The Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well show has sold out in minutes, but Deadheads with deep pockets are still in with a chance. Stubhub is offering tickets for the three-day show with a top-price at $116,000 (and change), down to the "cheap-seats" at a touch under $1,350. According to various news outlets, a million dollar ticket was posted on Stubhub, the largest secondary ticket marketplace, but that the offer is no longer online.A million dollar ticket? $116,000? Of course, tickets are only worth what someone will pay—and hopefully nobody will bite on the offer of $116,000. In the meantime, if anyone has a miracle ticket, you know where to reach me. ;)
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Beginning with Woodstock ‘99, director Michelle Esrick has spent ten years documenting the life of Wavy Gravy.I checked out the DVD from my local library, check yours to see if its available. Its also on Netflicks and iTunes,
Saint Misbehavin’ journeys from the hills of California to the Himalayan Mountains to reveal the life of this one of a kind servant to humanity. The film blends Wavy’s own words with magical stories from an extraordinary array of fellow travelers both cultural and counter-cultural, revealing the man behind the clown’s grin and the fool’s clothing.
In Saint Misbehavin’ Wavy is revealed more than the tie-dyed entertainer and ice-cream flavor namesake that often defines him in the popular imagination. Audiences will come to know the activist, the optimist, and the healer who reaches beyond political, economic, and cultural divisions in his commitment to social change and the alleviation of human suffering.
Wavy’s life is his message, serving as deeply needed inspiration that we can change the world and have fun doing it.
Satirist Paul Krasner describes Wavy as “The illegitimate son of Harpo Marx and Mother Theresa, conceived one starry night on a spiritual whoopie cushion,” to which Wavy has replied, “Some people tell me I’m a saint, I tell them I’m Saint Misbehavin’.”
Featuring: Wavy Gravy, Jahanara Romney, Jordon Romney, Dr. Larry Brilliant, The Grateful Dead, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Odetta, Patch Adams, Lisa Law, Buffy Sainte Marie, Denise Kaufman, Tom Law, Steven Ben Israel, The Hog Farm and more!
I followed that up with a post on his 77th birthday, "We Pray for Children who sneak popsicles after supper" - Happy birthday Wavy Gravy.
That was a year ago today and its time to wish him another happy birthday, this time with a request from the clown himself, buy a SEVA Foundation hat.
Did you see the Dead? Best show? Tell us.
I recall college. 1988. Western Illinois University. A few folks asked me if I wanted to go see the Dead play at Solider Field.
Think I said who is the Dead?
We went, I drove. Wow.
This has been bothering me ever since I watched President Obama honor Led Zeppelin at Kennedy Center. I really like Led Zeppelin and have great respect for their influence in rock and roll. They were truly a great band, from England. The Grateful Dead are THE American band and I believe they should be honored for their long and illustrious career at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. by the President of the United States of America.
Please follow me down below the squiggle to find out why.
Just when I thought I'd heard it all, somebody has to go and tarnish the name of, in my opinion, the greatest musician who's ever lived, by attaching a fucking AR-15 to his name. Who might this be, you ask?
Dan Baum is a self-professed "weirdo hybrid"—a card-carrying liberal from suburban New Jersey whose affinity for firearms places him firmly in the opposite camp. For his latest book, Gun Guys: A Road Trip, the former New Yorker scribe embarked on a 15,000-mile cross-country journey to figure out why millions of Americans—himself included—instinctively cling to their guns.The relevant excerpt from the interview with Mother Jones:
MJ: In the wake of Sandy Hook, AR-15 rifles have been flying off the shelves. In your book, you mention that these guns are ubiquitous at shooting ranges and gun stores. What do you think explains its rise in popularity?Sure, I get it. This guy probably thinks he was selling the virtues of assault weapons while at the same time paying Jerry a nice compliment, right?
DB: There's a perception in the media that the AR-15 is some kind of weird outlier in gun culture. How many times have you heard since Sandy Hook that nobody needs an AR-15? Well it turns out everyone needs an AR-15; it’s the only gun anyone wants. Have you ever fired one?
DB: If I put one of those in your hands and you shot at a target you would be awestruck at how well you shot. It's like a guitar that makes everyone play like Jerry Garcia.
But also, it is enormously popular precisely because it's just so cool. It shoots so well, it's lightweight, it has a spring in the butt-stock so you don’t feel much recoil. It's accurate and modular and it has all those great accessories. It's just a fucking awesome consumer product.
For those unfamiliar with Jerry's style of guitar playing, trust me, you really don't want people firing-off bullets in a manner even remotely similar to the way Jerry fired-off notes.
My guess is that Garcia probably doesn't appreciate having to interrupt the intimate acoustic set he's been playing for the 26 victims of Sandy Hook, and all those before or since, who's lives were taken by guns like the one being so leisurely compared to his "weapon" of choice, so he can grave-spin in protest.
Sorry about that, Jerry. We're workin' on it.
If you're like me, you've gathered, collected, bought, stolen, and were given numerous concert T-shirts over the years.
And, if you're like me, the shirts you got when you were a young, fit, 20-year-old no longer easily fit over your middle-aged belly.
Let's put your old tour T-shirts to good use, better use than just sitting in some drawer!
Follow me below the orangeness and I'll tell you what I have in mind....
Elvis Costello, that is. Deadheads know this as Elvis covered Ship of Fools and It Must Have Been the Roses on Deadicated and has been performing those songs live for a few years.
Last night at Radio City Music Hall, Deadheads, including yours truly, got to see Elvis as a Deadhead first hand as he joined for Furthur on stage for most of the first set and the encores. And it didn't end there. Preceding Elvis on stage was Larry Campbell, all around musical stud, who is presently working with Levon Helm after a long run as Bob Dylan's ace in the hole. But wait! There's more. Shortly after Larry and Elvis joined the boys, out comes Larry's wife, Teresa Williams. What a set of pipes and how cool it is to hear female vocals, a staple of the Dead in the 1970s, a decade many think to be their best.
So I'm a pretty happy guy. 10th row, right side facing the stage. Special guests galore and lo and behold out trots Diana Krall. Diana is married to Elvis Costello, so it is a real family affair at Radio City. Perfect, by the way, as the band and the Deadheads are nothing if not a community. Diana leads the band in the opening set closer, that most revered of Grateful Dead songs, Ripple.
All four guests came back at various points in the second set including a rousing triple encore capping a second set that ran two hours and forty minutes. Lots of unusual tunes pulled out again including the very strange and spacey and too long What's Become of the Baby. Setlist below.
And props to Joe Russo. That boy drives this band with incredible drumming. There remains controversy over Furthur not including Bill Kreutzman and Mickey Hart. Well, Russo is doing an amazing job. Just another reason you got to get out and see this band.
I: Samson and Delilah > Chest Fever*, Tennessee Jed*+, Friend of the Devil*+, Ship of Fools*+, It Must Have Been the Roses*+, Ship of Fools*+, Cassidy, Ripple*+#
II: Throwing Stones, Sunrise%, St. Stephen > What's Become of the Baby% > The Eleven, Uncle John's Band* > Unbroken Chain > The Wheel > Morning Dew, Sugar Magnolia
E: Days Between > Fever*+#, Attics of My Life*+%
*-w/ Larry Campbell; +-w/ Elvis Costello; #-w/ Diana Krall; %-w/ Teresa Williams (Elvis/Larry vox on "Jed", Elvis vox on "FOTD," "Fools," & "Roses", Diana vox on "Ripple", Diana/Elvis vox on "Fever")
Only ''Fever''; Only ''Chest Fever''; Previous ''Ship of Fools'' 2/13/2010 [86 shows]; Previous ''What's Become of the Baby'' 5/30/2010 [64 shows]; Previous ''Sunrise'' 5/30/2010 [64 shows]
It was 1967 at Radio City Music Hall last night as Furthur paid tribute to the recently deceased Augustus Owlsey Stanley. No song written after the 1960s was played until the full Terrapin Suite busted out in the second half of the second set.
Ok, not quite accurate. During Dark Star Part One the backdrop had a Steal Your Face with the words Augustus Owlsey Stanely printed across the top. Huge cheers. Coming out of the Dark Star jam, Furthur broke into Pink Floyd's Eclipse led by the backup singers. Hugely powerful. While Eclipse was being played a shot of Owsley and Jerry went up on the backdrop screen. Again, immense cheers. Next came Mountains of the Moon during which another Steal Your Face appeared on screen with words from Brokedown...fare thee well, fare thee well, I love you more than words can tell.
Two other special Owlsey tributes: Alice D. Millionaire,played just once since the mid 1960s (Phil and Friends) and good old fashioned Space. I've seen Furthur a half dozen times in the past twelve months and followed the set lists and they don't do Space.
And did I mention during Mountains of the Moon and the Dark Star reprise the band played in front of a giant photo of the Wall of Sound, an invention of Owsley himself.
The whole evening was a lovely tribute, coming two weeks after Owsley's death.
The set list is below but I'd like to say again that you have to see this band. It is by far the best post-Jerry Dead. The atmosphere and playing are as good as the Dead can be without Jerry. And hopefully, you will be fortunate enough to catch the band perform the full Terrapin Suite. It is astonishing in its power and is the signature of Furthur.
Can't wait for tonight. Probably back to the 1970s :-).
Radio City Music Hall
New York, NY
Viola Lee Blues
Sittin' On Top of the World
Alice D. Millionaire
Cream Puff War
Turn On Your Lovelight
Playing in the Band
Born Cross Eyed
Mountains of the Moon
Help on the Way>Slipknot>Franklin's Tower
E: One More Saturday Night
If you are going tonight, please let me know.
Known as Bear to Deadheads, Owsley Stanley was an incredibly important person in the development of the Grateful Dead and in the 1960s counter culture that changed the world. Owsley died recently in a car accident. I had no direct experience with him, and I've never done acid, of which Owsley was a prolific producer who took the art to its highest form.
Here are a couple of obituaries that provide background on an incredible life. The Oakland Tribune provides lots of history. The New York Times reminds of Owsley's influence on those who came along much later.
OK, I did not search tags and I am reproducing this in its entirety. But it is quite funny and I am sure John Cleese would not mind if it is posted repeatedly and in its entirety. He just seems like such a nice chap.
[UPDATE]: It seems that I should have researched even more. Snopes says it was not written by John Cleese so I changed the title. And furthermore, it was aorund way back in 2002. But it is still funny and it seems a bunch of folks never had read it before.
ALERTS TO TERROR THREATS IN 2011 EUROPE
In response to the Department of Homeland Security's recent announcements about threat alerts, John Cleese (or some other guy) had this to say:
The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent terrorist threats and have therefore raised their security level from "Miffed" to "Peeved." Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to "Irritated" or even "A Bit Cross." The English have not been "A Bit Cross" since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from "Tiresome" to "A Bloody Nuisance." The last time the British issued a "Bloody Nuisance" warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.
The Scots have raised their threat level from "Pissed Off" to "Let's get the Bastards." They don't have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.
The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from "Run" to "Hide." The only two higher levels in France are "Collaborate" and "Surrender." The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France's white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country's military capability.
Italy has increased the alert level from "Shout Loudly and Excitedly" to "Elaborate Military Posturing." Two more levels remain: "Ineffective Combat Operations" and "Change Sides."
The Germans have increased their alert state from "Disdainful Arrogance" to "Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs." They also have two higher levels: "Invade a Neighbor" and "Lose."
Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual; the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels.
The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.
Australia, meanwhile, has raised its security level from "No worries" to "She'll be alright, Mate." Two more escalation levels remain:
"Crikey! I think we'll need to cancel the barbie this weekend!" and "The barbie is canceled." So far no situation has ever warranted use of the final escalation level.
John Cleese - British writer, actor and tall person - APPARENTLY NOT!
A bunch of my buddies have been going to Bonnaroo for years. I finally joined them in 2009. Pretty much five minutes into my first band, Gomez, I turned to another newbie buddy and asked, "what was our excuse again for not coming the previous years?"
What started as a jam band festival has morphed into a rock n' roll festival. Still lots of jam bands but also indie rockers, a few rappers, and good old American rock n' roll bands. Last year I bopped from John Prine to Jeff Beck to Jimmy Cliff and saw the John Butler Trio for the first time (and definitely not the last!).
This year is the 10th Anniversary and everyone had been waiting on what was expected to be a big lineup. The lineup was announced on Tuesday and I don't think it disappointed. Rumors had The Rolling Stones or U2 but Arcade Fire and Eminem off their big Grammy nights are pretty damn good (and a little more relevant for the mostly younger crowd).
Jam band fans like me have lots to look forward to with Widespread Panic, My Morning Jacket, String Cheese Incident, STS9, Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes, Railroad Earth (one of my absolute faves), and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones (those dudes are indescribably amazing), Bruce Hornsby, and many more. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are gonna rock the place again as well.
I'm heading back for sure for three days of amazing music, heat and humidity, port a potties, amazing music, new friends, really yummy hot breakfasts cooked in our campsite, amazing music, and more amazing music.
Who else is going? What do you think of the lineup? What bands/performers are you psyched to see? Got any recommendations among the more obscure bands? I'm 50. Every year my daughter, now 20, offer her suggestions. I discovered Okervil River from her. Maybe some of you young Kossacks can recommend bands for us old timers who are into classic rock. The full lineup is immediately below.
* Arcade Fire
* Widespread Panic
* The Black Keys
* Buffalo Springfield feat Richie Furay, Stephen Stills, Neil Young
* My Morning Jacket
* Lil Wayne
* String Cheese Incident
* Robert Plant & Band of Joy
* Mumford & Sons
* The Strokes
* The Decemberists
* Ray Lamontagne
* Iron & Wine
* Girl Talk
* Dr. John and The Original Meters performing Desitively Bonnaroo
* Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas
* Pretty Lights
* Florence + the Machine
* Superjam ft. Dan Auerbach and Dr. John
* Explosions in the Sky
* Gogol Bordello
* Big Boi
* Scissor Sisters
* Gregg Allman
* Global Gypsy Punk Revue curated by Eugene Hütz
* Warren Haynes Band
* Old Crow Medicine Show
* Bootsy Collins & the Funk University
* Wiz Khalifa
* Matt & Kim
* Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
* The Del McCoury Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band
* Mavis Staples
* Béla Fleck & the Flecktones
* Chiddy Bang
* Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers
* Loretta Lynn
* Cold War Kids
* The Walkmen
* Wanda Jackson
* Neon Trees
* Portugal. The Man
* Sleigh Bells
* Amos Lee
* Best Coast
* Dãm-Funk & Master Blazter
* The Sword
* The Drums
* The Black Angels
* School of Seven Bells
* J. Cole
* Nicole Atkins & the Black Sea
* Freelance Whales
* Justin Townes Earle
* Ryan Bingham
* Deer Tick
* Band of Skulls
* Sharon Van Etten
* Abigail Washburn
* Omar Souleyman
* Twin Shadow
* Man Man
* The Low Anthem
* Alberta Cross
* Railroad Earth
* Jessica Lea Mayfield
* Smith Westerns
* The Head and the Heart
* Karen Elson
* Beats Antique
* Clare MaGuire
* Hayes Carll