Monday, December 24, 2012

New Statesman & Jer Bear

On the American prog-rock station Martha’s Vineyard Radio (www.mvyradio.com) the presenter Jer Bear settles in for his 61st evening show devoted exclusively to the Grateful Dead. “It’s Big Fat Tuesday, hey-now hey-now, time to chakamaka we are solid with the band. Put on your socks.”
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Monday, December 17, 2012

Volunteer Your Light !

"One way or another, this darkness got to give," as the song goes. How true it is. This is the darkest week of the year until Winter Solstice - Friday the 21st - then we turn back towards the sunlight. It is time for all of us to leave our psychological and spiritual junk in the darkness and plant some new seeds of positivity. Let It Grow! Let's plant these seeds of light and love in my home state of Connecticut, where so many lights have been lost at the darkest time of the year. We need each other to make it through this time - so turn on your light, and let it shine, shine, shine, let it shine.

This week on Shakedown Stream™, we support our brothers and sisters who are displaced by Storm Sandy during this holiday season. We are going to Long Island, New York - the Nassau Coliseum. The choice of an informal poll of listeners was the year 1982. Please join me and all your fellow Streamers in the flow of the Grateful Dead on Shakedown Stream™. 

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Happy Holidays
Peace & Love, 
Jer Bear

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Father DeadHead

"What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas." And yet, here is a deadhead story that needs to be shared. WE all know by now that deadheads come in many shapes and sizes as well as professional, educational and economic backgrounds. I believe this article may surprise even us

"His favorite band was the Grateful Dead. His favorite singer, Carrie Underwood. His favorite destination, the island of Maui. His favorite dish to prepare, leg of lamb." Read on - click here.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Coffee Table Dead

There are still new christmas gift ideas for your deadhead loved-ones. Check this out - I just learned of this new coffee table book about Grateful Dead poster art. "The coffee table book tells the story of poster art through the Grateful Dead, which frequently partnered with artists, and offers chronological evolution of the art from the band's beginning in 1965 through Jerry Garcia's death in 1995." 
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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Streaming Support for MVYRadio

WE started something special here on MVYradio.com. Shakedown Stream has brought together fans of  the Grateful Dead -deaheads- across the nation and the world every week. Streamers are coming together again to help save mvyradio


"I first saw the Dead in 1967, and have been listening to your stream for about 3 years. While I normally prefer to just listen to music, your commentary and choice of music each week is an integral part of the overall experience. You exude the love and peace which is part of the Dead experience. I was shocked at the news that my weekly dose of the stream may stop and contributed. Regardless of what happens, I hope you find a way to continue the stream as long as you enjoy it, because your energies result not only in the continuation and expansion of the Dead community, but more important, the spread of peace and positive vibes throughout the planet. Your presence in my life and the lives of so many others is wanted so much. Sending love....
Ilan."

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Save MVYRadio

Yes, my dear friends, it is true. WMVY radio sold 92.7fm to WBUR - a public radio station out of Boston. However, the music has not stopped YET! There is hope. If we receive $600,000 in 60 days, MVYradio can stay alive for another year as an internet non-commercial radio station. For us Streamers, this will be an easy switch since we already do Dead radio on the internet. 


Peace - Jer Bear

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Haitian Relief w/ Bobby


Tonight 142 Throckmorton Theatre and Steep Productions Inc. will present, the fourth annual musical evening to benefit the children of the Peruvian orphanage, Casa de Milagros. This year we will also benefit the Haitian Relief Organization J/P HRO.
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In performance will be Bob Weir, Jackie Greene, James Nash --And Special Guests!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Master HD-Dead

Hear how great The Grateful Dead’s “American Beauty” sounds as a pristine Master Quality Download from HDtracks! You will hear the difference. Easy to download, playback and enjoy. Use promo code GratefulDead15 to receive 15% off “American Beauty” and the previously released “Workingman’s Dead” from HDtracks.

*This code expires on November 30, 2012 at midnight EST. Please remember to click 'apply discount code' before checking out. Note that once a discount code is applied you cannot add more items to your cart. This code can only be used once per customer.


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Friday, November 23, 2012

Beluschi & Jerry


Jersey deadheads are some of the rowdiest Dead fans in the world. Jerry and the boys always brought their A game to Jersey. This week, Shakedown Stream continues to pay homage to New Jersey as it rebuilds. Check us out as we stream another Grateful Dead show from Passaic, NJ ... this Dead show has John Belushi (A New Jersey boy) doing cartwheels during a "US Blues" encore.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Jerry Movie

Believe it or not, but a movie about our beloved Jerry Garcia is in the making - read all about it - "It’s been a long strange trip since iconic musician Jerry Garcia passed away in 1995. He is possibly one of the best loved figures in American music via his work with the Grateful Dead and the Jerry Garcia Band. Director Malcolm Leo, whose work includes the quintessential Elvis documentary This Is Elvis (revered by many as one of the top ten music documentaries of all time) and films on The Beach Boys and Crosby, Stills & Nash, has had an unreleased filmed interview with Garcia from 1987 in his personal archives -- until now." (Read Complete Article)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Jersey Dead

The good people and our fellow deadheads of Jersey, Long Island, and of course New York City keep getting hit with stormy weather. Even as we speak, a Nor'Easter is slamming them with wind, snow & rain. This week, the featured show on Shakedown Stream is another Grateful Dead show from New Jersey - Passaic, NJ, 1977. Our positive thoughts and prayers go out to those most affected by Storm Sandy.

Join me and all of us as we stream the Dead and support our friends during troubled times.

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We Will Survive !!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Streaming in South Korea


 Jer Bear, 
> Killer 10/23 show. Just when I think they can't get better, or I think I've found my favorite in the archives, you spin something righteous! I am an engineer currently doing some work with renewable energy and green procurement in South Korea. In June of this year, I was looking to expand my Dead experience and scrolled too far down in ITunes. I stumbled onto the Podcast section, where I found The Shakedown Stream! Since then I have subscribed, and can't wait for your weekly upload. I literally have an Outlook reminder that tells me to go home and listen. I devote the entire evening to the Stream. I'm too young to have ever seen the band live, so maybe I'm not a Dead Head in the purest sense of the word, and I feel obligated to let you know that. However, the music speaks to my soul and helps me carry on.

>Anyway, Jer Bear, The Stream has been a positive, calming force during my time in Korea, where I have been away from my family and my home. Keep a song in your heart, truth in your word, a spring in your step, and carry the torch. 
Peace,  
Justin 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

VOTE for Live Dead

In the spirit of election day, this week and every week for the rest of the month of November, is a Streamer's Choice. Please exercise your right to vote and go to >>>> http://www.shakedownstream.blogspot.com/ and choose a Grateful Dead show. The popular choice will be the featured show this week on Shakedown Stream on http://www.mvyradio.com/.

Support LIVE DEAD!

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We Will Survive !!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Jerry Right - Phil Left

Sometimes the smallest of changes can be huge. Take for example when Jerry Garcia and Phil Lesh changed sides on stage. For quite some time, Jerry was stage right (our left) and Phil was stage left (our right). yet, one one particular Sunday night in Davis, California in March of 1982, that changed - Jerry and Phil switched sides - HUGE. 

This stage arrangement remained this way until the very end in 1995. Deadheads pay very close attention to such details of the Grateful Dead. Join me this week as we feature the last show with Jerry on the left and Phil on the right. 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Doubleheader of '82 Dead

It's a doubleheader on Shakedown Stream! This week's featured show displays the earliest versions of "Throwing Stones" and "Touch of Grey." These were new tunes for us deadheads at the time and we did not even know what they were called; "We Will Survive" or "Ashes to Ashes" - who knew, we are all so crazed with passion and trying to get tickets.

Join us as we feature two nights in Palo Alto, CA in 1982.

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We Will Survive

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Jerry Garcia Contest

The Keystone Shows of Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders from 1973 are being re-leased and remastered. It is a 4 CD box set of these beautiful shows that were originally released as a double album. This box set contains previously un-released versions of "How Sweet It Is" and "It Takes Alot to Laugh, but a Train To Cry." Plus, enter your email address in this contest and win a free box set. plus a free music download. 

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Streaming up to Buffalo

Believe it or Not. We are featuring the 9/26/81 show from Buffalo, NY. When it is all said and done, we will have a fairly decent snapshot of the Grateful Dead from a rather specific date - Sept. 26th - not to mention a rather strong association with the 2nd largest city in the state of New York.

Join Shakedown Stream for another excursion into the realm of the Grateful Dead. Plus, we will check out some of the highlights from this Fall Furthur Tour from out west.

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Streamin up to Buffalo

Saturday, September 22, 2012

The Odd Couple



"Garcia taught Saunders — then a well-paid, straight-laced side man — how to loosen up. Saunders taught Garcia — the always-smiling centerpoint of counterculture darlings the Grateful Dead — how to play the old standards. They’d perform together throughout their careers, in bands called Legion of Mary and Reconstruction, behind Creedence Clearwater Revival guitarist Tom Fogerty on his 1972 album Excalibur, during a trio of Dead shows, and on Saunders’ 1990 release Blues from the Rainforest. Saunders even helped Garcia recover his musical bearings after the guitarist roused from a diabetic coma in 1986." (somethingelsereviews)

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Compare & Contrast

Shakedown Stream will do a Compare & Contrast theme for the next 2 weeks on mvyradio.com. We will be devoting the next 2 weeks to 9/26/73 & 9/26 81 shows from the War Memorial from Buffalo, NY. It's funny, but what are the odds that the Dead played at the same venue on the same day and month, but on a different year. Well, when it comes to the Grateful Dead - anything is possible. 

Join me and all of us this week and next week on the Stream as we compare & contrast these two shows from Buffalo, NY. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Saturday, September 1, 2012

How I Listen & Stream

"Jer Bear - I just discovered the Shakedown Stream a few months ago and thought I'd answer the question you asked during second Jerry Treats 'Stream about how we listen. I download 'Stream episodes through iTunes, put them in a 'Shakedown Stream' playlist so the play in oldest to newest sequence, sync to my iPod 160 GB Classic and listen to them at work through a Harmon Kardon Play n' Go (1st Gen) boom box (truly fantastic sound). I have an office by myself and listen to music all day long. In addition to the 'Stream I have over 200 episodes of the Deadpod, 15 or so Dick's Picks,nearly all the Road Trips subscription to the new Dave's Picks and lots of JGB, L of M, Pizza Tapes etc. The CDs are managed in iTunes and I create such are put on individual playlists by Venue/Date. All this I manage on iTunes converting most everything to WAV files (2 TB hard drive with mirror back-up). I have a very eclectic music collection (pushing 800 GB of music on the home computer) but I sometimes go 2 weeks listening to exclusively the Dead or Jerry music - 8 hours a day. I struggle to explain to people why I don't get bored or tired of it - but I don't - I just keep listening.

Side note: I'd be interested in learning how you manage what I can only imagine as an overwhelming collection shows and songs. Perhaps you have addressed this in a blog.

I like your show a lot - especially the Bear Essentials. Jerry's and the
Grateful Dead's influence is large and diverse and you do a very nice job spreading the wealth.

Thanks for your time and effort,"
Dick Mc.
Marin/Sonoma County CA

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Digitization 101

"Description: The Grateful Dead Archive (GDA) at UC Santa Cruz represents one of the most significant popular culture collections of the 20th Century and documents the band’s activity and influence in contemporary music from 1965 to 1995. At CNI’s spring 2012 membership meeting, UC Santa Cruz University Librarian Virginia Steel and Project Manager Robin Chandler discussed the particular challenges of merging a traditional archive with a socially constructed one."
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Saturday, August 18, 2012

"Twenty years ago, Don and Jenn McCallister — psyched to meet other people in Columbia as devoted to Jerry Garcia as they were — became customers of Loose Lucy’s.
Before long, the couple bought the Five Points shop near the University of South Carolina.
 

And after two decades, they’re still playing the Grateful Dead on the sound system."

Read more - complete article

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Mickey's Groove


-For Mickey Hart, it’s still all about groove.
“I’m having one hell of a time; I’m having some big fun and the audiences are loving it,” said the former Grateful Dead drummer, now on the road with the Mickey Hart Band. “Yeah, I could do this until the day I die.”
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Monday, August 13, 2012


Shakedown Stream is devoted to the Grateful Dead. Week after week, we stream entire Dead shows. We are diverting the current this week to a whole complete Jerry Garcia Band show from 1977. Such a detour has occurred only once before on Shakedown Stream. Maybe we are engaging in phenomenology.

Last week's "Jerry Treats" was delicious, yet, we Streamers want more of Jerry sweetness. Join me this week as we continue to celebrate the life and music of Jerry Garcia.

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Tuesday @ 5pm (East Coast Time)
How Sweet It Is!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Inspiration Move Me Brightly


This week we celebrate the life of Jerry Garcia. He would have celebrated his 70th birthday this past August 1st, however, ... and this August 9th is the 17th anniversary of Jerry's death. Shakedown Stream will feature a cornucopia of Jerry's 30-plus years of music. No specific plan or road map is necessary for where we are going. The wisdom of the Stream will take us to a different time and space. Together we will experience a streaming memorial to the music and scene we all love.

Join us for a special episode of Shakedown Stream and get your annual fill of Pure Jerry on
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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Big Bang Cosmic Debris


The debris from the cosmic big bang of the Grateful Dead continues to bounce around the stratosphere. As luck would have it, someone pressed the red "record" button and the Dead's jams have been captured. This week on Shakedown Stream we celebrate another show that possesses a Dark Star > St Stephen > The Eleven > Death Have No Mercy. 


Many of us grew up listening to this song arrangement on the "Live Dead" album - over and over again. Gone are the days where you have to worry about turning the album over to listen to the other side and the rest of the jam - the Stream keeps the songs flowing. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

"Move Me Brightly"

The Grateful Dead will be the focus of a special weekend Friday, Aug. 3, through Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Rock and Roll of Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.

Highlights include screenings Aug. 4-5 of the film "Move Me Brightly," a salute to late Dead leader Jerry Garcia. Also on the agenda are a Hall of Fame Series interview with Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann on Aug. 3, followed by a performance by his 7 Walkers band.
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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Join until you Belong





Dark Star >
St Stephen >
The Eleven >
Death Have No Mercy


This particular arrangement of Grateful Dead songs - which are ever so perfectly placed in the exact genetic sequence representing the truest code of acid rock from San Francisco of 1969 - will be featured show this week.  -It contains everything that is necessary for a pure psychedelic journey including marshmallows. It tells a story, it gets biblical, there is singing, astronomy is involved, a reference to an LSD trip is made (maybe yours), the journey happens, then Death - rebirth too.

Join, join, join until you belong in the Stream.


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In and out of the Garden you Go!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Bobby Celebrates Jerry


Late Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia would have turned 70 on August 1, and his longtime band mate Bob Weir will be among the many musicians taking part in a special concert event to commemorate the occasion. 
Jambands.com reports that the show, dubbed Move Me Brightly: Celebrating Jerry Garcia's 70th Birthday, will be held August 3 at Weir's TRI Studios in San Rafael, California.  The concert also will include performances from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont TenchPhish bass player Mike GordonRatDog/Furthur keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and Chris Robinson Brotherhoodguitarist Neal Casal, among others.  More guest stars also are expected to be added to the lineup.
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Sunday, July 8, 2012

'69 Primal Dead


The Summer is here and the Grateful Dead music never stops on Shakedown Stream. We continue this week with another round of primal Grateful '69 Dead. Dark Star>SaintStephen>The11>Death ...
Everybody is out touring at the festivals - Furthur, Mickey Hart Band & 7 Walkers - not to mention the other bands that we all love. 
Tickets are always available week after week on mvyradio.com's Shakedown Stream.
Premieres: Tuesday @ 5pm EST
Where the Rockin' Rollin' music 
Meets the risin' shinin' Sun

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July

Dear fellow citizens, please make sure that you have all of the necessary supplies for this 4th of July holiday. For example, this Dancing Bear ice cube tray is something no deadhead wants to be without on this special holiday. The Dancing Bears ice cubes are an excellent way to keep your homemade lemonade or even that special mystery concoction that Aunt Mary brings every year nice and cool. If you look at right, you may even see the bears dancing and singing your favorite Grateful Dead song. 
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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

This Week's ...



The theme for this month is psychedelic in nature (this may seem redundant when speaking of 60s Dead). Shakedown Stream is featuring Grateful Dead shows that have the Dark Star>St Stephen>The Eleven>Death Have No Mercy set lists. Such a standard arrangement of songs is not only worthy of our attention from a historical point of view, but, just as importantly, these jams are superb representations of acid rock n' roll.

As deadheads, we need to always to remind ourselves of how the music started and its' evolution so "...with a rose in and out of the garden we go."

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Gathering of the Vibes

The 17th annual musical event - Gathering of the Vibes - is right around the corner. This event, which has it's roots in the Grateful Dead scene, has proven itself to be quite a popular event. Check out this article >

"While a few drifted everlastingly into the musical wilderness with Garcia’s passing, dedicated Deadheads simply viewed the rock icon’s death as the first night of an extended celestial road trip. And for them, this summer is a time to celebrate the 17th year of the Gathering of the Vibes, July 19-22." Read Article

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Dent May Covers Dead

"Back when Dead shows were a thing, the main drag of the parking lot where kind veggie burritos, ganja gooballs, and sundry wares of that ilk were at their highest concentration was called “Shakedown Street.” This was also the name of a song (and album) from the Dead’s blurry cocaine-and-disco era. Today, the track’s in the hands of Oxford, MS ambassador Dent May, who turns in a faithful rendition with a synth sound where Jerry’s iconic auto-wah lick would be. Also, this is a terrific opportunity to call May “Grateful Dent,” so that just happened. Here’s the MP3:" Click Here

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

$100 Donation - Furthur Tickets!



Throughout the summer, we’ll be offering tickets to see some of your favorite artists, to raise money for Friends of mvyradio, which supports our streaming efforts.

Today, we have several pairs of tickets to Further when it stops at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on Thursday, July 5th. This is the only New England stop on the current Further tour, so Deadheads who want to catch Phil and Bobby and the gang will want to jump on this offer.

Donate $100 to Friends of mvyradio and we’ll give you a pair of General Admission tickets to this show. We only have 5 pairs, so please call 508-693-5000 before they run out.

We made these available, starting at 1pm ET today, so call quickly before they are all gone.

Happy Summer!

mvyradio staff

Sunday, June 17, 2012

UC Santa Cruz - Archive Opening

SANTA CRUZ - UC Santa Cruz will celebrate the public opening of the Grateful Dead Archive at the McHenry Library with an event from 1-4 p.m. June 29.

Visitors will explore the archive's inaugural exhibit, "A Box of Rain: Archiving the Grateful Dead Phenomenon," in the Brittingham Family Foundation Dead Central, the new exhibition space devoted to the archives. Members of the band announced in 2008 that they would donate their extensive collection to UCSC.
(Read Article)

Saturday, June 16, 2012

I Like Brent

"*Howdy Jer Bear,
Very Cool idea to give choices only by the year. I have a tendency to look at sets I know are coming. It's a hard thing for me to see a date without looking at the way the show looks on paper (Deadbase.com). The song choice as well as their order, only tells a small tale, I enjoy listening to the unknown energy (the real deal). The element of surprise is a Grate element! Thanks for all you do for us!
Since I was told about your Stream, I've listened weekly. I also enjoy the Grate group of folks who gather, share tunes and life's happenings, and of course waking up to sip coffee with the family on the Facebook page. There is a special vibe within' that group, and i'm so Grateful to have stumbled upon it! Just wanted to thank you for a fantastic (complete Shows) radio program, that's geared towards deadheads. (Stanlee Mouse)"


*Thanks for Tossing in some early Brent Years This Week In Our Choices!*
"Well the cool breeze came on Tuesday"

Friday, June 15, 2012

Papa Mali & 7 Walkers

BOND, Colo. — "A longer than expected recovery period, post-surgery, for Papa Mali has forced Bill Kreutzmann's 7 Walkers to postpone their two-night performance at State Bridge Riverside Amphitheater, which had been slated for this weekend." (Read Article)

Friday, June 8, 2012

Dead Picks


Pick Your Dead! 
Another round of voting on shakedown stream's blog page is ready for your pleasure. A new selection of Dead Picks are ready for this week's Shakedown Stream episode on mvyradio.com.


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It All Streams Into ONE!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Deadhead donates $500,000

"Scott Brittingham, an investor and philanthropist, attended his first Grateful Dead show when he was 16 years old and soon found himself, like many others, following the band from venue to venue.“\[Their concerts were these] cultural events that always felt so safe and affordable,” comments Brittingham. “The fans would always take you in and take care of you. You can talk about social networks all you want. Forget Facebook; this was the ultimate social network. It was a strongly woven fabric. I only hope every generation of Americans gets something like this.” (Read Article)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Vote for your Dead Pick

We have a new theme! The month of June is Dead Picks on Shakedown Stream - mvyradio's very own Grateful Dead show. Go to shakedownstream.blogspot.com and vote for your Dead Pick. Quite simply, the Dead show with the most votes by Monday 5pm will be the featured show on Shakedown Stream. It is fun, it easy and you get to decide the fate of our Stream. "Sometime - the cards ain't worth a dime if you don't lay 'em down."

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Library of Congress & The Dead

“The Grateful Dead just touched a nerve, and it’s still relevant in many ways today,” Hart told the AP. “It’s American-based music, but the combination of it, I guess, was the chemical that ignited, the energy that ignited the spirit of the people for many generations." Read Article

Saturday, May 26, 2012

1974 - Truckin'

1974 - join us this week on Shakedown Stream for another featured Grateful Dead show from 1974. Last week we were in Roanoke, VA and this week we go up the east coast to the DC beltway of Landover, MD. 

I have discovered what many may have already known - s
ome of the best versions of Truckin' are from 1974. We will be treated to a very serious version of that autobiographical transport song that defined the lifestyle of deadheads on the road. Just like the literature of that time period, we traveled On The Road to find our identity, cruisin' through the veins and arteries of America pumping new red, white & blue blood through the heart of a new USA.

Also, we will hear more from The Mickey Hart Band and other nuggets of the Grateful Dead. 


Happy Memorial Day
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Got My Chips Cashed In

Sunday, May 20, 2012

"Dawn of the Dead"

Dawn of The Dead tells a pretty fascinating story. The newly released DVD mainly concentrates on the first five years of the band, and of the San Francisco sound in general during the mid-to-late '60s. If any group epitomizes the whole flower-power, light show, and free-flowing music scene of that era, it is the good old Grateful Dead.

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Where's My Hog?

Need some gear for your Hog? "For years, River Road Gear has been known for making high quality cruiser luggage and fine leather jackets, chaps, vests and pants. So when they partnered up with the Grateful Dead to put the Dead logos on their motorcycle jackets and vests, I knew they would start with superior garments before the embroidery went on. "http://motorcycling.speedtv.com/article/gearbag-grateful-dead-color-logo-leather-jacket/

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Mickey - the Noisician

The Grateful Dead music continues. Jerry Garcia may be gone, but not forgotten - not by a long shot. Mickey Hart, one of the drummers of the Dead has just released a new album/CD and it is pretty damn good. Check out his interview with Blair Jackson: "I have a part of me that’s a “noisician”—that’s someone who really likes noise. Jerry and I both really liked noise; it was one of our greatest pleasures. Phil was also into noise, and of course Kreutzmann plays the drums, which is a noise instrument. We were noisy guys. Bob a little less so, I think, though he likes to get it going, too, sometimes. [Laughs] "
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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Jerry's Guitar - Sold for $62,500

Believe it or Not, but Jerry's acoustic guitar and other stuff still have value - monetary value. Deadheads, I suspect collectors too, recently bid on items that were once Jerry's or belonged to his family members. Some of the things are unique, for sure. For instance, this Skull & Roses banner was used in the actual Grateful Dead Movie. I would love to have this, but I could never afford to buy it. I would not even know how to get to the Bonham's auction house. Nonetheless, it is interesting that things that were once Jerry are still finding their way out in public and being sold at auction houses for a fairly decent amount of money. 
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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Phil Rambles Levon Helm

"The idea for this kind of informal musical base close to home came from the "Midnight Rambles" the Band's Levon Helm hosted in his barn in Woodstock, N.Y. Two years ago, Lesh played at one of the Rambles with his sons, Grahame and Brian, and became sold on the concept.

"It was absolute magic," he recalled. "Everyone was there to experience the music, and that's what we're trying to get going here — to have a place where people can lose themselves in the music, where all they want is to be there with the music and with their community."
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Sunday, May 6, 2012

"Most of the Time"

Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead and Furthur played at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA. 


“The National made me learn this song. They’re a band I highly recommend,” according to Weir, and he launched into Dylan’s heart-tugging “Most of the Time.” The spell was broken when the sound quit, and the house lights went up, accompanied by blaring fire alarms. Weir acted surprised and directed the audience to the exits. Amounting to an early set break, everyone had to wait outside until the quick-responding Pittsfield Fire Department gave the all-clear. No one seemed upset or overly concerned. It was determined that someone took a smoke break in the hallway and set off the alarms. The venue management was very gracious and implored the audience not to smoke inside. Can’t blame them with a recently completed 21 million dollar theater renovation.