Grateful Dead Hour no. 1618

September 22nd, 2019

Week of September 23, 2019

Part 1 15:33
Grateful Dead, Aoxomoxoa – 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Rhino)
ROSEMARY (1971 remix)
CLEMENTINE

Part 2 39:39
Grateful Dead 6/11/76 Boston Music Hall
SUGAR MAGNOLIA->
EYES OF THE WORLD->
STELLA BLUE
SUNSHINE DAYDREAM
~
JOHNNY B. GOODE

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. The Cap welcomes iconic journalist Larry King on Wednesday, October 2 for Behind-the-scenes observations on some of the biggest names in media, politics, and pop culture, interviewed by Capitol Theatre owner Peter Shapiro. Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Galena, Alaska!

September 16th, 2019

New to the Grateful Dead Hour network:

KIYU-FM 88.1 FM Galena, Alaska
Saturdays 10-11 pm starting October 5!

Complete station list is here.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1617

September 15th, 2019

Week of September 16, 2019

Part 1 28:46
Grateful Dead 6/11/76 Boston Music Hall
ST STEPHEN->
DANCING IN THE STREETS->
THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED

Part 2 26:17
Grateful Dead 6/11/76 Boston Music Hall
SHIP OF FOOLS
SAMSON AND DELILAH
SUGAREE

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. Iconic rockers Little Feat celebrate 50 years at The Cap on Friday, October 18, and Elvis Costello & The Imposters play October 29 and 30. Phil Lesh and Friends return for Phil-O-Ween October 31 and November 1st and 2nd. And of course, DeadCenter at Garcia’s, where every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1616

September 8th, 2019

Week of September 9, 2019

Part 1 29:15
Dead & Company 6/26/19 Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow VA
A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL->
US BLUES

Scott Guberman, David Gans, Robin Sylvester, Greg Anton
THE TOWN THAT STILL BELIEVES IN MAGIC

Part 2 25:42
Grateful Dead 6/11/76 Boston Music Hall
IT MUST HAVE BEEN THE ROSES
LAZY LIGHTNIN’->
SUPPLICATION
BROWN EYED WOMEN
PROMISED LAND

That’s it for set 1 of 6/11/76. Set 2 starts next week, and it’s amazing! Lots of new music, interesting sequences, and some fine jamming. So tune in again next week! And thanks again to Charlie Miller for restoring the tape and sending it to me for broadcast.

Dead & Company live concerts are available in a variety of audio formats at livedead.co. Here’s a direct link to the 6/26/19 recording.

Scott Guberman and I got together in February to write a song. I had one line of lyric and melody that had been bouncing around inside my skull since 1995, and after a three-hour session we had this song, “The Town That Still Believes in Magic.” So you could say it took 24 years and three hours to write it! In April, we went into the studio with the great Robin Sylvester (Ratdog) on bass and Greg Anton (Zero) on drums. You can buy the song (or download it for free) on bandcamp. Enjoy!

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit bring their gritty Americana on Saturday, September 14. Alex Koford’s Colonel & The Mermaid play at Garcia’s on Wednesday, September 25. Garcia’s welcomes Moonalice on Thursday, October 17. Halloween is a time to shake your bones at The Cap with Phil Lesh & Friends on October 31 and November 1st and 2nd. Every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1615

September 1st, 2019

Week of September 2, 2019

Part 1 33:23
Grateful Dead 6/11/76 Boston Music Hall
CANDYMAN
BIG RIVER
SCARLET BEGONIAS->
LOOKS LIKE RAIN

Part 2 22:36
Dead & Company 6/26/19 Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow VA
THROWING STONES
Sabertooth Plays Dead
UNCLE JOHN’S BAND

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit play their fearless brand of Americana at The Cap on Saturday, September 14. Deadgrass plays grassy versions of Grateful Dead and JGB tunes at Garcia’s on Wednesday, September 18. Lucinda Williams honors her groundbreaking album, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, on Friday, September 20. And Elvis Costello & The Imposters play October 29 and 30, followed by Phil-o-Ween with Phil Lesh & Friends on October 31, November 1, and 2. Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1614

August 25th, 2019

Week of August 26, 2019

Part 1 30:45
Holly Bowling, Live at the Old Church
DARK STAR
Grateful Dead, Pacific Northwest ’73-’74: The Complete Recordings (Rhino)
HE’S GONE (6/22/73)

Part 2 24:41
Grateful Dead 6/11/76 Boston Music Hall
MIGHT AS WELL
MAMA TRIED
TENNESSEE JED
CASSIDY

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. The Cap welcomes iconic radio and television host  Larry King on Wednesday, October 2, joining Peter Shapiro for behind-the-scenes observations on some of the biggest names in media, politics, and pop culture. And every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night art Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1613

August 18th, 2019

Week of August 19, 2019

Part 1 20:39
Dead & Company 6/7/19 The Gorge, George WA
IT MUST HAVE BEEN THE ROSES->
THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED

Part 2 34:15
Grateful Dead 8/20/80 Uptown Theatre, Chicago IL
BIG RAILROAD BLUES->
LOOKS LIKE RAIN
FAR FROM ME
LET IT GROW->
DEAL

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. Elvis Costello & The Imposters perform on October 29 and 30. Costello’s tour is entitled, “Just Trust” in answer to the questions: “Will they play my favorite song?” or, “Can I expect the hits of yesteryear and those of tomorrow?” To which The Cap says: Just Trust Elvis Costello and The Imposters. Then it’s Phil-o-Ween with Phil Lesh & Friends on October 31st and November 1st and 2nd. Every Wednesday is Deadcenter, Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1612

August 11th, 2019

Week of August 12, 2019

Part 1 23:59
Joe Craven & the Sometimers 3/2/19 KPFA Performance Studio, Berkeley CA
SHADY GROVE->
I KNOW YOU RIDER

Sabertooth Plays Dead
DARK STAR

Part 2 31:55
Grateful Dead 8/20/80 Uptown Theatre, Chicago IL
JACK STRAW
LOSER
BEAT IT ON DOWN THE LINE
RAMBLE ON ROSE->
EL PASO

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. The Cap hosts their first ever live podcast with Last Podcast on The Left on Sunday, August 18, with topics including Jeffrey Dahmer, Jonestown, iconic hauntings, and more. Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit deliver a night of gritty Americana on Saturday, September 14. Lucinda Williams celebrates the 20th anniversary of Car Wheels on a Gravel Road on Friday, September 20. Every Wednesday is Dead Center at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1611

August 4th, 2019

Week of August 5, 2019

Part 1 20:38
Dead & Company 7/5/19 Folsom Field, Boulder CO
COLD RAIN AND SNOW
COLD RAIN AND SNOW (REPRISE)->
BERTHA

Part 2 35:06
Dead & Company 7/5/19 Folsom Field, Boulder CO
RAMBLE ON ROSE
MISSISSIPPI HALFSTEP->
CASSIDY

The weather hit Folsom Field hard early in the first set of July 5, 2019. After the rain let up, Dead & Company returned to the stage and revisited the end of “Cold Rain and Snow,” then went on with the show. Bob Weir later announced that the band would forego their scheduled set break, and they played the rest of the show in one long session!

Dead & Company live recordings are available in a variety of formats from livedead.co

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. Hot Tuna play electric on August 15; Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit play their fearless Americana on September 14. Lucinda Williams honors her groundbreaking album, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, on September 20. And Elvis Costello & The Imposters play October 29 and 30, followed by Phil-o-Ween with Phil Lesh & Friends on October 31 and November 1 and 2. Every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1610

July 28th, 2019

Week of July 29, 2019

Part 1 26:53
Grateful Dead 3/22/87 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton VA
SPACE->
THE WHEEL->
BLACK PETER->
SUNSHINE DAYDREAM

Part 2 28:17
Grateful Dead 3/22/87 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton VA
IT’S ALL OVER NOW, BABY BLUE
Dead & Company 7/5/19 Folsom Field, Boulder CO
SPACE->
CASEY JONES

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. The Cap welcomes Larry King, iconic radio and television journalist, for an interview with Peter Shapiro on Wednesday, October 2. Stories and behind-the-scenes observations on some of the biggest names in media, politics, and pop culture. And every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1609

July 21st, 2019

Week of July 22, 2019

Part 1 27:20
Grateful Dead 3/22/87 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton VA
SUGAR MAGNOLIA->
SCARLET BEGONIAS->
FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN

Part 2 28:01
Grateful Dead 3/22/87 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton VA
ESTIMATED PROPHET->
DRUMS

Brown Eyed Women 6/28/19 The Abbey, Orlando FL
BROWN-EYED WOMEN

Brown-Eyed Women is an all-female Grateful Dead band that made its debut with a six=show Florida tour in June. Stay tuned for more!

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. The Flaming Lips play their psychedelic rock with The Claypool Lennon Delirium on Tuesday, July 30. We celebrate Jerry’s birthday on Thursday, August 1 at Garcia’s with live music by The Garcia Project and a Gallery Experience of Jerry Garcia’s Art. Hot Tuna play electric on Thursday, August 15 with the David Bromberg Quintet. It’s Lucinda Williams and Buick 6 on Friday, September 20, celebrating the 20 year anniversary of “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.” Every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

A Heyday Hootenanny in Berkeley July 28

July 17th, 2019

A HEYDAY HOOTENANNY
Sunday, July 28, 6pm
Heyday Books, 1808-A San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

It was Steve Wasserman who introduced me to Jim Page‘s music back in the 1970s. I was a young singer-songwriter out to change the world by persuasion, and there was Steve, out to change the world by more direct means. And here’s Jim Page, who embodies both our approaches. He’s been persuading and inspiring for decades, and also putting his ass on the line in the streets.

Jim and I met at the High Sierra Music festival around 20 years ago, in a late-night songwriters circle. We’ve played gigs together occasionally in the intervening years. I adapted his wonderful lyric to “Down to Eugene” to fit a fingerpicking tune of mine (which earned me a compliment from Jorma Kaukonen that I will treasure to my dying day); it’s on my album The Ones That Look the Weirdest Taste the Best and it’s one of the most popular numbers in my solo repertoire.

When Heyday Books moved into its current location in January of 2019, Steve posted a photo of his new conference room and made a crack about having me christen it with a song. That planted a seed in my mind that took a few months to bear fruit: why not do a ‘house concert’ in that room, for the benefit of Heyday as well as for the musicians?

Songwriters are always looking for venues that are interested in original music and/or ‘listening rooms’ as opposed to dance halls. I thought, a book publisher would be a great setting for an evening of conversation and original song. And given Heyday’s focus on California, I thought a series featuring California-based songwriters would make sense.

I sent a note to Steve outlining the idea, and he responded enthusiastically; we made a date to meet.

The night before our meeting I got an email from Jim Page, asking about the possibility of playing a show together the last week of July. ‘Your timing is perfect,’ I replied. ‘I am going to see Steve Wasserman tomorrow to talk about doing a ‘house concert’ at Heyday. How about you and I do that?

California-born, Seattle-based Jim Page has recorded 22 albums and toured in 14 countries. His songs have been covered by Christy Moore, Dick Gaughan, Roy Bailey, The Doobie Brothers, The Moving Hearts, Michael Hedges, Leftover Salmon, and many others. “The political and social awareness of those times was a part of all artistic expression,” he says, and it has stayed that way in Jim’s music ever since.

Page moved to Seattle in 1971 and performed in the streets an in the folk clubs. According to his web site, “In 1974, after being threatened with arrest for singing on the street without a permit, Jim took on the Seattle city government to… legalize street performing. He sang his testimony to a packed council hearing, and the streets were opened by unanimous decision. It was a landmark case and Seattle is now an internationally famous city for buskers of all styles.”

Utah Phillips, quoted in Page’s bio: “Jim Page’s songs get right to the point. He looks at the world clearly and reports what he sees with compassion, humor and a biting sense of irony. And boy! can he sing and play.”

Although I am best known for my work as a historian and curator of Grateful Dead music (four books, two national radio shows, and producer of several boxed sets and compilation albums), I have been writing and performing my own songs for fifty years. The first thing I ever played on the guitar was a song I wrote with my brother, who taught me the chords and set me on the path I’ve been on ever since.

I came up in that time when music was the primary cultural currency of the youth movement, and I have never stopped believing that music can and does change the world. I prefer inspiration and information over coercion.

Opening the show will be a performance by folk legend Barbara Dane and her son, Pablo Menendez. Oakland-based Dane, 92, has been a musician and activist for more than 60 years. Her son Pablo, born in 1952 and a resident of Cuba since 1966, has been an indelible part of many Cuban music scenes for more than fifty years. He is the subject of the 2017 documentary So Near…So Far.”

The evening will be hosted by Steve Wasserman.

All of the participants in this evening are committed humanitarians who have organized our lives around a desire to preserve, protect, and improve this planet and its population for the good of all.

RSVP to emmerich@heydaybooks.com

Here’s a link to the Facebook event

My complete performance schedule is here.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1608

July 14th, 2019

Week of July 15, 2019

Part 1 29:32
Grateful Dead, Aoxomoxoa (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (Rhino)
NEW POTATO CABOOSE (1/24/69)
Dead & Company 6/15/19 Wrigley Field, Chicago
SCARLET BEGONIAS

Part 2 25:17
Grateful Dead 3/22/87 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton VA
EL PASO
WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE
CASSIDY
DEAL

Disc 2 of the Aoxomoxoa remaster is an amazing collection of intense performances from January 24-26, 1969 at the Avalon Ballroom. A terrific package in every way. I love being able to compare the two mixes of the album.

Dead & Company live concert recordings are available in a variety of formats from livedead.co

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. SoulShine will play a special Allman Brothers edition of DeadCenter at Garcia’s on Wednesday, July 24. And on Jerry’s birthday Thursday, August 1, Garcia’s will have live music by The Garcia Project and a Gallery Experience of Jerry Garcia’s Art Collection by StraxArt with Augmented Reality. California’s Howlin Rain play their swampy rock ‘n’ roll with Garcia Peoples and Wet Tuna featuring Matt Valentine on Tuesday, August 6.  Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1607

July 7th, 2019

Week of July 8, 2019

Part 1 21:57
Dead & Company 6/7/19 The Gorge, George WA
HERE COMES SUNSHINE
Jerry Garcia Band, GarciaLive vol 11 (11/11/93)
DEAL

Part 2 33:40
Grateful Dead 3/22/87 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton VA
HELL IN A BUCKET->
SUGAREE
IT’S ALL OVER NOW
WEST LA FADEAWAY

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. On July 20th it’s Almost Queen, A Tribute to Queen, with Black Dog’s tribute to Zeppelin. The Flaming Lips co-headline with The Claypool Lennon Delirium on July 30. Deadheads can celebrate Jerry’s birthday on Thursday, August 1 at Garcia’s with The Garcia Project and a Gallery Experience of Jerry Garcia’s Art by StraxArt with Augmented Reality – one of the largest public exhibits of Jerry Garcia artworks ever assembled. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1606

June 30th, 2019

Week of July 1, 2019

Part 1 23:37
Jerry Garcia Band, GarciaLive vol 11 (11/11/93)
DON’T LET GO
Dead & Company 6/14/19 Wrigley Field, Chicago IL
TO LAY ME DOWN

Part 2 32:04
Dead & Company 6/14/19 Wrigley Field, Chicago IL
BIRD SONG->
JACK STRAW

Grateful Dead, Aoxomoxoa: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Rhino)
CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER (1971 remix)

I was in Chicago for the two Dead & Company shows this summer, and I was blown away by both! The set lists were very much to my liking – and even more important, the playing was amazing! Every song had great singing and playing, lots of musical conversation (especially between John Mayer and Jeff Chimenti!) in the solos and jams.

“To Lay Me Down” is extra special because Mayer played steel guitar on it (and I’m pretty sure this was the first Dead & Company performance of the Hunter-Garcia classic); this “Bird Song” had a whole ‘nother jam at the end, followed by a second reprise and the segue into “Jack Straw.”

Also of note is the wonderful new 50th anniversary edition of Aoxomoxoa. We’ll be exploring the two mixes of the album in the weeks to come, and also sampling the spectacular January 1969 live tracks that make up disc 2.

Enjoy!

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. On July 20th, it’s Almost Queen, A Tribute to QUEEN w/ Black Dog, a tribute to Zeppelin. The Flaming Lips co-headline with The Claypool Lennon Delirium featuring Sean Lennon and Les Claypool on Tuesday, July 30. Deadheads celebrate Jerry’s birthday on Thursday, August 1 at Garcia’s with live music by The Garcia Project and a Gallery Experience of Jerry Garcia’s Art Collection by StraxArt with Augmented Reality. Iconic blues rockers Hot Tuna play electric on Thursday, August 15. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.