On August 4, 2017, Red Rocks hosted a concert celebrating the 75th birthday of late Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia that featured a set from an all-star band put together for the occasion. Professionally-shot video of a performance from the “Jerry Garcia Birthday Band” has been posted to the official Jerry Garcia YouTube channel.
The Jerry Garcia Birthday Band included Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead & Ghost Light guitarist Tom Hamilton, Widespread Panic drummer Duane Trucks, saxophonist Kamasi Washington as well as longtime Jerry Garcia Band members keyboardist Melvin Seals and vocalists Jacklyn LaBranch and Gloria Jones. One of the highlights of the set was a raucous rendition of “Cats Under The Stars.”
Watch the Jerry Garcia Birthday Band’s performance of “Cats Under The Stars”:
Members of the Jerry Garcia Birthday Band minus Kamasi Washington will reunite for a pair of “Mighty High” shows at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, Colorado on August 17 and 18. Tickets for both concerts are on sale now via AXS.com.