Friday, August 6, 2010

Furthur Announces Last 3 Shows of Fall Tour

November 19th:
DCU Center - Worcester, MA

November 20th and 21st:
Madison Square Garden, NYC

Plus, Just Announced:
November 12th and 13th:
UIC Pavillion - Chicago, IL

Sunday, August 1, 2010

They Say It's Your Birthday!



Saturday, July 31, 2010

Rhythm Devils Live @ Gathering of the Vibes, Bridgeport, CT 7-31-2010

Set 1:

Set 2:


Friday, July 30, 2010

Furthur Live @ Gathering of the Vibes, Bridgeport, CT 7-30-10

Set 1: The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)
Jack Straw, Ramble On Rose
Dupree's Diamond Blues, Friend of The Devil
Estimated Prophet> Eyes of The World>
Not Fade Away

Set 2: Playing In The Band
Althea, Wharf Rat> He's Gone>
Scarlet Begonias> The Wheel>
Standing On The Moon
Help On The Way> Slipknot!>
Franklin's Tower

E: Terrapin Station Suite

*Festival review coming soon! 

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Furthur Live @ Nokia Theatre Times Square, New York, NY 7-29

Set 1: Dancin' In The Streets>
Celebration> Alligator> Tennessee Jed
Reuben And Cherise> Money For Gasoline
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleloo>
Let It Grow

Set 2: So Many Roads
Seven Hills Of Gold> Dear Mr Fantasy>
Dark Star (1st verse)> Unbroken Chain>
The Other One> The Eleven>
Death Don't Have No Mercy>
Dark Star (2nd verse)>
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad>
And We Bid You Goodnight

E: Touch Of Grey

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Furthur Live @ Nokia Theatre Times Square, New York, NY 7-28

Set 1: Shakedown Street>
Brown-Eyed Women
El Paso> Dire Wolf
Row Jimmy, I Need A Miracle>
Bertha> Good Lovin'

Set 2: The Music Never Stopped>
Colors Of The Rain> Cassidy
Cold Rain & Snow, Bartering Lines>
St Stephen> Born Cross-Eyed>
Stella Blue, I Know You Rider

E: Uncle John's Band

Monday, July 12, 2010

Furthur Live @ The Mann Center For The Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA 7-11-2010

Set list

Set 1: Feel Like A Stranger
Shakedown Street> Alligator
Money For Gasoline, Magnolia Mountain
Lost Sailor> Saint Of Circumstance
In The Midnight Hour

Set 2: Mountains Of The Moon>
St. Stephen, Blues For Allah
Terrapin Station Suite, Let It Grow
Morning Dew, Unbroken Chain>
The Wheel, Not Fade Away

E: Brokedown Palace

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Furthur Live @ The Mann Center For The Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA 7-10-2010

Set list

Set 1: Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)>
Here Comes Sunshine, Jack Straw>
Muli Guli> Dear Mr. Fantasy
Corrina, Satisfaction>
Viola Lee Blues

Set 2: Playing In The Band> Althea
Cassidy, China Cat Sunflower>
I Know You Rider, Eyes Of The World>
Days Between> Help On The Way>
Slipknot!> Franklin's Tower

E: One More Saturday Night

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Furthur Live @ All Good Music Festival, Masontown, WV 7-9-10

Set list

Set 1: After Midnight> Estimated Prophet>
Just A Little Light, Tennessee Jed
It Must Have Been The Roses
Looks Like Rain, Brown Eyed Women
Big Railroad Blues

Set 2: Uncle John's Band, Celebration>
Sugar Magnolia> So Many Roads
Colors Of The Rain> Terrapin Station
Scarlet Begonias> Fire On The Mountain
Attics Of My Life, Sunshine Daydream

E: Cumberland Blues, Ripple

Furthur Live @ Artpark, Lewiston, NY 7-8-10

Set list

Set 1: Sittin' On Top Of The World
Operator, Crazy Fingers>
West L.A. Fadeaway
They Love Each Other, Big River
Women Are Smarter, Bird Song

Set 2: Ashes & Glass, Cosmic Charlie
Doin' That Rag, Hard To Handle>
Deal, Dear Prudence
Cryptical Envelopment> Dark Star>
The Other One> King Solomon's Marbles>
Mason's Children

E: Johnny B. Goode

Friday, July 9, 2010

So Many Roads: Celebrating the anniversary of the last GD concert

The Grateful Dead performed their final show today, July 9, 1995, at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL. This performance is certainly one for the ages. It is almost as if Jerry knew this was it.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

San Francisco Giants to hold Jerry Day!

Come to the ballpark to celebrate the life and times of legendary musician and San Francisco Native Jerry Garcia! Garcia was born in San Francisco in 1942, and grew up in the city’s Excelsior District, before becoming a founding member of the iconic rock band The Grateful Dead. This event at the ballpark concludes a week long celebration of Jerry’s life, starting with “Jerry Day” at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park on August 1st. Your special event ticket package includes a seat in the Jerry Garcia tribute section for the August 9th game against the Cubs, and a limited-edition Jerry Garcia bobblehead. Grateful Dead tribute bands will perform prior to the game, and members of the Garcia family will be on hand to throw out the first pitch. Ticket proceeds will be donated to the Rex Foundation; a Grateful Dead founded charity promoting good in the community. Come support a great cause and celebrate the life of a San Francisco legend!

Furthur Live @ Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 7-7-2010

Set list

Set 1: Alabama Getaway
Don't Ease Me In, Mama Tried
Dire Wolf, Hell In A Bucket
Bertha, Truckin'>
Smokestack Lightning>
Casey Jones, I Need A Miracle>
Help On The Way>
Caution (Do Not Step On Tracks)>
New Speedway Boogie> Wharf Rat>
I Fought The Law> Liberty

E: On The Road Again>
Touch Of Grey

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Furthur Live @ Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg, PA 7-5-2010


Set list

Set 1: Scarlet Begonias> Shakedown Street>
Promised Land, Candyman
Playin' In The Band> The Eleven>
Colors Of The Rain> Playin' In The Band>
Throwing Stones

Set 2: China Doll> Fire On The Mountain>
The Other One> Time> Breathe Reprise>
Death Don't Have No Mercy, Unbroken Chain
The Music Never Stopped>
China Cat Sunflower>
I Know You Rider

E: Box Of Rain

Furthur Live @ Nateva Music Festival, Oxford, Maine 7-4-2010

Set list:

Set 1: Celebration> Samson and Delilah>
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo>
Cold Rain and Snow> Ramble On Rose>
When I Paint My Masterpiece>
Cumberland Blues, Casey Jones

Set 2: St. Stephen, Jack Straw
Dear Mr. Fantasy> Eyes Of The World>
Days Between> Help On The Way>
Slipknot!>Franklin's Tower
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad
And We Bid You Goodnight

E: U.S. Blues

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Furthur Live @ Galeston Castle Estate, Mohawk, NY 7-3-2010

Set list

Set 1: The Golden Road To Unlimited Devotion>
Born Cross-Eyed> Alligator> Truckin'>
Feelin' Alright, New Potato Caboose>
Cream Puff War> Viola Lee Blues

Set 2: Sage And Spirit>
*Seven Hills Of Gold> Althea
Magnolia Mountain> Sugar Magnolia>
No More Do I> Dark Star>
Terrapin Station Suite>
Stella Blue> Uncle John's Band

E: One More Saturday Night>
Sunshine Daydream

*1st Time Played, New Bobby Song

~Show review coming soon! 

Furthur Live @ Colombus, OH 7-2-2010

Set list

Set 1: After Midnight>
Hell In A Bucket, Loser>
Brown-Eyed Women, Liberty
Just Like Tom Thumb Blues
Comes A Time> In The Midnight Hour

Set 2: Scarlet Begonias> Two Djinn
Wharf Rat> Shakedown Street>
King Solomon's Marbles>
Let it Grow
Standing On The Moon
Not Fade Away

E: Touch of Grey

Furthur Live @ LeLacheur Park, Lowell, MA 6-30-2010

Set list

Set 1: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
Friend Of The Devil, Tennessee Jed
Deal, Bertha, All New Minglewood Blues
Doin' That Rag, Sugaree

Set 2: Chinacat Sunflower>
*Colors of the Rain> Slipknot!>
The Other One> The Eleven>
Fire On The Mountain> The Wheel>
So Many Roads> Playing in the Band
I Know You Rider

E: Ripple

*1st Time Played, new Phil song

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Furthur Live @ Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe, PA 6-29-10

Set list

Set 1: Jam> Greatest Story Ever Told>
Promised Land, Reuben and Cerise>
Pride of Cucamonga, Cassidy
Dupree's Diamond Blues, Easy Wind
New Speedway Boogie

Set 2: Lost Sailor>
Saint of Circumstance, He's Gone
Passenger> Dancin in the Streets>
Estimated Prophet> Black Peter
Gimme Some Lovin'
Turn On Your Lovelight

E: Revolution

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Furthur Live @ MCU Park, Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY 6-27-10


Set list

Set 1: Golden Road To Unlimited Devotion>
Good Lovin', The Music Never Stopped
Sugar Magnolia> Dear Mr. Fantasy>
Scarlet Begonias> Magnolia Mountain>
Uncle John's Band

Set 2: Unbroken Chain, Let It Grow
Fire On the Mountain> The Other One>
Cryptical Envelopment> Blues For Allah
Morning Dew, Eyes Of The World
Help On The Way> Slipknot!>
Franklin's Tower

E: Box Of Rain
!! Fireworks !!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Furthur Live @ MCU Park, Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY 6-26-10

Set list 

Set 1: China Cat Sunflower>
I Know You Rider, Black Throated Wind
Muly Guly, High Time, Loose Lucy>
Throwing Stones> One More Saturday Night

Set 2: Shakedown Street>
Caution (Do Not Step On Tracks)>
Jack Straw> Playin' In The Band>
Dark Star (v1)> St. Stephen> The Eleven>
*Dark Star (v2)> *Terrapin Station Suite

E: Brokedown Palace
!! Fireworks !!

*with Kenny Brooks on saxophone

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Furthur Live @ Highland Bowl Amphitheatre, Rochester, NY 6-25-10

Set list

Set 1: Not Fade Away> Here Comes Sunshine>
Feel Like A Stranger> King Solomon's Marbles
Truckin'> Feelin' Alright>
Strawberry Fields Forever, Cosmic Charlie

Set 2: Viola Lee Blues (v1)>
Bertha> Viola Lee Blues (v2)>
Cumberland Blues> Viola Lee Blues (v3)>
Born Cross-Eyed> New Potato Caboose>
Time> Breathe> Death Don't Have No Mercy>
The Wheel> Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad>
And We Bid You Goodnight> Attics Of My Life

E: Not Fade Away

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Happy Birthday Hunter!

Happy Birthday Robert Hunter!

"Let my inspiration flow
in token lines suggesting rhythm
that will not forsake me
till my tale is told and done"

In honor of the legendary Grateful Dead lyricist's birthday, put on your favorite Hunter song and dance like you're at a show.

Check back soon to read a review of Jim Lauderdale's new album, “Patchwork River”, featuring lyrics by none other than Robert Hunter!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Furthur announces September tour dates

Furthur has announced nine tour dates in September. The mini-tour will kick off in Eugene, OR on Sept. 16 and end at the renowned Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO on Sept. 26.

Furthur September Dates

September 16 Eugene, OR Cuthbert Amphitheater
September 17 Eugene, OR Cuthbert Amphitheater
September 18 Redmond, WA Marymoor Amphitheater
September 20 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara County Bowl
September 21 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theater
September 22 Las Vegas, NV The Joint
September 24 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater
September 25 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater
September 26 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater 

For more information and ticket details, visit

Monday, June 21, 2010

Jeff Mattson joins Dark Star full-time

The popular Grateful Dead tribute band, Dark Star Orchestra, announced today that Jeff Mattson will be performing the Jerry Garcia role in the band full-time. Mattson had replaced John Kadlecik in the role after the former guitarist left the band to join Furthur in 2009.

The band's announcement reads as follows:

“After months of touring and playing with Jeff, we have decided to offer him the full time gig, which he has gratefully accepted. Jeff has blown us away with his energy, licks, and presence on stage. He is a great guy, an inspiring musician and so much fun to perform with, we cannot wait to get back out there and mix it up with him once again. We are having more fun than ever and are looking forward to seeing you all at the upcoming shows."

Jeff Mattson (guitar, vocals) is a founding member of the legendary jam band, The Zen Tricksters. A master guitarist playing styles that range from rock & roll to blues, bluegrass to country, jazz to folk, Mattson has been performing for more than 30 years. Aside from his work with Dark Star and The Zen Tricksters, Mattson has also been a member of the Donna Jean Godchaux Band and Phil Lesh and Friends. Mattson will now lend high-energy guitar playing with heart-wrenching vocals to become what is certain to be a crucial presence in Dark Star Orchestra for the foreseeable future.

Congratulations Jeff! No offense to John who is great, but I always thought Jeff would be more suitable for the Jerry role. Can't wait to see the new Dark Star in person at Vibes!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Rhythm Devils announce July tour

While Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh joined forces this past year to form the band Furthur, the percussion duo of the legendary jam band, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, will also join forces to tour with their band, Rhythm Devils. The 2010 version includes Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, Keller Williams (guitar, vocals), Davy Knowles (guitar, vocals), Sikiru Adepoju (talking drum), and Andy Hess (bass). The 10 show tour that takes place in July, will kick off at the Arcata Theatre in Arcata, California and will conclude on Saturday night at the Gathering of the Vibes Music Festival in Bridgeport, CT. For a full list of concert dates, see below:

July 16 - Arcata Theatre - Arcata, CA
July 17 - String Summit @ Horning's Hideout - North Plains, OR
July 18 - Britt Pavilion - Jacksonville, OR
July 22 - Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO
July 24 - Spud Drive In - Driggs, ID
July 25 - Red Butte Garden - Salt Lake City, UT
July 27 - Orpheum Theater - Flagstaff, AZ
July 28 - Rialto Theatre - Tucscon, AZ
July 29 - Soundwave - San Diego, CA
July 31 - Gathering of the Vibes Festival - Bridgeport, CT

Visit for updates.

Fan Club tickets for Friends of the Devils are on sale here:

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Review: 7 Walkers @ Revolution Hall, Troy, NY 5-27-10

It's the last show ever at Revolution Hall in Troy, NY, and what a way to end the venue's seven year run with a performance by legendary Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann's new band, 7 Walkers.

It seems like any other night in the popular venue that has played host to some of the most diverse musical lineups in the Capital Region in recent years. That is until word of the venue's closing in order to turn the two-level concert space into a banquet hall becomes a harsh truth to those of us who were not sure what to think of the rumor earlier in the night. But if you are going to close a venue, who better to have than a member of the Grateful Dead, a band that had closed down some of music's most legendary concert halls including the Fillmore and Winterland, on hand to supply the patrons with a memorable last show.

Heads slowly roll in as The McLovins, a trio of teenage virtuosos, close their show with a high-energy performance of the Grateful Dead's legendary Disco tune, Shakedown Street. It's hard to believe as the kids exit the stage that they hardly old enough to drive a car but can rock out harder than most band's that have been doing it for decades.

The beer flows like a BP oil spill, dumping into my stomach and polluting my brain as I wait for the band to take the stage. Before I know it they are finishing off their opening jam and launching into the Pig Pen psychedelic-blues classic"Mister Charlie," before fading into the beautiful, yet tormented, Garcia/Hunter song, "Wharf Rat." 

"Half of my life / I spent doin' time for some other fucker's crime / Other half found me stumbling around
drunk on burgundy wine." The small crowd roars!

The remainder of the first set is made up of traditional blues jams, including a self-titled song off the band's soon to be released album, featuring new lyrics by legendary Dead-lyricist Robert Hunter. With such a great mixture of eclectic tunes, the highlight of the first set, and the night for that matter, was Papa Mali's jazzed-up rendition of "Death Don't Have No Mercy." The song, which helped solidify the Dead as a musical force in the 1960s, was transformed into a jazz-number on this night, complete with a trombone solo by keyboardist Matt Hubbard.

After a quick "smoke" break, we head back inside to a second set that is another great mix of Louisiana blues with songs like "New Orleans Crawl," including another original, "Angelina" - a slow ballad in classic Hunter form. The remainder of the set consisted of high-energy Dead classics - "The Deal" "Sugaree" "Bertha" - including the Pig Pen famed rant "Turn on Your Love Light."

My body is weary as the band exits the stage only to return and perform one of the Dead's best dance numbers "Going Down the Road feeling Bad." The first encore was not satisfactory enough for the Heads who knew this would most likely not be the last time they would see the 7 Walkers, but knew it would be their final show at Rev Hall. The band trickled back on stage to the excitement of the rambunctious crowd, closing with "Gone to the Dog" before saying good-bye to the venue with "We Bid You Good Night" - a song the Dead would perform on nights when they were too tired to play anymore, which was good because I was too tired to move another bone.

"Lay down my dear brothers, lay down and take your rest / Oh won't you lay your head upon your savior's breast / I love you, oh but Jesus loves you the best / And I bid you goodnight, goodnight, goodnight"

Goodnight Rev Hall! Thanks for all the good times! 

Set list:

Set 1
Mr. Charlie
Wharf Rat
Junco Partner
Death Don’t Have No Mercy
7 Walkers
I Know You Rider
Bottle Up and Go

Set 2
Honey child
New Orleans Crawl
The Deal
Turn on Your Lovelight

Encore 1
Going Down The Road Feeling Bad

Encore 2
Gone to the Dog
We Bid You Goodnight

Friday, June 4, 2010

Furthur Live Rehearsal Session @ Palm Ballroom, San Rafael, CA 6-3-2010

Set list

Jam> Help On The Way> Slipknot>
The Golden Road To Unlimited Devotion
Cassidy, It Must Have Been The Roses
Maggie’s Farm, Peaceful Valley>
Welcome To The Dance>
Terrapin Suite (Complete)>
The Other One>
Franklin’s Tower
E: Money For Gasoline

with Sunshine Garcia Becker and Jeff Pehrson on vocals

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Furthur Live Rehearsal Session @ Palm Ballroom, San Rafael, CA 6-2-2010

Set list

Picasso Moon> Brown-Eyed Women
Lazy River Road
Magnolia Mountain
El Paso, Muli Guli
Tons Of Steel
No More Do I, Two Djinn
Come Together
China Cat Sunflower>
I Know You Rider

with Sunshine Garcia Becker and Jeff Pehrson on vocals

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Furthur Live Rehearsal Session @ Palm Ballroom, San Rafael, CA 6-1-2010

Set list

Hell In A Bucket> Cold Rain And Snow>
Mason's Children> Just A Little Light
Ashes And Glass> Ramble On Rose
Here Comes Sunshine>
He's Gone> Corrina
Tennessee Jed>
Touch Of Grey
And We Bid You Goodnight

with Sunshine Garcia Becker and Jeff Pehrson on vocals

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Grateful Dead Channel host, Gary Lambert, to moderte Grateful Dead discussion in NYC

Gary Lambert, host of Sirius/XM Grateful Dead Channel, will host a discussion on the Grateful Dead as part of the band's exhibition at the New York Historical Society. The event titled "Tales of the Grateful Dead and New York," will tale place on Thursday, May 27 from 6:30-8 p.m. at New York's Society for Ethical Culture. Lambert will act as a moderator for the discussion, which will also feature radio personality Pete Fornatale, author Carol Brightman and writer/Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye. 

“The folks who put together the exhibition at the Historical Society asked me if I wanted to moderate a public program, which they put on frequently in conjunction with their exhibitions (as well as their freestanding events that are not connected to their exhibitions), on relevant matters to the Society’s mission of presenting New York history,” Lambert said in a statement. “So, I thought it would be really great to do something specific to the Dead and New York because their relationship to the city was so enduring and so important to them in terms of establishing a beachhead in the Northeast. Very early on there was a conscious strategy, which [former GD road manager] Sam Cutler mentioned in his recent book You Can’t Always get What You Want, of playing New York a lot as an anchor for all other dates they could do in the region, and the band developed a great mutual affection for the town and the fan base there. And it also occurred to me that although the Grateful Dead was uniquely a product of a certain time and place—the Bay Area in the ’60s—so much of what they did was informed by cultural forces that either originated or found their fullest expression in New York: a lot of the jazz and other avant-garde music that they chose to emulate, for example; and of course the Beat movement started in New York and migrated out west and that had a crucial impact on what those guys became. So I thought it would be great to get a bunch of smart people together and talk about that specific aspect of the Dead’s history and how and why the city took to them as it did.”

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Furthur to headline Friday night at Vibes!

After months of anticipation over whether Furthur would be performing at the 15th annual Gathering of the Vibes Music Festival in July, promoters announced earlier today that the band will in fact be headlining Friday night!

Correct me if I am wrong, but I just realized that since Furthur and the Rhythm Devils are both at Vibes this year that means it will mark the first year all four remaining members of the Grateful Dead were present at the family-friendly festival since its incarnation following Jerry Garcia's death.

This is certainly going to be a Vibes to remember. Hope to see you all there!

For more inforation, visit

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Dead-family members to perform benefit concert for the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics

In the spirit of benefit concerts played by psychedelic San Francisco bands since the mid-60s, a number of musicians, including some who were integral in the original San Francisco scene, will join together to play a benefit concert for the Haigh Ashbury Free Clinics next month. The event which is billed as "a rock concert worthy of their strong musical heritage that would make their founding benefactor Bill Graham proud," will feature Moonalice, Eoin Harrington and orginal Country Joe & The Fish guitarist Barry "The Fish" Melton, including a number of addtional speical guests. The event will take place at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall on June 17.

For more information, visit

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Who will be the GOTV Friday Night 'Family' Headliner?

The 2010 Gathering of the Vibes Music Festival (July 29-Aug. 1) lineup is almost complete. One thing is missing: a Friday night "family" headliner.

GOTV will release the highly anticipated lineup addition on Saturday, May 15 at Noon. So who will be the "family" headliner for Friday night? Well, it has been hard to find any substantial rumors, but the obvious hope for all Vibe Tribers has to be Bob Weir and Phil Lesh's new band, Furthur. And it just so has it, Furthur added two new shows at the Nokia Theatre in New York City's Times Square for Wednesday, July 28 and Thursday, July 29, which would put them just a short bus ride from Bridgeport, CT - home of GOTV - for Friday, July 30. The only thing that concerns me is that Furthur announces all of their new show additions on Friday's and the announcement of the final headliner is scheduled for Saturday. But maybe I am just looking to deep into it.

My initial take was that if Furthur wasn't on the original lineup, than they weren't going to be added. But the more I look at the Furthur schedule, and the fact that Bobby or Phil have attended every Vibes over the past 14 years, leads me to believe it could happen.

What do you think. Will Furthur be the Friday night headliner at Vibes? And if not, who will it be?

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Poll: Gathering of the Vibes named best value festival by Dead Beat readers

After a month long poll asking readers to choose one out of five festivals they would like to attend this summer considering the economic climate, Dead Beat readers have spoken, naming Grateful Dead themed Gathering of the Vibes (GOTV) as their top festival choice this summer.

Of the 29 Heads who cast votes in the poll, 10 (34 percent) chose GOTV as the festival they would most like to attend. The festival, which is celebrating its 15th Anniversary in 2010, is held at Seaside Park in Bridgeport, CT and features an array of new, jam band favorites, old school giants, unique musical collaborations, car-camping, craft vending, an on-site art gallery, kids activities, beaches and other engaging entertainment. Over the years, the festival has featured such high-profile acts as Bob Weir and Ratdog, Phil Lesh and Friends, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Les Claypool, Keller Williams, Donna Jean & the Tricksters and Dark Star Orchestra. This years line-up includes Damian Marley & Nas, Primus, Jimmy Cliff, Rhythm Devils featuring Keller Williams, Umphrey's McGee, Galactic, Jackie Greene, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Steve Kimock Crazy Engine, Dark Star Orchestra, Little Feat, The Radiators, Martin Sexton & Ryan Montbleau Band, Mix Master Mike, Deep Banana Blackout, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Assembly of Dust, Max Creek, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Zach Deputy, Harlem Gospel Choir, King For A Day, Donna Jean Godchaux, and many more TBA!

Of the remaining four festivals listed on the poll, All Good ranked second with 9 votes (31 percent), the first ever Nateva Festival finished third with 6 votes (20 percent), and Bonnaroo and Mountain Jam tied for last with two votes (6 percent) each.

While there are a number of other great festivals this summer, I chose these five festivals due to their popularity, superior line-ups and close proximity to the Northeast. I have also had the pleasure of attending each one of these festivals, except Nateva that is in its first year, and I believe the readers got it right! While GOTV has been held at a number of locations over the years, Seaside Park is a great getaway, making it feel more like a vacation than a festival with its beaches and urban setting. The line-up is still coming together, but you won't be disappointed if you make the trip to Seaside Park, July 29 - Aug. 1.

Thanks to everyone who participated. I look forward to getting your feedback on many other Dead-related issues in the near future. Thanks for reading along.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Furthur to reinterpret six Grateful Dead albums at Furthur Festival @ Mountain Aire

When Furthur first announced its intentions to hold a festival at Mountain Aire in Angels Camp, CA, there were little details released about the three-day event. Since then the band has unveiled a number of artist additions, launched a Web site soely for the festival and announced the band's intentions to perform six of the Grateful Dead's legendary albums. 

On Saturday, the band will revisit American Beauty (Set I), Workingman’s Dead (Set II) and Anthem of the Sun (Set III). On Sunday, Furthur will reinterpret Blues for Allah (Set I), Aoxomoxoa (Set II) and Terrapin Station (Set III). 

Furthur will also offer a public sound check on Friday night and members “will be jamming on several stages with some of their friends," not to mention lots of side trips like a spoken word stage that will feature some of our Grateful Dead family members and a trove of iconic Grateful Dead memorabilia, rare instruments and sound recordings.

Other Furthur Festival artists include: Electric Hot Tuna, Galactic, RatDog’s Mark Karan & Jemimah Puddleduck, The Mother Hips, Honeymoon, Carney, Maiden Lane, Blue Light River, The Waybacks and Common Rotation with Dan Bern, Jackie Greene, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams will also perform with their solo bands. 

For more information, visit Furthur Festival

Friday, April 2, 2010

Crimson, White & Indigo coming to a theatre near you

More than 20 years after the Grateful Dead performed one of its legendary concerts in front of 95,000 Heads at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, the band is celebrating the release of, Crimson, White & Indigo: Philadelphia, July 7, 1989, by showing the entire full-length concert at theatre's across the country.

Full list of locations and show dates listed below:

Philadelphia, PA
Ambler Theater

Gloucester, MA
Cape Ann Community Cinema

Rochester, NY
Little Theatre

New York, NY
City Winery
4/15/10, 4/16/10

Pasadena, CA
LAEM Playhouse
4/15/10, 4/17/10, 4/18/10

Los Angeles, CA
LAEM Sunset
4/15/10, 4/17/10, 4/18/10

Encino, CA
LAEM Town Center
4/15/10, 4/17/10, 4/18/10

Portland, ME
Patriot Cinemas: Nickelodeon Cinema
4/15/10, 4/18/10

Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Cinema Paradiso

Newport, RI
Jane Pickens Theatre

St. Pete's Beach, FL
Beach Theatre

Deland, FL.
Athens Theatre
4/16/10, 4/17/10

Washington, D.C.
Atlas Performing Arts Center
4/16/10, 4/19/10

Lake Worth, FL
Lake Worth Playhouse

Key West, FL
Tropic Cinema

Shreveport, LA
Robinson Film Center

Wellfleet, MA
Wellfleet Harbor Actor's Theatre

Bellingham, WA
Pickford Film Center

Cleveland, OH
Cedar Lee Theatre

Three Rivers, MI
Riviera Theatre

Oberlin, OH
Apollo Theatre

Telluride, CO
Michael D. Palm Theatre

Palm Beach, FL
Mos' Art Theater

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Poll: Furthur named best Dead-oriented band by Dead Beat readers

After a month long poll that asked Dead Beat readers to name the "best Dead-oriented band today," the Heads have spoken, naming Furthur as the top act.

Seventy-two Heads cast votes in the poll, and of those voters, 57 (79 percent) chose Bob Weir and Phil Lesh's band Furthur as their top choice. The Dead, a Grateful Dead spin-off band that includes all five remaining members of the legendary jam band, finished second with eight votes (11 percent), Phil Lesh and Friends received four votes (5 percent) and Bob Weir and Ratdog rounded out the poll with a lackluster three votes (4 percent).

It was not surprising to see Furthur finish as the clear winner, considering all the excitement that has surrounded the band since its recent tour. I was, however, surprised that The Dead did not fair as well, considering the band does consist of all five remaining members and they did put on one hell of a tour last spring. Phil Lesh and Friends and Bob Weir and Ratdog's recent hiatus, due to Bobby and Phil's obligations with Furthur, might have contributed to the two band's low vote count.

Thanks to everyone who participated in Dead Beat's first ever poll. I look forward to getting your feedback on many other Dead-related issues in the near future. Thanks for reading along.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Details announced for Furthur Festival @ Mountain Aire

After initially announcing its intentions to hold a festival this spring, Furthur has released advanced details concerning venue, artist lineup and activities for the first ever Furthur Festival @ Mountain Aire.

The festival is scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30, at the historic Calaveras County Fairgrounds in the Angeles Camp, CA. The event will include three days of "music, mountains and magic" on four stages. The lineup will feature two nights of Furthur, with performances by Electric Hot Tuna, Jackie Greene, Galactic, Larry Campbell & Jemimah Puddleduck, The Mother Hips, The Waybacks, Common Rotation w/ Dan Bern, Carney, Maiden Lane and Blue Light River.

There will also be plenty of other fun activities, including special late night shows (including a late-night all-star super jam on Friday), organic food and drink, special Grateful Dead memorabilia and an exhibit featuring instruments and artwork with unreleased music selected by archivist David Lemieux.

While I am sure the festival will be an event to remember, considering the beautiful location in the Sierra foothills, the lineup, aside from the two-nights of Furthur and the all-star super jam, is a little weak in the eyes of this Head. While I love Jackie Greene, Galactic and Hot Tuna, a number of other acts including The Waybacks, Carney, Maiden Lane and Blue Light River are bands most have probably never heard of and most likely won't be the deciding factor in anyone's decision of whether or not to attend the festival. But I am sure two-nights of Furthur and three days of camping in the beautiful Sierra foothills will be enough for those who are on the fence to make the trip out to Mountain Aire. If I wasn't stuck in upstate New York, you could bet I would be there.

Tickets go on sale March 22 at 9 a.m. For more information visit