Historic Pieces

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.

Annotations and Interpretations: Stella Blue

Annotations and Interpretations: Stella Blue

Stella Blue. It’s a beautiful ballad. It harkens back to shows I’d see over the summer of 2017, with warm summer nights, and seemingly everyone slowing down and stopping what they’re doing to sit and listen. People in the Dead scene really do care about the music; they’ll stand for dance numbers, hush for the ballads, and always a raucous applause following the music. Stella Blue is one of those numbers where the crowd hushes, where many cease conversation, and sit and truly listen to the music with little distraction. So what makes this...


Tapers: The Art Time Forgot

Tapers: The Art Time Forgot

A couple weeks ago I caught myself at my first Spafford show at a local venue. It was sold out and particularly packed. When I was stumbling through the tight venue I bumped into a man holding a microphone and a stick. Of course, this was a taper. This individual taper was the only one at the show.
 
The morning after the show,...


Editor's Picks: 12/31/1978, The Closing of Winterland

Editor's Picks: 12/31/1978, The Closing of Winterland

“Now! Ladies and Gentlemen, yes! A momentous occasion! As we cruise into the 1980’s, here at Winterland, in San Francisco, 1978 going on 1981, what you see before you, is a ten, no! A twelve-foot-long burning ember of marijuana! Yes! Let us begin the countdown…” An insatiable beginning to a show, a fiery barn burner, a cacophony of noise and sound. I think every Deadhead out there has a show where it clicks. “Yes,” thinking to myself years ago, “this is what it’s about!” The Closing of Winterland on...