We were prepared for a chilly October evening - layers of clothing, fingerless gloves, and hats - but despite temps in the low 50s, the tent at Otus Supply in Ferndale was cozy and comfy - and perfect for an evening of "Raising Jerry." We had prepared an evening of music consisting mostly of Jerry Garcia Band songs, and had an awesome time sharing it with our socially-distanced capacity crowd.
We were joined by frequent RTD guest drummer Stephen NyQuist, who held down the upstage throne with skill and style. He'll be with us for our shows at Tangent Gallery on October 30 and back at Otus on Halloween. For the first time, Dave played acoustic guitar with the band, adding a rhythm guitar to material Jerry mostly played without one. Lead vocals were swapped among Dave, Matt, Bill, and Stephen, and Laurie led the sparkling harmonies that RTD is becoming known for.
The show was live-streamed by the outstanding Restream team, and resident Otus sound engineer Chris made sure the sound was crisp and clear for the musicians (all wearing in-ear monitors), the audience, and the online streamers.
We're sorry to see the weather start to change and the relative safety of outdoor shows start to go away, but we're not quite done yet. See you Halloween weekend!
10-17-2020 "Raising Jerry" Otus Supply, Ferndale, MI
I: The Way You Do The Things You Do*, They Love Each Other, Mission in the Rain, Cumberland Blues, Uncle John's Band, Everybody Needs Somebody*
II: Catfish John*, Gomorrah+, Keep Your Day Job, Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo>My Sisters and Brothers*, Tangled Up In Blue*, Touch of Grey, Ripple
E: Iko Iko
*=first time played
+=with With A Little Help From My Friends tag
This October, we are taking advantage of the outdoor venues offering heaters and tents to keep audiences and the band warm, while providing the relative safety of outdoor gathering. Bring your masks and your dancing shoes! For each of these shows, we'll be joined by one of our favorite people, drummer Stephen NyQuist. We'll see you then!
What may have been our finest show yet was live streamed at The Parliament Room at Otus Supply on October 1st. The show was significant not just for its setlist (which featured 4 new songs for us), the 5-camera live stream (we were the band who begun Otus' live streaming series), but because it was the last show for a while for our Drummer/singer/maestro Joe Waldecker. Joe's soon embarking on a tour with Nina & The Buffalo Riders, and we wish him well! Fear not, Raising The Deadheads, for Joe will be back in the spring to rock Detroit stages again. In the mean time, enjoy this awesome stream and soundboard audio (including the encore) from the gig. As always, you can also find it on our Archive.org page.
10-1-2020 Otus Supply, Ferndale, MI
Alabama Getaway*, China Cat Sunflower > Viola Lee Blues* > Samson & Delilah, Loser, Big River, Deep Elem Blues*, Bird Song > The Music Never Stopped > Eyes of the World > I Know You Rider > Terrapin Station, It's All Over Now, Baby Blue*
E: Help on the Way > Slipknot! > Franklin's Tower
*first time played
Raising The Dead performed at The Beats Go On in Royal Oak, MI on September 6, 2020 in this pro-shot video. It will premiere at 8pm on 9/30/2020.
We are excited to help raise funds for the Arts Beats & Eats Musician's Fund! If you donate to Raising The Dead via the links below, all donations will be matched by Oakland County and put towards the ABE Musician's Fund. The fund benefits professional musicians whose livelihood has been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic shut downs and cancellations. Thanks for giving!
Update: Here's the video!
Raising the Dead made our first two-set show as a 6-member ensemble one to remember! Playing the Cadieux Cafe always seems to bring out our best. Last February we were inside, pre-COVID, and featured the debut of Matt and Joe, with an unforgettable second set featuring an intense medley of The Music Never Stopped > Dark Star > St. Stephen > The Eleven > Drums > Samson and Delilah. This time, we debuted no less than 6 songs, took our full band improv next-level, and really showed what having 5 great singers in the band can sound like.
The crowd was masked and distanced and ready to move. We brought 2 subwoofers to make sure Bill's new Eden amp and stack got their due. The neighbors complained before the setbreak and we toned it down a bit, without decreasing the intensity. Some highlights of the night: we debuted our first Laurie-led songs, the Pigpen classics Big Boss Man and Midnight Hour, Dave preached on Throwing Stones, Max worked out his Crazy Fingers, Joe led a soulful Wharf Rat, Bill sang a well-harmonized Uncle John's Band, and Matt led the out-there improv on Playin' in the Band.
Relive the show below, with crispy soundboard audio and video, with a Healy-inspired wide mix, rhythm guitar and keys panned hard.
Oh, two more things: Day Job isn't really Matt's favorite song, and no, you can't play Joe's drums.
9/19/2020 Cadieux Cafe Detroit, MI
Help on the Way > Slipknot! > West LA Fadeaway* > Throwing Stones, St. Stephen, Jack-a-Roe, Big Boss Man*, Crazy Fingers* > Uncle John's Band
Day Job*, Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo > Wharf Rat > Deal, Playin' in the Band > Iko Iko* > Slipknot! > Franklin's Tower > Playin' in the Band, Midnight Hour*
Sugar Magnolia > Casey Jones > Sunshine Daydream
*first time played
Raising The Dead was really excited to play The Beats Go On on September 6. The event was the result of some creative thinking by the team who produces the Arts, Beats, and Eats festival every year in Royal Oak. With the restrictions on crowd size and safety considerations of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Beats Go On was a way to help Detroit area musicians perform and raise money for themselves and other musicians in the area who have been hit hard by the inability to perform live music.
Raising The Dead was selected for a drive-in performance, and paired with the Santana tribute band The Santana Project. Each group got 30 minutes to perform, with sanitization and appropriate social distancing separating the shows. 50 tickets, each admitting one car with two people were sold, and the RTD-TSP show sold out.
We took the stage at 4:30 and had a tight, 30-minute set of Grateful Dead favorites planned. It's no small thing to whittle down what we do to just 30 minutes, but our performance seems to have turned some heads nonetheless. We started with Sugar Magnolia, pivoted into the Dead's biggest commercial hit Touch of Grey, and then started the American Beauty track Casey Jones. We all howled with laughter when, during the third chorus of Casey ("Driving that train, high on cocaine"), a train barreled down the tracks immediately adjacent the performance site. The timing was perfect! After that notion crossed our minds, we pivoted into a Jammy Truckin'. Since we couldn't play a whole show, we thought we'd give the Deadheads in the crowd a taste of what might have come next, so we teased The Other One, I Need A Miracle, He's Gone, and Dark Star before returning to end Sugar Mag with Sunshine Daydream. It was the first time we'd played the complete Daydream tag, with Laurie (who made her auspicious debut with RTD) singing Donna's parts with confidence. We ended on a high, Dave introduced the band, and we were at 30 minutes, on the nose.
Then, a funny thing happened - the event producer, Jonathan Witz, hopped on stage and asked us not to leave - a surprise when playing such a tightly timed show. He asked if we'd encore Truckin' while Channel 4 took footage for the evening news. Of course, there's only one answer when the producer wants an encore, so we hung out for a while. Unfortunately, the Channel 4 crew didn't end up recording us after all, but it's a moment we'll never forget. Our friend Warren Nelson captured the event and broadcast it to Facebook Live, and that feed is included here. Watch for the pro-shot footage from Arts Beats and Eats coming soon!
We hope to be a part of the Arts Beats and Eats shows in the future, and really enjoyed seeing all the fans that came out to support us. We'd like to ask you to support The Beats Go On as they work to raise $500,000 in order to match Oakland County's grant. Money donated will go towards supporting professional musicians in the Detroit area. Thank you for your support!
On August 20, 2020, Dave played a solo acoustic show at the Detroit Yacht Club. It was a request by Debbie Sapperstein, whose husband Leon was celebrating his birthday. Both are lifelong Deadheads who have seen Raising The Dead perform at The Watermark in St. Clair Shores. They contacted Matt, who was unavailable, but recommended Dave for the gig. The weather was warm and humid, but the breeze was beautiful. 2 hours of un-mic'd acoustic Dead followed, and it's archived here for your pleasure.
In addition, Dave helps plan and create music for online Sunday services for the Grosse Ile Presbyterian Church. On September 13, the Jerry Garcia Band song "My Sisters and Brothers" was a perfect fit. The band recorded the song at our rehearsal on Tuesday, September 9 and had a really nice performance on the second take. Unfortunately, the audio files that captured it were corrupted, which was discovered on Wednesday. That meant Dave had to get to work! In his small office studio, Dave recorded the drums, bass, guitar, organ, and 3-part gospel harmony vocals, and produced the recording here. He hopes you enjoy it!
Detroit Yacht Club 8-20-2020, Dave Solo Acoustic
I: Bertha, Dancin, Bird Song>Truckin, Moondance, FOTD, EOTW, El Paso>Mama Tried, TLEO
II: Sugaree, Watchtower>Stairway, Let It Grow, Ripple*, Good Lovin*, Terrapin
Raising The Dead will be performing for The Beats Go On, a re-imagining of Arts Beats and Eats for 2020. We will perform a special drive-in concert with The Santana Project from 4:30-6:30 on Sunday, September 6 in Downtown Royal Oak at the corner of 6th and Main. The event is ticketed and all proceeds go to the performers. A limited number of tickets are available (50 cars) and each ticket admits 2 people in one car. Ticket price is $30, and tickets are available at the Arts Beats and Eats website. RSVP at the Facebook event here.
Please also consider donating to The Beats Go On Musician's Fund by following this link.
Thursday, August 6 saw members of RTD perform as "The Days Between with Matt Cole and Friends". RTD members Matt Cole, Bill Butler, Max Ketz, and Joe Waldecker were joined by vocalist Laurie Lester, to play a full Jerry Garcia Band show. Two hours of Jerry for the Otus Supply live stream gave his kind Jerry vibes for the Day Between.
After one rehearsal to get our bearings straight, we were in heaven playing a 2.5 hour set. The show started with Matt singing The Harder They Come, Stop That Train, and Valerie. Joe slayed us with Mission in the Rain. After Matt sang Waiting for a Miracle. Bill led us through Dear Prudence. For Joe's lead on Suaree, Matt invited Adam Bodeep from the FB page Deadicated Jams to sit in on guitar--Adam's dirt tone with Matt's Jerry tone were sweet! Next was Catfish John sung by Matt. Joe sang Run for the Roses--"all good things in all good time", which was followed by a long Lay Down Sally sang by Matt, complete with Space. Matt's rendering of Like a Road Leading Home gave way to the final song of the streaming set, Tangled Up in Blue, lead vocals by Joe, with Laurie and Matt singing the harmonies.
After the stream ended, we played three encores for the masked sound and video crew and friends. Joe's interpretation of Gomorrah was stellar. Matt sang My Sisters and Brothers--"keep the faith". A long, jammy, Everybody Needs to Somebody to Love ended the show.
See ya next week!
The Days Between with Matt Cole and Friends 8.6.2020
The Parliament Room at Otus Supply, Ferndale, MI
I: Harder They Come, Stop That Train, Valerie, Mission in the Rain, Waiting for a Miracle, Dear Prudence, Sugaree, Catfish John, Run for the Roses, Lay Down Sally, Like a Road Leading Home, Tangled Up in Blue
E: (not on broadcast) Gomorrah Sisters and Brothers Everybody Wants Somebody (to Love)
One of our favorite venues, Otus Supply in Ferndale, is hosting a series of live-streamed multi-camera performances this summer. Raising The Dead kicked off Episode 1 back in June, and will be a part of Episodes 7 and 8.
The Days Between with Matt Cole and Friends will feature Matt Cole, Max Katz, Bill Butler, and Joseph Waldecker from Raising The Dead, along with Laurie Lester, formerly of the People Movers. They will perform the best of the Jerry Garcia Band. Show starts at 8.
Raising The Dead will return on August 13, performing their virtuosic take on the Dead repertoire.
Use this link (The Parliament Room's Facebook Page) to find the stream for both shows.
We hope you can join us for both shows! We miss you, Jerry!
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