Saturday, February 26, 2011

Those March Winds

The March Dead of '88 - that is our theme for this month. The first episode of the month is the 2nd show of a three night run in Oakland, CA - the backyard of the Dead. This show in particular has a special guest Hamza El Din who joins Mickey and Billy on drumz in the 2nd set. This may be auspicious due to the changes we are witnessing in the middle east. Also, we will hear the 1st version of Bobby singing Dylan's "Memphis Blues Again" in the 1st set. These shows are much shorter than usual, therefore, we will be free to explore some other aspects of our favorite music.

Join me this week and every week for a review of the Grateful Dead from March of 1988. Listen for those March winds to blow our troubles away.


Shakedown Stream
mvyradio.com & iTunes
Tuesday @ 5pm EST
"...those March Winds will blow are troubles away"


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Last Stop in Kansas

"We are not in Kansas anymore" - actually, that is not true, we are. Shakedown Stream - a Grateful Dead radio show & podcast - streams a copious amount of Grateful Dead music every week on mvyradio.com. Sometimes, Jer Bear - the host - will devote a month to a theme (thematic Dead) so as to focus on a particular part of the 30 year jam from the San Francisco scene from the 60s.

As Ken Kesey once said, "I went into this room and ...then government said 'don't let anybody back in that room'." However, Kesey decided to open that room up to everybody and the Grateful Dead played music in that room. It's a big room.

This week we will finish up our foray into "Dead in Kansas". Our featured show this week is a 1991 show from Bonner Springs, Kansas. We will be treated to an awesome opener as Franklin's Tower continues to get its' dew this month - I think it has something to dew with Kansas.


Shakedown Stream
mvyradio.com & iTunes
Tuesday @ 5pm EST
"If you get confused, listen to the music play"

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Living Stream

Hey JerBear. Great to catch up with you on facebook. Growing up as a nubile deadhead in Littleton, NH I used to listen to your show every Sunday night while in high school. I called into your show a couple of times and you were always amazed that I could hear your show outta Dartmouth way up in my neck of the woods. I tell you it truly was a miracle because the only place in the whole town your show would come in was in my bedroom. You served as an inspiration to me. While in college in Quebec I had my very own Grateful Dead show every Wednesday evening for four years. Now I'm a bit older and living down in South Florida. I haven't been to a Dead show in almost two years so listening to your broadcasts helps to keep me sane. I hope you're doing well and I look forward to listening to your podcasts. Keep on truckin' on. Derek ...

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Kansas Cities ?

There is a Kansas City, MO and there is Kansas City, Kansas. The city from Missouri is definitely bigger than the one from Kansas. I would have thought it to be just the opposite, but that is me. The Kansas City in Missouri has a population of 2 million, but that includes the surrounding metropolitan area of the city. As a New Englander, I would have to say that is bigger than anything we have going on here, except Boston. It also has a professional baseball team (Kansas City Royals) and a NFL football team (Kansas City Chiefs). It has the cleanest drinking water of any other city in the USA. Now that is something to be proud of – very impressive (how do they do it?). In addition, “The city is famous for 18th Street and Vine where jazz saxophone and composition legend, Charlie Parker (Charles "Yard Bird" Parker, Jr.), rehearsed in an empty lot (Wikipedia).

This week’s Stream featured show hails from Kansas City, Missouri – not Kansas. The show from 1982 is one of my favorites. The 1st set of this show was a part of my collection that was on a Maxell UDII 45 minute cassette tape for years. Things have changed for the better and now we can hear the whole show – 1st & 2nd sets in all its’ glory. However, next week, we will properly get back to the Dead in Kansas theme on Shakedown Stream. Look for it, expect it, anticipate it and plan on it on mvyradio.com.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Dead in Kansas

Kansas (i /ˈkænzəs/) is a U.S. state located in the Midwestern United States.  It is named after the Kansas River which flows through it, which in turn was named after the Kansa tribe, which inhabited the area. The tribe's name (natively kką:ze) is often said to mean "people of the wind" or "people of the south wind," although this was probably not the term's original meaning. Residents of Kansas are called "Kansans." Kansas Link