Wednesday, November 30, 2005

I'm Tom Waits...

Which fucked-up genius composer are you?

The Fillmore
1805 Geary Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94115
General Info: 415.346.6000
Bill Graham's Birthday Bash featuring Neville Brothers, Jackson Browne and Mickey Hart
Neville Brothers / Jackson Browne / Mickey Hart
January 07, 2006 at 8:00 PM

On Sale December 4, 2005 - 10:00AM

The Artists :: Neville Brothers | Jackson Browne | Mickey Hart
Bill Graham's Birthday Bash
The Neville Brothers
Jackson Browne & Guests
A Benefit for the Bill Graham Foundation
Doors open 7:00 PM
Tickets are $75.00 general admission.
Extremely limited table & chair seating.
All Ages.

Wowza on the archive thing.
I mean, I 've been reading rumours that the sbds were gonna get pulled off for a long time now..
Even KFOG is getting in on it- the morning show opened up the phonelines for opinions and tomorrow, they promise someone from GDP will be on to discuss it.
Dead news -there is a link around here, has pretty much rounded up about as much as anyone could want to read about it.

Outta here and off to the dentist.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Monday, Monday

A new Bobby & Ratdog article

YAY! Scotto's home from The Cup!
Amsterdam was cold.
He couldve made his own reservations and just bought the Judge's pass outright.
He prefers the Leidesplein to the Dam Square area..
Aside from that, he had a great time!
Though, I'm sure he wouldve missed me after another day or two or hundred,
The Judge pass got him a goodie bag full of tee shirts and stuff that came in useful during his 4 day coffeeshop crawl. Some cute souveneirs too. Oh, There were parties, too. I am very jealous that Scott got a set from Patti Smith (Because The Night,People have the Power were played or so Scott thinks he heard them) at the opening party/ concert at The Melkweg (not the Oude Hall where Ratdog played but the other room there) and told me that Patti was hanging out afterwards too. He was probably too scared to talk to the witchy one but I wouldnt have been. I would cower in a corner (my usual routine) if it were the Bobstar.. but... Patti Smith!!!!!, I would so much want to chat with Patti Smith!!!!!!

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Hippy BerthaDave!

To the hippest of the Hip!

Saturday, November 26, 2005


I hear John Perry will be back to blogging soon, so keep an eye out for that. His blog is listed among the links on this page.
A nice Ratdog mention from this columnist- read on-
Jim Abbott

A Dead Head holiday

Somehow I never made it to a Grateful Dead concert, even though a bootleg cassette tape of the band compiled for me by a Dead Head girlfriend was once a prized possession. It's still in a box of mementos somewhere, I hope.

On Sunday, I went to the next-best thing: a marathon performance by Bob Weir and Ratdog at House of Blues. There was enough tie-dye to start a pretty groovy commune, and the vibe was copacetic, even though the security searches at the door were more intense than at any metal show I've ever attended.

My wand guy even wanted to inspect the wadded-up paper napkin that I removed from my pocket. Eeeuuu.

Weir and the band played two long sets that amounted to roughly three hours of music. Anyone who wanted to wait another 20 minutes after the show and part with $23 or so could walk out with three CDs of the night's performance. Why don't more bands do that?

At 58, Weir is the old man in the band, but the younger musicians were seasoned in his style, which juxtaposes extended, free-form jams with a knack for accessible tunes. Guitarist Mark Karan offered inspired solos on his gold Les Paul, especially in the soaring spiritual finale of the Dead's "Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleloo.''

Weir balanced Ratdog tunes with a generous assortment of Dead songs, including a rollicking "Samson and Delilah," as well as a few well-chosen covers. He opened the second set with an ominous rendition of Dylan's "Masters of War'' and later unearthed the complex beauty of the Beatles' "Dear Prudence.''

Between the songs, there was a lot of aimless jamming, but Ratdog never approaches the kind of self-important instrumental excesses of, say, the Dave Matthews Band.

A decade after the passing of Jerry Garcia, Weir is hitting all the right notes to keep the Dead's spirit alive.

Jim Abbott can be reached at 407-420-6213.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Grateful Everyday

For all the blessings in my life!

Who needs to perform or receive a Miracle?.

I got a garbled email from the smoked one. I think he mentions he sent the "boys" to a museum (good going, it's their last day in Amsterdam) and that a mission to Waterlooplein flea market (One of my favorite places) was completed. Very well, he can now come back home!
Off to little sister's posh palace in Marin. Gotta stuff the kids in the car. Without Scotto around to cook, I have been given the task of bringing Sparkling Water!! How easy is that? So I went to my favorite market (((((((Molly Stone's)))) and was confronted by a wall full of sparkling waters. About as many sparkling waters out there as there are wines! I randomly picked 6 different types and hope one of them is exactly right.
Time to burn myself a disc for the ride over & back.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

There is much to be grateful for!

For one thing, there's David Dodd's Annotated Lyric book!. I've had it for a few weeks now and am enjoying actually reading it...I used to go check out lyrics on the lyric website but just to check that I had the line of a song right for a tagline here and there.

Photo by Rudi Roelz
Did you know you can make popcorn on the cob with those decorative Indian corn on the cobs? Someone showed me how several years ago and since it's been one of my science things to do with my preschoolers .
Take off the husk like tops.
Put a cob in a paper bag
Close up the bag
put in microwave,
also put a small container of water in the microwave.
Push the microwave setting for popcorn .
Listen for the pops.
Turn off the microwave when the popping stops.
Give the bag a few seconds to settle down.
Inside the bag there will be lots of loose popcorn but also, there should be popped corn on the cob.
The back or bottom of the kernal (not the fluffy white part) will be pretty much the same color it was before getting popped.
The popcorn won't be as fluffy as commercial brands that are meant for popping but (it could just be me) it seems to have a little more flavor.

Monday, November 21, 2005

I admit I have yet to read this Computerworld article but have noted a reference to our Mr Bobby in the beginning paragraph....
11/20/2005 House of Blues, Orlando, FL
I: Jam > Playin in the Band > Big Boss Man, Lucky Enough, Picasso Moon > Shade of Grey, The Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion > Lazy River Road > Loose Lucy
II: Masters of War@, Jam > Even So > October Queen > The Deep End > Mississippi Half-Step, Samson and Delilah > Playin in the Band (reprise) > Jam* > Dear Prudence, GDTRFB
E: U.S. Blues
*-Jay, Kenny (percussion), and Mark (percussion) then Jeff, Jay, Kenny (touchpad), and Robin (percussion) then Jeff, Jay (keys), and MK

Sunday, November 20, 2005

11/19/2005 Mizner Park Amphitheatre, Boca Raton, FL
I: Jam > Cassidy > Easy to Slip > Dark Star, All Along the Watchtower, Looks Like Rain > Bury Me Standing > Dark Star Jam > Lady with a Fan > Terrapin
II: Peggy-O@, A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall@4>6, Good Morning Little Schoolgirl > Althea > Ashes and Glass > Jam* > Come Together > Dark Star > Cassidy > One More Saturday Night
E: At a Siding > Terrapin Flyer > Touch of Grey
*-Jay, Jeff, and Kenny, then also Robin, then also Mark
Ratdog tonight on the radio It's last week's Woofster show being broadcast.

This was posted over on the TOOBoard by someone using the screen name- "Expendable"
I know I'm not the only one who should learn how-
Posted:20 Nov 2005 11:01   Post subject:  Dummy's Guide to Bit Torrent  
Based on the Pat Metheny thread, some folks want to learn how to BT. I'm certainly no authority but I've been doing it for 2-3 years now. If you can click a mouse, you can BT. It really is that simple.

I won't get into the nuts and bolts about packets and seeding and superseeding and all that crap because it is not necessary for n00bs.

1) You will need a "client". This is the software that actually downloads the file. They are free programs, usually no more than 1-2 megabytes in size. I I use, although there are dozens out there. Check for other clients.

The client is a program that "talks to" the file you seek to download. It automatically locates the file and starts downloading / uploading it.

2) Install the client. This is no different than any other software install: you are prompted to select where the program will be stored on your computer. (It really doesn't matter). I have mine stored in my "Program Files".

3) Find your torrent (,,, etc)

4) Click on the torrent link.

5) A window will automatically open, asking you something like "you have selected to open a file called [file name]. do you wish to open this file with Bit Torrent?"

(different clients have different prompts. Don't sweat it. Some automatically start the BT "window".)

6) Sit back and let the goodness roll in.

Kids all excited about the new Harry Potter movie.
Sasha's current most prized possession is her photo album of the time we spent in Oxford, specifically the photos of Christchurch dining hall where the Potter movies are filmed.
Robin DelaT., if you are reading this- a million thabks for the private tour!
We love you.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

11/18/2005 Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg, FL
I: Jam > Bertha > Big Railroad Blues, Little Red Rooster > Bird Song > Odessa, Wrong Way Feelin > Cold Rain and Snow, She Says > Liberty
II: K.C. Moan@3, Jack-A-Roe@4>5, The Weight@, Jam > Fly Away > West L.A. Fadeaway, Silvio > Tequila > Silvio > Tequila > Silvio > Scarlet Begonias > Jam* > Sugaree > Bird Song (reprise) > Sugar Magnolia
E: Black Muddy River
(Mark Karan's 450th Show)

Deadnews blog has a nice story featuring Robert Hunter on it today.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Ratdog leader wants songs to be alive
Published November 18, 2005

Every so often Bob Weir's band Ratdog plays a number that doesn't, on the face of it, seem to fit with an improvisational rock troupe. It's El Paso, a rambling story song and '50s hit by country singer Marty Robbins. Weir, 58, remembers it from his childhood, although a fuller appreciation of El Paso's virtues would come much later.
"The song was so good -- wonderful melody, wonderful harmonic development and incredible vocals, and that story, plus some spectacular playing by Grady Martin, the guitarist," said Weir, who leads Ratdog to Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton for a performance on Saturday. "I grew to hate that song because it was getting so much play when I was a kid, and I was getting tired of it."
But at some point in adulthood he heard El Paso again, for the first time in years, and pretty soon it became a Ratdog regular. In Weir's view, a country tune has no problem keeping company with the rock 'n' roll, blues and r&b songs in Ratdog's fluid live set. They're all apt to be played and, as Weir says, taken for "a walk in the woods" as Ratdog opens them up to free-ranging alteration.
El Paso also confirms Weir's thinking about songs as songs. "I truly believe that a song is a life form," he said in a telephone interview. "It may not be carbon-based but it's a life form. Some songs live a long time -- outlive their authors. But I do know that songs are born, they have an infant stage. Then they have their childhood. Then they start to develop and mature, and if they're maturing properly they have more impact when they've been on stage for a few years than when they were born."
Weir has written a few songs that have lasted into adulthood. A founding member of the Grateful Dead, the San Francisco native joined with Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and an evolving support cast to bring rock and roots music into the improvisational realm that had previously belonged to jazz. But the first band to spread the "jam" also wrote short, concise songs -- Casey Jones, Hell in a Bucket, Uncle John's Band, Touch of Grey -- that observed the rules of pop craft as closely as anything to come out of Motown, Nashville or the Brill Building.
Weir said he is still working at the mysteries of songwriting.
"You try to find a corridor between the rhythm, what I guess I call the vamp, and the melody, and take it somewhere, and that has to fit the lyric," he said. "You know, it's a complicated process -- most of the time it's a complicated process. ... Any tune I do I'm going to approach from all those standpoints. It's going to be further accentuated by a harmonic progression that shades certain notes this way and that way, because every time you change a chord you change the lighting on the songs, you change the direction of the shadows."
It's rare, he said, that a completed song just pops out in one burst of inspiration.
"As you get older, your sensibilities become more acute -- more delicate, shall we say," he said with a laugh. "You're not going to go plowing ahead with this or that notion because you want to get a little more acuity in your writing. Plus a lot of the low-hanging fruit, you've already plucked. The easy stuff to say, you've already said. At that point it doesn't get any easier."
Asked if he can say which songs of his are favorites, or which do the best job of locating that corridor, he replies, "I really can't. Every song is so different. There are no greater or lesser successes, really. Songs are songs. They're like kids. As far as I can get in that direction is when I'm composing a set: There's a better, or not as good, choice. There's a better or worse song for the moment. And that's as far as I can get in that direction. I love all the tunes that I've written and all the ones that I've played."
Sean Piccoli can be reached at or 954-356-4832.
Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets: $35; or 561-966-3309, 954-523-3309, 305-358-5885.
Better late than never....
Bob Weir and RatDog will play the following show:
Sunday, December 11 at The Vault 350, Long
Beach, CA.
Doors open at 7:00 PM. Show time TBA.
All ages welcome. General admission.
Mail order tickets are available at $40.50 per ticket.

RatDog at Denver: tickets will be sent out today.
RatDog at Los Angeles: We should have the tickets
on Monday. We will send them out immediately.

All orders for all shows received will be filled. We are not
quite sure how the shows between Denver and LA will
be managed. We will be in touch about those.

Tickets are still available for all shows on the schedule.
Check for details.

The Crew of GDTSTOO
Hot damn I'm in lust with THIS!!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Charity Drum Head Auctions

Bill Kreutzmann, in conjunction with, is offering autographed replicas of the two custom bass drum heads used by Bill and Mickey Hart on The Dead's 2004 Wave That Flag summer tour. The heads feature designs created by Kreutzmann himself, and they have been signed by virtually every musician in attendence at the October, 2005 "Comes a Time" Jerry Garcia tribute show. For more details visit the following site:

Check it out HERE!

Hippy BerthasTwo yous!


Wednesday, November 16, 2005

ANNND more press for the Bob Star!

Variety Playhouse
Atlanta, GA
Jam > Here Comes Sunshine*, Easy Answers, Senor > Youngblood*, Brown-Eyed Women* > Ramble On Rose* > The Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion* > Lazy River Road > Jack Straw
Me and My Uncle@4, When I Paint My Masterpiece@1>5>6 > Even So*+ > October Queen+ > The Deep End+ > Estimated Prophet*+ > The Wheel*+ > Drums > Bass/Drums/Keys/Sax, Standing on the Moon+ > Two Djinn+ > Turn On Your Lovelight+
E: Brokedown Palace*+
*-w/ Ms. Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay
+-w/ Jimmy Herring

11/15/2005 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA
I: Jam > Truckin > Take Me to the River > Loser, Playin in the Band > I Need a Miracle > Tennessee Jed, Maggie's Farm > She Belongs to Me > Feel Like a Stranger
II: Candyman@, Corrina@, Might as Well > Tomorrow Never Knows* > Jam* > Playin in the Band* > Uncle John's Band* > Jam+ > Black Peter* > Throwing Stones*
E: Ripple*
*-w/ Jimmy Herring; +-w/ Brian Lopes... initially also Kenny and Jay then also MK on keys then all but Bobby

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Paulyy Auday was right there with his camera!
And here's an article on those Radiaters!
It's The Radiaters with Bobby a few weeks back at GAMH!

3 nights at the Beacon!

Bob Weir and RatDog will play the following shows:

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 6, 7 and 8, 2006
at the Beacon Theatre, New York, NY.
Doors and show time to be announced.
All ages welcome. All seats are reserved.
Mail order tickets are available at $51.75 per ticket.
First day to mail in for these shows is Wednesday,
November 16.

The Crew of GDTSTOO


"I never could read no road map,
I don't know what the weather might do.
But when that rich wind whines
and I see the dark star shine,
I got a feeling there's no time to lose."


Monday, November 14, 2005


Another planet (yes, I emailed them about it) corrected the TM link so if you still prefer to purchase tickets online you can GO FOR IT!....We just cannot afford for such glitches to occur if we want MORE Ratdog in SF!
Let's sell this sucker out!

Is Ratdog friend Joshua Redman an Ubersexual?

Sunday, November 13, 2005

The following post made me SMILE..It was posted by someone logging in as 'grin'
It's a response to someone concerned that they werent seeing pictures of a smiling Bobby

Posted: Sun Nov 13, 2005 4:28 pm    Post subject:
If you can find time to smile when you are holding an Ibanez that you haven't played live in 20 years, in your giant paws, nailing some impossible chord changes, substituting an A b major 7th up and down the neck, and trying to reel off words to a song that Garcia used to sing, while being the frontman, main draw, and figurehead for a scene that has had more staying power for the fanatical than any organized band in the last 100 years, than.....SMILE!
About the Ibanez!

Not a problem for those of you who do mail order -Which starts tomorrow for the Grand Ballroom show...
But if you, like me, tend to want your tickets ASAP, then here's the deal-
The Another Planet Weblink to TM brings you to an online webpage that doesnt list the SF Gig...
So PHONE! Because they are selling Grand Ballroom tickets via phone..
The # for the SF TM is 415-421-TIXS...

Hey this guy has some fun pictures and lotsa Dead related stuff on his website.
11/12/2005 The Palladium, Worcester, MA

I: Casey Jones > Cassidy > Bird Song > Odessa > Lazy River Road, Walkin Blues, It's All Over Now > Loose Lucy > Eyes of the World

II: A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall@, Friend of the Devil@4, Bury Me Standing@ > Iko Iko > Jam*, Dear Prudence > Bird Song > Cassidy > One More Saturday Night E: Black Muddy River *-without Bobby, First "Casey Jones"

Saturday, November 12, 2005

It's The Purple Bus!
Don't ask me how I found this site but did you know there's a bug named after The Grateful Dead??
Did you really want to know which bug one it is? YOU DO??ew.. Then you'll need to looky around here
This just in:
Bob Weir and Rat Dog will play the following show:

Saturday December 3 at the Lensic Performing Arts
Center, Santa Fe, NM.
Doors open at 7:00 PM. Show time is 8:00 PM.
All ages are welcome. All seats are reserved.
Mail order tickets are available at $45.00 per ticket.
A taping section will be provided.
Monday will be the first day to mail in.

There is also a show scheduled for Long Beach, CA
on Sunday, December 11. We have not yet managed
to secure an allotment and hope to know more this
coming Monday.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Hippy Berthaday to our Sashi

"..And a girl who's just fourteen!"

Thanks for that one!

Nice setlist tonight!
Off Dot org- Thanks JJ and (Not sure maybe Chez?)
help on the way>
last time>
row jimmy>
even so>
october queen
lost sailor>
st of circumstance

set 2
mexicali blues@bobby robin mark jay> <-------:O)
deep elm@>
good mornin little school girl
st stephen>
william tell bridge>
the eleven>
come together
dark star(verse two)>
foolish heart>
franklins tower

us blues

And a HUGE round of ((((((((((Thanks)))))))))))) to all the Vet Heads out there.

Bob Weir and Ratdog will play the following shows:

Tuesday, December 13 at the Grand Ballroom,
1300 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA.
Doors open at 6:30. Show time is 7:30.
All ages are welcome. General admission.
Mail order tickets are available at $38.00 per ticket.

Wednesday, December 14 at the Reno Hilton Theatre,
Reno, NV. Doors open at 6:30. Show time is 7:30.
All ages are welcome. General admission.
Mail order tickets are available at $35.50 per ticket.

Alert: It's Veterans Day today so the post office is closed.
Do mail in whenever you can. We have large allotments
available for both shows. But as always, the sooner the

This is pretty much it for the Western Swing.
Tickets are available for all shows on the schedule.
Be aware that a lot of the shows on the current tour
sold out so the same thing may be the case for the
Western Swing. Best get your orders in here so we
can make sure you all get to go. We would like to
have all the orders for these shows taken care of quickly.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

COMING TO ASHEVILLE: Bob Weir still loves a fine jam
Former Dead artist brings RatDog to The Orange Peel
By Randy Moser
published: November 11, 2005 6:00 am

Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir has traveled to a lot of towns, but Asheville is up there on his list. Weir and his band RatDog are back for a Monday night show at The Orange Peel club.

“I always love to come to Asheville: It’s a singular place,” Weir said. “We go wherever people want us and the people in Asheville seem to enjoy our brand of music.”

Weir has been performing for more than 40 years — much of that time spent on the road — and he credits his enduring vitality to his love of the music. “It’s all I’ve ever waned to do,” he said. Even when the Dead performed close to 100 shows annually, Weir shared his talent with a range of musical projects.

RatDog, which has been around since 1995, started off as a vacation from the Dead for Weir, but has developed a strong following of its own. Teaming up with bassist Rob Wasserman, drummer Jay Lane (of Primus fame), pianist Jeff Chimenti, guitarist Mark Karan and saxophonist Kenny Brooks, Weir’s RatDog runs the gamut, playing both familiar Grateful Dead songs and music that blends different genres and styles.

The band’s lineup has been stable over the past few years, so the members know each other and can predict each other’s moods, Weir said, adding that he prefers to write the music communally with the rest of RatDog. “That way ideas come up that I would never have on my own.”

Like the Grateful Dead before it, RatDog is a jam band that taps into spontaneity. According to Weir, jam bands aren’t just fads tied to specific bands like the Grateful Dead and Phish, but represent a style that has existed since before recorded music, around the turn of the last century.

“It’s proven to be a very enduring aesthetic,” he said. “As an audience member you don’t know where it’s going because the band doesn’t know where it’s going,” he said. But even though RatDog’s music approaches its destination like a merry prankster, Weir pays special attention to the musical influences that shape the band’s style.

Drawing from Deadheads, Phish fans and everyone in between, Weir said he enjoys the instant feedback he gets when he plays a live show. “Our audiences become engaged naturally … they let themselves be heard and there’s no denying that they’re there,” he chuckled.

Although Weir likes a good turnout, he believes there are also mysterious elements that contribute to a great show. “It’s all a matter of spirit … there are a lot of things that can just push a show over the top.”

Citing influences from jazz legend John Coltrane to Indian classical music, Weir said RatDog draws from “virtually anything.” It’s important to Weir that he’s conscious of his influences, however, and considers the music he listens to carefully. “If I listen to something, take it in, it’s going to come out so I have to be a little careful … I don’t want to come out sounding like Dave Matthews, because I wouldn’t wear that well.”

So what does the founding member of one of the most popular concert bands listen to? “If I have to listen to music for my own pleasure and edification I want to go as far from what I do on a daily basis as possible,” Weir said.

If Weir were a teenager today, the hippie lifestyle would still look pretty good to him: “I’m not the type of person who likes to be spoonfed my directives or life choices and I think these kids wearing tie-dyes are kindred spirits. I think they’re going to live much more interesting and much better lives than they would otherwise, especially given today’s cultural climate.”

“Music ebbs and flows the same as culture,” he said. “There are times when cultures — and music — become passive and times when they become active. Right now the active people just happen to be reactionary.”

But Weir believes music still has the power to transform society. “If every Deadhead in Florida in the 2000 election — or even most Deadheads had voted in the 2000 election — we’d be living in a very different world today.”

Randy Moser writes about entertainment. E-mail

11/10/2005 Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe, PA

I: Jam > Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion > Big Railroad Blues, Little Red Rooster, Easy to Slip > Supplication Jam > Jam > Dark Star > All Along the Watchtower > Dark Star Jam > All Along the Watchtower, Weather Report Suite Prelude/Part 1 > Let It Grow

II: Desolation Row@1>2>3>5, Looks Like Rain@ > Greatest Story Ever Told > Silvio > Tequila > Silvio > Tequila > Silvio > Ashes and Glass > Drums > Drums/Sax > Jam* > Sugaree > Dark Star > Throwing Stones
E: Liberty
* -w/out Jeff and Bobby, and then everyone but Bobby

Is it Saturday Night yet?

Wednesday, November 09, 2005


Ratdog at the Grand Ballroom- 12/13
An interesting fact (or not) is that the Avalon Bllroom has the street addy of 1268 sutter @ van ness avenue
and this place is 1290 Sutter Street. Looks like the same building from the webpicture.
Reminds me I need to find Christine and let her know (also a few other locals who wouldnt know where to look if it's not in the newspaper)
It's on the dates webpage

Tickets on sale 11/13 (unless you prefer to order via GDTSTOO)
more info At Another Planet website!
Tickets on sale 11/13
info here-

Now apparently known as The Grand Ballroom at the Regency Center (or something like that)
It sure is lovely!

11/08/05 ~ Weinberg Center for the Arts - Frederick, MD.

I: Here Comes Sunshine > Maggie's Farm > She Says > It's All Over Now, Memphis Blues, Sitting in Limbo > Althea
II: Twilight Time@ > Me and My Uncle@5 > The Winners@4 > I Need a Miracle > Uncle John's Band > Lady with a Fan > Terrapin > Jam* > At a Siding > Terrapin Flyer > Corrina > Not Fade Away
E: Johnny B. Goode (*-without Bobby)
Nice review of a first Ratdog show over on Bornagain Deadhead's blog

A new Bobby article can be foundOVER HERE Different writer than the Woofster article too.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Monday, November 07, 2005

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Hippy Bertha SaxMan!

Love this setlist!

11/5/2005 Fox Theatre, Mashantucket, CT
Bertha > Jack Straw > Dark Star > All Along the Watchtower > This Time Forever > Shade of Grey > Hell in a Bucket, Lazy River Road@, Victim or the Crime@brj, Brown-Eyed Women > He's Gone > Loose Lucy > The Other One > Jam* > Standing on the Moon > One More Saturday Night
E: Touch of Grey
Even deadheads do nanowrimo!
From the Chronicle

Artists find rocking the boat a good thing

Spud Hilton
Sunday, November 6, 2005

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Cruise Briefing

If you still believe that ships are just buffet barges for the blue-haired, shuffle-boarding set, I have three words for you: rock concert cruises.

At the risk of coining the term "cruisapalooza," the latest event that appears to be aimed at getting the MTV crowd onboard (OK, more like VH-1 in this case) is a music festival involving rock artist Dave Matthews, two Royal Caribbean ships, almost a dozen bands and a stage performance on a "secret" isle in the Bahamas.

Tickets went on sale last week for the Dave Matthews & Friends Caribbean Cruise Getaway, a pair of three-night voyages on Royal Caribbean's sister ships Majesty of the Seas and Sovereign of the Seas (2,276 passengers each) that take place at the same time and make the same stops. One of the stops is a secluded beach on a private island in the Bahamas, where Matthews and his band will perform for passengers.

While at sea, featured artists will perform in the showrooms and lounges, play poolside acoustic sets and attend question-and-answer sessions, according to the event Web site. Other bands on the bill so far include Bob Weir and RatDog, Toots and the Maytals, G. Love & Special Sauce, Ozomatli, North Mississippi Allstars, Mike Doughty's Band, Mofro, John Brown's Body and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals.

The Matthews cruise isn't the first to feature contemporary bands onboard (as opposed to big-band and blues artists). In October, the uniquely named Xingolati (Groove Cruise of the Pacific) offered 40 acts, including alternative circus acts, comedians, an alphabet soup of DJs and 18 bands, all geared toward a crowd between 21 and 35.

"A lot of artists walked around the ship, and people got to hang out with their favorite musicians," said Meredith Sloane, a spokeswoman for Xingolati. "It ran really smoothly."

Also, lesbian and gay travel company Olivia is no stranger to contemporary stars and large events onboard, having hosted Melissa Etheridge, k.d. lang, Indigo Girls, Winona and Mary Chapin Carpenter, as well as film festivals and the filming on an episode of Showtime's "The L Word."

If you're concerned about Royal Caribbean ships taking on 4,500, um, nontraditional passengers, take comfort that Majesty and Sovereign are two of the company's oldest vessels. At the pace of this trend, however, how long will it be before a Holland America ship hosts Burning Man? Hmmm.

For the Dave Matthews event, Sovereign and Majesty leave from Port Canaveral, Fla., and Miami, respectively, on Feb. 3 and sail most of the way in tandem. The trip also includes a stop at Coco Key, Royal Carib's private island, and a Super Bowl party. (No, there won't be a formal night.) Fares for the trip range from $1,000 for an interior cabin to $2,400 for a junior suite with balcony, per person, double occupancy.

For reservations or more information on the Dave Matthews cruise, go to For other events, go to and

Sea culpa: Several readers caught a goof in my profile of the Dawn Princess (Cruise Briefing, Oct. 23). The ship has two main restaurants, but one is open-seating and the other is assigned. Thanks for the catch.

On the dock of the Bay: Cruise ships expected at San Francisco's Pier 35 during the next two weeks: Dawn Princess, Thursday and Nov. 20; Mona Lisa (Holiday). For updates, go to and select the "Maritime" and "Passenger Cruises" links.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Baron Samedi?


For the review!
jillybean - 09:05am Nov 3, 2005 PDT (#15243 of 15389)
she always liked to sing along

11/2/2005 Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD
I: Jam > Shakedown Street > She Belongs to Me > Easy Answers, Mission in the Rain, Crazy Fingers > Bombs Away > Easy to Slip, Lazy River Road > Big Railroad Blues
II: K.C. Moan@3, Peggy-O@, Looks Like Rain@, Might as Well > Playin in the Band > Jam* > Ship of Fools > Playin in the Band (reprise), China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider
E: Ripple

ok - first off, did get a decent rail spot right in front of mark. but i made a mistake. should have gone over with chez on the other side. and... for a new venue i think that the sound at rams head is less than desired.

when we got there they told us they sounded check peggy-o, ship of fools and bombs away. i thought great, maybe bombs away is out of the rotation. but no, we get bombs away and easy answers. both were well played.

also, mission is perfectly suited for his voical range.

after set break, i was really looking forward to the might as well, and he only fucked up one verse. having just having reviewed the festival express a couple of nights ago, this was way fun.

the ripple singalong was a fun way to top off the evening.... looking forward to frederick.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Happy Bertha Mikie B!

One of best looking Deadheads I ever knew. Wouldnt ordinarily say that but Mikie enjoys hearing it. Don'tcha big boy? Mikie was invited backstage with Scott and I to see/meet the Bobstar one NYE many moons ago. It was awesome, though I was so nervous I literally couldnt speak-it was like a nightmare really...mouth frozen in a smiling position.. Bobstar was as patient as one could hope for but Mikie teased me the whole ride home. So Mikie, if youre reading this- are ya married yet? ;op

Bridge Review here
Anyone else out there doing the nanowrimo thing?
I'm about to introduce my 5th and 6th charactors. and I'm on my second setting..hey-hey-hey!
It's coming along surprisingly easily...the goal is to write a 50,000 word novel by the end of if I'm slacking here- it's just a temporary thing. The nanowrimo is useful in taking my mind off the fact that there is still no announcement of a Bay Area Ratdog show..Heck, not even a fundraiser coming up..and let's just not speak of NYE (my bertha)...Shhh, don't speak of it!

Do you remember your first tie dye tee shirt?
This was taken around the time 'Festival Express" was happening...

That's how tie dyes used to look in the 70's. I think I was around Sasha's age in this picture. Hadnt seen it in a long time but it recently turned up as a book mark in an old journal I was harvesting for my latest excursion into literature...The other person in the picture is my mother- she was helping me get ready to go out by straightening my hair with hot rollers. I probably ended up somewhere in the city and my hair likely kinked out halfway through the night. Dem were da daze..

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

a spooktacular Halloween!

A huge and interesting article on MR Dr Larry Brilliat! And there is some Weir content in there too!! If You don't know who DR Brilliant is- definately take a look. Last year, we were seated next to Dr B and his family at a Seva thing. Truly a lovely and loving family, I had a particularly nice conversation with one of his children (college aged).
A website for the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater

SET 1:
Jam >
Help on the Way >
Slipknot! >
Bird Song
Mississippi Half-Step
Picasso Moon
Weather Report Suite Prelude/Part 1 >
Let It Grow

SET 2:
El Paso@,
A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall@>
Even So >
October Queen >
So Many Roads >
Jam (w/o Bobby)>
The Other One >
Wharf Rat>
Throwing Stones >
Slipknot! >
Franklin's Tower

E: Werewolves of London#

@ Bobby on acoustic
#Bobby comes out after band already started the song wearing a
black t-shirt, skeleton mask and top hat.