photos: William Morgan
A beautiful evening, in a beautiful place, playing beautiful music for beautiful people! The pavilion at the Grecian Center in Southgate, MI is hidden among the trees behind the Grecian Center, and while it typically hosts weddings, tonight it was our Cow Palace, our MSG, our Pine Knob.
Playing was inspired, aided by drummer Chaim Tolwin (Supercrunch) and keyboardist Chris Emerson (Phluffhead), in his first gig with us.
7-12-2022, The Grecian Center, Southgate, MI
Set I: Alabama Getaway, Promised Land, Dire Wolf, Mama Tried, They Love Each Other, Big Boss Man, The Other One>I Need A Miracle>The Other One
Set II: Playin' in the Band>Dear Prudence>Playin' Reprise, Pride of Cucamonga, Hey Pocky Way
The TRIUMPHANT RETURN! Raising the Dead returned to Otus and delivered an amazing show to an ecstatic crowd. Joined by drummer Chaim Tolwin, and keyboardist Alex Gautier, guitarist Matt Cole led the group through a great set of Grateful Dead. Bill swung the bass, Laurie added her expert harmonies, and Dave showed off his vocal range. Miko Steinberg joined us at Drums and stuck around for the rest of the set. As usual, we have published our show to YouTube for your viewing pleasure.
Join us on July 12 at the Grecian Center in Southgate.
7-2-2022 Otus Supply, Ferndale, MI
Set I: US Blues, Picasso Moon, Scarlett Begonias>Victim or the Crime, So Many Roads, Shakedown Street
Set II: Hell in a Bucket, Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstance, Ship of Fools, Terrapin Station, Drums & Space>Let It Grow, Standing on the Moon, Men Smart Women Smarter
E: Throwing Stones
Dave’s first gig back after surgery, at the White Lake Yacht Club last night - and the crowd was rocking just as hard as the band! We were joined by Hell In A Bucket's Alex Gauthier on keys, and the result was fire! Give it a listen below.
6/18/2022 White Lake Yacht Club
Set I: Werewolves of London > Shakedown Street, Mr. Charlie, Run for the Roses, Jack Straw, The Wheel>Stuck Inside a Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again>Dancin' in the Streets [no bridge]
Set II: Dancin in the Streets ['77 bridge] > Sugar Magnolia > Iko Iko, Truckin' > Spoonful > Drums/Space > Mission in the Rain > Casey Jones > Sunshine Daydream
ENCORE: Not Fade Away > Ripple > Franklin's Tower
2nd ENCORE: Hell in a Bucket
Hey now! Raising the Dead is back and announcing a summertime of gigs. In addition, we have published 4 x 2 set shows (that's 8 sets, over 12 hours!) of shows on YouTube. Here's where you can see it all. We'll see you at Otus Supply on July 2.
More dates as they are confirmed!
Photo credits: Thom Bloom, Sydne Kasle, Michael Chojonoski, William Morgan
One more Friday night... We had thought our previous show on March 25 would be the last before Justin returned to his main gig at Dead At The Winery and Dave took his hiatus to recover from heart surgery, but Otus had an opening on their calendar, and their artist liason (and RTD fam) DanAnn saw the chance for an encore performance. And what a night it was!
The 7-member expanded lineup has become our standard, since adding Supercrunch drummer Chaim Tolwin to the rhythm section, and he and Joe brought the thump all night long. We opened with Stranger, got the crowd jumping with a Justin-led Bertha, and then tore it down with Good Lovin', Dave declaring "I... Love... You!" in unison with the crowd. Row Jimmy showed off our slow funky side, Next Time You See Me had Joe take the reins for a big bluesy jam. Let It Grow was an expansive improv platform, and an obvious exit point for the band's first set. Or was it? Instead, we had lots of work left to do, with Help>Slip, and a curveball Easy Wind in the standard Franklin's Tower spot. Joe finally declared we were gonna take a break ("and you can too!")
When we returned, it was with a fully segued second set. We inserted Viola Lee Blues into the Cryptical>Other One>Cryptical sandwich twice, expanding the form and making way for some crazy energetic playing. Drums featured Chaim's talking drum and Space included his mouth harp. Check out Justin's Farfisa-like wind samples playing against Dave's reverse-looped synth guitar at the beginning of Space, and stick around for the pretty improvisation that follows. Speaking of Justin, he summoned the spirit of Brent Mydland on Blow Away, and it's a version not to be missed. Matt took over with a haunting Stella Blue, and then rolled away the dew with a set-closing Franklin's. There was just one encore left to play, and that was Foolish Heart, appropriately sung by Dave for the first time.
The show was live-streamed by Mike of TheFunkShop.com, and live sound was provided by Jay, who always does right by us. As always, Otus owner Thom Bloom is the host with the most. You can hear and see our efforts on the live video stream below, or listen to a punchy and live soundboard/audience matrix mixed and mastered by Dave on our Archive.org page.
RTD will return to Otus Supply on July 2, after a 2 and a half-month hiatus. Look for projects with RTD members over the next few months by checking out our facebook page.
4/15/2022 The Parliament Room at Otus Supply, Ferndale, MI
Set I: Feel Like A Stranger, Bertha > Good Lovin', Row Jimmy, Next Time You See Me, Let It Grow, Help On The Way > Slipknot! > Easy Wind
Set II: Cryptical Envelopment > Viola Lee Blues > The Other One > Viola Lee Blues > Cryptical Envelopment > Drums/Space > Blow Away > Stella Blue* > Franklin's Tower
Encore: Foolish Heart
*first time played
Play and download this show on Archive.org
Livestreamed video from TheFunkShop.com
“A Night Of Remembrance” for the departed Pops Waldecker and friends and fans we’ve lost was an exceptional and emotional show. Returning to our home base, the Parliament Room at Otus Supply, we were joined by a hundred-plus friends to celebrate life and the Dead.
Joining Bill, Matt, Laurie, Dave, and Joe were drummer Chaim Tolwin, and keyboardist Justin Lee. On certain songs, guest guitarists James Waldecker and Matt Wigner also took the stage. We debuted three songs, all with must-listen versions: “New Minglewood Blues,” Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall” and “Death Don’t Have No Mercy.” The afterglow from February’s Blues For Allah show continued as we took another ride through King Solomon’s Marbles, and Chaim surprised the band when he brought out a Fujara (a Slovakian shepherd’s overtone flute) during Drums.
Dave announced that RTD will be taking a short break, as he will undergo open heart surgery on April 18 to repair an aneurysm caused by a congenital defect. We are scheduled to return to Otus on July 11, although we may squeeze in one more show before the procedure - stay tuned!
Our entire show in glorious soundboard audio is on our Archive.org page. Check it out below!
3-25-2022 Otus Supply, Ferndale, MI
I: Here Comes Sunshine, Hell in a Bucket, New Minglewood Blues*, Deep Elem Blues, El Paso, Loser>Jack A Roe, A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall*@, Promised Land@#
II: China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider#>Sugar Magnolia>Eyes of the World>The Music Never Stopped>Drums%>Space>King Solomon’s Marbles, Death Don’t Have No Mercy*@#>St. Stephen@#>The Eleven@#
E: Dead Flowers@#, Not Fade Away@#
*=First time played
@=James Waldecker on guitar
#=Matt Wigner on guitar
Two is better than one! This might just become a habit: our drummer Joseph Waldecker was once again joined by a second drummer, this time Chaim Tolwin of Supercrunch fame. Once again, Justin Lee from Dead At The Winery proved an awesome chairman of the boards. The Super Smash Brothers propelled us through a late night of killer Dead and if you were there, you know it was a night to remember!
Highlights included our first Sailor>Saint since Halloween 2020, an amazing 40-minute trip through the heart of the Blues for Allah album, with drums and space and Sage and Spirit sandwiched inside the song Blues for Allah. Add an Alabama>Greatest Story encore and... Well, you should just check it out below!
This same lineup will perform at Otus Supply this Friday, March 25 at Otus Supply. See you then!
Set I: Jam>Tennessee Jed, Mama Tried>Cumberland Blues, Jack Straw, Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstance, Mississippi Half Step Uptown Toodeloo, Don't Ease Me In
Set II: Jam>Truckin>New Speedway Boogie>Uncle John's Band, Blues For Allah>Drums>Space>Sage and Spirit>Blues for Allah>Aiko Aiko>Touch of Gray, Johnny B Goode
Encore: Alabama Getaway>Greatest Story Ever Told
On March 3, 2022, members of RTD performed "Jerry's Tone: A Tribute to Jerry Garcia" at The Parliament at Otus Supply. The show started with a tribute to the Jerry Garica and John Kahn acoustic duo with RTD's Matt Cole (playing a Martin D16) and Richard Rickman (from Anna Lee's Company and Back Forty) playing the upright bass.
Jerry's Tone Acoustic Duet 3-3-2022, Ferndale, MI
Dire Wolf, Deep Elum Blues, Friend of the Devil, Spike Driver Blues, Wang Dang Doodle > Bird Song, Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Ripple, Goodnight Irene.
Two electric sets followed with RTD's Laurie Lester (vocals), Justin Lee (keys), Joe Waldecker (drums), and Matt, along with John Lyle (bass, from Dead Again, and Deep Space Six), and Chaim Tolwin (drums, from Supercrunch). RTD's Dave Martin joined us to sing Sisters and Brothers. We had a great show and really enjoyed playing the Jerry Garcia Band repertoire to a nice audience at The Parliament Room (once again, we thank Thom Bloom for all the love and support). Joe and Chaim really hit it off and we're excited that they will be playing together at the next two RTD shows, March 18 at the Tangent Gallery, and March 25 at The Parliament at Otus Supply.
Jerry's Tone Electric Band 3-3-2022, Ferndale, MI
Set 1: After Midnight, They Love Each Other, Stir it Up, Cats Under the Stars, Catfish John, Run for the Roses, Deal
Set 2: That's Love Will Make You Do, Deep Elum Blues, Tore Up Over You, Second that Emotion, Sisters and Brothers*, Gomorrah, Midnight Moonlight. Encore: Mighty High
*with Dave Martin on vocals
Come check out a show featuring members of Raising The Dead, Dead Again, Dead At The Winery, and Supercrunch, along with some very special guests.
Doors at 7:30 pm.
Advance Tickets $10, $13 Day of Show.
*Proof of vaccination or negative Covid test within 48 hours of doors, required for all shows*
About the Band:
Composed of local musicians from the metro Detroit jam band scene, "Jerry's Tone" is a musical dive into the acoustic and electric stylings of the music of Jerry Garcia.
Matthew Cole, guitar
Richard Rickman, bass
Matthew Cole, guitar
Laurie Lester, vocals
John Lyle, bass
Justin Lee, keys
Chaim Tolwin, drums
Joseph Waldecker, drums
Every February, Dead.net holds a celebration of the music of the Grateful Dead by hosting a leaderboard and playlist of videos of musicians covering the Dead's songs. This year, the theme is Europe 72, in celebration of its 50th anniversary. Raising The Dead has participated in this for a few years, and this time we've submitted two entries. The first, Tennessee Jed from our gig at Little Caesars Arena, has consistently been a top video this year, moving between ranks 4 and 5 on their YouTube playlist. Half way through the month, Dead.net emailed an update and requested more takes on Bertha, Sugar Magnolia, and Morning Dew. We have a fantastic take on Dew from our performance at the Tangent Lounge on 11-12-2021, but the video from that night isn't great. So we've paired a visualizer that follows the music and submitted that as well.
Every watch of these videos increases their rank among the more than 1,400 videos submitted so far - give them a listen and a like (and hit subscribe if you haven't yet) and help our takes hit the top of the playlist. Thanks!
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