Neon Avenue to Bring the Dead to Putnam Place, Feb. 4

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Returning to Putnam Place on Feb. 4 is Neon Avenue. A Nippertown-area favorite devoted to the music of The Grateful Dead, audiences are welcomed to come out for a night of fantastic musicianship, as the band pays tribute to the famous group in their own unique way.

Born from the depths of the 2020 Pandemic, this group of Nippertown-area veteran musicians came together out of what felt like necessity. With the stalling of the music industry, these five individuals desperately needed a creative outlet. What was, at first, a casual get together playing some Gratefully-inspired tunes quickly escalated into a singular goal of putting together a live stream. Something special happened during those early sessions, and a “one-and-done” livestream turned into something much more.

The group, consisting of Joe Davis (Formula 5), Mike Urbon (Knot Dead), Mike Cassels (Stone Revival Band, Jocamo, Knot Dead), Mike McDonald (Formula 5, Knot Dead) and Doug Klein (Slipknot, Robanic, Knot Dead), were re-inspired playing the timeless music of the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia Band, Ratdog, and others. While existing in an endless sea of 1970’s era Grateful Dead tributes, this group strives to separate itself with a dedication to unique arrangements of setlists and song segues, utilizing extended improvisation, playing deeper cuts from all eras of the songbooks, as well as an emphasis on the vocal arrangements of these tunes.


Doors to the show open at 8:00 pm for the 9:00 pm show. Tickets are $17.00 in advance and $20.00 for day-of-purchases. Those 18+ years of age may attend. To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit

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