Fans of the band The Grateful Dead will want not want to miss the upcoming show “Folk and Blues Roots of the Grateful Dead”. The concert takes place at PAUSA Art House, which will allow for an intimate performance that will feature local musicians who will be exploring the roots of The Dead.
Fans of The Dead will not only be familiar with the sounds that they hear at the show (fiddle, banjo, dobro, jaw harp, string bass, guitar, mandolin, three-part harmonies, and a pair of cow bones), but they will also learn about the American roots that Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir and Pigpen pulled from. Dead heads were exposed to folk and blues music in ways that they might not have expected, or even known. Garcia and friends dug deep down to find their sound, which might have sounded unique to throngs of fans, but it paid respects to numerous musicians who came before them.
Now The Canal Street String Band (via NY State Presenters Network – performing artists of the highest professional caliber) will embark upon a long strange trip of its own. This is a chance to listen to some of the stories behind the music, while being entertained by some of Buffalo’s greatest blues and folk heroes.
“We were booked to do a workshop around this theme at the Old Songs Folk Festival this summer in Altamont NY, so honestly, we threw it together pretty quickly and hoped for the best,” said folk guitarist and singer Dave Ruch. “We were blown away by the response from the standing room only audience, many of whom told us that they never even listened to or liked the Grateful Dead, but loved hearing the stories and music that influenced them. So, we’ve turned it into a full-fledged show that we’ll be touring with this fall and next spring, and thought we’d do a few shows here at home first. We’ll be taking it to Baltimore and Washington DC later this fall, and across the state of NY next spring.”
Folk and Blues Roots of the Grateful Dead
Saturday, October 8, 2016 | 4pm Matinée show | 8pm Evening show | $7 admission at the door
PAUSA Art House | 19 Wadsworth Street | Buffalo NY 14201 | 716-697-9075
Photo: Greg Meadows