Hippies, hipsters, psychedelic art, vegan cuisine, a treehouse, kids, cats, dogs, and a goat - this was the scene at the Psychedelic Healing Shack and Vegetarian Cafe last night when Raising The Dead setup for a house-party to remember.
The music started at 9pm, with a country-western flavored selection of Grateful favorites, punctuated by an energetic Sugar Magnolia. We approached halftime with Uncle John's Band, and set expectations for the rest of the night with a 10 min jam that had attendees howling with joy.
After a short break, we played what we'd planned for one hour and fifteen minutes over the next one hour and FIFTY minutes. Shakedown was hot and funky, Bird Song got lost in some pretty exploration, Half-Step and Promised Land rocked, and Wharf Rat made its first appearance in an RTD show (after having been cut from the end of setlists 3 times!) The final stretch featured Eyes of the World, with the Dead's signature composed Coda, including the 7/8 riff that seems to come out of nowhere (and blew superfan Sydne's mind). Eyes gave way to Playin, which evolved into a crazy drums/space featuring an impromptu percussion appearance by Joeseph from the People Movers Band. Space gave way to The Wheel, that turned round to a precise and epic Terrapin Station. The set ended with a segue back to Playin' and a rockin' US Blues to end the night.
The band was joined by guest Drummer TW Coleman, who was the original drummer for RTD. Thanks everyone, for a real good time!
Set I: Touch of Grey, Sugaree, Mama Tried, Brown Eyed Women, El Paso, Looks Like Rain, Me and My Uncle, Row Jimmy*, Sugar Magnolia, Uncle John's Band
Set II: Shakedown Street, Bird Song, Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo, Promised Land, Wharf Rat* > Eyes of the World > Playin in the Band > Drums > Space > The Wheel > Terrapin Station > Playin reprise, U S. Blues
*first time played
Photos: Sydne Kasle
VENUE CHANGE: Friday May 24 at Detroit's Psychedellic Healing Shack and Vegetarian Cafe (Not Trixie's Hamtramck)
Due to a last-minute change, Raising The Dead will not appear at Trixie's in Hamtramck on Friday, May 24 - instead we'll be at the Psychedelic Healing Shack and Vegetarian Cafe at 18700 Woodward Ave., Detroit. We will still play from 9-midnight, and there will be a $5 cover charge (door starts at 8). A full menu of vegetarian items will be offered and of course, we'll be serving some of the greatest music ever written! We hope you'll join us for a fun evening! We will return to Trixie's on Friday, June 21st.
It was a 420 to (try to) remember! Dedicated is another Detroit-area Grateful Dead tribute, headed by the guitar-wielding Matt Cole. Matt invited Raising The Dead to join Dedicated at the Eastern Market Brewing Company for a long afternoon of performing our favorite music. RTD was joined by drummer Brent Nagy for the first time (Brent had previously played a short medley with us at an audition), and he brought his formidable energy and expertise to the Kreutzman throne.
Dedicated got things started in fine style, heating up the packed crowd with favorites like Rainy Day Women #12 & 35, Candyman, and Shakedown Street. Raising The Dead started at 6:30 on the dot, and delivered a deep-track setlist of some of the most challenging jams in the Dead catalog. After a rocking Help>Slip, we invited Matt to join us for Frankiln's tower. We debuted Phil Lesh's beautiful Unbroken Chain, which jams in both 11/8 and 15/8 time signatures. Scarlet>Fire once again saw Matt and Jake trading leads. We played two pairs of Bob Weir classics, with Weather Report Suite>Let it Grow, followed by Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstance. We finished the night out with Matt once again, playing China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider. Matt surprised us with a "And We Bid You Goodnight" tag, and we all joined in to help end the show.
We hope we'll be able to repeat this double-Dead show again soon! Judging by the fan reaction, it can't happen soon enough!
Eastern Market Brewery, April 20, 2019
Help on the Way>Slipknot!>Franklin's Tower*, Unbroken Chain**, Scarlet Begonias**>Fire on the Mountain**, Weather Report Suite>Let It Grow, Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstance, China Cat Sunflower**>I Know You Rider**> We Bid You Goodnight (instrumental)* **
* with Matt Cole on guitar
RTD's set begins at 2:24:30 of the video
On a rainy Friday night, we loaded into our first gig at The Watermark in St. Clair Shores. We loaded a corner in the bar with our gear and played an evening of high-energy Grateful Dead. Max debuted his new Moog Sub Phatty to great acclaim (check them out in Terrapin, Stranger and Fire), and with the help of our sound engineer, Josiah, we entertained a room full of dancing Deadheads. For our second show in a row, the excellent Nick Serocki from Deadicated sat in the Kreutzmann seat, holding it down with expertise and class. We'd had show posters made for the occasion, and signed and raffled them off, after giving one to a birthday girl in the house. We had a GRATE time and can't wait to come back!
Set I:Mississippi Half Step Uptown Toodeloo, Althea, Sugaree, Scarlet Begonias >Fire on the Mountain
Set II: Deal, Dear Prudence, Me and My Uncle, Shakedown Street, Terrapin Station
Set III: Bird Song, GDTRFB, Franklin's Tower, China Cat Sunflower >I Know You Rider, Feel Like A Stranger, Casey Jones
Raising The Dead performed a set of classic Grateful Dead at Trixie's Bar in Hamtramck on Saturday, March 9, 2019. Trixie's is one of many Hamtramck bars participating in the Hamtramck Music Fest, a yearly all-volunteer festival to raise money for music eduction in the Hamtramck public schools. This year, RTD was one of dozens of bands that donated their time and talent for this worthy cause.
The bill at Trixie's included Dead People laying down some tasty alt-country licks, John Salvage's solo electric looper jams, and trombone-flavored rock and roll from Slizz. Fitting our 5-piece band on the stage was like a game of Tetris, but we simplified our setup and got in close. We began our set after midnight, concluding just before 1:30. The set featured our debuts of Cryprical Envelopment and He's Gone, and featured the formidible drumming talents of Nick Sercoki, on loan from Deadicated.
The crowd at midnight included an excited contingent of Deadheads, obviously excited to sing along to their favorite band. Their appreciation was obvious and really fueled us as we jammed.
3-9-2019 Hamtramck Music Festival, Trixie's Bar
Feel Like A Stranger, Cryptical Envelopment*>The Other One>Cryptical Envelopment>Dark Star>Big River, Jack Straw, He's Gone*>Truckin', China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider
*=First time played
Featuring Nick Serocki on drums
Raising The Dead is playing two big shows in March - At Trixie's in Hamtramck on the 9th and the Watermark Bar and Grille in St. Clair Shores on the 15th. We are excited to announce that we will be joined at both gigs by drummer Nick Serocki, on loan from Deadicated. His percussionist partner Josh Sehn will also join us at the Watermark! We can't wait to share the groove with them, and especially to have our first 2-drummer show March 15th.
The Trixie's gig on March 9 is part of the 4-day Hamtramck Music Festival, where one $15 wristband gives you admission to dozens of shows, and the proceeds go to benefit the Hamtramck Public Schools Music Program. No cash will be accepted at the door, you must have a wristband. Here's how to get yours.
The Watermark is a beautiful venue overlooking Lake St. Clair, and they hope to make it a premiere destination for great music. Raising The Dead has the chance to be one of their core acts, but we need you to come out and see us! Expect the songs you know and love and some great jams in our own virtuoso style, held together by Deadicated's Double-Drummer Duo. It's the place to be - see you there!
On Saturday, February 16, 2019, Raising The Dead took the stage at Larkin's Bar and Grill in Westland, MI, and we brought the best American rock and roll has to offer with us. Playing for a crowd of both appreciative regulars and expectant Deadheads, we worked through 180 minutes of jam rock bliss. It was a special occasion, as we welcomed back our original drummer, TW Coleman, to hold the Kreutzmann seat for the evening. He helped navigate us through a ton of double-digit jams, including Althea, Scarlet>Fire and China>Rider, and epic versions of Playin' in the Band>Uncle John's Band>Playin' In The Band and Eyes of the World. For the first time in a RTD gig, Jake brought out his slide - catch his tasty playing in our Set III closer, The Wheel.
Thanks to all the fans (especially the Home Shopping Network) who made it out for the gig. Iy you missed it or want to relive it, you can check out the full-show soundboard audio below, and expect our favorite jams on our YouTube and Facebook pages soon!
February 16, 2019 - Larkin's Bar and Grill, Westland, MI
I: US Blues, Mama Tried, Loser, Franklin's Tower, Althea, Sugaree, Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Mountain
II: Truckin'>Jack Straw, Brown-Eyed Women, Touch of Grey, China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider, Playin' in the Band>Uncle John's Band>Playin' in the Band
III: Promised Land, Eyes of the World*>Shakedown Street, The Wheel
* = With Mind Left Body Jam and Eyes Coda
Join Raising The Dead as we perform at Larkin's Bar in Westland on February 16! We'll be playing an evening of Grateful Dead, with plenty of room for shakin' your bones. RSVP on Facebook.
Raising the Dead was testing out some new equipment and went LIVE to Facebook from our rehearsal on January 6, 2019. We did a short set of Grateful Dead tunes including a rockers Jack Straw and Promised Land, a spacey jam-filled Cassidy, high-energy blues tunes Deal and US Blues, and the towering composition Terrapin Station. We plan to fill more of the days between gigs with more virtual concerts like this one. Enjoy!
All photos by Erick Buchholz, ©photo punk 2018
On Saturday, December 15, Raising The Dead returned to the Cadieux Cafe to perform an ambitious set featuring 10 song debuts, Dagwood-sized song sandwiches, extended jams, and some of our best playing to date. This was the first show played with Max's new Hammond organ, and you can hear it shine throughout the set. The setlist featured two signature Dead song splits - Sugar Magnolia was cut short with a segue into Big River, only to return at the end of the set with Sunshine Daydream. After our setbreak, Playin' In The Band shifted from it's signature jam and segued unfinished into Bertha. We picked up the end of Playin' after Eyes of the World, which featured the often unplayed Coda section of the song. We were also excited to debut three fan favorite song segues: Weather Report>Let It Grow, Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstance (a top contender for the night's audience favorite), and Dark Star>St. Stephen>William Tell Bridge>The Eleven. We had even planned to debut two more songs we didn't have time to perform!
If it's not obvious by now, we really enjoy tackling the toughest tunes in the Dead database, and we're thrilled with both the audience reaction and the musical result. Listen for yourself below!
Cadieux Cafe 12-15-18
Set I: Touch of Gray, Mama Tried, Althea, China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider, Looks Like Rain, Jack-A-Roe*, Sugar Magnolia>Big River, Weather Report Suite*>Let It Grow, Don't Ease Me In*>Sunshine Daydream
Set II: Playin In The Band>Bertha, Dark Star*>St. Stephen*>The Eleven*>Candyman, Lost Sailor*>Saint of Circumstance*, Eyes of the World (with Coda*)>Playin' Reprise.
Encore: Dear Prudence*
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