Summer 2023 Gigs
Summer 2023 is full of Gigs from Lake Michigan to the Detroit River. Our acoustic Grateful Brunch residency at the Sardine Room in Plymouth will continue on the 4th Saturday of every month for the foreseeable future. Come see us when you can, you won't regret it!
Raising The Dead is excited to make our Lansing debut with a first-time 5-piece ACOUSTIC show at Mac's Bar. Our buddy Nick Zabrodsky is a tireless fundraiser for Ukraine, and conveniently a huge Deadhead. We hope you'll reach out for tickets and join us!
General admission tickets are $25, doors at 3, show 4-7. Get yours by emailing email@example.com or calling 517.712.0656
Once again, RTD descended upon a willing Ann Arbor crowd for an evening of the best rump-shaking music around. The evening was a straight-up lovefest, with endorphins flowing steady and strong for both the band and the near 200-person crowd. You can verify this by checking out our video below, featuring audio mixed by our own Alex Gauthier. Unfortunately, the camera got bumped so he's cut from the shot, so just close your eyes and imagine "rock keyboard god" and you'll be close. Seriously, pick a set, drop the needle anywhere and you'll be treated to an amazing performance.
4-29-2023 The Blind Pig, Ann Arbor, MI
I: Let the Good Times Roll, Touch of Grey, Sugar, Mama Tried > Cumberland Blues, Cassidy, Looks Like Rain, Brown Eyed Women, Jack A Roe, The Music Never Stopped.
II: Estimated Prophet > Crazy Fingers > I Need A Miracle > Crazy Fingers, Hell in a Bucket, Box of Rain > Dark Star > Box of Rain > Drums > Space > Lazy River Road*, Dancing in the Street, Stella Blue, Not Fade Away > Going Down The Road Feeling Bad > Not Fade Away
E: Casey Jones
*=first time played
Raising The Dead is psyched to return to both The Sardine Room and The Blind Pig on Saturday, April 29!
Another Double Dead challenge, Bill. You game?
Check out the Facebook events and see you there!
Raising the Dead is excited to return to Grand Rapids and debut in Lansing this summer! On May 21st, we will perform as an acoustic quintet at Mac's Bar from 4-7pm. This will be a benefit for Ukraine, raising money to buy an ambulance. Thanks to Nick Zabrosky for being our promoter for the event. For tickets, email ServeSomebody100@gmail.com or call 517.712.0656.
RTD had their Grand Rapids debut last in January playing for the Griffins Grateful Dead night at the Van Andel Arena. We return to the Furniture City at BIlly's, a legendary East Town bar, on Saturday, July 1 with a $10 cover charge. We hope to see y'all there!
photos: William Morgan and Michael Chojnowski
On Friday, April 7 2023, the Raising The Dead Acoustic Trio appeared on Grosse Ile, Michigan to lay some heady Dead on an appreciative crowd of Islanders and Mainlanders. The Lenten fish fry was an exceptionally well run operation, the count for the night was 780 people served! Cod, perch, crab cakes, fries, slaw, pizza, incredible desserts, a full bar, all run by volunteers. Since Dave is the choir director at Grosse Ile Presbyterian Church, he saw lots of friends who came out to support us and eat.
And the show was just fantastic! By the end of the night, we had earned accolades including "the best band we ever had at the fish fry." Stalwart fans Bill Morgan, Michael Chojnoski, and Nick Zabrodsky came out to join us, and we met new fans Faith and Ziggy who were super enthusiastic about our group. Here's the setlist:
4-7-2023 Sacred Heart Church, Grosse Ile, MI
I: U.S. Blues, Uncle John's Band, El Paso, Brown Eyed Women, Me & Bobby McGee > Bird Song, Scarlet Begonias > Fire on the Mountain
II: Touch of Gray, Truckin > Liberty, They Love Each Other, My Sisters and Brothers, Eyes of the World, Gomorrah > A Little Help From My Friends, Box of Rain, Bertha
Bill Butler, Matthew Cole, and Dave Martin will perform as the RTD Acoustic Trio at a Good Friday fish fry on Grosse Ile on April 7 from 4-7. Meal prices range from $13-18. Join us for great food and Grateful Dead!
For the third month in a row, the RTD Acoustic Quartet has reconvened at the Sardine Room in Plymouth, MI to work our particular brand of unplugged Dead. This time around, we added 4 classic GD acoustic numbers to our set: Shady Grove, Dark Hollow, The Monkey and the Engineer, and the JGB number Midnight Moonlight. The second set was filled with highlights, including an impromptu insertion of the full Dancing in the Streets in the middle of Box of Rain.
Brunch was super tasty, thanks to Julia and her staff, and this venue has been a great place to make new fans and entertain old ones alike. This time, the end of our show concluded with a dance party to our encore, Cold Rain and Snow! Thanks to everyone who's come out, look for an announcement on April's show soon.
3-25-2023 The Sardine Room, Plymouth, MI
Set I: Bertha, Good Lovin', Shady Grove*, Dark Hollow*, Ramble On Rose, Me and My Uncle, Mama Tried, Looks Like Rain, Monkey and the Engineer*, Midnight Moonlight*
Set II: Scarlet Begonias > The Music Never Stopped, So Many Roads, Playin' in the Band > The Wheel > China Doll > Playin' in the Band > Sugar Magnolia > Sunshine Daydream.
E: Box of Rain > Dancing in the Streets > Box of Rain, Cold Rain and Snow
The RTD Acoustic Quartet is excited to return to the Sardine Room in Plymouth, MI for our third Grateful Brunch. Brunch is 10-3 with music from 11-2. Hope you can join us and enjoy the good food and chill vibe!
RTD at The Cadieux Cafe 3-11-2023
On Saturday, March 11, the new Raising The Dead returned to Detroit's Cadieux Cafe for a night of heady Deady goodness. This was the first *official* show with our new bandmate Alex Gauthier, who joined our ensemble after our February 25 show at Otus Supply.
The first set began with a zippy Bertha and Greatest Story, but really got cooking with Loser, where we extended jams in unexpected places. Lazy Lightning > Supplication was super groovy, and we sealed the set and the Deal with the classic rocker.
Second set was a master class in tribute to the masters. Shakedown featured a long jam with Phish-related teases (can you name them?), Let It Grow was simply epic, Terrapin was energetic, and drums showed off Chaim's mastery of the skins and brass. Cryptical > Other One > Wharf Rat > Throwing Stones > One More Saturday Night just needs to be heard to be described. We encored with Brokedown Palace.
RTD returns on April 29 at The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor.
3-11-2023 The Cadieux Cafe, Detroit, MI
I: Bertha, Greatest Story Ever Told, Ramble On Rose, Jack Straw, Loser, Lazy Lightning > Supplication, Deal
II: Shakedown Street, Weather Report > Let It Grow, Terrapin Station > Drums > Cryptical Envelopment > The Other One > Wharf Rat > Throwing Stones > One More Saturday Night
E: Brokedown Palace
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