Saturday, May 21, 2016

Attics of My Life

Please join us again for this week's episode of Shakedown Stream™ on We are continuing our focus of "Attics of My Life" this month with a featured LIVE DEAD show from the Fillmore West, SF - 1970. Plus, we will begin our review of the new DAY OF THE DEAD release of various artists doing their take on the sacred tomb of Grateful Dead songs. 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

"You Know It's True" - 1973 Grateful Dead

"They Love Each Other" (Garcia/Hunter) was performed live 46 times by the Grateful Dead in 1973. A long time listener of's Shakedown Stream™ suggested we use this song as our theme this month ; a Streamer's Choice. Join us for a special St Patrick's Day presentation of Live Dead from Utica, NY from March of '73.    

Monday, March 7, 2016

"They Love Each Other" (Hunter/Garcia)

We endeavor to theme on our Shakedown Stream this month of March. The conversation is focused on the Grateful Dead's song "THEY LOVE EACH OTHER" (TLEO). Last week, we started our theme with the very first live performance of TLEO from 2/9/73 - Palo Alto, CA. This week, we stream ahead a little bit further "like a diesel train" to 3/28/73 - Springfield, MA. Join us this week and every week as we listen to various versions of the Dead songs we all love on  

Friday, February 19, 2016

Mind Left Body jam

We are finishing our month long fundraising drive for Shakedown Stream™ on MVYRadio  this week. Go to and make a $100 donation or more and we'll enter you in the "Grateful Dead Sweepstakes" to win one of 14 different Grateful Dead prizes. We have CDs, blu-rays and coffee mugs from the Fare Thee Well shows plus more and more. 

The last installment of the "Mind Left Body" jam will feature Portland, Oregon from May of 1974 on 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

"Your Mind Has Left Your Body"

"Your Mind Has Left Your Body" is a song that is said to have come out of the January 1971 sessions at Wally Heider's studio in San Francisco, CA. Musicians such as Grace Slick, Paul Kantner, Jack Cassady & Jorma of Jefferson Airplane and Phil Lesh, Billy Kreutzman, Mickey Hart and Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead and David Freiberg of QuickSilver Messenger Service come together with David Crosby & Graham Nash of CSN&Y to play some fine music. Please join me this week on Shakedown Stream™ to hear the Planet Earth Rock n Roll Orchrestra (PERRO) session from Jan. 1971. We'll hear the earliest versions of Garcia's "Loser" and most notably "Mountain Song" which was later brought back to life by Phil Lesh with Further. Check out this week's Stream @ CLICK HERE 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Blizzard Delay

This week's Shakedown Stream will by delayed due to the Blizzard on Martha's Vineyard. No worries though. We are continuing to make the connections between the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane in honor of Paul Kantner. In addition, we'll hear Kantner's original version of "Your Mind Has Left Your Body" with Jerry Garcia and friends. Then we'll check out some of the Dead's first live performances of Mind Left Body starting with 1972 and furthur into 1973. 

Check out last week's episode where we enjoyed Ground Hog Day with some of Kantner's songs with the Airplane and his solo stuff with Grace Slick and Jerry Garcia & the Boys on EPISODE #417.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Althea - this space is getting Hot!

Happy New Years ! By popular demand, the fans of Shakedown Stream have asked for more of Grateful Dead themes every month. Well, well, well ... the 2016 year starts off with a "theme stream" of the song Althea. It is a symbolic tune for me because I got on the Bus during the "Go To Heaven" time period. Join us next week as we explore ALTHEA and how it evolved throughout the Dead's 30 year run, plus recent versions. Right On - let's have a sweet year. Peace, Jer Bear

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Love is Real - Not Fade Away !

December has been traditionally A Jer Bear's Choice month, whereas November has been A Streamer's Choice monthSo as the 2015 year ends, it seems fitting for us to reflect on a very special year for us Dead Heads. We all enjoyed the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Grateful Dead in Santa Clara, CA and  Chicago, IL this summer. The love we have for Grateful Dead music is real and it will never fade away. Last week on Shakedown Stream we played the very first live version of the Dead performing "Not Fade Away" jamming out of a "Turn on your Lovelite" from June of 1968. This week, we are skipping past 1969 (The Dead performed NFA 3 times in December of '69 - all shows we have already featured on Shakedown Stream) an go to 1970. They played NFA 49 times in '70, more than any other year of their 30 year run of the Grateful Dead. In the Fall, we see the first signs of NFA merging with Going Down the Road Feeling Bad; a classic pairing of these two songs by the Dead. Our featured show this week from El Monte, CA - 12/27/70 is a perfect snapshot of the evolution of this song which went on to be one of the creed songs of the Dead and its' deadhead following. Love is Real - Not Fade Away. 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

A Streamer's Choice

Keep on Streaming and keep on Voting for the Grateful Dead. Join us once again this week and every week throughout the month of November by choosing a Dead show from Jer Bear's collection. Last week, Streamer's picked the awesome Colgate Nov. 4th show from 1977. This week's selection is of four shows from the early 70s time period of the Grateful Dead. Every Tuesday @ 5pm (EST) click on for "Yours and Mine" Shakedown Stream with Jer Bear. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Vote for the Grateful Dead

It  is a Streamer's Choice for the entire month of November down on Shakedown Stream™.  Vote for a Grateful Dead show every week from Jer Bear's Vault. The show with most votes will be the featured show on Shakedown Stream. Everybody's  dancing in a ring around the Sun every Tuesday @ 5pm (EST) on

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Santa Clara, CA - June 28, 2015

I write Sunday night's review from 30,000 miles up in the air en route back to Boston from San Francisco. I am still tired, but my memory of the Santa Clara show is very much intact. It was Bobby's night, for sure. As Chris from Mill Valley said, "Bob came down from the mountaintop like the sound of thunder from Indra's lightning bolt." The omnipresent Shakti was evidenced by the opener "Feel Like A Stranger" followed by "Minglewood Blues" (one of the oldest tunes in the repertoire dating back to Mother McGree's Uptown Jug Champions). It was Bobby alright. 

I think the 1st set was a classic format that we know from so many of our bootlegs. I was hoping for a Hornsby "Loser"  and got it, then Trey rocked "Alabama Getaway". This set was longer than Saturday night. It could of ended there, but no, it kept going with an unusual first set rendition of "Black Peter" and a tight "Hell in a Bucket" closer. Phew, it was clear at intermission that they brought their A game and were responding to the lukewarm reviews from the Bay area papers. It was now or never; dew or die and Bobby was stepping up. Unbroken Jane said "The first set was why I became a Deadhead over 30 years ago."

The second set was even more special. The "Mississippi Half Step" 2nd set opener was crisp and sharp. It was serious Dead business and Phil was singing much better tonight. And when I felt the slightest vibration of Eyes my heart quivered  like I was 15. Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

Lastly, the Sugar Magnolia was blistering - one for the ages - with yellow sunshine exploding to multiple crescendos with Bobby firmly at the wheel. And as Nancy from San Fran said of the Brokedown encore, she had tears in her eyes remembering all the years combined of all the sweet memories of shows and friends. Whatta Birthday treat thanks Babe. Now onto to Chicago. 
Set One
Feel Like a Stranger
Minglewood Blues
Brown Eyes Women
Loose Lucy
Row Jimmy Row
Alabama Getaway
Black Peter
Hell in a Bucket

Set Two
Mississippi Half Step >
Wharf Rat >
Eyes of the World >
He's Gone >
drumz >
I Need a Miracle >
Death Have No Mercy >
encore: Brokedown Palace

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Santa Clara, CA - 6/27/15

Here's a set list from Saturday night followed a brief assessment. 
Set 1
noodle jam >
Uncle John's Band
Alligator >
Cumberland Blues
Born Cross Eyes >
Cream Puff War
Viola Lee Blues (Double Rainbow!)
Set 2
Cryptical Envelopment >
Dark Star >
St. Stephen >
sweet jam >
William Tell >
The Eleven >
Turn on Your Lovelite >
drumz >
What's Become of the Baby >
The Other One >
Morning Dew
encore: Casey Jones

The first two songs, Truckin' and Uncle Johns Band, were straight up performances -- nothing too special, but competent. Personally, I thought the rest of the first set was kinda off and they didn't seem  to be in synch with each other. However, an amazing thing happened during Viola Lee Blues; a rainbow started growing and by the time Viola ended a full double rainbow was shining above us. I thought it was an auspicious sign, maybe Jerry was joining us. It was a good sign because it seemed they ended the set early to regroup. 

The second set started with an easy flowing mellow Cryptical that lead effortlessly into Dark Star. The sound and vocals were not too sharp - maybe they needed to play it simple for a bit to get the groove going. Meanwhile, I was zooming around the venue checking out the folks, maneuvering into different nooks around the stadium, and trying to connect to the venue vibe. Then it happened: BOOM > St Stephen.  The band came alive, my happy feet sprang to life and my old Deadhead dancing woke up. There was sweet, beautiful, creative jam after St. Stephen that I loved and the Lovelight after The Eleven made me smiley. Bobby always had a way of centering me to the sound. Hey, for heaven's sake, he and Jerry are the guys that lead us through all those shows through all those years. It was also cool to see Mickey on the beam again during the drums. Not sure about the "What's Become of the Baby" (why not a Mountains of the Moon, Phil?) out of drums.  The Other One   and Morning Dew were stupendously righteous (I prefer a Morning Dew over Wharf Rat post-drums/space). The Casey Jones encore sung by Hornsby made me think of the trains I have been hearing all over the East Bay this week. We were gratefully blessed by a searingly beautiful sunset and the double rainbow. All the songs themed from the early time period of the Grateful Dead's repertoire
with nothing being played from after 1970. I suspect tonight will be songs from early 1970. The table is set for a second course tonight.