Posts Tagged ‘Grateful Dead’

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1592

Sunday, March 24th, 2019

Week of March 25, 2019

Part 1 16:43
Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band, Acoustic on the Eel (Round Records)
Bob Weir & Wolf Bros 2/28/19 State Theater, Ithaca NY

Part 2 38:23
Grateful Dead 12/2/81 U of I Assembly Hall, Champaign-Urbana IL

A couple of months ago I got a package from Candace Brightman, who was the Grateful Dead’s lighting designer for more than 20 years. The box contained a handful of cassettes she had found in a closet, and she thoughtfully sent them along to me in case there was anything worth putting on the radio. Here’s one of those tapes – set 1 of December 2, 1981 at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. We’ll hear the rest of set 1 next week (but I don’t have set 2, sorry to say). Enjoy!

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The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Lettuce comes to The Cap on Saturday, 4/20 with their classic funk, smooth and soulful grooves, and hip-hop-inspired beats. On Thursday, April 25, Nile Rodgers & CHIC come for a disco dance party at The Cap. The Fab Faux play fan favorites and music from the Beatles solo years at The Cap on Saturday, May 4. Every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s, The Capitol Theatre’s venue-within-a-venue. Events, information, and ticketing at

Airshow Mastering, putting the finishing touches on new and classic music, including recent releases by the Grateful Dead, Mandolin Orange, Robben Ford and Bill Evans, Keller Williams, Fragile Thunder, and Victor Krummenacher.

KPFA’s annual Grateful Dead marathon 3/2/19

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Saturday, March 2, 2019, 9am to 1am Pacific Time
Broadcast live on KPFA Berkeley CA, KFCF 88.1 Fresno CA, and K248BR 97.5 FM Santa Cruz CA
Streamed live on,, and
Hosted by Tim Lynch, David Gans, and David Ogilvy
Featuring unreleased Grateful Dead concerts, miscellaneous audio treats, and live performances by Joe Craven & The Sometimers and the Fragile Thunder Duo.

PLAYLIST updated as we go…

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Beauty’s Bagel Shop
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KPFA GD marathon results

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

The 2017 KPFA Grateful Dead Marathon raised more than $30,000 for listener-sponsored, independent radio! Thank you!

Innumerable kindnesses transpired all over the globe in service of this cause. This link will take you to a long list of people who contributed to the Marathon. Our thanks to all of them, and hooray for all of us!

Here is the playlist.

KPFA’s annual Grateful Dead marathon 3/11/17

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

KPFA’s annual Grateful Dead fund-raising marathon!
Hosts: David Gans and Tim Lynch

Saturday, March 11, 2017, 9am to 1am Pacific time
Broadcast live on KPFA 94.1 in northern California; streaming live at,, and

Call 1-800-439-5732 or donate online at

Here’s some general info
And here’s the playlist, updated as the day progresses

T-shirt by Papa Lindsey


Bob Weir at Club Front Nov 1981

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Here are two photos of Bob Weir that I took at Club Front in November of 1981. I am offering them as 8×10 prints on Epson Ultra Premium Luster paper.

You can order 1 for $30 or both for $50. They will be signed and numbered. Size of the edition will be determined by the number of orders.




John Conroy Images

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Keith Godchaux 5/25/74

I ran across John Conroy‘s excellent photos the other day, and he was kind enough to share this one along with a link to more of his photos. This picture of Keith Godchaux was taken at the UC Santa Barbara stadium on May 25, 1974 (a show I also attended!); there are more images from that day that I know you’ll like, along with lots of other interesting stuff. Check ’em out!

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1456

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Week of August 15, 2016

Part 1 35:41
Grateful Dead 12/30/87 Oakland Coliseum Arena

Part 2 20:00
Dead & Company 7/29/16 Toyota Amphitheater, Wheatland CA

Dead & Company live shows are available in a variety of digital formats (download and CD) from

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Love Some Tea – grown and harvested naturally in Northern Thailand by the Mung Hilltribe people. These plantation-free teas are flavored by hand, with all natural ingredients. Love Some Tea is sustainable hand-grown tea, and all the founders are Deadheads.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Thursday, September 8, The Cap will host Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers. Hornsby played over 100 shows with the Grateful Dead, including last summer’s legendary 50th anniversary “Fare Thee Well” shows. It’s a rare opportunity to see Bruce Hornsby at one of Jerry Garcia’s favorite venues. Events, information, and ticketing at

“TIAAD” featurette @ Maxim

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015


10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The Grateful Dead

Trip out with tasty nuggets from the new oral history of the Dead, This Is All a Dream We Dreamed.

More on the book on the Macmillan web site.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1415

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

Week of November 2, 2015

Part 1 41:33
Grateful Dead 3/14/82 Recreation Hall, UC Davis CA

Part 2 14:48
Grateful Dead, 30 Trips Around the Sun: The Definitive Live Story (10/3/76)

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 from coast to coast November 11 through December 31. Complete details and ticketing at That’s Dead and Company, on tour from November 11 through New Year’s Eve.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. With a focus on live improvisation and unexplored extended grooves, moe. plays a two-night stand at The Capitol Theatre on Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14. For events, information, and ticketing visit

Coming soon: an Oral History of the Grateful Dead

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

This Is All a Dream We Dreamed

Publication date is November 10.

Here is the Goodreads page for the book, and here is the publisher’s page. Both include links to several purchase options.

Publisher’s Weekly gave us a good review:

This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead
Blair Jackson and David Gans
Flatiron, $32.99 (528p) ISBN 978·1·250·05856·0

This epic oral history of the 50-year-old band is timed to coincide with five massively hyped “Fare Thee Well” concerts. The straightforward approach by Jackson and Gans (who collectively boast almost 80 years of Grateful Dead journalism) uses multiple perspectives to tell the story of a group that began as a San Francisco jug band of penniless hippies, morphed through multiple musical incarnations, and created a colorful psychedelic subculture. The more than 100 voices here include members of the Dead – including deceased guitarist/ de facto leader Jerry Garcia, and keyboardists Ron “Pigpen” McKernan and Brent Mydland – and their collaborators as well as business partners and fans. Jackson and Gans relied on new and archival interviews, as well as other published and unpublished sources. To their credit, the authors focus as much on the creation, recording, and marketing of music as they do on the ingestion of hallucinogens. The result is a solid, engaging chronicle.

Kirkus Reviews: also quite favorable!

THIS IS ALL A DREAM WE DREAMED [STARRED REVIEW!] An Oral History of the Grateful Dead
Author: Blair Jackson
Author: David Gans

Review Issue Date: September 1, 2015
Online Publish Date: August 15, 2015
Publisher:Flatiron Books
Pages: 528
Price ( Hardcover ): $32.99
Publication Date: November 10, 2015
ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-1-250-05856-0
Category: Nonfiction

Coming on its 50th anniversary and just after the band’s farewell tour, an engaging, near-comprehensive oral history of the Grateful Dead. If “the Grateful Dead” and “disco” are not phrases that go together, it’s not for want of their trying. As Jackson (Grateful Dead Gear—The Band’s Instruments, Sound Systems, and Recording Sessions, from 1965 to 1995, 2006, etc.) and musician Gans (Conversations with the Dead: The Grateful Dead Interview Book, 1991, etc.) — collectors and archivists who know as much as nearly anyone alive about the storied band—chronicle, midway into the 1970s, with albums such as “From the Mars Hotel” and “Wake of the Flood” under their belts, the Dead were enough under the sway of Saturday Night Fever to attempt a disco-ish take on “Dancing in the Street.” Chalk it up to Mickey Hart, one of the many thorns in this thorny narrative hide, whose return to the band wrought big changes. “We had to tell him [what to play],” said guitarist Bob Weir in 1977, “which means we had to be thinking about it, which means while we were thinking about it, we might as well rethink things in general.” As fans already know but will further note, the superficially peace-and-love demeanor of the Dead disguised all sorts of tensions, from personality clashes to money worries and differences over musical direction. But it all worked, despite Jerry Garcia’s drug use and increasingly erratic behavior. Says sound tech Bob Bralove, “The energy around [the last tour with Garcia] was kind of confusing, because there was this really positive energy coming from the band, but it was missing a key ingredient.” For all that, there’s plenty of peace and love here and lots of smoke and psychedelia, as well as the usual Altamont regrets, all voiced by people in and close to the band. Worthy of Studs Terkel and an essential addition to the books of the Dead.

8/13/15 audio and video archives

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

We had a great time saluting One from the Vault at the original venue on the 40th anniversary of the show!

Here is a link to the video archive on
Here is a link to a “matrix” (audience and soundboard mix) recording by Michael Zelner
Here is a link to the torrent version of Zelner’s recording.
Jambase’s review of the show

Set list:

Cold Rain and Snow->
Brown-Eyed Women
Shakedown Street

Intro by Harry Duncan->
Help on the Way->
Franklin’s Tower

Big River – Roger McNamee

Sage and Spirit – Teja Gerken (solo)

It Must Have Been The Roses – Alex Bleeker & Kyle Field
Eyes of the World – Alex Bleeker & Kyle Field

The Music Never Stopped – Grahame Lesh, Mark Karan
Crazy Fingers – Grahame Lesh, James Nash

King Solomon’s Marbles – Totally Dead

Blues For Allah – Henry Kaiser quartet + vox

The Other One – David Gans, James Nash, Mark Karan

Sugaree – Mark Karan
Around and Around – David Gans
US Blues – David Gans

Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad – All hands
Brokedown Palace – all hands

Mark Karan, guitar and vocals
James Nash, guitar and vocals
David Gans, guiTar And Vocals
Danny Eisenberg, keyboards
Robin Sylvester, bass
Neil Hampton, drums
Elliott Peck, vocals

August 13, 1975 salute on August 13, 2015

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

The backdrop from the 1975 show will be in the house in 2015!

August 13 2015/1975: A celebration of 40 years since the Grateful Dead’s legendary “One From The Vault” performance @ GAMH

This special evening features Mark Karan, Robin Sylvester, James Nash, Neil Hampton, David Gans, Totally Dead (Will McCosker – drums, Dave Gantenbein – bass, Ned Patchett – guitar & vocals, Matt Salata – guitar & vocals, Jaime Cintado – keys & vocals, Eileen Flynn Bell – vocals), Teja Gerken, Alex Bleeker (Real Estate), Jason Crosby (Doobie Decibel System), Kyle Field (Little Wings), Elliott Peck, Roger McNamee (Doobie Decibel System), Cochrane McMillan (Tea Leaf Green), Danny Eisenberg, Henry Kaiser with Bob Bralove, Scott Amendola & Michael Manring, Grahame Lesh, Harry Duncan plus special guests.

UPDATE: The event will be live streamed!!

One From the Vault is a live album by the Grateful Dead, recorded on August 13, 1975 at the Great American Music Hall, and released April 15, 1991 on Grateful Dead Records. The concert was broadcast on FM radio, widely traded by fans on cassettes, and sold in bootleg LP versions under the titles Urubouros Deedni Mublasaron and Make Believe Ballroom. But it was not until the Grateful Dead released it on their eponymous record label that high-quality versions of the songs appeared. It was the first complete concert recording released commercially by the band. The concert also marked the first time that the then recently released album Blues for Allah was performed live in its entirety, albeit with a few other songs thrown in.

Order tickets here!

Dead to the World 4/8/15

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Greatest Story Ever Told
Mr. Charlie
Black Throated Wind
China Cat Sunflower->
I Know You Rider
Mexicali Blues
Tennessee Jed
The Stranger (Two Souls in Communion)
Me and Bobby McGee
Big Boss Man
Jack Straw
Big Railroad Blues
Looks Like Rain
Casey Jones
Grateful Dead March 22, 1972 Academy of Music, New York NY

Walking in the Middle of ItBob Bralove’s Psychedelic Circus, Davis CA 2014

Banana Boat Song (Day-O)Tip of the Freberg: The Stan Freberg Collection 1951-1998

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1383

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

Week of March 23, 2015

Part 1 14:56
Grateful Dead, Europe ’72: The Complete Recordings (5/23/72)

Part 2 39:26
Grateful Dead 6/14/87 County Fairgrounds, Ventura CA

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The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York.? Blending folk, jazz, rock, and hip-hop, Citizen Cope will perform solo acoustic at The Cap on April 4. Designed with both the music fan and musician in mind, The Capitol Theatre boasts world-class sound and lighting systems. Events, information, and ticketing at

The Grateful Dead Family Jubilee Auction, featuring artifacts, memorabilia, artwork and other collectibles from a large private collection. Highlights include original lyrics, Grateful Dead office furnishings, and original paintings from Rick Griffin and Stanley ‘Mouse’ Miller as well as historic concert posters. The Grateful Dead Family Jubilee Auction happens online, live and by telephone on April 11 and 12. Catalog, information and bidding at

Peter Albin interview by Joanna Manqueros

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Joanna Manqueros hosted Dead to the World on July 30, 2014, and interviewed Peter Albin (Big Brother and the Holding Company). Listener Damien Palermo was kind enough to transcbie the talk. Enjoy!

Joanna Manqueros (host): Jerry Garcia was born in 1942. What was he doing in 1962? You brought some stuff in that’s really cool with The Wildwood Boys, so talk a little bit about his early days.

Peter Albin: Well I’ll tell ya how we met Jerry. My brother and a friend of his along with myself had a little club called The Boar’s Head in San Carlos. It was above a bookstore called The Carlos Bookstall and uh we just had it during the summer of 1961 and ‘62. First it was in this bookstall and later it moved to the Jewish Community Center in San Carlos, but we looked around for people who would be willing to play for free and who needed a place to play. We heard about this guy who was really a good guitar player down in Palo Alto or Menlo Park, I guess, playing at a place, it was a bookstore, Kepler’s Bookstore, a very famous bookstore that was used by a lot of Stanford students.

So we went down there and we asked, do you have a stage, do you have a, what do you have here? It’s a bookstore. I said, well isn’t there a guy playing music some place? He says, yeah go in the back. So we went way in the back and there’s this little area that had free coffee and a couple of tables and chairs and there’s Jerry Garcia playing finger style guitar.

So we asked him, would you like to come up to San Carlos and play? We can’t pay you anything, but you certainly are good enough and a lot of people would probably like to listen to you. He said, “Uh sure and maybe I’ll bring some of my friends, too.” We said, fine bring whoever you want. The more the merrier.

The Boar’s Head had a capacity of about 25 people. It was very small, almost as small as the area at Kepler’s, but we had a lot of people who came to play and some of Jerry Garcia’s friends came along with some of the electric people who came, mostly folk guys. There was a guy named David McQueen who sang blues and this young kid Ron McKernan also came with Jerry and Jerry would back both of these guys singing blues, but he also had some other friends. Marshall Leicester who played banjo and then he became friends with David Nelson who was a friend of mine. Actually, I went to high school with David and so they started working together, later on.

My brother and I had a group called The Liberty Hill Aristocrats, we first started in about ’61 or ‘62 with a gal named Ellen Cavanaugh and we’ll hear that a little bit later on, but we do want to play some of the early collaborations of Jerry Garcia with his friend, Bob Hunter.

JM: Those are the early days and you, Peter Albin of Big Brother and the Holding Company, you knew him when he was very young and just starting out, which is a tremendous thing. You know, he’s ranked 13th in Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest guitarists of all time. You’re talking about American history there.

PA: Yeah, he’s an amazing guitar player and after we heard him play guitar, he started learning how to play banjo around that time. He was incredible. A very influential guy was Roger Sprung and of course, Scruggs, and all the bluegrass players. Jerry also learned how to play mandolin and all sorts of instruments. He was a very talented guy, obviously, and very unique. He was very intense, in a good way, but very forceful.

One time I walked in and we were at The Top of the Tangent and he said, “I just learned how to play Nola on the banjo”, which is a very difficult song to play, even on piano or whatever and he played it very well and very fast. He said, “dig this”, you know kinda like shove it in your face kinda thing, but it was like “I can do this now, I’m learning how to do this.”

So, we were kind of let into the process that Jerry was into at that time, learning all these different songs and different styles. It was incredible.

Music: “Hoochie Koochie Man” with Pigpen on vocals and Peter Albin on guitar, Top of the Tangent 1963

JM: We listened to an unusual track and Jerry was not singing on that track. Peter Albin, who was that?

PA: That was Ron “Pigpen” McKernan and he was about 15 years old. I was backing him on guitar.

JM: What was Pigpen like as a person?

PA: He was a very quiet guy. He really knew the blues. His father had been a DJ in Oakland and played a lot of blues on his show and he had a fantastic record collection. Pigpen was versed in not only playing harmonica, which he really did quite well, but also played guitar and piano.

Now, I gotta tell you about KPFA and how important it was to both myself and Ron because we came up here a couple of times for Gert Chiarito’s Midnight Special show, which was fantastic. It was a round-robin show, one microphone and about 20 people and chairs around, circling the microphone and each person got a chance to sing a song and then passed to the next person. So Ron and I came up along with a bunch of other people. The Chambers Brothers were there, Janet Smith was there and next to me was Janis Joplin. I had never met her before. She was sitting there with her white man’s shirt on and no bra and it was like, for a young kid I was goin, “woo”. What is she gonna do and she started singing. It was incredibly loud number one and just incredible tone in her voice and she really knew the blues quite well. She and Ron kind of hit it off a little bit there and later on down the line they were kind of a thing for a while.

JM: It was the early days, wasn’t it, that you connected with Jerry. I’ve asked you to bring out some music that was kind of what was in Jerry’s ear. I’m always interested in sort of what brings someone to the music that they create and what inspired Jerry. One of the things you pulled out was Doc Watson, who is considered one of the best flat pickers in the United States and I wonder if you want to talk about that and other artists who were people who inspired Jerry Garcia.

PA: Jerry was a great flat picker, but he also was a good finger picker too. So there was besides Doc Watson and some of those great flat pickers in those days, there were the finger pickers like Merle Travis and even Chet Atkins for that matter, but going way back he was very influenced by some of the , I wanna say, the country artists of the 20’s including Gid Tanner and the Skillet Lickers, Charlie Poole, of course early bluegrass guys including Bill Monroe and of course, Earl Scruggs. But, he listened to everything, ya know.

JM: His dad was a musician and the family had emigrated from Spain in 1919 and his dad was from Spain, which I don’t know why, but it’s like never mentioned.

PA: Well I never met the family. I met his brother, Tiff, but that was about it. I never met his mother or father. You know, he never spoke Spanish and he didn’t really give off any kind of like Latino thing and he didn’t play that type of music. Very seldom did I ever hear him play any Spanish type of music, or Latin. It was always early American music and it was a delight to hear him replicate a lot of this stuff and then, of course, it was a delight to hear him get into a more creative line and make his own music and write his own songs. He was a pretty wonderful guy. You know and again, I think he had come up to Berkeley, to KPFA, to the Gert Chiarito Midnight Special show and participated in that and he really appreciated KPFA as well as all of his friends and the musicians who were around at the time. If it wasn’t for KPFA, I probably wouldn’t have met Janis Joplin, to tell ya the truth.

JM: What was Janis Joplin like? I’ve heard that when she got up onstage at Woodstock that people were just blown away to see a white person singing the blues.

PA: Well, she had a very strong voice, number one, and a very strong personality that backed up that voice so it was all from her heart and from her soul and she had kinda grown up, well she did grow up in the South.

JM: In Texas, in an abusive school environment, plenty of bullying is what I heard.

PA: Yes, unfortunately and she wanted to be a beatnik, you know, and come out west, which she eventually did, and she wanted to sing the blues., which she did all the time and she also sang a lot of folk music, too. When I saw her here at KPFA, at the Midnight Special, I think she did one blues song and one old folk song. So she was definitely into Americana and the roots music of the time and she was a wonderful person most of the time. You know, she was a human being, she had her moods, she had her ups and downs. She was a very well read person and you could have an intellectual conversation with her, you could have a conversation about anything, you know, give her a little bit of tequila or something like that and it might spark her onto different sorts of directions of conversation, but it was always fun and she was a very funny person. She had a very high laugh that was infectious, but most of the time it was a fun relationship that we had.

Music: “The Yodeling Song by Jimmie Rodgers

JM: Peter Albin has been choosing some beautiful stuff, and one of the things you’ve been doing has been grounding us in what Jerry Garcia was listening to when he was young. I know his father passed away in a fly fishing accident and his grandmother played bluegrass and listened to The Grande Old Opry, and it seemed like he was fascinated by bluegrass and country music. Why did you choose that cut?

PA: Well, that was Jimmie Rodgers and of course he’s one of the founding, I guess one of the early inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He kind of borrowed his style from Emmett Miller which goes way back to the vaudeville days, but he kinda brought it out into country music and to that scene and Garcia listened to a lot of that early stuff, including cowboy songs, but it’s all kind of Americana. All these kinds of music weave in and out and of course, it all seems to come together with rock and roll, and Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly. They also listened to a lot of these things and incorporated it into their music as did Jerry and some of the band members of the Grateful Dead. Ron McKernan was extremely interested in the blues and very instrumental in bringing R&B into the GD’s repertoire. We probably should dig out some of those Motown things and some of those Memphis cuts.