So, our drummer Joseph Waldecker only has 4 limbs, but somehow he's able to simultaneously channel Bill Kreutzmann's swinging backbeat and Mickey Hart's fantastic fills all while singing lead, juggling flaming scimitars, and baking a perfect souffle (we might be exaggerating a little). Anyways, among his musical heroes in the Dead-verse is Jake Wolf. Jake is currently playing with the supergroup Sages and Spirits, with Melvin Seals, Rob Eaton, John Kadlecik, Rob Barraco, Jay Lane, and Skip Vangelas. So, imagine our excitement when Jake chose to fly out to Detroit to join little ol' Raising The Dead for a weekend of double drummer delight?
To add to the fun, we'll once again be joined by the funky sounds of Justin Lee of Dead At The Winery on keys. And because Raising The Dead is the hardest working tribute in Michigan, we are tackling our few unclimbed mountains in the Dead catalog on Saturday, namely the complete Blues for Allah album.
Let's talk this through: Help On The Way>Slipknot!>Franklin's Tower opens the album. We've been playing those for a long time, great. Next up is King Solomon's Marbles - here's one we haven't tried before! We're rehearsing this intense 7/8 jam and it will be awesome, especially with Jake on board. The Music Never Stopped is another RTD staple, as is Crazy Fingers. The last two tunes are where the real fun is: Sage and Spirit is a classical Bobby Weir composition unmatched in its complexity. Seek videos of the few times he played it with the Dead, and just watch Jerry's face as he ponders "What the hell is Bob doing?" Dave will be playing a solo acoustic version of the tune, culminating 2 months of daily practice (no pressure!) The album concludes with the odd, modal, spacey Blues for Allah suite, a very rare cut indeed.
Tickets are on sale now. Get yours and come out for a full weekend of fun!
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Is a band committed to recreating the live experience of a Grateful Dead show. We hope you'll kindly join us.