Dead in NYC – Proof That People Win Stuff

At least we know the Grateful Dead actually give stuff away as promised – I received this from a friend of a family member who won seats to see Weir, Lesh and Haynes play an intimate acoustic set at the Angel Orensanz Center on the Lower East Side, the first of three free shows done for fans who won an online lottery.  It’s the same place Patty Griffin played in early 2007 to celebrate the release of Children Running Free, later documented on an Artists Den show.

Rolling Stone described the set thusly:

At 5 p.m. the men did a rare acoustic-trio set at the intimate Angel Orensanz, a former synagogue on the Lower East Side. The show focused on American Beauty and Workingman’s Dead classics like “Dire Wolf,” “Cumberland Blues” and “Casey Jones,” but the highlight was a largely instrumental, 20-minute version of “Bird Song,” the three men weaving guitar lines in and around each other.

Sounds stunning, wish I was there.  Here’s what my sister’s friend had to say about the experience:

Ok people, heads, and those of you who I know would appreciate, here’s how the story went……

Friday night my friend (thanks Jim Cox) sent me a link to win free Dead tix  to some shows they are doing to loyal fans for free, yada yada yada….yea, right, I never win stuff, but what the hell.  There was like a 20 minute window left to fill this thing out.  So I took 2 minutes and did it.
Saturday morning I got an email that said I WON.  Yea right, it must be a scam!!  The online form had you chose a friend to go with you, so I am like “who would be crazy enough and able to do this?  Joy of course”  So I forward this email to Joy and say…hey look I won us tickets!  ha ha h a!!  And I left for santa cruz to look for some surf.  .
I am sitting on the beach, depressed it is flat as a pancake, and Joy calls and say “ummm, yea we need to go to this.”
SO, I got on a redeye Sunday night, Joy and I  met in Manhattan, the acoustic set was UNREAL, so intimate, it was like Bobby was sitting in my lap!! (hello, you know I would love that…even if he does look like he is a hundred ys old!).   I could hear his foot-a-tappin and the crowd was unusually silenced…..I don’t mean to be “woo wooo” but it was magical.  Maybe b/c it was in an old synagogue?  Phil was totally “on” with his fancy bass and Warren fit perfectly, in my opinion!!!   Flew out to Chicago after the show, and woke up to bday breakfast with my mom and flew back to CA!
Here are some amazing “in Bobby’s lap” pictures she took:

Today’s Free Download – Ratdog: “Feel Like a Stranger”

picture-3.pngIt’s free and it’s the Dead – that’s worth some space on your hard drive, right?  Recorded last month on Ratdog’s current tour.  A little too much cheering, but a lot of impressive playing.  A long time ago, Branford Marsalis sat in with the Grateful Dead, and this is a bit reminiscent of that.

Ratdog – “Feel Like a Stranger” 

Rhino’s Free Grateful Dead Stream – NYE ’76

deadcow76.jpgThe Grateful Dead finished up a tumultuous 1976 with their New Year’s Eve appearance at San Francisco’s Cow Palace. They began the year with a series of “hit and run” shows, their first since 1974. The band split with United Artists and went shopping for a new record label, after their experiment with Grateful Dead Records fell apart.

Plans to release the film of their week-long run of Winterland shows stalled, although they did put out a two-record set of the concerts – “Steal Your Face” – which satisfied their obligations to UA. Most fans consider it the worst Dead album ever.

But as the year ended, they began a transition which would buoy their greatest commercial successes, signing with Clive Davis’s Artista Records and beginning work on “Terrapin Station.” Over the course of their Arista career, they went from being a cult band to an institution, releasing “Shakedown Street,” “Go To Heaven,” and “In The Dark,” their best-selling studio album.

There’s a sense of the greatness to come in this concert recording, due to be released January 23. Every second of the concert is included in the recording; Rhino is streaming Disk 2, which includes the following songs:

1. Sugar Magnolia >
2. Eyes Of The World >
3. Wharf Rat >
4. Good Lovin’ >
5. Samson and Delilah
6. Scarlet Begonias

Fans who advance purchase the set on the Dead’s website get a nice freebie:

All pre-orders of the Grateful Dead’s Cow Palace release will receive a very special bonus CD, Spirit of ‘76, featuring more than an hour of previously unreleased music from 1976, produced especially for this release. Highlights are numerous, including exquisite renditions of “The Music Never Stopped” and “Crazy Fingers” from 6/9/76, “Let It Grow” and “Might As Well” from 10/2/76, and the magnificent “Playing In The Band” >”Supplication” >”Playing In The Band” jam from 9/24/76. This CD is available only through for a limited time when you purchase the Cow Palace release.

Go to the Rhino Listening Party page to listen, or access the QuickTime Stream: