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DG’s livestream schedule June 19-25

Monday, June 19th, 2023

I’m working for nugs.net on the Dead & Company tour* (through mid-July), so I play my daily livestream early on show days. Here’s my performing schedule for this week (all times Pacific):

Monday, June 19: 4pm
Tuesday, June 20: 4pm
Wednesday, June 21: 3pm
Thursday, June 22: 4pm
Friday, June 23: 5pm
(LATE start! I have a recording session earlier in the day)
Saturday, June 24: Quaranpalooza, a monthly online music festival. I play in the 2pm hour.
Sunday, June 25: no livestream (I have Tales from the Golden Road 1-3pm and then the DeadCo show from Fenway Park at 4)

These days I stream in five places:
YouTube
Twitter
Streamstock
Facebook (Grateful Music LLC)
Facebook (David Gans)

Tip jar, CDs, signed books, t-shirts, and mugs: perfectible.net

*Gary Lambert and I cohost an interview series titled DEAD AIR, broadcast between sets on the nugs.net livestreams. It also shows up on the nugsnet YouTube channel and Dead & Company’s socials as the “Free set II preview” of each day’s show. Here is an archive of previous programs.

DG’s daily livestreams: three years and counting!

Saturday, June 10th, 2023

I haven’t played every single day since April 3, 2020, but I haven’t missed very many! I play most days at 4 pm Pacific, but I am starting earlier on certain days because I am also working for nugs.net on the Dead & Company tour so I need to be finished in time to watch their show!

My performances are streamed live on these platforms:
YouTube
Twitter
Facebook
Streamstock
Tip jar, CDs, signed books, t-shirts, and mugs: perfectible.net

I have played more than 500 different songs (including more than 100 unique improvisations). The top 50 (* = my original songs):

*Blue Roses 161
*The Town That Still Believes in Magic 151
*It’s Gonna Get Better 147
Days Between 137
Box of Rain 130
Scarlet Begonias 123
*Jam 119
*Save Us from the Saved 118
Terrapin Station 113
Brokedown Palace 111
Looks Like Rain 108
*Cassidy’s Cat 105
Wharf Rat 104
*That’s Real Love 104
*Leave Me 102
Sitting in Limbo 102
Friend of the Devil 102
Touch of Grey 101
*River and Drown 100
Pancho and Lefty 99
*Summer By the Bay 98
Ship of Fools 97
Forever 96
Stella Blue 95
*Be Like Earl 92
*An American Family 91
*Travelin’ Man 89
Dark Star 89
Norwegian Wood 88
*Hooker River 85
*Life Is a Jam 85
She Loves You 84
*Like a Dog 83
Bird Song 83
New Speedway Boogie 82
Promised Land 81
Althea 81
Lazy River Road 79
Here Comes Sunshine 79
*The Folk Process 77
*Jacqueline 77
Miss That Car 74
Broken Arrow 74
Black Throated Wind 72
Attics of My Life 72
Mr Soul 70
*Your Movie 70
Down to Eugene 69
*Shove in the Right Direction 69
*The Minstrel 68

Two of those songs are only half mine: “The Town That Still Believes in Magic” was written with Scott Guberman; “Shove in the Right Direction” was written with Lorin Rowan.

“Down to Eugene” was written by Jim Page; “Forever” was written by Ira Marlowe; “Miss That Car” was written by Joe Burke

I’ve gotten some press attention. The San Francisco Chronicle has covered my daily performances, and so has Live for Live Music.

“Shooting the Shit with Guberman & Gans” + Robin Sylvester!

Monday, January 18th, 2021

Scott Guberman asked me if I’d like to try doing an online talk show with him. Being open-minded and adventurous, I said “Hell yes!” Rosemarie Inati, also open-minded and adventurous, invited us to do it on Streamstock, her new online performance “VenYou.”

TITLE: Robin Sylvester is Shooting the Shit with Scott Guberman and David Gans
DATE: Tuesday, January 26, 2021
TIME: 5:00PM – 7:00PM PST
WHERE: Streamstock.TV a Video Chat Virtual VenYou
PRICE: $35.95 / 2 Hour Room (Up to 6 Users, Purchasing Host +5 friends)

Premiering Tuesday, January 26, 2021 from 5:00PM – 7:00PM PST, Robin Sylvester is shooting the Shit with Scott Guberman and David Gans on Streamstock.TV and they’re inviting you to Shoot the Shit too!

Hey hey, hey, come right away! Gather your friends in Streamstock’s new cutting edge Video Chat Party Rooms powered by GroupView. A unique space for friends to hang out, connect and enjoy watching high quality streams together.
Hey hey, hey, oh, by the way, come and party! The adventure begins as your crew settles down easy, while a slideshow of amazing touring photography plays as Scott Guberman and David Gans hop room to room to say, “Hey Now!” Then Robin Sylvester from RatDog will join them and Shoot the Sh*t for a Live Chat in the player window. Customize your experience using special features such as individual volume controls & mute/STFU buttons on each viewer’s window as well as full frame viewing options.

Come and join the party! $35.95 for 2 Hour Room (Host + up to 5 friends,) (As Low As $5.99 per person.) To purchase room click link: groupview.tv/gansandguberman

Virtual house concert Fri 11/27

Wednesday, November 25th, 2020

Streamstock Presents a Virtual House Concert with David Gans – Interpreting the ‘Ballads’ of Jerry Garcia

Friday, November 27, 7-9:00 PM EST / 4-6PM PST in Streamstock’s new online VenYou – Go to Streamstock’s FB page for the link and a sample video of the party room.

Enjoy a high-quality audio and video stream while watching with your friends, via Video Chat room. It’s like going out with your friends again to enjoy a show, but safely from your home.

NOTE: Host must have Chrome and should use their desktop/laptop…But the invited guests can use any device.

Tickets and more information here!

DG’s daily live performance

Saturday, August 29th, 2020

I play a live set every day!

Tuesday through Sunday 4pm Pacific time on my FB page @dgansmusic
Monday 3-4:15pm on Deadheadland’s FB page and deadheadland.tv

I play for tips! Appreciating donations via PayPal and Venmo

You can also support my music by buying books and music at perfectible.net

Here’s a taste of my “solo electric” style: “Not Fade Away” from August 12.

DG’s daily live shows

Sunday, April 12th, 2020

During the coronavirus lockdown, David Gans is playing a live set every day on Facebook. It usually happens on his music page, but occasionally it launches on another platform.

Today’s performance happens at 4pm pacific (7pm eastern), at dgansmusic

Welcoming donations at paypal.me/dgans and gdhour.com/support

venmo: @David-Gans-9

Buy books and music at perfectible.net

Interview with Keith Olsen 8/9/77

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

Bob Weir, Keith Olsen, and Davd Gans

Photo by Ed Perlstein

Producer Keith Olsen has died.

Here is a partial transcript of the interview I did with him on August 9, 1977 at Sound City in Van Nuys CA, while he and Bob Weir were working on Heaven Help the Fool.

[Talking about interview with San Francisco Chronicle’s Joel Selvin, which took place just as KO returned from England with the Terrapin Station orchestrations.] I had just gotten back from England, and here I was with a whole bunch of stuff that the band had never heard: a 58-page score of strings and horns and a 32-voice choir…

The Grateful Dead were overwhelmed: “Oh my god, we’ve lost the band.” I [had done] a mix at Abbey Road… wanting to hear every note that everybody played. The strings and the horns were excruciatingly loud in the mix compared to where they should be. They’d never heard a string mix before… It’s quite a shock, especially when you have no idea what this short weirdo from Los Angeles, California is going to do to your song. All I could do with Jerry was sing him a bunch of parts that I heard, and say, “This is what I’m going to be writing with Paul Buckmaster.” Then you get over there, and Paul Buckmaster being Paul Buckmaster – what a mind!

Those lines are very much Jerry’s melody lines. The woodwinds and reeds are just a counterpoint to it. When he first heard it, we didn’t have the melody yet; the melody was his guitar, and we just had the strings. I said, “Don’t worry.”

We learned a lot in section rehearsals up at Front Street. They were learning a song, but something seemed weird about it. When everybody went off to get a bite to eat, I asked the drummers and Phil to come back. I sez “Okay, let’s run down the tune.”

“What? No guitars? No voices?”

“Sure. You all know where you are.” All of a sudden they had to start thinking… Billy’s going [whispers] “Mickey, how many bars til the bridge?”

I said, “Don’t worry about it – don’t count the bars – it’s got to be a unit.” In the section rehearsal, it just clicked. Without anything else happening in the room, Phil was the instrument that had to play the chord changes.

Phil is a very inventive bass player, and he’s also a super-intelligent person. Duty called! “My god, it’s me! I’m now the rhythm guitar player; I’m holding down the bottom of this tune; I’m also setting any internal rhythm of this tune – any focus on where the chord change is going is all focused on me” – and it clicked. He just fell right into it. To switch into a focused space, he was the easiest one of all. It was amazing.

It allows Weir to do a more inventive rhythm guitar part, where he doesn’t have to be down there at the bottom coppin’ the bass note, the low E string all the time, to make sure there’s a good fundamental; the fundamental’s there, or it’s passed through in a passing tone, always leading to what the next chord is, without any doubt in the listener’s ear. Phil got right into it, and Bob just said, “Great! Here I go.”

Working with two drummers took a long time at first. Being able to translate from live performance, when you can get away with a lot, to the studio – and these little extensions of our ears called microphones, that are a quarter of an inch off a snare drum, quarter of an inch off each bass drum head. Here you have two snare drums, two bass drums, eight tom-toms, 15 cymbals. That’s a pretty giant set! Where is the beat? The feel was inconsistent, depending on who hit first and hardest. I’m talking about milliseconds. The difference of feel between an upbeat and a backbeat… When you have a drummer that is naturally on the back side of the beat, and one on top of the beat… That’s the two colors of the drummers. Something’s got to give. You have to pick the person who’s right for the feel of the tune – which drummer’s doing to be the most solid, have that drummer be the pulse and let the other drummer be the color. That’s really the stuff that Mickey does the best: the color. I used Billy for snare drum and bass drum and pulse, pretty much on the entire album,.

On preparing to work with the Grateful Dead

I remembered what they sounded like when I heard them play live once, several years ago, and they blew me away they were so good. I always wondered why they couldn’t get that on record.

I listened through Blues for Allah once, and I think I gave it away to a friend. It wasn’t very well done, I told them. It seemed like they rushed through it, and then I found out afterwards that they spent five months recording that album.

Five months, really? Then Garcia said, “Let me rephrase that: we spent four and a half months trying to figure out what we should do first, and then the last two weeks recording.” Garcia’a so great. [laughs]

Production by committee is really hard; record-making by committee is really hard. It can work, but the instances of it working are very few and far between.

I’m really pleased with [Terrapin Station]. There were some trying moments, when we really had to grind away to figure out if what we were doing was right. It was a fine line. I didn’t want to dictate to the Dead, ’cause I would destroy a rapport. I didn’t want to let them dictate to me what was going to on the record. I wanted every performance to come out of them, but be open to ideas like… Tom Scott doing a solo on “Estimated Prophet.”

Jerry had never really done any harmony solos, and he got off doin’ ’em. “This is fun!” And he knows his electronics so well. He paid a bunch of money for that Slave Driver 360, which is a function generator that gave us that [sings line from the end of “Lady with a Fan”]. He had it sitting in here for three hours, idling, with signs that said, “Do not touch!” To let it get stable. That thing was crazy: when you play a note, you trigger a bunch of little ICs that say, “He’s playing an E and he’s wiggling it, so I’m going to give a control voltage to the oscillator in something down the line, and I will tell it to play an E and wiggle it.” It’s a most amazing piece of gear; it’s a frequency-to-voltage converter.

[discussion of Les Paul technique of playing a solo over the tape at half speed, used in “Terrapin Flyer”]

“Terrapin Transit” is there to destroy any thought you had about constant tempo – even though it was written and conducted in exactly the same tempo as the tune that preceded it. The violins were on, I think, an 8-beat cycle, the violas on a 7-beat cycle, the cellos in 6, and the second violins in 5… You can click your fingers right through that whole thing.

Weir is an accomplished rhythm guitar player. It’s an art that has been forgotten by too many people in this industry. Rhythm guitar is hard to play! It’s an integral part of making music….

Making the Grateful Dead accessible to people throughout the country in different walks of life and different musical tastes… Garcia has been such an underrated guitarist – he’s so melodic, and the ease of playing… I’ve seen that for years in the band, and I’ve just always wished that band could make a record that I could enjoy.

DG: on the road again!

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

Back on the road next week! Details and links at dgans.com

Friday, April 19: Old Shoe and DG at Kenny’s Westside Pub, 112 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria IL

Saturday, April 20: Deadfest at The Wire, Berwyn IL. Solo and with Old Shoe

Sunday, April 21: House concert in Holt MI. Contact me for info/reservations.

Tuesday, April 23: DG and Deadicated at Otus Supply, 345 E Nine Mile Road, Ferndale MI

Wednesday, April 24, 7pm: The Parlor, Columbus OH

Thursday, April 25: Bigfoot County and DG at the 5 Points Music Sanctuary, 1217 Maple Ave., Roanoke VA. Doors open at 6, show starts at 8

Saturday, April 27: Greensboro NC – UNCG Grateful Dead conference! DG plays 6-8pm at Tate Street Coffee House w/ Jon Walters and joins Spartans Play Dead in The Van Dyke Performance Space at 9pm

Sunday, May 5, 2pm: Yerba Buena Orchestra at the Art House Gallery, 2905 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley CA

Thursday, May 9, 7:30-9pm: Yerba Buena Orchestra (trio) at Iron Springs Public House, 901 Fourth Street, San Rafael CA. Free!

Tuesday, May 14: The Pour House Music Hall, Raleigh NC, opening for The Sweet Lilies

Wednesday, May 15: Charleston Pour House, 1977 May Bank Hwy, Charleston SC. With Reckoning and Tenth Mountain Division.

Thursday, May 16: Smokey Joe’s Cafe, 510 Brar Creek Road, Charlotte NC

Friday, May 17: MadLife Stage & Studios, Woodstock GA with Frankly Scarlet

Saturday, May 18: Local Motive Brewing Company, 123 N Dargan St, Florence SC

Sunday, May 19, 4-7pm: Wicked Weed Brewing Co., Asheville NC

November 21-25: Steal Your Cruise, Port Everglades FL. DG joins Unlimited Devotion for a cruise! On sale now!

“Drop the Bone” update

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

We are at about 40% of goal on my new studio CD project, Drop the Bone

Here’s a short sampler of the work in progress.

Players on these tracks include Robin Sylvester (Ratdog), Holly Bowling, Bob Bralove, Jordan Feinstein, Eric & Suzy Thompson, Terry Haggerty, Neil Hampton, J Raoul Brody, and many more greats.

The record is a mix of electric and acoustic, small-ensemble and full-band, mostly original songs. There’s a lot of pure improvisation, too!

This Indiegogo campaign is basically a pre-order scheme. $15 gets you a digital download, $25 a signed CD; and $100 gets you both those items plus a bonus audio CD of alternate takes, jams, and demos.

Please contribute if you can, and please spread the link around your networks. Thanks!!

Cover painting by Vi©kisa

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.

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
HEY POCKY WAY
BIG BOSS MAN
GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD
FRIEND OF THE DEVIL
MAMA TRIED->
MEXICALI BLUES

Part 2 20:00
Dead & Company 7/29/16 Toyota Amphitheater, Wheatland CA
MORNING DEW->
CASEY JONES

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

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

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 thecapitoltheatre.com.

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
ONE MORE SATURDAY NIGHT->
SUGAREE
ME AND MY UNCLE->
MEXICALI BLUES
BIRD SONG >
LITTLE RED ROOSTER

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

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 www.deadandcompany.com. 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 thecapitoltheatre.com.

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 moonalice.com
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:

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

Intro by Harry Duncan->
Help on the Way->
Slipknot!->
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

HOUSE BAND:
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

The Known Unknown – studio jams

Monday, April 13th, 2015

THE KNOWN UNKNOWN – studio jams 4/12/15.

First piece features Clayton Call on drums ’cause Neil was late. Second piece is a jam based on a Beatles theme, with our regular lineup: Phil Savell and David Gans, guitars; Zach Partain, bass; Nail Hampton, drums.

Our next performance is Saturday, April 18, 7:30pm at Second Act on Haight Street in San Francisco.

Dead to the World 3/18/15

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Hell in a Bucket->
Sugaree
Tons of Steel
Ramble On Rose
Me and My Uncle->
Mexicali Blues
– Grateful Dead 6/14/87 County Fairgrounds, Ventura CA

(I’ll play more of this show next week)

Huck’s SongRumpke Mountain Boys 3/14/15 St Louis MO
Hippy GirlDirty River Ramblers, Ramble On
Iowa PotMike Agranoff, Straight Lines

Van Morrison: Duets – radio special hosted by David Dye, featuring excerpts from:
Rough God Riding On In
Some Peace of Mind
If I Ever Needed Someone
Fire in the Belly
Real Real Gone
Higher Than the World
Irish Heartbeat
These Are the Days
Whatever Happened to P.J. Proby
Get On with the Show
How Can a Poor Boy