Grateful Dead, the iconic band formed in Calfornia in the 1960s (Getty) It wasn’t just music. It was a movement. An experience. An archaeology of folklore. An awakening. That's what catapulted the Grateful Dead from its California counterculture roots of the 1960s into one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Known not just for their rhythms and live shows, the band became just as famous for openly discussing their use of drugs to transform music, and entice their audiences into a kind of collective trance during performances. Deadheads – as their dedicated fan base was labeled – often went on tour with the band as they traversed the country, with true fans clocking up dozens - and some even hundreds - of shows. Even today, more than two decades after the death of band leader Jerry Garcia, live recordings of the Grateful Dead are still at the top of Deadheads' playlists. Somewhat counterintuitively, perhaps, among the most prominent and devoted group of … [Read more...] about Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart on drugs, his new art tour
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On October 22, Jay Bianchi, a longtime Denver venue owner, punched staff members who took a man who appeared to be overdosing into the green room at his Grateful Dead-themed bar, Be on Key Psychedelic Ripple; he also argued with bandmembers after one musician got into a tiff with the bartender.In a conversation with Westword, Bianchi explained his actions. According to him, he hit his doormen because the overdose incident triggered Bianchi's traumatic memories of losing a brother to an overdose. “We did punches,” he confesses. “But I hit like a girl. I did punches to them, but it was not the strongest punches, and it looked worse than it was.”Ditto for the altercation with the band, he added: “Musicians feeling entitled and being bitchy caused me to react that way."Readers had their own reactions. Says Jason: It would be difficult, from an engineering perspective, to design a less likable person. Maybe add a ukulele and … [Read more...] about Reader: The Owner of Denver’s Grateful Dead Club Is Not a Douche!
It began on the afternoon of Monday, October 22, when his staff dragged an overdosing man into the green room of his club. While the man was ultimately taken to the hospital and saved, Bianchi says the situation sent him into a rage. He screamed at his club's doormen and repeatedly punched them, he says.Seeing the guy on the brink of death brought Bianchi back to memories of his brother and his brother's girlfriend dying from overdoses at his home in 2016, he says. “We did punches,” Bianchi confesses to Westword. “But I hit like a girl. I did punches to them, but it was not the strongest punches, and it looked worse than it was.”Still, Bianchi maintains he has strong relationships with his employees despite the attack.“They’re friends," he says. "Most of my friends, I’ve had fights with. We’ve had punches and are like, ‘Okay, cool.’ It might look bad to someone else, but I don’t think that’s bad.”After … [Read more...] about Grateful Dead-Themed Club Owner Attacks Employees and Musicians
Piet Levy Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 1:44 p.m. UTC Jun 23, 2018 Welcome back, Alpine Valley Music Theatre. We missed you. For the most part. After an embarrassing no-show season during what would have been its 40th anniversary in 2017, the East Troy amphitheater reopened Friday with Grateful Dead spin-off Dead & Company kicking off a two-night stint. RELATED: Alpine Valley Music Theatre is back in business after no-show season, but struggles remain RELATED: Here's Alpine Valley Music Theatre's box office breakdown since 2002 RELATED: A look back at the Grateful Dead's Alpine Valley shows in the '80s It was like no time had passed — for the band, the fans or the venue. Regarding the latter, it was as wondrous, and aggravating, as remembered. Nostalgic as people have been of late about Alpine, I’m guessing no one missed the long line of cars that once again returned to County Road D Friday, or the tedious escape from the parking lot … [Read more...] about Reopened Alpine Valley Music Theatre splendid sight for splendid sounds of Dead & Company
Justin Jacobs IndyStar correspondent Published 12:00 p.m. UTC May 30, 2018 June in Indianapolis is always a big month: Outdoor concerts hit their stride, Pride lights up town, and summer is officially, inarguably here. But this year is simply massive. Buy Post Malone tickets for your kids so you can catch Dead & Co. on the same night. Get your rock fix with the Killers, Imagine Dragons, David Byrne and Nathaniel Rateliff. And follow your favorite Power Ranger at Indy PopCon. It’s all happening! Check out 20 events, in chronological order: 1. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats 8 p.m. June 1, Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park, 801 W. Washington St., sold out, LiveNation.com, (317) 776-8181. When a rolling, stomping roots-rock band is selling out venues around the country, something’s stirring. Missouri-born Rateliff’s brand of down and dirty rock ‘n’ roll is clearly connecting with people. Tickets are already … [Read more...] about Dead & Company and Imagine Dragons shows among top things to do in Indianapolis this June