Monday, December 29, 2014

No More Downloads !

Shakedown Stream™ will no longer be available for download at the beginning of the year. For almost 6 years, has made it possible for listeners to download each episode every week. It is sad news and a real bummer. So many of you streamed the podcast in your own ways; smart phones, iPad, or some type of listening device. It was convenient for commuting to work, running marathons or hanging with our friends and family. Thank you everybody for your positive vibes every week. You all kept me going. I was and still am stoked to keep finding the best Grateful Dead show to share with ya'll. Shakedown Stream will continue to be available for streaming on, Tunein, SoundCloud or Stitcher. Thank you, thank you & thank you. Peace - Jer Bear

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Billy K is Grateful

"I woke up this morning after Thanksgiving, feeling thankful and Grateful, and now that the tryptophan is wearing off, I'm in the mood for a good ole' fashioned holiday ball and dance. So come one, come all to Zodiacs in Petaluma, CA this Tuesday for my special gathering of friends David Nelson, Barry Sless, Reed Mathis and Jason Crosby. They will join in Billy Kreutzman's TryptoBand for a night of revelry, music and memories," announced Billy K. 

And so it was, last night Mr. Kreutzman jammed and paid tribute to Bobby Keys and Phish. 

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sex, Drugs and Rock n' Roll

In a recent article with Bob Weir (guitar player and singer for the Grateful Dead), he says this about drug use "Bottom line; you're better off straight. Stay the hell away from heroin; it'll take you out. It'll ruin your life." Plus, he comments on the late 80s as being at great time period for the Dead in terms of their playing as a Band "I loved what we were up to in the late 80s." READ MORE of ARTICLE

Monday, November 10, 2014

Join Us for Clicking & Streaming

Please join us this week on Shakedown Stream as we continue the conversation. Last week, we featured a Grateful Dead show from Nassau Coliseum where the Dead played one of the longest and best versions of Scarlet>Fires ever performed (Scarlet Begonias > Fire on the Mountain). Brent Mydland - the new keyboard player - is just getting in synch with the band and their repertoire of songs. 

Click onto the Stream this week for the next night at the Nassau Coliseum and hear what they do next. 

Right On

Sunday, November 2, 2014

A New Dead Movie

Martin Scorsese - the famous movie director - has agreed to be the executive producer of a new Grateful Dead movie/documentary in anticipation of their 50th anniversary next year 2015. Mr. Scorsese has done this kind of thing before. He was the director on "The Last Waltz" - a famous movie of The Band's last concert at the Winterland Arena in San Francisco. Amir Bar-Lev will be the director of this Dead documentary set for their 50th anniversary. Rare and unseen film footage will be part of this cinematic endeavor. No name has been announced for this movie, maybe "Long Strange Trip" would work. 


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fillmore West in San Francisco 1969

Shakedown Stream resumes the conversation this week with the Grateful Dead from 1969 at the Fillmore West in San Francisco. It was at the Fillmore West (1968) that the owner Bill Graham had his first psychedelic experience. He even played percussions with the band (This is where the real 1st cow bell came from). Previously, the Fillmore West was the Carousel Ballroom which was managed by the Grateful Dead, QuickSilver Messenger Service and Jefferson Airplane in 1968. This attempt of collaboration was an effort by the bands to manage themselves without the typical hassles. 

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Product Placement: The Dead Brand

The Grateful Dead's music may end up in a movie or in the background of your favorite TV shows. The Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has signed a deal with Ice Nine Publishing (Grateful Dead's publishing company) that will keep the legacy of their songs in the fabric of our american culture. "Young people may know the name Grateful Dead, but not be as familiar with their music. If you're not putting yourself into relevant areas where you music can be discovered, your music could be lost to the younger generation," says Evan Lamberg, president of UMPG. Click Here and Read More 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

'79 Phillie Spectrum: "Long Live the Dead"

An "Evening Magazine" segment presents a snapshot of the Grateful Dead and Phillie-Heads from 1979. That's right, a somewhat old and crackly TV interview of Jerry & Bobby backstage at the Phillie Spectrum has surfaced. It seems like an archival gem because it captures a very 70s style local Phillie TV broadcast quite perfectly, but, more importantly, it is video footage that many of us have never seen before. CLICK HERE

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mickey & Zakir

Mickey Hart will be playing with Zakir Hussain on October 12th at the SFJazz Center. The event is a tribute concert to the late Latin percussionist and Cuban-born Armando Peraza. The famed musical career of Peraza blessed him with playing with the likes of Jazz greats such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck and Dexter Gordon. Armando Peraza passed away in April. 

Mickey is and was an amazing drummer for the Grateful Dead. He has played with many of the best percussionists from around the world. Mickey is apart of the world beat. He understands the solidarity that all drummers have with each other and it is quite fitting that he is to help memorialize one of his own. Get Tickets here

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Bob Weir Cancels Tour

Bob Weir and RatDog have cancelled the Summer and Fall Tour. The statement on the Furthur Facebook page says, 

Circumstances have necessitated that all scheduled tour dates for Bob Weir and RatDog are being cancelled. This applies to all dates on the summer tour starting in Thursday, August 14 in Boston through September 14 in Nashville and also includes the Jamaica event in January of 2015. Full and complete refunds are available at place of purchase. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

So we do not know what this means for the Furthur show that was coming up or for the shows that Chris Robinson's band was going to open up for. More to be revealed. 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Jerry Garcia Streams

Shakedown Stream™ honors the life and music of Jerry Garcia this week. Click on to hear an assortment of Jerry tunes and a complete Jerry Garcia Band show from Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Some Climb, Some Crawl ... to Terrapin

In honor of the anniversary of the July 27, 1977 release of the 

Grateful Dead's 9th album we're going to Terrapin! Join the celebration on this week's Shakedown Stream™. We'll float along to one of the sweetest Dead albums, featuring that epic symphonic journey song - Terrapin Station. Click on this Tuesday @5pm and be inspired. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Double Dose of Dead

Our last week's episode of Shakedown Stream featured two live Grateful Dead shows - back to back. It was so much fun, we're going to do it again this week. Two full shows of LIVE DEAD on Come join the stream as we dive deeper down into the stream at the Fillmore West in San Francisco - February 1970. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Doubleheader of '85 DEAD

For the first time in the history of Shakedown Stream™we are featuring a doubleheader of live Grateful Dead. That's Right ! The two night stand from Ventura, CA - July 13th & 14th will be streamed back to back. How Sweet It Is is to get a full dose of Dead from 1985. Where were you when the boys were touring back in '85 - Dead or Alive.

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Every Tuesday at 5pm - Island Time
A Summer Special

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

May 1977

Click on Shakedown Stream™
Every Tuesday at 5pm
to hear the longest Grateful Dead
podcast in the galaxy. 
This week we are going to 
The Auditorium Theatre
Chicago, IL
May 13th, 1977. 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Click On and Beam

Click on Shakedown Stream™ this week on (Tues @ 5pm) for another episode of live Grateful Dead. We continue our conversation from last week's June '85 show from the Greek by traveling east to Merriweather 6/30/85. Plus, the Stream will beam other nuggets of Dead, Jerry Band, Phil & Friends and Bobby & Ratdog.

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A Weekly Dead Podcast
Tuesdays @ 5 PM - Island Time
Viva DEAD !!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Never Before Seen Dead

Never before see Grateful Dead video footage from the 4/21/72 show at Beat Club in West Germany is being featured nationwide at participating cinemas on July 17th. Shakedown Stream™ has featured this show before, but the video is clearly a first for deadheads. "The event offers a unique view of the band, allowing fans in cinemas to hear fly-on-the-wall chatter and get up-close and personal with the band members in one of their most intimate studio performances.(" More here.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

We Have a Winner !

We are happy to announce that we have a winner! Jim Stone from Newport, Rhode Island won the prize of the Shakedown Stream Box Sweepstakes by making a $$ donation to our fundraiser. His name was selected out of 79 people from across country who made $$ donations and were entered into the sweepstakes. After the deadline of May 9th - 12pm, a name was  randomly selected. Jim said, "don't pull my leg Jer Bear." He couldn't believe he won this limited edition Europe '72 Box containing all 22 Grateful Dead shows digitally remastered from the original multitrack recordings. We are also happy to report that we raised just over $5000 dollars for's Grateful Dead podcast Shakedown Stream.

Thank You - Thank You -Thank You - Thank You -Thank You - Thank You -Thank You - Thank You -Peace, JerBear 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Win a '72 DEAD Box

The Shakedown Stream sweepstakes ends Friday, May 9 at 12pm. Enter to win by going here then make a $25 donation or more to Be sure to scroll down the page and check the box that says

"Please enter me to win the Shakedown Stream Box Set Sweepstakes"

The grand prize is a never opened - limited edition - '72 Grateful Dead Box. It includes all 22 shows plus a coffee table book and more. You can't get this box anymore, except right here on Support this fan based Dead podcast. Enter today!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Raffle for Shakedown Stream™

A deadicated listener of Shakedown Stream™ donated a "Europe '72: The Complete Recordings" box over a year ago. It was a generous gift to help us save and Shakedown Stream over a year ago. Now it is time to raffle this Europe '72 box so we can continue to stream this very cool Grateful Dead podcast.


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Make a donation now of $25 or more to before May 9th of 2014 and you will automatically be entered to win this boxed set. It includes all of the 22 shows - more than 60 CDs - that's is more more than 70 hours of music that the Grateful Dead performed on this famous Europe '72 tour. Only 7,200 limited edition box sets (each with a bonafide number) were released. They sold out in 4 days. However, we still have one of them and it still has not been opened - yet! It includes a coffee table book, stickers, and other knick knacks. Maybe you missed out when it first came out, but, now you can enter to win and get your own box. Enter now before it is too late. 

When you make a donation, check the box that says "Please enter me to win the Shakedown Stream box set sweepstakes."

Your donation will ensure that our fan based Grateful Dead show will continue further and farther right here on And, it is tax deductible. 

Thank you for your support!

Peace and Good Luck, 
Jer Bear

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Robert Hunter on YouTube

Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia wrote many of the famous Grateful Dead songs that we all know and love. This past year, Robert Hunter returned to playing live. JamBase reports that he has recently started a YouTube channel of him singing those songs that we love - "So far Hunter has shared one clip featuring professionally-shot video from his October 5, 2013 show at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY." Click HERE for more. 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Phil's Birthday Surprise

Phil Lesh celebrated his 74th birthday doing what he does best - jamming live. Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes surprised Phil while he was jamming at his Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA. He sang with the Phil and Friends for the 2nd set on "Bertha," "They Love Each Other," and PigPen's tune "Two Souls in Communion."He also sang one of my favorites "Come a Time." 

Here's a link to some of the show for Phil Lesh's Birthday show LINK

Sunday, March 2, 2014

That's It For the Other One

Shakedown Stream™ devotes March Madness to the Grateful Dead song "That's It for the Other One" - a Dead classic. Our featured Dead show this week and in the coming weeks of March will offer versions of this psychedelic journey.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Dead Beatles

In honor of the Beatles 50th anniversary of their TV appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, last week's episode of Shakedown Stream™ featured the Grateful Dead playing Beatles. We started with a version of "Hey Jude" sung by Pig Pen from 1969, the Jerry Garcia Band doing "I Saw Her Standing There," Bob Weir & RatDog's jamming an acoustic "Blackbird," and a rare instrumental Jerry version of "Mother Nature's Son." 

The featured Dead show last week was from Burlytown, Vermont - April 1983. Join us on next week as continue to tour the 50 states around the USA. We are going to South Carolina - Halloween 1985.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Winter Tour w/ Bobby & RatDog

Bob Weir and RatDog begin their winter tour this week. They begin the 2014 tour on Valentine's Day (Feb. 14th) at the Tower in Upper Darby, PA and they will end up at the Tabernacle on March 16th in Atlanta, Georgia. The lead guitarist for RatDog is Steve Kimock - he was one of the 1st guitar players with The Other Ones and has played with Phil Lesh & Friends, Bruce Hornsby and of course his own band. Bobby and RatDog have already had a test run at Sweetwater in Marin County. Check it out.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Furthur - Press Pause

It's official. Bob Weir and Phil Lesh and the Furthur band played the last night of their 4 night stand in Mexico last week. The hugs on stage mark the beginning of their "hiatus" from playing as Furthur. Phil Lesh will continue with Phil & Friends in 2014 and Bobby is bringing RatDog back to life with shows at the Capitol Theatre in 2014 as well. The other guys will go with Phil or with Bobby, who knows. Whatever happens, it can easily be said that Furthur  is one of the finest post Jerry bands. 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Digital Jerry Page

The web site has recently gone through a digital face-lift. The Rolling Stone magazine announces this Jerry makeover in their January 17, 2014 article.  This new Jerry page is devoted to all things Jerry and will provide a place for interactive connection for fans - deadheads - to find each other on Shakedown Street. The family of the late Jerry Garcia have provided rare photos, plus links to fun facts, live music and The Jerry Store

Friday, January 10, 2014


Shakedown Stream™ goes further down the stream. Join us on this week as we connect with the Grateful Dead from January 1970 (Workingman's Dead). The featured show takes us to Springer's Inn in Portland, Oregon. Plus, we will listen to the rest of the Corvallis show from the following night. People want more Dark STAR ! 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year everybody ! We had a good year on Shakedown Stream. We surpassed the 300 episodes benchmark - just a click away on The Archives on  We also featured Grateful Dead themes from 1987, June 1992, New Haven '84 & '81 as well as shows from Hawaii and Alaska. We also featured doubleheaders of LIVE Dead from MSG, London, Orlando, FL, July 1989, and an Acid Tests from San Francisco. Next year, look for more shows from the 50 states and other countries. Plus, we will do more thematic features of our favorite and influential Grateful Dead songs. Look for more set lists, dancing Bears and fan participation. Right On !

The Grateful Dead Return to the Garden

The Grateful Dead return to the Boston Garden after a 10 year hiatus. In September of 1991, the Dead were one of the most successful tou...