Historic Pieces

All The Years Combine, They Melt Into A Dream: Reflections as a Deadhead

All The Years Combine, They Melt Into A Dream: Reflections as a Deadhead

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.

Happy 73rd Birthday Pigpen: How Pigpen Helped Us All Understand the Blues

Happy 73rd Birthday Pigpen: How Pigpen Helped Us All Understand the Blues

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.


LOCKN: Manifesting Collaboration Since 2013

LOCKN: Manifesting Collaboration Since 2013

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.

Weir: Carrying the Torch and Revisiting the Days Between

Weir: Carrying the Torch and Revisiting the Days Between

Since Jerry’s passing Bob Weir has always had his hands on a musical project or two. If an individual has attended a Dead and Company show recently chances are they’ve seen the Weirwolf’s wild eyes dedicated as ever to delivering the music that blankets Deadhead’s lives with a sunshine glow.

Influences, and Influenced By: Branford Marsalis

Influences, and Influenced By: Branford Marsalis

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.