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Watch Dead & Company’s performance of “Sugar Magnolia” from July 14, 2018 at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado.
Watch Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir and singer-songwriter Jackie Greene harmonize on “The Star-Spangled Banner” ahead of Wednesday’s NBA playoff game in Oakland.
Cornell University Press director Dean Smith shares insights into Peter Conners book ‘Cornell ’77: The Music, The Myth And The Magnificence Of The Grateful Dead’s Show At Barton Hall.’
Read about one Deadhead’s experience at a historic Grateful Dead concert in 1977 along with rare photos and a crispy soundboard recording.
Bob Weir and Wolf Bros, As The Crow Flies and Slightly Stoopid were among the headliners at the first day of the inaugural BeachLife Festival.
The Santa Cruz Mountain Sol Festival has revealed the first stage of its 2019 lineup.
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About Bob Weir
One of Bob Weir’s best-loved songs is “The Music Never Stopped.” It holds true, even in the 21st century. As a matter of fact, as the century goes along it’s even truer.
Even when his first band, the Grateful Dead, was playing close to 100 shows yearly, Weir needed other outlets, and developed a solo career that began with albums like Ace and Heaven Help the Fool and continued through his sidebands “Kingfish” and “Bobby and the Midnites.” It then settled into a special duo partnership with the distinguished bassist Rob Wasserman.
As their music evolved, they reached out into musical realms that required more players. RatDog was born, and began to grow. First came the drummer, Jay Lane, one of the Bay Area’s best, a member of the Freaky Executives and the Uptones. He introduced to RatDog the incredibly gifted jazz/blues/rock pianist, Jeff Chimenti. Guitarist Mark Karan came to Weir’s notice in the summer of 1998 when they played together in The Other Ones, and he proved far too good to let go. The Lane/Chimenti jazz pipeline produced another addition to RatDog, the fine Bay Area saxophonist Kenny Brooks, a New England Conservatory of Music graduate and a long-time member of the Charlie Hunter Quartet.
Finally, early in 2003 Rob Wasserman decided to concentrate on his various personal projects (his duo relationship with Weir endures), and RatDog went sniffin’ for a new bassist, finding him in Bay Area veteran Robin Sylvester. The London native has been a Bay Area fixture for more than 20 years, and is best known for his long-time close association with the legendary (and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member) saxophonist Steve Douglas, which put Robin in recording and performing situations with Phil Spector, Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys, and Ry Cooder. Robin is a vital addition to a band that’s ready to explode. RatDog’s music represents Weir’s complete repertoire, from blues like “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” and “Little Red Rooster” to the psychedelic stylings of his Grateful Dead classics like “Playing in the Band,” “The Other One,” and “Throwing Stones,” to his own Dead rockers like “Cassidy,” “One More Saturday Night,” and “Sugar Magnolia,” to some of his solo material, like “Josephine” and “Bombs Away.” The 2000 release of the band’s first studio album, Evening Moods, added a bevy of hot tunes to the song list, including “Odessa,” “Bury Me Standing,” “Two Djinn,” and “Ashes and Glass.”
2001 saw the release of Live at Roseland, a double-CD collection from a Portland, Oregon show, and a big favorite among Dead Heads.
Bob Weir and RatDog. It’ll grab hold and not let you go.
Neil Young & Promise Of The Real fit a bevy of 2019 debuts into Thursday night’s concert in Eugene, including a pairing of “Cortez The Killer” and “Cinnamon Girl.”
Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band welcomed special guest Jenny Lewis for a handful of songs at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, California on Thursday night.
Celebrate JamBase’s 20th anniversary with a look back at 20 standout albums from jam acts from each of the past 20 years.
- Grateful Dead ‘Dead Sound’ Audio Documentary Details Band’s Crucial Role In Evolution Of Concert Sound
Listen to a fascinating audio documentary entitled “Dead Sound” that explores the crucial role the Grateful Dead played in the evolution of live concert sound.
Deer Tick, Mavis Staples and Hiss Golden Messenger are among the acts performing aftershow benefits in Newport, Rhode Island during the 2019 Newport Folk Festival.