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Celebrate Bob Dylan’s 80th Birthday by Revisiting His July 4, 1987 Performance with the Grateful Dead

Today, May 24, 2021, marks Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday. The legendary musician was born on this day in 1941 in Duluth, Minn. He released his debut, self-titled record in 1962, and since then has been a fixture of American music and pop culture, with a career spanning over 60 years. In 1987, Dylan embarked on…

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The Rex Foundation’s Cameron Sears on the Daze Between, Pete Seeger, and the Grateful Dead’s Righteous Initiative

 “For the longest time, my aspirations were to be an environmental activist,” observes Rex Foundation executive director and former Grateful Dead manager Cameron Sears. “Right after high school, I became a river guide and I also worked specifically to save a river in central California, the Tuolumne. It was the birthplace of the Sierra Club…

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Behind The Scene: Jake Sherman on Phish, the Grateful Dead and Covering 535 Class Presidents at Punchbowl News

Political reporter Jake Sherman laughs as he describes the quandary he often faces after he’s invited backstage at a concert. The inveterate music enthusiast recently launched Punchbowl News with fellow Politico Playbook alum Anna Palmer, his co-author of The Hill to Die On: The Battle for Congress and the Future of Trump’s America. Given his…

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Happy Birthday Bill Kreutzmann! Watch The Drummer Reflect on 50 Years of the Grateful Dead

Bill Kreutzmann turns 75 today. This weekend, he will celebrate via Grateful Mahalo, a special three-night event in Kauai, Hawai’i featuring his Billy & The Kids band (Aron Magner, Tom Hamilton and Reed Mathis), Carlos Santana, Billy Strings and James Casey. The shows will be available at fans.live/mahalo. To celebrate, we’re looking back at an…

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Video & Full Setlist: Oteil Burbridge Opens VPAC Run with Covers of Weather Report, Grateful Dead, Oteil & The Pacemakers

On March 18, bassist Oteil Burbridge kicked off his first of three nights at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Colorado, performing a single set of tunes with his trio format. Burbridge opened with “Elegant People” by Weather Report, a tune he recently told Bass Magazine was a favorite of his kids. From there, naturally,…

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Deja Vu Night 4: Billy Strings Covers the Grateful Dead, Widespread Panic and More at Capitol Theatre

Photo by Jesse Faatz On Feb. 21, Billy Strings performed the fourth of six livestreamed shows at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y., dubbed ‘The Deja Vu Experiment.’ The dates were chosen to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead’s February 1971 performances at the venue, which took place on the same exact…

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Deadicated: FOX Sports’ Jacob Ullman on Bringing the Grateful Dead to the World Series and NASCAR

Josh Agajanian, Mr. Bob Weir and Jacob Ullman It’s one of those situations where the quote ‘We are everywhere’ really applies. I think it probably hit a crescendo at the World Series, where everybody was watching and noticed, ‘Wow, they’re playing a lot of Grateful Dead and a lot of Phish,’” observes Jacob Ullman, senior…

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New Photo Book ‘Alive with the Dead: A Fly on the Wall with a Camera’ Offers Intimate Images of the ’80s/’90s Grateful Dead

Susana Millman’s Alive with the Dead: A Fly on the Wall with a Camera is now commercially available, offering keen insight to the Grateful Dead through the ’80s and ’90s. In addition to the stunning, intimate images, the book’s forward was written by drummer/Rhythm Devil Micky Hart and additional notations were provided by Millman’s colleague and…

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Deadicated: The ‘Dead and Gone’ Podcast

Payne Linsey and Jake Brennan (photo credit Brett William) “I was fascinated by the Grateful Dead fanbase’s ability to solve something,” observes Payne Lindsey, halfway through the premiere episode of the new true-crime podcast Dead and Gone. “A connection among fans so strong that it could help clear a 20-year-old cold case. I knew there…

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Behind The Scene: Don Sullivan Revisits Fare Thee Well

Sully and Shappy (photo credit: Jay Blakesberg) *** “I can’t think of anything else like it,” promoter Don Sullivan says, while looking back on Fare Thee Well from a distance of five years. He could apply that comment to many aspects of the highprofile event, which brought together the “Core Four” members of the Grateful…

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‘Love’ Stories: Chris Frantz Reflects on Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, the Dead and the Power of Live

You’ll hear a lot of artists say, ‘I don’t like to dwell on the past. I just like to move forward and think of the future,’” Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club co-founder Chris Frantz observes while discussing the origins of his new memoir, Remain in Love. “And that’s fine—I think of the future— but…

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Grateful Dead, Dead & Company, Bob Weir and More To Be Featured on Rex Foundation and Jerry Garcia Family’s ‘Daze Between’ Livestream

The Rex Foundation and The Jerry Garcia Family have announced ‘Daze Between,’ a nine-day livestream event that will include “exclusive musical performances and storytelling to celebrate the life and legacy of Jerry Garcia.” (Quote via press release.) The event begins on Aug. 1 and will run through Aug. 9. It will benefit the Rex Foundation,…

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Grateful Dead and Nike SB Enlist Pro Skateboarders for Collaborative Sneaker Trailer

To stoke excitement for the release of their new Grateful Dead sneaker, Nike SB enlisted some of their pro skateboarders to show off the new collaboration to the tune of a 2/21/71 “Cumberland Blues.” Featured skaters include Elissa Steamer, Simon Jensen, Pedro Attenborough, Pierre Leze, Jose “Sixas” Vivero and Ryuhei Kitazume, in cities like San…

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Remembering President Obama’s Message to the Grateful Dead in the Fare Thee Well Programs

On Sunday, FANS.com will rebroadcast all three Fare Thee Well shows from Chicago on July 3-5 in which Grateful Dead alums Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart took the stage together to celebrate the Dead’s 50th anniversary, along with Trey Anastasio, Bruce Hornsby and Jeff Chimenti. Relix produced three daily programs for…

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FANS Sets Free Marathon Broadcast of Grateful Dead’s ‘Fare Thee Well’ Run at Soldier Field

On July 5, FANS.com will rebroadcast the Grateful Dead’s final ‘Fare Thee Well’ run, which originally took place on July 3-5, 2015 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill. The broadcast celebrates the five-year anniversary of the event, and it marks the first time that these shows have been rebroadcasted. While the broadcast is completely free,…

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Report: Nike SB Preps New Grateful Dead “Dancing Bear” Collection

Photos via sneakerbardetroit.com Sneakerheads across the internet are reeling over Nike’s forthcoming (and fuzzy) Grateful Dead x SB Dunk Low collaboration, bringing the band’s iconic dancing bears to life. The shoes will be available in “yellow bear,” “orange bear” and “green bear” colorways and include dancing bear insoles and a secret stash pocket in the…

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“My Cymbals Were Melting”: Bill Kreutzmann Joins Carrie Fisher, Ad-Rock and Nick Offerman in ‘Have A Good Trip’ Which Debuts Today

The new documentary, Have A Good Trip: Adventures In Psychedelics premieres today on Netflix. The film pulls together “comedic tripping stories from A-list actors, comedians, and musicians,” including Bill Kreutzmann, Carrie Fisher, Jim James, Adam Scott, Sting, Anthony Bourdain, Nick Offerman, Sarah Silverman, Ad-Rock, Rosie Perez, A$AP Rocky, Reggie Watts, Shepard Fairey and many more.  Have…

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The Grateful Dead Debuted on this Date in 1965: How The Warlocks Passed the Acid Tests

On May 5, 1965 the Warlocks made their public debut at Magoo’s Pizza Parlor in Menlo Park, CA. Seven months later they would change their name to the Grateful Dead. In honor of the anniversary we revisit this conversation with Ken Babbs about some of the band’s early gigs at the Acid Tests, a series…

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Bob Weir to Participate in Grateful Dead’s ‘Shakedown Stream’ Pre-Show

Photo by Ian Rawn On this week’s edition of their ‘Shakedown Stream’ broadcast, the Grateful Dead will showcase their July 2, 1989 at Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. Bob Weir himself will serve as the guest on the pre-show, hosted by Dead archivist David Grateful Lemieux and historian Gary Lambert. He will answer fan-submitted questions…

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Listen: 49 Years Ago Today, The Beach Boys Jammed with the Grateful Dead at Fillmore East

April 27 marks the 49th anniversary of the Grateful Dead’s enlistment of the Beach Boys for a surprise joint performance at New York’s historic Fillmore East. “We got another famous California group, it’s the Beach Boys,” Jerry Garcia declared from the stage in 1971, in the midst of the band’s five-night run (the evening prior, the Dead…

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Happy Earth Day: Looking Back on Jerry Garcia’s 1990 Trip to Hawaii

April 22 marks Earth Day, a day of awareness and action for the environment. To celebrate, we’re looking back at one of the Jerry Garcia Band’s most unique shows, a 1990 Hawaii stop that showcased Garcia’s passion for conservation and live music alike. Interestingly, promoter and longtime Grateful Dead confidant Bill Graham inaccurately billed the…