Grateful Dead Announces ‘Shakedown Stream’ Archival Livestream Video Series

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The Grateful Dead will launch Shakedown Stream, a new archival livestream video series this Friday, April 10 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT through YouTube and the JamBase Livestream Calendar. Up first is a screening of Truckin’ Up To Buffalo featuring the Dead’s July 4, 1989 performance at Rich Stadium near Buffalo. The screening will follow a live, on-camera pre-show starring Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux and historian Gary Lambert. Fans are encouraged to submit questions via this form that Lemieux and Lambert will answer during the live pre-show.

“We’ve decided to start the streaming video series with the Buffalo ’89 show for a couple of primary reasons: it’s excellence is indisputable and is something that we think pretty much everyone will enjoy in the absence of actually being able to see live concerts; and, as a tribute to the many rabid, loyal Dead Heads from the hard-hit tri-state area, which has been affected more than anywhere else in the country,” explained Lemieux. “To all of the Dead Heads in New York State and beyond, this one’s for you.”

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Next Friday, April 17, the series continues with a screening of The Grateful Dead Movie. Read a description of Truckin’ Up To Buffalo below:

Truckin’ Up To Buffalo features the band’s 21-song concert from July 4, 1989 and captures the Dead in peak form throughout the show. The passionate and energetic performance features Jerry Garcia on guitar and vocals, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann on drums, Phil Lesh on bass and vocals, Bob Weir on guitar and vocals and Brent Mydland on keyboards and vocals. The two sets include some of the band’s best-loved songs including “Bertha,” “Deal,” “Terrapin Station,” and “Touch Of Grey,” along with covers of Bob Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece” and “All Along The Watchtower.” The concert spans the band’s legendary career with performances of “Cold Rain And Snow” and “Morning Dew”—from the band’s self-titled 1967 debut—to “I Will Take You Home,” which was released a few months after the show on Built To Last, the band’s last studio album.

Look for a “Donate Now” button during the screening to contribute to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund to help support the music community during these challenging times.

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