
    Dead & Company 5/27/17 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas NV
    JACK STRAW

    Part 2 42:39
    Grateful Dead 7/25/72 Paramount Theater, Portland OR
    THE OTHER ONE->
    BASS SOLO->
    THE OTHER ONE->
    WHARF RAT

    Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Acclaimed alt-country rockers Drive-By Truckers will get rowdy at The Cap on Friday, October 6. Strand of Oaks opens with a special brand of indie Americana. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

    Grateful Dead Hour no. 1511

    Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

    Week of September 4, 2017

    Part 1 32:14
    Grateful Dead 7/25/72 Paramount Theater, Portland OR
    HE’S GONE
    GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD
    CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER->
    I KNOW YOU RIDER
    MEXICALI BLUES

    Part 2 22:51
    Grateful Dead, Europe ’72
    YOU WIN AGAIN
    Grateful Dead 7/25/72 Paramount Theater, Portland OR
    TRUCKIN’->
    DRUMS

    Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. One of the Northeast’s premier Grateful Dead cover bands, Gratefully Yours, lets the good times roll at Garcia’s on WED, SEP 20. Deadhead friends and family gather at Garcia’s! Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.