Garcia one recalled that Pigpen was, “the heart and soul of the Grateful Dead”. While it is true that as Deadheads we can look at nearly any member of the Dead and find their heart and soul contributions Pigpen was the first individual in the Dead community to illustrate the impermanence of life.
The Deadhead community is a few short weeks removed from the yearly jam monolith Lockn. This year’s Lockn festival featured the return of legendary jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis who stepped on stage at Nassau Coliseum 3/29/1990 to collectively blow Deadheads minds of both past and present into infinity with Jerry and the boys.
LOCKN Festival is a stomping ground for all that is Dead and tie-dyed to the bone. As the Deadhead community approaches Lockn once again in 2018 we here at SMR have found ourselves reminiscing about the moments of the sweet musical bliss of yesteryear. Lockn has been home to monumental moments in Dead history such as the first and only performance of the entire Terrapin suite by members of the Grateful Dead.
How did jazz great, Branford Marsalis, get paired with jam band’s finest, the Grateful Dead? A lot simpler than you think, really. One of the highlights that many people take from Wake Up to Find Out (3/29/1990) is the wonderful “Bird Song” in the first set, or the riveting and quick “Lovelight” in the second set.