Three bay area gigs this week

November 12th, 2014
  • Wednesday, November 12, 9pm: DG and Stevie Coyle join Teja Gerken‘s Guitar Showcase at the Sleeping Lady, Fairfax CA
  • Thursday, November 13, 7:30-10pm: The Known Unknown at the Monkey House Theater in Berkeley: DG, Phil Savell, Zach Partain, Neil Hampton, and guests. $10-20 sliding scale. Email reservations@monkeyhousetheater for info/reservations.
  • Saturday, November 15, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm: Grand Lake Farmers’ Market, Oakland CA. Free! Great produce, meat, and prepared foods.
  • More info and more future gigs at dgans.com/gigs.html

    Grateful Dead Hour no. 1364

    November 9th, 2014

    Week of November 10, 2014

    Part 1 26:53
    Grateful Dead 9/20/82 Madison Square Garden, New York City
    TERRAPIN->
    DRUMS->
    SPACE

    Part 2 28:44
    Bob Dylan, Down in the Groove
    SILVIO
    The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack
    WEATHER REPORT SUITE
    Jerry Garcia and David Grisman, So What
    16/16

    Interview with Robert Hunter, 2/25/88:

    I brought the book, I think it had 15-17 songs, in to the Dead before we made In The Dark, of which several were selected for In The Dark – “Push Comes to Shove,” “Black Muddy River” – perhaps only those two were selected. I took about three of them for the Liberty album, and Dylan took two of them for his album. Set ‘em, and sent me a tape. That’s what I call easy to work with.

    So you submitted these to Dylan, and he chose them? And there was no other communication, really?

    No, he just flipped through the songbook that was sitting there at Front Street, liked these tunes, put ‘em in his pocket, went off, set ‘em to music, recorded ‘em. First time I met him he said (Dylan voice): “Eh, I just recorded two of your tunes!” And I said, “Neat!” [laughs]

    He didn’t ask first?

    Bob Dylan doesn’t have to ask a lyricist if he can do his tunes! Come on, man! I gotta just say this for the record. You got your Grammies, you got your Bammies, you got your Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame – as far as I’m concerned, Bob Dylan has done two of my songs, and those other things sound far away, distant, and not very interesting.

    And you like what he did with the tunes?

    Very, very much.

    And that’s “The Ugliest Girl in the World” and -

    “Silvio.”

    Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

    The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On November 14 and 15, Phil Lesh & Friends play the third of their five consecutive weekend shows, with Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, John Kadlecik, Jeff Chimenti, and Joe Russo. Featuring numerous craft beers on tap, the venue’s intimate nightclub Garcia’s is open several nights a week and hosts local and national touring acts. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

    Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from Dark Star Orchestra’s Jamaican Jam in the Sand Getaway, February 27 to March 3 at the Grand Lido Resort & Spa in Negril, Jamaica. Three full, two-set DSO shows and an acoustic set, two David Nelson Band shows, Grateful Grass featuring Keller Williams, Vince Herman, Sam Grisman & Allie Kral, plus two more Keller Williams shows. Details at www.DSOJamintheSand.com.

    GD Hour returns to WZZU Lynchburg VA

    November 4th, 2014

    Sunday mornings at 10 on 97.9 The Planet, Lynchburg VA – starting Nov 9!

    Complete station list is here.

    My mistake

    November 4th, 2014

    I fucked up.

    In the liner notes for GarciaLive vol 5, just released, I stated that “God Save the Queen” is known Stateside as “America the Beautiful.” I am getting notes from all over the place, calling attention to this blunder.

    I regret the error.

    Grateful Dead Hour no. 1363

    November 2nd, 2014

    Week of November 3, 2014

    Part 1 29:57
    Grateful Dead 9/20/82 Madison Square Garden, New York City
    SCARLET BEGONIAS->
    FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN
    MAN SMART, WOMAN SMARTER

    Part 2 25:56
    Rusty Stringfield 10/22/14 KPFA Performance Studio
    BIRD SONG
    Jerry Garcia Band, GarciaLive vol 5 (12/31/75)
    CC RIDER
    Grateful Dead, Wake Up to Find Out (3/29/90)
    KNOCKIN’ ON HEAVEN’S DOOR

    Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

    The Jerry Garcia Family and Round Records, announcing GarciaLive volume 5, the Jerry Garcia Band with the legendary Nicky Hopkins on piano and special guests including Bob Weir and Mickey Hart, recorded live at the Keystone Berkeley on New Year’s Eve 1975. You can preorder your copy at jerrygarcia.com

    The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Phil Lesh & Friends will perform the weekend of November 7 and 8, with Chris Robinson Brotherhood featuring Chris Robinson, Neal Casal, Adam MacDougall, Eric Krasno, and Joe Russo. The venue’s nightclub, Garcia’s, features live music and entertainment several times a week. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

    Grateful Dead Hour no. 1362

    October 26th, 2014

    Week of October 27, 2014

    Part 1 22:55
    Grateful Dead 9/20/82 Madison Square Garden, New York City
    DUPREE’S DIAMOND BLUES
    IT’S ALL OVER NOW
    NEVER TRUST A WOMAN

    Part 2 32:30
    Jerry Garcia Band, GarciaLive vol 5 (12/31/75)
    HOW SWEET IT IS (TO BE LOVED BY YOU)
    Grateful Dead 9/20/82 Madison Square Garden, New York City
    ROW JIMMY
    THROWING STONES->
    KEEP YOUR DAY JOB

    Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

    The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. The String Cheese Incident will perform two “incidents” at The Cap on November 11 and 12. Live music and dancing takes place regularly at the venue’s nightclub Garcia’s, a tribute to the late Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.?

    The Jerry Garcia Family and Round Records, announcing GarciaLive volume 5, the Jerry Garcia Band with the legendary Nicky Hopkins on piano and special guests including Bob Weir and Mickey Hart, recorded live at the Keystone Berkeley on New Year’s Eve 1975. You can preorder your copy at jerrygarcia.com

    Dead to the World 10/22/14

    October 22nd, 2014

    CC RiderJerry Garcia Band, GarciaLive vol 5 (12/31/75)
    Phone interview with John Byrne Cooke, author of On the Road with Janis Joplin
    Train Boogie #1 – various artists, Festival Express train tour, Summer 1970

    New Potato CabooseGrateful Dead 10/22/67 Winterland, San Francisco

    Fat Bottom Girls
    Don’t Look Back
    Tennessee
    Won’t Get Fooled Again
    Day Tripper
    Bird Song
    Kings of Leisure
    Jersey
    Woody
    Jumpin’ Jack Flash
    Rusty Stringfield live in the KPFA Performance Studio

    Grateful Dead Hour no. 1361

    October 19th, 2014

    Week of October 20, 2014

    Part 1 31:45
    Grateful Dead 9/20/82 Madison Square Garden, New York City
    SHAKEDOWN STREET->
    MINGLEWOOD
    CANDYMAN->
    EL PASO

    Part 2 24:15
    Grateful Dead, Spring 1990 (The Other One) (3/18/90)
    IKO IKO
    JUST A LITTLE LIGHT

    Jerry Garcia Band, GarciaLive vol. 5 (12/31/75)
    THEY LOVE EACH OTHER

    I wrote the liner notes for the new GarciaLive release, 12/31/75 at the Keystone Berkeley. Very interesting show – Nicky Hopkins‘ last with the JGB. Greg Errico was the drummer on this gig, because Ron Tutt was with his other boss: Elvis Presley. Mickey Hart sat in on percussion; Matthew Kelley (Bob Weir’s Kingfish bandmate) played harmonica for most of the night and added a third guitar on one number late in the evening; and Bob Weir was on board for the second set.

    Hopkins was a great musician. I highly recommend Julian Dawson‘s excellent biography, And On Piano… Nicky Hopkins. His health and substance problems made it impossible for the JGB to keep him on board – a damn shame in my opinion, because he and Garcia made beautiful music together. The two-CD set Let it Rock, recorded a few weeks earlier at the Keystone Berkeley, is a must-have for anyone who loves Garcia’s music.

    Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

    The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, a venue that hosted several 1970s rock bands like Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, and Traffic. Phil Lesh and Friends will perform with both old and new friends for five consecutive weekends starting October 31. With a focus on community and a taste for musical exploration, the venue’s nightclub Garcia’s hosts local and national bands weekly. On October 23, Grateful Dead tribute band Terrapin performs. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

    The Jerry Garcia Family and Round Records, announcing GarciaLive volume 5, the Jerry Garcia Band with the legendary Nicky Hopkins on piano and special guests including Bob Weir and Mickey Hart, recorded live at the Keystone Berkeley on New Year’s Eve 1975. You can pre-order your copy at jerrygarcia.com

    Dead to the World 10/15/14

    October 15th, 2014

    Fund drive! Please donate online at kpfa.org or call 510-848-5732 or 1-800-439-5732. For a $75 pledge, we’ll send you a copy of Wake Up to Find Out; for $60, a KPFA t-shirt!

    Playing the Band->
    Hully Gully
    – Grateful Dead 10/16/81 Melkweg, Amsterdam

    Iko Iko – Grateful Dead, Spring 1990 (The Other One) (3/18/90)

    Brokedown Palace – Grateful Dead, Dozin’ at the Knick
    Home Cookin’ – The Band, A Musical History
    Last Getaway – The Radiators, Live at the Great American Music Hall
    River Jordan – Mike Farris, Shine for All the People

    Dose Hermanos live in the KPFA Performance Studio

    Two new jams by The Known Unknown

    October 12th, 2014

    The improvisational ensemble that began when Phil Savell and I jammed at a holiday party last December has been developing nicely. We now have a name – The Known Unknown (web site and all that are coming soon) – and a stable quartet at the core: Phil Savell and David Gans on guitars, Zach Partain on bass, and Neil Hampton on percussion. We have played with a number of keyboardists, each of whom has added a unique flavor to our musical discourse.

    These two pieces are just the four of us:

  • From 10/8/14 at Second Act on Haight Street in San Francisco, a jam that passed through a deconstruction of a theme from “Playing in the Band”: “Band in the Playing
  • First set of a sweet outdoor session at Roberta Weir’s reception at the Underground Gallery in San Rafael 10/10/14: Set 1