Fragile Thunder at Lockn’

January 22nd, 2020

I am thrilled to announce that FRAGILE THUNDER will be at Lockn’ this summer!

Have you heard our CD, One Afternoon Long Ago?

All-Star salute to Dylan/Dead in Cincinnati

January 22nd, 2020

Friday, April 17 at Stanley’s Pub in Cincinnati: Joe Marcinek, David Gans, Lee Owen, Scott Carnder, and Dino English play favorites from the Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan.

More info and more gigs here.

Honoring Stu: update

January 21st, 2020

We’re raising $10,000+ to honor our late friend at KPFA, where Stu was a devoted listener and a frequent donor and volunteer.

Here’s a link to the original post, and I’m here with an update: as of today’s mail we’ve collected $1215. Please click through, read the story, and contribute if you can. No amount is too small.

Stu and Sandy in Utah, 2004.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1635

January 19th, 2020

Week of January 20, 2020

Part 1 26:49
Grateful Dead 2/27/90 Oakland Coliseum Arena with Michael Doucet and Beausoleil
MARDI GRAS PARADE->
IKO IKO->
MAN SMART, WOMAN SMARTER

Part 2 28:39
Grateful Dead, Ready or Not (Rhino)
LIBERTY (10/14/94)
Bob Weir & Wolf Bros 8/2/19 Sweetwater, Mill Valley CA
GONESVILLE
LOST SAILOR->
SAINT OF CIRCUMSTANCE

Bob Weir & Wolf Bros are going on tour in February and March.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. Railroad Earth comes to The Cap on Saturday, February 8 featuring bluegrass legend Peter Rowan performing Old & In the Way with special guest Larry Keel Experience. The keeper of the flame, Melvin Seals, brings JGB to The Cap on Saturday, March 7 to play the sweet soulful music of the Jerry Garcia Band. And every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com

Book signing in Oakland Jan 31

January 19th, 2020

Friday, January 31, at Open Mind Music, 5521 College Ave, Oakland CA (half a block from the Rockridge BART station).

Blair and David will talk and sign books; David will play a few songs.

Honoring Stu at KPFA

January 17th, 2020

Everybody should have a friend who brings you pie.

Stuart Steinhardt was that friend, to many of us. He loved to bake, and he was wise enough not to consume his entire output – so he SHARED.

Among the beneficiaries of his sweet largesse were the hosts of Stu’s favorite music programs on KPFA, Berkeley’s pioneering listener-sponsored free speech radio station. He brought pies to many of us on countless occasions.

In addition to copious carbs, Stuart also gave generously to KPFA in both time and cash. I co-host a 16-hour Grateful Dead fund-raiser every winter, and Stu was a godsend on that day, year after year. He’d hang out for all or most of the day and night, helping out by answering phones, picking up food, etc. And he invariably wrote a check before leaving the building.

A group of us who were the beneficiaries of Stu’s kindness have come up with a plan to honor his memory at the station: we’d like to raise $10,000 by February 15, the day of the 2020 KPFA Grateful Dead marathon. KPFA has agreed to put up a plaque over the door of the phone room, honoring our dear friend’s lifetime of support.

To that end, we’d like to ask you to contribute. You can make a check payable to KPFA and send it to me –

David Gans
484 Lake Park Ave #102
Oakland CA 94610-2730

Or you can contribute via PayPal to david@trufun.com – make sure you mark it FRIENDS AND FAMILY so we don’t have to pay a fee – and include a note stating that it is a contribution to Stuart’s memorial fund.

We’re gonna “pay it forward” and give KPFA several years’ worth of the donations that Stu is no longer able to make. Nothing will replace the hours he gave to the station, nor the PIE he so generously baked for our music jocks. But this plaque will keep his memory alive at the station forever.

NOTE FROM SANDY SONNENFELT:

Stuart and I had a love of radio in common. He was a fervent supporter of public radio and especially of KPFA. I am deeply moved that a group of his favorite volunteer music jocks have arranged to name the phone room after him.

KPFA depends on our donations to survive as one of the very few truly independent listener- supported radio stations. In honor of Stuart, I hope you will join us in donating to the station. No amount is too small. Thanks in advance for your generosity.

P.S. Stuart is wearing KPFA Marathon t-shirts in both of these photos!

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1634

January 12th, 2020

Week of January 13, 2020

Part 1 14:41
Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders, GarciaLive vol 12 (Round)
LONELY AVENUE

Part 2 40:34
Grateful Dead 2/27/90 Oakland Coliseum Arena
VICTIM OR THE CRIME
MISSISSIPPI HALFSTEP
WHEN I PAINT MY MASTERPIECE
BIRD SONG

The latest GarciaLive release, volume 12 in the series, is Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders at the Boarding House in San Francisco, recorded January 23, 1973 and mixed from the multitrack masters. You don’t hear her in this particular song, but vocalist Sarah Fulcher is in the band for this show, and her contributions are most unusual! According to Jesse Jarnow’s liner notes, Fulcher was tossed into the musical stew with no rehearsal! It’s interesting to listen to this record with that in mind. You can find GarciaLive volume 12 at garciafamilyprovisions.com.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. On Thursday, February 6, the spirit of the Grateful Dead and the music of New Orleans will be honored at the Nolafunk Mardi Gras Ball 2020 with Voodoo Dead – Steve Kimock, Jeff Chimenti, George Porter, Jr., Al Schnier and John Morgan Kimock. Phil Lesh celebrates his 80th Birthday March 13, 14, and 15, with various lineups of old and new friends. And every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com

Gans gig update

January 10th, 2020

I’m too lazy to hand-code all the links for this post, so please go to dgans.com for more info.

Saturday, January 11, 3pm: Scott Guberman and DG at Pt San Pablo Harbor Club, 1900 Stenmark Drive, Richmond CA

Saturday, January 25, 1-4pm: SoL Cannabis, New Washoe City NV. Free!

Wednesday, January 29, 7:30pm: DG opens for Craig & McGregor Band at The Marsh, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley CA

Sunday, February 9: DG opens for Grateful Shred at SLO Brew Rock, 855 Aerovista Place, San Luis Obispo CA

Wednesday, February 19: Orpheum Theater Lounge, Flagstaff AZ
Thursday, February 20: DG and Let It Grow at Moonlight Lounge, 120 Central Ave SW, Albuquerque NM
Friday, February 21: DG and Let It Grow at Tumbleroot Brewing, 2791 Agua Fria St, Santa Fe NM
Sunday, February 23: DG and Let It Grow at Taos Mesa Brewing, 20 ABC Mesa Rd, El Prado NM

Wednesday, February 26: Yerba Buena Orchestra at Iron Springs Pub and Brewery, Fairfax CA

Thursday, March 26: “Salute to Dylan and the Dead” – Joe Marcinek, DG, Adam Perry, Edwin Hurwitz et al. Fox Theater, Boulder CO. Advance tickets available

Sunday, March 29: Ten-Mile Ride: A Deadhead Ski Excursion, Frisco CO. DG & Joe Marcinek do a “Salute to Dylan and the Dead.” Advance tickets available.

April 3-4: Skull & Roses Festival, Ventura CA

Wednesday, April 15: Farnam Manor, 4223 Brecksville Rd, Richfield OH
Thursday, April 16: The Winchester, Lakewood OH
Friday, April 17: “All-Star Salute to Dylan and the Dead” at Stanley’s Pub, Cincinnati OH. DG, Joe Marcinek, Lee Owen, Scott Carnder, Dino English
Saturday, April 18: Plain Folk Cafe, 10177 State Route 132, Pleasant Plain OH. Free show! FB event
Sunday, April 19: Rumba Cafe, Columbus OH
Monday, April 20: DG and Joe Bellanti at 9th Ward at Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave, Buffalo NY
Tuesday, April 21: DG and Into the Now at Abilene Bar and Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way, Rochester NY
Wednesday, April 22, 8pm: DG and Randy Miritello at the B-Side Ballroom, 1 Clinton Plz, Oneonta NY
Friday, April 24: DG and the Deadbeats at Skyloft, Albany NY
Monday, April 27: DG and Pearly Baker’s Best at Funk’n’Waffles, Syracuse NY

Friday, May 1: Yerba Buena Orchestra at Murphy’s Irish Pub, Sonoma CA. Free!

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1633

January 5th, 2020

Week of January 6, 2020

Part 1 25:15
Grateful Dead 2/27/90 Oakland Coliseum Arena
GOOD TIMES
FEEL LIKE A STRANGER
SUGAREE

Part 2 30:10
Bob Weir & Wolf Bros 11/19/18 Beacon Theater, New York NY
EVEN SO->
OCTOBER QUEEN

New Riders of the Purple Sage, Thanksgiving in New York City (Omnivore)
ALL I EVER WANTED

Here’s a link to get Bob Weir & Wolf Bros recordings, in a variety of formats.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. Railroad Earth comes to The Cap on Saturday, February 8 with bluegrass legend Peter Rowan and with special guests the Larry Keel Experience. Just announced is Phil Lesh’s 80th Birthday Celebration on March 13, 14, and 15, with a twist… The identity of Phil’s friends will not be revealed until the night of each show. And every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1632

December 29th, 2019

Week of December 30, 2019

Part 1 34:13
Dead & Company 11/6/19 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale NY
FEEL LIKE A STRANGER
Dead & Company 11/8/19 Coliseum, Hampton VA
SPACE->
MY FAVORITE THINGS->
DAYS BETWEEN

Part 2 19:43
Dead & Company 11/9/19 Coliseum, Hampton VA
PLAYING IN THE BAND->
FRANKLIN’S TOWER

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. On Thursday, February 6, the spirit of the Grateful Dead and the music of New Orleans will be honored at the Nolafunk Mardi Gras Ball 2020 with Voodoo Dead – Steve Kimock, Jeff Chimenti, George Porter, Jr., Al Schnier and John Morgan Kimock. And every Wednesday is DeadCenter at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1631

December 22nd, 2019

Week of December 23, 2019

Part 1 8:49
Grateful Dead, Saint of Circumstance (Rhino)
WALKIN’ BLUES

Part 2 46:13
Grateful Dead 7/3/84 Starlight Theatre, Kansas City MO
DRUMS->
SPACE->
THE WHEEL->
THROWING STONES->
NOT FADE AWAY
~
KEEP YOUR DAY JOB

Yeah, I know: two consecutive shows with “Keep Your Day Job” as the encore. I always liked the song!

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. On New Year’s Eve at The Capitol Theatre Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue bring the music and vibe of the Big Easy with special guests North Mississippi Allstars and gospel-blues and soul artist, Devon Gilfillian. Shorty and his band will play their unique fusion of funk, hip-hop, rock, jazz, with immense energy. And of course every Wednesday is DeadCenter at Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1630

December 15th, 2019

Week of December 16, 2019

Part 1 42:07
Grateful Dead 7/3/84 Starlight Theatre, Kansas City MO
SCARLET BEGONIAS->
TOUCH OF GREY->
FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN
JAM->
DON’T NEED LOVE

Part 2 13:39
Dead and Company 11/6/19 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale NY
THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. David Grisman will join the Del McCoury Band to celebrate Del’s 80th birthday at The Capitol Theatre on Saturday, December 21. Del and Dawg have enjoyed more than half a century of friendship and music-making. And of course DeadCenter at Garcia’s, where every Wednesday is Grateful Dead night. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com

Round Records & the Jerry Garcia Family, announcing GarciaLive Volume 12: January 23rd 1973 featuring a previously uncirculated performance from Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders mixed & mastered from the original 16track recordings. GarciaLive Volume 12: January 23rd 1973 is a 3-CD set and digital download, coming December 20th and available for pre-order now at GarciaFamilyProvisions.com

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1629

December 8th, 2019

Week of December 9, 2019

Part 1 34:15
Grateful Dead 7/3/84 Starlight Theatre, Kansas City MO
MY BROTHER ESAU
LOSER
LOOKS LIKE RAIN
DEAL

Part 2 21:24
Jerry Garcia Band, GarciaLive vol. 11 (Round Records)
CATS UNDER THE STARS
Grateful Dead, Winterland 1973: The Complete Recordings (Rhino)
ROW JIMMY (11/9/73)

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes today from:

Round Records & the Jerry Garcia Family, announcing GarciaLive Volume 12: January 23rd 1973 featuring a previously uncirculated performance from Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders mixed & mastered from the original 16track recordings. GarciaLive Volume 12: January 23rd 1973 is a 3-CD set & digital download, coming December 20th and available for pre-order now at GarciaFamilyProvisions.com

The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. On December 13th & 14th, Jerry’s songbook will once again fill the hallowed halls of the Capitol Theatre for Home For The Holidays: Celebrating Jerry Garcia featuring Melvin Seals, Oteil Burbridge, Tom Hamilton, Duane Trucks, Jacklyn LaBranch and Lady Chi joining once again to spread a little holiday cheer and celebrate Jerry in what would have been his 77th year. And of course, DeadCenter at Garcia’s every Wednesday. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1628

December 1st, 2019

Week of December 2, 2019

Part 1 30:38
Grateful Dead 7/3/84 Starlight Theater, Kansas City MO
ALABAMA GETAWAY->
PROMISED LAND
CANDYMAN
CASSIDY
WEST LA FADEAWAY

Part 2 25:57
Interview: Robert Hunter and David Gans 11/15/77
The “meaning” of “GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD”
Bob Weir, Ace (Rhino)
GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD
Grateful Dead, Pacific Northwest ’73-’74: The Complete Recordings (Rhino)
WHARF RAT (5/19/74)
Benmont Tench, Nervous from the Fall (Think Indie)
CHINA DOLL
Ontario Blues Band, Trentem (ATEG)
UNCLE JOHN’S BAND

Continuing our ongoing salute to the late great lyricist Robert Hunter, here’s a bit of an interview I did with him in November 1977. I have to tell you, listening back to this tape was a deeply humbling experience. I was 24 years old and had been a music journalist for less than two years. I was passionate and knowledgeable about the music of the Grateful Dead, and Hunter was quite forthcoming in these interviews, excerpts of which you have heard in the weeks since Hunter’s passing. As I listened back to this recording, I just about died of cringe. I hounded the man about various topics – and you can hear his exasperation as he finally relents and tells me what I want to know.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Round Records & the Jerry Garcia Family, announcing GarciaLive Volume 12: January 23rd 1973 featuring a previously uncirculated performance from Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders mixed & mastered from the original 16track recordings.  GarciaLive Volume 12: January 23rd 1973 is a 3-CD set & digital download, coming December 20th and available for pre-order now at GarciaFamilyProvisions.com

The Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s in Port Chester, New York. On December 13th & 14th, Jerry’s songbook will once again fill the hallowed halls of the Capitol Theatre for Home For The Holidays: Celebrating Jerry Garcia featuring Melvin Seals, Oteil Burbridge, Tom Hamilton, Duane Trucks, Jacklyn LaBranch and Lady Chi joining once again to spread a little holiday cheer and celebrate Jerry in what would have been his 77th year. And of course, DeadCenter at Garcia’s every Wednesday. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

KBCS drops the GD Hour

November 27th, 2019

Just got a note that KBCS Bellevue (Seattle) WA is dropping the GD Hour.

The program director said, “This is a strategic decision. The station’s long-term focus is on developing locally created music content. The Grateful Dead Hour was the sole remaining syndicated show on our schedule. Although it is a very high quality program, it is time for KBCS to move on.”

Being both a working musician and a longtime advocate for community radio, I entirely support KBCS’s desire to focus on locally-produced music shows.

Not sure if the station would be receptive to listener requests to reconsider…

Here is our current station list, revised to reflect KBCS’s departure.