Thursday, January 31, 2008

If youre going to San Francisco...

You should try to be here by Monday!

No officially official news but read this! !
And more about it over on

Meanwhile A new album with MARK KARAN in it!
Check it out!
And also coming up is the soundtrack to Electric Apricot
Article here!

I'm having trouble with my links
I think it's from changing my format
Links are on my template that arent appearing in my link list.

I added but he's not showing up.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

My Band Name is Freedom Groove Experience.
Take The Jam Band Name Generator today!
Created with Rum and Monkey's Name Generator Generator.


My Mac isnt showing me the Grateful Dead Interactive map.
Perhaps you can glimpse it?

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Another review- this is fresh from today- of Road Trips at

Check out the great pictures from the benefit for "Friends of the Fields" at Bob Minkin's site!
It was a stormy, messy drive but I made it to Mill Valley Rec Center in time to nosh on some yummy chicken and dance to Bobby Weir as he played 6 songs with local band Jelly and Pat Nevins.
I'm not sure of the order but these are the songs that Bobby (looking good and sounding great) played
Deep Elem, Playing in The Band, Sugaree, Shakedown Street, Good Lovin and Brokedown Palace.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

This is sweet

Saturday, January 26, 2008

From David Gans

Greetings from dank, drippy Oakland CA!

It's been a quiet couple of months musically, but I have been busy! The Sirius Satellite Radio gig is great fun ( If you'd like to check it out, can get a free three-day online trial at - and that's good for all channels, of course!), and I have also been working on several musical projects that (if all goes well) will yield happy results in the year to come.

My Bay Area dance card is filling up all of a sudden, and touring plans for the year are just starting to take shape. I'll post more festival gigs soon, and if all goes well there will be some interesting collaborations as well. And who knows? Maybe even a club tour - it's been a while!

As always, the gig info is kept current at

I also post about my performances, along with news of my various creative endeavors and other stuff you might find worthwhile, on my blog Cloud Surfing (formerly known as the logblog).

I hope to see you at one or more of these events. Your help is greatly appreciated - tell your friends about these shows, print out the posters and pass 'em around. Word of mouth is everything in this bizniz!

Fri 2/1, 7:30 pm: Moon News Bookstore, 315 Main Street, Half Moon Bay CA. Free! But of course, it would be great if you bought a book. Some of mine will be available... 650-726-8610 P.S. Wanna help us draw a crowd? Download the poster ( ) , print some out, and spread 'em around. Thanks in advance!

Sun 2/3, 3-4pm: DG, Ira Marlowe and TBA at Songs of Sonoma. Ordinary Miracles, 8280 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati CA. Larry Murante follows at 4pm. Ordinary Miracles, 8280 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati CA. For reservations call 707-795-2462

Sat 2/9, 9am-1am PST: The annual KPFA Grateful Dead Marathon! WE'll be webcasting via,, and possibly as well.

Fri 2/15: house concert in Placitas NM. Email for details.

Sun 2/17: Flagstaff Brewing Company, 16 E Route 66, Flagstaff AZ. Details TBA.

Fri 2/22, 8pm: David Gans, Ira Marlowe, and Mario DeSio at The Belrose Theatre, 1415 5th Ave, San Rafael. Tickets: 415-389-5072 or Poster:

Sat 2/23, 9:30am-1:30pm: Grand Lake Farmers' Market, at Lake Park and Grand Avenues in Oakland. Free!

Sat 3/8, 7:30pm: David Gans, Mario DeSio, Vanessa Lowe, and Wendy Beckerman at Spud's, 3290 Adeline, Berkeley.

Wed 3/12, 8pm: Rubber Souldiers (Chris Rowan, Lorin Rowan, David Gans, Paul Knight) play Beatle songs and other favorites at Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Bl, Fairfax. No cover! Poster:

Sat 3/15, 8pm: Left Coast Concert Series presents Celebrating Songwriters: Caren Armstrong, David Gans, + TBA Left Coast Cyclery, 2928 Domingo, Berkeley. Tix: 510-204-8552 or

March 27-30: Suwannee SpringFest at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak FL.

Sat 4/12: Benefit for Greenaction at the Ashkenaz, Berkeley CA. Details TBA.

Mon 4/14, 6:40-8:30pm: David plays live on KWMR (90.5 Pt. Reyes Station, 89.3 Bolinas, with host The Hippie from Olema. Fund-raiser for the station:

Fri 4/18, 9:30pm: The Old Western Saloon, Pt Reyes Station.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Hola Hola!

Curious about Garcia, Bobby and the Ganges?
Apparently there is a book out called "Motorcycle Yoga", which has some info about that.
Read about it at

Found another Grateful Deaddy/ music blog called "Blast from the Past-Blowin' in the wind" Take a look at it Just click here!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Check out The Grateful Chef!!

{{{{{RIP GADog}}}}}!!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

From Paul Libertore

Paul Liberatore: Fans get 2 Sweetwaters instead of 1
Paul Liberatore

Live music fans have been freaked out about losing Sweetwater, the beloved Mill Valley nightclub that closed last year when it lost its lease.
The way it looks now, their prayers for a new Sweetwater have been answered and then some. In fact, Marin may end up with two Sweetwaters instead of one. Here's the scoop:

The original Sweetwater Saloon that everyone knew and loved for 37 years is expected to reopen in a new location in downtown Mill Valley this spring.

In July, a couple of months before they had to close the club, Sweetwater owners Becky and Thom Steere took over the Larkspur Cafe Theater, which they have just renamed Sweetwater Station.

The new name immediately rekindles speculation that the Larkspur venue at 500 Magnolia Ave. replaces the old Mill Valley Sweetwater. The Steeres insist that isn't the case, reiterating that they plan on reopening in Mill Valley as soon as they can.

"I don't want people to think, 'Oh, yeah, they're moving Sweetwater to Larkspur,'" Becky told me when the name change became official this week. "I want to make it clear that Sweetwater Mill Valley is opening soon. These are two separate entities."

The Steeres decided to have Sweetwater in the name because they wanted patrons to

know that it's being run by the same people who ran the Mill Valley club.
"I wanted to have it connected to Sweetwater because it is a music club, not a theater," Becky explained. "Everyone said, 'So why don't you call it Sweetwater something?'"

Sweetwater Station was inspired by the fact that the bar portion of the building, a historic landmark built in 1870, was once the stationmaster's house for the Northwestern Pacific Railroad.

"He raised something like 10 kids in it," Becky said. "Right behind us is the old stucco hut where passengers used to wait for the train."

In addition to connecting the Mill Valley Sweetwater with its sister venue in Larkspur, the new name also eliminates a lot of confusion with other places in town, and it's a lot less clunky than the old one.

"We were constantly getting confused with the Lark Theater and the Lark Creek Inn and everything else," Becky said. "And did you ever try to answer the phone and say 'Larkspur Cafe Theater' when you're in a hurry?"

Mill Valley's Sweetwater Saloon is slated to move into 32 Miller Ave., the former Greenwood home furnishings and gift store, which is just around the corner from the original club on Throckmorton Avenue. The landlord is renovating the building, so the Steeres are uncertain about a move-in date, although they're hoping to reopen sometime this spring.

Unlike the Mill Valley Sweetwater, which is a bar and nightclub, Sweetwater Station is an all-ages venue that offers a dinner menu, serves just wine and beer, books quieter, more acoustic music and caters to an earlier crowd.

The Steeres picked the new name from some 75 suggestions from musicians, customers and everyone else who wanted to weigh in on the subject.

"Everybody said they liked Sweetwater Station," Becky said. "It's easy. Sweetwater Station just fit."

An interesting online thing about the wonderful Mr Larry Brilliant may be read at

Saturday, January 19, 2008

From The Chicagoist

--In the mid-sixties, the obsession with folk music among young white musicians started to take some weird turns. What we got were bands like The Lovin' Spoonful and Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions (better known under their eventual name, the Grateful Dead). It was the jugband music recorded in the early decades of the phonograph that really lit the spark for these psychedelic folkies, and the new documentary Chasin' Gus Ghost chronicles this peculiar genre. In addition to priceless archival footage the movie features interviews with John Sebastian of the Spoonful, Bob Weir, Geoff Muldaur and tons of concert footage. Best of all, there's a free screening on Sunday, January 27 at the Old Town School of Folk Music. It's at 2 pm; afterwards there'll be a "jug jam" until 6.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Have some extra time to poke around?
Lots of good pix to be seen at!!!!!

I'm not heading to Phil but this looks very groooovy!
We received it in today's email!

Hey Now, Hey Now...

If you are coming to San Francisco to see Phil on January 25/26, you should put some flowers in your hair and make the scene at Open Mind Music. On hand will be the man behind the Trips Festival documentary, Eric Christensen. He will be leading a gathering of the tribes with a Q&A, clips from the documentary, good vibes and groovy folks. This is a BYOKA event, aka Bring Your Own Kool Aid.

The scene is at Open Mind Music, 2150 Market St. San Francisco, between Church and Sanchez on Friday, January 25 between 5 and 7pm. Your host for the evening, store owner Henry Wimmer, cordially invites you to pay a visit, turn back time, and dream a dream all your own. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Live roundtable discussion show "Tales from the Golden Road" premieres January 20
Scheduled guests include Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir

SIRIUS Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) announced today the debut of a monthly live roundtable show hosted by Grateful Dead experts David Gans and Gary Lambert on SIRIUS' exclusive Grateful Dead Channel. "Tales from the Golden Road" will premiere this Sunday, January 20 at 4 p.m. ET, with an encore January 21 at 10 a.m. ET on the Grateful Dead Channel, SIRIUS channel 32.
In the premiere episode of "Tales from the Golden Road," Gans and Lambert will be joined by Grateful Dead and RatDog guitarist Bob Weir, longtime Grateful Dead publicist and historian Dennis McNally, and the producer of the Trips Festival film, Eric Christensen. The roundtable discussion will focus on the early era of the Grateful Dead and the Trips Festival, a three-day event in 1966 that involved some of the earliest Dead performances chronicled in Christensen's film. The two-hour monthly show will invite Grateful Dead fans to call in and participate.

The Grateful Dead Channel, dedicated to the music and legacy of the Grateful Dead, launched exclusively on SIRIUS Satellite Radio in 2007. The channel features music spanning the entire career of the Grateful Dead with unreleased concert recordings and original shows hosted by band members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh and Bill Kreutzmann. The channel also features archival interviews with Jerry Garcia and contributions from Grateful Dead expert David Gans and Dead archivist David Lemieux.

[Published on: 1/17/08]

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Finally , it's a children's book!
I sing the song to my class a few times a week.
Not just because it's a Bobby song but
Kids love trains and monkeys!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Loved this article on The Festeroo
Check it out!


Guest DJ: Bob Weir
Tues 1/15 8:00 pm ET
on Sirius radio!


Rock Scully - Two Decades On The Bus With Garcia And The Grateful Dead

From: MVD Visual


Rock Scully - Two Decades On The Bus With Garcia And The Grateful Dead

The 40th Anniversary Summer of Love Oral Archive by Rock Scully is a collector's edition audio book CD. This 55-minute recording of spoken history featuring former Grateful Dead manager Scully reveals outrageous stories from the Love-Ins, the Acid-Tests, the Dead, Who, Stones, Beatles, Janis and Jimi. This collector's edition package contains a 6 page booklet with a bonus two-side tray that features a Stanley Mouse illustration suitable for framing, plus unreleased photos and original music.

UPC: 604388327928
SRP: $18.95
RUN TIME: 54mins
GENRE: Pop/Rock

PRE-BOOK DATE: 01/15/2008

STREET DATE: 02/19/2008

Monday, January 14, 2008

This is fun!
It's Project Ticket Stub!
Check it out!!


Film Features Portland's Beloved Fritz Richmond

Acclaimed jug band documentary "Chasin' Gus' Ghost" is set to screen at the 25th Reel Music Festival ( in Portland at the Whitsell Auditorium on January 29, 2008. "Chasin' Gus' Ghost" has recently screened to sold-out crowds at the Woodstock Film Festival, Hartford International Film Festival and the San Francisco Jug Band Festival.

The film, directed by Todd Kwait, is a labor-of-love documentary focused on one of America's most beloved forms of folk music, the jug band. Featuring a who's-who of '60s folk artists like Rock and Roll Hall of Famers John Sebastian (Lovin' Spoonful) and Bob Weir (Grateful Dead), David Grisman, Geoff Muldaur, Maria Muldaur and Jim Kweskin, "Chasin' Gus' Ghost" explores the history of jug band music and the influence it had on these legendary musicians.

Fritz Richmond, who made his home in Portland later in life and is widely considered to have been the finest jug and washtub bass player in the genre, is featured throughout the film. Fritz passed away while "Chasin' Gus' Ghost" was being filmed, and in some ways the film became an ode to Fritz - to his talent and character. He led an illustrious musical life, co-founding the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and performing with Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder and the Grateful Dead. "Fritz was a cultural icon," says Sebastian in the film.

Todd Kwait says, "One of the last things Fritz said to me was that if I wanted to tell the complete story we needed to go to Japan and the Yokohama Jug Band Festival." Todd followed his advice, and filmed what became some of the documentary's most exciting and endearing scenes.

What: Screening of "Chasin' Gus' Ghost"
Where: Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR
When: January 29, 2008 at 7PM
Tickets: $7 for adults, $6 for students and seniors


Sunday, January 13, 2008

Happy Birthday Mark Karan!!!!!!!!!!

Siren from Tooboard created this montage of pix (some are mine) for MK.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

For an interesting review on the recently released Road trips cd, check out what

Friday, January 11, 2008

Loverly review of the Rex Benefit over on
Patrick on Music has a nice post about Bobby up on his blog.

Thursday, January 10, 2008


I've had all sorts of problems posting here!
No clue why because my other blogs seem okay but anyhow;

Here's an online article containing some quotes from Senor Bobby.

Some reading to look forward to- eventually!

Growing Up Dead: The Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead will be released in 2009 by Da Capo Press,
More info to be found about the author & book @

Can't tell yas whether Bobby will again be part of the team but it's just about the time of year
for this:
For the fourth time at Macworld Conference & Expo, the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus will join us in the Exhibit Hall.
Macworld marks the kick off of the 11th Anniversary of The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. Take a tour of the non-profit mobile recording and multimedia studios, stop by for one of the scheduled presentations, and learn how celebrated artists have used the Bus to work with students to record their own music and video projects with the products and solutions found on board including Logic, Reason, Final Cut Pro, Live 6 and JVC Pro video cameras.
Keep up to date with the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and Bus schedule at:

Looking forward to Sirius Fun in January!!

Guest DJ: Bob Weir
Tues 1/15 8:00 pm ET
Every once on a while, members of the Grateful Dead like to hop on the mic and take over the SIRIUS airwaves on The Grateful Dead Channel…after all, it is their channel! Bob Weir is kicking off his 2008 by dropping by with some of his favorite tunes. He’s done a set of country-flavored music, as well as a show focused on Bob Dylan…and this time, he’s "jazzing" it up a bit! He’ll play about an hour of some of his favorite jazz musicians, composers and singers that influenced him in the Grateful Dead. Don’t miss it!

Rebroadcast: Weds., Jan. 16th @ 3 pm ET; Thurs., Jan. 17th @ 10 am ET; Fri., Jan. 18th @ 12 am ET; Fri., Jan. 18th @ 4 pm ET; Sat., Jan. 19th @ 4 pm ET; Sun., Jan. 20th @ 10 am ET.

The Grateful Dead Channel Tales From the Golden Road New Show Debut!
Sun 1/20 4:00 pm ET
Wanna talk about the Grateful Dead? Join in an live on-air chat session called Tales from the Golden Road! Once a month, Dead experts David Gans and Gary Lambert host a show about a cool topic from the Dead’s history. There’ll be exclusive stories, great jams, and special guests including the band members themselves!

I've had all sorts of problems posting here!
No clue why because my other blogs seem okay but anyhow;

Here's an online article containing some quotes from Senor Bobby.


I'm really behind on this blog- doesnt mean I luv der Bobstar any less!
I've had problems posting- not sure why but today it's working- yipee!

Here's a new article about what Artists think aboutt RIAA, containing some words by Senor Weir-

Monday, January 07, 2008

Heads Up Bay Area!

National Lampoon presents: 
Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo 
Thursday, January 10, 7:30

Les Claypool and Cast members in person

Les Claypool, singer and bassist with the band Primus, makes his directorial debut with this irreverent spoof of the music industry, tracking a fictional jam band called Electric Apricot along their rocky commercial and spiritual journey to achieve the glories of the Grateful Dead and Phish. Claypool plays Electric Apricot’s drummer Lapland, and along with fellow band members Adam Gates, Brian Kehoe and Jonathan Korty, we share the travails of recording the first album and follow them up that yellow-brick road to Festeroo, their ultimate gig. Largely filmed in Marin, the film features cameo appearances by musicians Bob Weir and Mike Gordon, as well as Seth Green and Matt Stone. Rated R for some language and sexual content including references. Producer: Jason McHugh. Executive Producer: Matthew J. Powers. Director Les Claypool. (US 2007) 91 min.

Tel. 415-454-1222 • 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael, California

Friday, January 04, 2008

Attention Eurodogs!

Bickershaw Festival - The DVD Movie - Brand New Release
Limited Edition - Signed directors copies now available at a special introductory offer of £12 each, get yours now!

All Ozit Records products and merchandise can be ordered by telephoning 01565 734577.

Rare archive film from numerous sources brings together the story of one of the great North West Festivals of the 70's. Over one and a half hours including music / film / stills from the festival.

During the 70’s there were only 2 great multi-day greenfield music festivals with camping in North West England, Bickershaw and Deeply Vale. Bickershaw, held on a fairly wet May weekend in 1972 was around £2.25 in advance for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Around 40,000 people attended and the festival inspired many audience members to pursue careers in the music industry.

Features tracks from :
Donovan - Only the blues
Incredible String Band - Weather the storm
Country Joe - Sweet Lorraine
Grateful Dead - Black throated wind
New Riders of the Purple Sage - Watcha gonna Do
Captain Beefheart - Click ClackFamily - Part of the load
Kinks - You really got me
Captain Beyond - I can't feel nothing past one.
Also features interviews with Jerry Garcia, Nik Turner from Hawkwind, Brian Eastwood [guitar builder] poster artist Steve Jacuzzi Hardstaff & Mick Middles.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

David Gans be airing his 12/19 interview with Mark on KPFA Wednesday evening (January 2) between 8 and 9pm PST. Streaming online at
You may shop for DG merch at David Gans at

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year!