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On the anniversary of his death, stream a Spotify Playlist featuring the Ron “Pigpen” McKernan era of the Grateful Dead.
The Detroit Red Wings will host a Grateful Dead Night on March 17 with ticket holder getting a commemorative Dead-themed hockey jersey.
Grateful Dead and Dogfish Head have partnered for ‘Sage & Spirit,’ a 10-track limited edition vinyl release for Record Store Day 2019.
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we’ve prepped a playlist filled with Grateful Dead love songs for your listening enjoyment.
Here’s your chance to own a piece of Grateful Dead history, as Big Steve Parish has put one of Jerry Garcia’s Mu-Tron III pedals up for auction.
Proceeds from the St. Louis Cardinals’ Grateful Dead Night will benefit the Rex Foundation.
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Grateful Dead at Soldier Field
- China Cat Sunflower
- I Know You Rider
- Estimated Prophet
- Built to Last
- Samson and Delilah
- Mountains of the Moon
- Throwing Stones
- Terrapin Station
- Unbroken Chain
- Days Between
- Not Fade Away
- Touch of Grey
- Attics of My Life
About Grateful Dead
The Grateful Dead was an American psychedelia-influenced rock band. Formed in 1965 in San Francisco from the remnants of another band, “Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions,” the Grateful Dead were known for their unique and eclectic songwriting stylewhich fused elements of rock, folk music, bluegrass, blues, country, and jazzand for live performances of long modal jams.
Some of the band’s fans followed the band from concert to concert for years. These Deadheads were renowned for their dedication to the band’s music. Many followers referred to the band simply as The Dead.
The Grateful Dead’s career began under the name “The Warlocks” in Palo Alto, California. Eventually, they moved to the Haight-Ashbury section of San Francisco. Many bands from this area, such as Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother & the Holding Company, and Santana, went on to national fame, giving San Francisco an image as a center for the hippie counterculture of the era. (Also see entry for the San Francisco Sound.) Of these bands, the Grateful Dead had the most “musicianly” background, including banjo and guitar player Jerry Garcia, blues musician “Pigpen” McKernan, the classically trained Phil Lesh and drummer Bill Kreutzmann. The Grateful Dead most embodied “all the elements of the San Francisco scene and came, therefore, to represent the counterculture to the rest of the country.”
The name “Grateful Dead” was chosen at random from a dictionary. Some claim it was a Funk & Wagnalls, others an Oxford Dictionary, but according to Phil Lesh, in his biography (pp. 62), “…Jer (Garcia) picked up an old Britannica World Language Dictionary…(and)…In that silvery elf-voice he said to me, ‘Hey, man, how about the Grateful Dead?'”
The Grateful Dead became the de facto resident band of Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters, with the early sound heavily influenced by Kesey’s LSD-soaked Acid Tests, as well as R&B. Their musical influences varied widely with input from the psychedelic music of the era, combined with blues, jazz, rock and roll, and bluegrass. These various influences were distilled into a diverse and psychedelic whole that made the Grateful Dead “the pioneering Godfathers of the jam band world.”
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Drummer Kris Myers and lighting crew chief Aaron “Louie” Meyette discuss Umphrey’s McGee on Inside Out With Turner & Seth.
Devon Allman and Duane Betts discuss The Allman Betts Band’s upcoming tour, new album and growing up in The Allman Brothers Band family.
Check out photos, video, the setlist and a recap of last night’s Mike Gordon concert at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Carlos Santana will release ‘Africa Speaks’ his new Rick Rubin produced album later this year. Listen to the record’s lead single “Los Invisibles,” which features Buika on vocals.
Dick Dale, “The King Of The Surf Guitar,” died at the age of 81.