Years before the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia was a dedicated banjo player. In 1964, he and a pal drove to Kentucky and auditioned for “Father of Bluegrass” Bill Monroe’s band. Garcia didn’t get the gig, and when he got home to California, the dearth of pickers pushed him toward guitar-playing. The rest is history.
One quick look around the remodeled Gravity Tavern, located in a former 19th-century axe factory across the parking lot from Kiki’s Restaurant in New Boston, and the sense is immediate: this is a listening room.