Grateful Dead at Duke 12/08/73

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Grateful Dead’s epic concert at Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium, near the end of the Fall 1973 period which many consider the band’s finest. It’s certainly the greatest musical event I’ve witnessed. Serendipitously, the Continue reading

Grateful Dead “Sunshine Daydream” film screening August 1 (video)

The release date and one-night only big-screen showing of the Grateful Dead’s “Sunshine Daydream” is this Thursday, August 1, Jerry Garcia’s birthday.  The film documents what is considered one of the Dead’s greatest performances, the 08/27/72 concert in Veneta, Oregon. Fans Continue reading

Bobby “Blue” Bland dies at 83

Singer Bobby “Blue” Bland died Sunday in his home near Memphis, TN, of complications from an ongoing illness, according to an Associated Press report. Bland had several influential hits in his early career, including 1957’s “Farther On Up The Road”, covered Continue reading

Grateful Dead 1972 concert film to be released August 1 – see film clip

“It can’t really be put into words how the Dead rewired the social and musical subconscious of so many people. They were the first rock band to truly understand the art of the infinite that constitutes without-a-net, free-form jamming. They Continue reading

Jazz Fest 2013 – Day 1 (Fri)

The first day of Jazz Fest 2013 started sunny and relatively cool, for New Orleans, with an invigorating breeze. After finding our favorite parking spot in a nice man’s yard on Gayoso, Bruce and I made our way to our Continue reading

George Jones dies at 81

Country singer George Jones died today after being hospitalized with an illness April 18 in Nashville. The success Jones achieved with his memorable songs, baritone voice and distinctive phrasing collided with a lifetime of alcohol & drug abuse and accompanying Continue reading