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The latest installment of the Grateful Dead’s ‘All The Years Live’ video series features footage of “China Cat Sunflower” and “I Know You Rider” from July 6, 1990 at Cardinal Stadium in Louisville.
Watch a video for the Grateful Dead’s “China Cat Sunflower” featuring images of fine felines (and a few dogs) provided by Deadheads.
Release Day Picks this week highlights new releases by Santana, Neil Young and the Grateful Dead.
Watch the Grateful Dead play “Reuben & Cherise” for the fourth and final time live in 1991.
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.
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Latest Grateful Dead Setlist
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.”
courtesy of wikipedia.org
This Halloween weekend, Umphrey’s McGee will present a “festive surprise” on the 31st in Washington D.C. before heading to Philadelphia.
Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard will issue her solo debut album ‘Jaime’ in September and support the LP with a tour. Howard has shared the album’s first single, “History Repeats.”
Watch all three upcoming Widespread Panic shows at Red Rocks via nugs.tv live streams.
Watch Vampire Weekend cover The Doors’ “Peace Frog” on Saturday night at Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Phish closed out the second show of their two-night stand at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland with a six-song second set and a four-song encore that will not soon be forgotten.