Friday, December 31, 2010

A Streamer's Choice

Our theme for next month starts us off on the right note. It is "A Streamer's Choice!" That's right - the tables have turned from last month's Jer Bear's Choice. Now you are all on the Hot Seat.  Your vote will pick the featured show every week in January of 2011. What a perfect way to start the New Year - give the deadicated listeners of Shakedown Stream the ability to direct the Stream.  

Every week, go to ShakedownStream.blogspot and vote for the Grateful Dead show of your choice. I will put together a group of shows for your voting pleasure from a particular tour. For example, next week select a show from April of '82. The show that receives the most votes by Monday afternoon will be the featured show.

Shakedown Stream
Tuesday @ 5pm EST
Peace - Jer Bear

Monday, December 20, 2010

This week ...

Shakedown Stream this week continues with the Jer Bear's Choice theme. It is an opportunity to look for live Grateful Dead material in those hard to find places on the shelf. I have been choosing live shows that are incomplete and would never make it as a "featured show" on Shakedown Stream. I am clearing the shelf before we start the new year. 

  • Also in the news, Bob Weir and Mickey Hart sat in with Sammy Hagar this last Saturday night for a holiday benefit show in their backyard - Mill Valley, CA.  
  • Billy K and the 7 Walkers are on tour and played in New York City this past weekend.
  • Phil & Bobby's Furthur are gearing up for their New Year's shows in San Francisco, CA.   
  • Peace - Jer Bear 

Saturday, December 11, 2010

T-Shirts !!

We have new Shakedown Stream T-Shirts.  They are here just in time for Christmas - a perfect gift.  Choose your own colors and sizes online.  

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Streamed Survey

Shakedown Stream listener(s): please tell us about yourself. We are collecting info about Shakedown Stream listeners in order to help us best find funding for our program.
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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Jer Bear's Choice

December is Jer Bear's Choice month. 

As we come to the end of the Year and 

cycle through another rotation around 

the Earth, I will look through various 

odds & ends from some of 

those hard to reach places in my Dead 

collection. There is so much live material from the 

Grateful Dead that is incomplete, but, does not get much 

attention. Therefore, we will suspend the "featured 

show" format and explore those live Dead tidbits for

December. It is a time for us to reflect on our lives 

and connect with our loved ones, dear family & 

friends, but also listen to some Dead stuff from 

those hard to reach places.  

Tuesday @ 5pm ET

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Jorma Tickets!! Turning 70 @ the Beacon

Jorma is celebrating his 70th Birthday with Electric Hot Tuna at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. We scored two sets of miracle tickets for this Friday & Saturday night - Dec 3rd & 4th.  A generous fan of Shakedown Stream has donated a pair of tickets to Jorma's birthday bash! Jorma says expect "... many surprise guest appearances"! 

To support your favorite Stream > go to and find out how you can get your crazy fingers on these sweet tickets! 

Thank you for your generosity everybody. There are so many ways to support the Stream - Peace - Jer Bear

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Dead Boot-legs ... 1978

The "interesting set list" theme for the month brings us to our last installment for November. The featured show for this month - believe it or not - is a Passaic, New Jersey show from November of 1978. I picked this show because of sentimental reasons. 

It was one of the first Dead boot-legs that I heard where they played tunes into each other that I would of have never expected. It turned me on to the Grateful Dead on a deeper level. I know that it is a very popular and probably over played Grateful Dead show, but it has a significant place in my memory banks. Actually, when I first tripped to this show at Peter Coley's house, it was on vinyl - it was 6 records. I loved it and still do. 

Join me this week on
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5pm Tuesday ET

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Another One ...

This week's shakedown stream has a sweet set-list, plus a delicious assortment of Grateful Dead songs from the fine gentlemen of San Francisco. There are many twists coming are way.

Join us this week on Shakedown Stream for a special Thanksgiving presentation. Check out the Grateful Dead perform their only gig in El Paso, Texas. Also, we will continue our conversation with Len Dell'Amico sharing his stories about the Dead as well as his new movie "Everything Must Go" (everythingmustgothemovie.


Plus - the 7 Walkers CD (Billy K's new project).

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Eclectic-fying set lists

Eclectic-fying set lists are fun. Finding shows with set lists that bend the imagination is a search I enjoy. This week I came upon an '88 show from Chicago that will suffice for this month's theme.

Thatz right - the theme for this month explores interesting variances in the magnetic field within the Grateful Dead world. Some years are better for this theme - like 1985 - however, the performance level may not be what we like.

Nonetheless and furthurmore - the goal is to move the energy and focus around from week to week. Also, we will check out some Jerry Garcia Band, new songs the Furthur shows from their Midwest tour and good 'ole acoustic Grateful Dead.

Peace - Jer Bear

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Eclectic Grateful Dead

The eclectic Dead theme for this month is an exploration of various Grateful Dead shows where the set-list is unusual. There is nothing "usual" about Dead music in terms of rock 'n roll - we already know that. However, if you follow the shows from year after year, you can get an idea of what to expect and what is a typical set-list. Yet, from time to time, there are shows that are completely out of the norm.

This week we will travel to the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California from 1985. The set-list is clearly an eclectic arrangement.

Peace - Jer Bear

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Ecletic Dead

We have an interesting theme this month. This week's featured show from 1973, will show us the unique interplay of Dead tunes that are not typically played together. For example, we'll hear The Other One go into an Eyes of the World and other songs. This show from San Diego, CA is very sweet.

Also, starting this week, we will start the countdown of Me & My Uncles' from 1967 to the very last one.

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Peace - Jer Bear

Friday, October 29, 2010

Vote Vote Vote Vote, says Bob

Grateful Dead Guitarist Calling Fans Personally, Reminding Them To Vote

Most deadheads are used to listening to Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir live on stage, but a new get out the vote effort will give several fans the chance to hear him live in an entirely different way: on their phones., a nonpartisan group aimed at getting music fans involved in the Democratic process, announced Monday that a dozen musicians will place personal phone calls to their fans urging them to head to the polls.
“Rather than getting a recorded or live call from a politician saying vote for me,’ what we’re going to be dispensing are … live calls saying ‘vote for you,’”  Weir said during a conference call with reporters. 
According to, those who receive the calls will be from the 25,000 young people who have signed up at concerts or online for the group’s “Pledge to Vote” campaign. 
Country music legend Willie Nelson will be joining Weir, as will Adam Gardner from Guster, Yim Yames from My Morning Jacket and Jon Fishman from Phish.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Playin' Missoula, Montana

The Playing in the Band theme for October has brought us to some sweet shows and some amazing Playin' jams. As we already know, there are over 500 shows to pick from when it comes Grateful Dead shows with Playing in the Band.

This week's featured show takes us to Missoula, Montana 1974. I have always been very fond of this show because I used to have a small part of it on tape for years. Now, we all can enjoy the whole show this week on Shakedown Stream on

It is all about the love and we all know how share it on the Stream.
Peace be with you - Jer Bear

Monday, October 18, 2010


Famed drummer and Grateful Dead co-founder Bill Kreutzmann, guitar master Papa Mali, legendary New Orleans bass man George Porter Jr. (The Meters, Funky Meters) and multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard (Willie Nelson, Fastball), come together as 7 Walkers for their self-titled debut release, due out November 2, 2010 on Response Records. With nearly all of its songs co-penned by Papa Mali and longtime Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, 7 Walkers is an electrifying hybrid of classic Bay Area rock and New Orleans funk.

The highly anticipated release features a batch of brand-new originals, a guest performance by Willie Nelson on “King Cotton Blues,” and a few smokin’ instrumentals. A self-proclaimed “open love letter” to the city of New Orleans, the end result is a fiery and funky collection of tunes that quite brilliantly capture a unique collaboration between these very different musical shamans.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Everything Must Go - Len Dell'Amico

"Everything Must Go" is a new movie directed by Grateful Dead film-maker Len Dell'Amico. It is a weird new comedy about Mac who "after getting fired from his job and losing his girlfriend decides to go on a mission and find some drugs with his slacker friend Bobby. Their mission turns into a bizarre adventure that turns into a big screw up." I think this movie is friggin' funny and the perfect kind of humor for where we are in the crazy world right now. 
Definitely check it out at

I had the good fortune to discuss Len's new movie recently. We also talked about the environment, windmills and Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead. Please join me this week for another long Grateful Dead stream and to hear parts of the interview on Shakedown Stream on Right on !! Jer Bear.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Oct 12th - Playin'

We are all Playing in the Band. The Grateful Dead performed Playing in the Band just over 500 times during their 30 year run. So when I find myself pondering what show to feature for Shakedown Stream this week, the options are overwhelming. There are so many. It is a song they played consistently throughout the years with many magical variances. Naturally, I think of the ’72 or ’74 long versions, but this week I ended up being ...drawn to May 1977.

The Dead played - what I call - sandwich Playing in the Bands’, particularly in ’77, but ’74 too. They would play a sweet Wharf Rat, The Wheel or even a Scarlet Begonias in the middle of a long Playin’ (like bookends). This week I picked the Palladium from the spring of ’77. This show contains a nice Playin’ sandwich with one of my favorite fillings. I hope you enjoy it.

I will also be streaming my recent interview with Jesse McReynolds, the famous country mandolin player from Jim & Jesse. Jesse's new CD is a Tribute to Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter songs: Songs of the Grateful Dead. I will also be giving away a limited number a free CDs of Jesse’s new Tribute album. He does a fabulous version of Black Muddy River, Deep Ellem Blues and Bird Song as well as others - all the songs are great. He also has a new song he did with Robert Hunter called "Day by Day". I think this is one of the best post Jerry projects since his passing in 1995. 

Peace - Jer Bear

Monday, October 4, 2010

Guitar Auction - signed by Bobby !!!

It's not every day that you can own a piece of history! You can bid on a Fender Squier guitar in excellent condition, signed by Bob Weir, founding member of the Grateful Dead, rock legend, and one of the greatest living songwriters.

Now you can afford to play the legend. Equipped with a comfortably slim basswood body profile, the Bullet Strat features 3 single-coil pickups that deliver classic Strat tone, an easy-playing bolt-on maple neck, and rosewood fingerboard with 21 medium-jumbo frets. The tremolo bridge arms you for wild note-bending fun.
The winning bidder will also receive the 40th Anniversary of Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty with all of THE WARNER BROS. STUDIO ALBUMS, a five-LP boxed set. The collection contains The Grateful Dead (1967),Workingman’s Dead, the original mix of Aoxomoxoa (1969), and American Beauty (1970), plus the original mix for Anthem Of The Sun (1968), available on vinyl for the first time in nearly 40 years.
The set also offers detailed replicas of the original albums housed in a hard-shell case that protects and stores the music with the accompanying 12" x 12" book including unpublished photos and new liner notes by Blair Jackson. To ensure the highest degree of quality, the albums were pressed on 180-gram vinyl. Retail value $135.00

The winning bidder will also receive author-signed Dennis McNally autographed “A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead”. The dead's publicist for more that 20 years has written the quintessential biography on one of popular music's most remarkable bands, the Grateful Dead.
McNally signed and dated a paperback version of the book, on the inner dedication page. 

Finally, the winning bidder will receive our own Friend of the Devil Dead t-shirt. 100% Organic shirt. "Friend of the Devil" is on the front and "Friend of mvyradio" on the back. Retail value: $25.00.  When you win, please specify size: S, M, L, XL, XXL.

Bid here, now!!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Playing in the Band

The theme for the month of October is "Playing in the Band." In lieu of the auction of the autographed guitar by Bobby Weir, we will feature shows that contain "Playing in the Band. " We will begin with a Phillie Spectrum show from 1979 (a 22 minute version of Playin).

Please help Shakedown Stream with it's auction. Submit your name to to be informed of the auction. The Fender Squire guitar is signed by Bobby Weir. It will be auctioned off on eBay and the money will go toward the costs of streaming Shakedown Stream on

Jer Bear

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Today in Dead History

  • Today in Dead History on September 29, 1967 - Mickey Hart joined the Grateful Dead as their 2nd drummer.
  • Phil & Bobby & Furthur have a new song - The Mountain Song. 
  • Bill Kreutzmann, is planning to release a joint album with guitarist Papa Mali on November 2. Their band is 7 Walkers and talk about their new album here.

Friday, September 24, 2010

For Sale: Jerry Garcia's House

Located up in rural Marin County, this palatial estate in Nicasio is asking just shy of $4 million dollars. The home, which sits on 11 acres and has 300 degree views of Mt. Tam and out to the Berkeley skyline, was the last place Jerry owned before his passing in 1995. The current owner is noted on the listing as having close ties with the remaining members of the band and
"...has discovered many interesting stories that surround the time Jerry lived here." - Need We Say More? News Phil Lesh and Brian Lesh Build on David Crosby and Ola Belle Reed Originals for New Furthur Songs - Need We Say More? News Phil Lesh and Brian Lesh Build on David Crosby and Ola Belle Reed Originals for New Furthur Songs

New York ... got the ways & means.

Our celebration of the 20th anniversary of the September 1990 run of shows at the Madison Square Garden comes to an end this week with the 9/20/90 show. The 9/19/90 show has already been featured on shakedown stream > it can be found at the archives page on 
This particular run of shows in New York are probably some of the best Dead I have heard in a long time. Hornsby really brought some new life to the Jerry & the Boys. 
Join us this week for the last installment of the September 1990 shows on Shakedown Stream.
Peace - Jer Bear

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Bobby Guitar Auction

We are going to auction off this guitar - autographed by Bobby Weir - on eBay and use the money to pay for streaming Shakedown Stream. It is a Fender Squire. However, it it signed by Bobby Weir which makes it particularly unique - a one of kind.

Email your name to and we will let you know when the auction starts in October.

Right On - Jer Bear

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

20th anniversary @ MSG

We are streaming the Madison Square Garden shows from September of 1990. It is the 20th anniversary of these shows - don't you know. We are skipping the 9/16/90 show because it is an official Dicks Picks release and has been available for years now (...has it been that long?). Anyway, go buy it if you don't already have it !! 
Ergo, this week we are featuring the 9/18/90 MSG show. Some of the tracks appear on the bonus CD from the Road Trips Vol. 2 - No. 1 release. We will put it all together into one show, the complete 9/18/90 show in all its' glory and sweetness. 
Also, find out more about the autographed Bobby guitar that we are auctioning off on WMVY in October.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Clean Water, Please

Unbroken Chain presents the Box of Rain Project

Unbroken Chain will be working with charity: water on the Box of Rain Project to bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. 
In honor of Phil's 70th birthday, our first goal is 7 wells for 7 decades.
The first water source will be in Haiti, using some of the proceeds from Phil's 70th birthday show last March. The remaining six water sources will be funded by several upcoming auctions.
Please check back as we will be providing more details and updates soon.
You can learn more about charity: water here:

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Furthur on West

Thank you everybody for your support and very kind emails - you guys are the best. Furthur is about to start their next tour out on the West Coast and then on to the East. 

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Grateful Dead - Home Movies Part One

This collection of Grateful Dead home movies (pt1) shows them backstage and thereabouts, are very interesting. We get to see stuff like, the behind-the scenes footage, that gives us another perspective on our favorite band. I have never seen this footage before so enjoy it, check it out, sit back, stand up and go back to the home - right on - Peace, Jer Bear

Thursday, September 2, 2010

20 years since ...

The theme for September: the 20th anniversary of the Madison Square Garden shows in New York City on September of 1990. We have 4 weeks to Stream in this month and they are 6 shows to chose from. One of them is already a Dicks Picks (DPS #9) and 2 other ones' are featured on a Road Trips release. No worries, we will figure it all out and have an awesome time.

Our first show to start off this month will be the 9/14/90 show. Bruce Hornsby had not yet joined the boys, that would came later on the 15th. Vince Welnick from the Tubes had just joined the band after Brent Mydland's death in July. Vince, at this point, had played 3 nights in Phillie and 2 nights in Ohio before they arrived in NYCity. Many deadheads were wondering and even concerned about the status of the band without Brent.

You will get to check it out for yourself -

What:     Shakedown Stream
When:    Tuesday at 5pm eastern time
Where: & iTunes
Why:      because you are invited.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The latest ...

Here is a list of different links to news stories regarding  the Grateful Dead world as well as the latest music releases. Believe it or not, but there continues to be lots to report about.
Stay tuned for the Shakedown Stream for next week. September has always been a memorable month for Grateful Dead shows. Peace - Jer Bear 

Saturday, August 28, 2010

from North Carolina

Jer Bear,

Hey now, hope you are well. I'm a few weeks behind on the stream(7/10/90), but I'm enjoying the NC theme and thought I'd share a story:

In 1992 I was a young Marine stationed at Camp LeJeune, NC. When the boys announced they were playin' Charlotte, I immediately got myself some tix.
As luck would have it, my unit scheduled a Dress Blues Inspection the dayafter the show. (
All you need to know is that a Dress Blues Inspection in a major pain in the ass.) My Lieutenant told me there was no way he was going to let me leave to drive across the state to see the Dead and that if I did I would be considered AWOL. Needless to say, I left anyway, risking big trouble. I had spent the entire week before the show/inspection squaring away my shit so I'd be ready.

I drove 2 hours to Raleigh to pick up a buddy who was flying in from AZ for the show. We then drove 4 plus hours to Charlotte, arriving just in time for the First Set. It was a great show (6/18/92) with lots of moments. After the show, we drove for 6 non stop hours back across NC to get me back just in time for my 8am inspection. Peeled off a tie-dye and put on a
fresh uniform. Passed with flying colors despite absolutely no sleep. Best of all, I don't think my Lt ever knew I was gone, or if he did he was very cool about it.

Anyway, it was to be the last time I saw old Jer' play with the Dead (
I saw JGB once in '93). It was made even more meaningful because he sang Morning
Dew which was the tune that first got me hooked back when I was in 7th grade (
Europe '72 version).

Thanks, as always for the stream and for letting me wander for a while again on those highways and back roads of North Carolina.

Rob M.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Dark Star: an oxymoron

“The phrase seems to have come to the English language by way of the astronomers who spoke Middle High German, who in turn borrowed it from Latin, translating the phrase "stella obscura", used by Roman astronomers to describe a faint star.” 

“Each haiku-like verse of "Dark Star" captures an image in transition, and does so in very economical language. The star crashes; reason tatters; searchlights seek; the mirror shatters; a hand turns to a flower; a mysterious lady disappears. There are a total of six verses, three preceding each chorus.
Rhyme and assonance are used sparingly: "crashes/ashes"; "tatters/axis/shatters/matter"; "dissolving/revolving."
The rhythm breaks into five strong beats per verse, to go with the melody; the verses contain differing numbers of syllables, but revolve around a mean of 13: 12, 13, 13, 13, 14, 13.
The "chorus" offers a transition. (See "readers comments") into the lengthy stretches of instrumental improvisation. It is broken into two melodic lines of four strong beats per line, with a grand total of 19 syllables.” (

Coming Coming Coming Coming ARouNd

It seems like a good a time as any to bring this Blog page back around. So here it goes, after a hiatus from maintaining this Shakedown ...