An evening of Grateful Dead tunes
Born from the depths of the 2020 Pandemic, this group of Capital Region veteran musicians came together for what felt like necessity. With the stalling of the music industry, a creative outlet was desperately needed for these 5 individuals. What was 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 these early sessions and a “one-and-done” livestream turned into something much more.
The group 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 Dead, JGB, and Ratdog songbook, as well as an emphasis on the vocal arrangements of these tunes.