Sunday, August 31, 2008

I LOVE running across posts like the following (which was found on Deadnet but taken there from another site-

...I forget what the right word(s) is for a series of events all occur precisely at the right time for something pretty cool to happen...

Yesterday we decided to celebrate August 29th by taking the afternoon off and heading to Iowa City…after a week of discussion about where to eat we still hadn’t decided as we approached town...but at the very last moment chose the HuHot Mongolian Grill wife goes to the ladies room and as I'm eating this group of 3 guys come in and head for a table close to me…there is a tall guy with short black hair, there is a stocky built fellow with long dark hair and a shorter older man with a beard and little pot gut walking behind the other two…I notice the tall muscular guy is wearing Grateful dead T shirt….somewhere in my mind I think the stocky guy seems familiar to me and the little guy…well...I'm not sure

I go back to eating and my wife comes back to the table all excited and she says That’s Bob Weir at the grill!! Well I look a couple times and begin to think the stocky guy sort of looks like Jeff Chimenti of Ratdog…but why would he and Bob Weir be here in Iowa City??…so as they wait for their food standing there at the grill I slowly walk up behind him and say hello Mr. Weir …he doesn’t hear me at first so I say it again…this time he turns around gives a big smile and says well hello …I tell him thank you for all you have done…he smiles again and says your welcome. Jeff and the other man smile and shake hands...

A while later as I return from the rest room here comes Jeff from the bar I talk to him about the band, the sound, Mark, Steve and a few other things…I tell him it’s my wife's birthday and would they mind a possible pix when they were done…He says no problem…he just doesn’t like it when people gather round and don’t give them any privacy….I go to get the camera and when I get back Bobby is already talking to my wife at the table smiling and having a grand time …The GD T shirt man asks me where the camera is and I show him…we decide to go outside for a better pix...Bobby still talking to the wife…so we are discussing who will take the pix and the hostess volunteers …we go outside and we group up…she shoots two…and we chat some more and then the T shirt guy hollers the taxi is here so they have to run ...but I snap one more of Bobby and Jeff as they head off waving and Bobby still chatting with my wife and me about Iowa and other stuff...

...when we go back into the restaurant the place is abuzz …the hostess was so happy for us but when asked have you ever heard of the Grateful Dead ..she says No!! but still understands we were excited…the young couple at the next table to us are intrigued and we tell them what's up and they seem more impressed...the waiter comes back and we talk…he says he just told the manager (who knows the GD) what had happened and the manager was pissed he missed the whole thing…we talk music for a while…the entire restaurant seems happy for the event…we leave on a high…a really neat event to happen so spontaneously..if someone had told me that morning I'd happen to run into Bob Weir and Jeff Chimenti in an out of the way Iowa City resturant I wouldn't have believed it...

....wasn't til a bit later I connected the dots that RD was in transit from Chicago to Red Rocks ...some took planes ...but to our surprise and amazement Bobby and Jeff took a different route

...I don't know who the taller man was I think he said his name was Mike...he too was very friendly and by his actions I assume he was a roadie of sorts...

...the whole thing certainly made our day

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Want an interesting read? Then you've come to the right place to click on a link to a tasty blog that has an insightful article on Alton Kelley and his GD connection- but you must scroll-scroll-scroll down to find it-

click me!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The 2nd Silver Trowel Award will honor the Grateful Dead at the new Cavallo Point Lodge
at historic Fort Baker on Tuesday, October 7, 2008.

Special Guests:

Bobby Weir
Ed Washington
Brian O'Neill
Gary Fisher
Doug Ferguson

Music by
Wake the Dead
and surprise guests

The Grateful Dead supported the formation and growth of Slide Ranch for many years in many ways.

for more info clicky-

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Ratdog-Tour dates! tour dates! Rolly Polly Tour dates!

Tour dates! tour dates! Eat them all up!

Th - Oct 30 Wesrbury, NY The Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury
Fri - Oct 31 Wesrbury, NY The Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury
Sat - Nov 1 Munhall, PA Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead

Mon- Nov 3 Richmond, VA The NationalTheatre

Wed - Nov 5 Washington DC Warner Theatre
Thurs - Nov 6 Washington DC Warner Theatre

Sat - Nov 8 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
Sun - Nov 9 Bridgeport, CT Klein Memorial Theatre

Tue - Nov 11 Wilkes Barre, PA Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
Wed - Nov 12 Newark,NJ New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Fri - Nov 14 Upper Darby, PA Tower Theatre
Sat - Nov 15 Upper Darby, PA Tower Theatre
Sun- Nov 16 Greensboro, NC Memorial Auditorium

Tue - Nov 18 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
Wed - Nov 19 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live

Fri - Nov 21 Ft.Myers, FL Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Center
Sat - Nov 22 Boca Raton, FL Mizner Park Amphitheatre

Thursday, August 21, 2008

New article on Mark Karan!

Memories of that special summer on

While on the subject of special times- Happy 20th wedding anniversary to good old Scotto!
Love you!!
Best is yet to be!

Something Jerry is new!

NYC singer-songwriter Emory Joseph pays tribute to the Grateful Dead songwriting team of Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter with his release, Fennario - Songs by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter For Fennario, Joseph carefully selected and recorded material that had never been released on studio albums and re-interpreted some of the best-loved Garcia/Hunter material. Track Listing: Sugaree/Ramble On Rose/Tennessee Jed/Black Peter/Mission In The Rain/It Must Have Been The Roses/Loose Lucy/New Speedway Boogie/Brown-Eyed Women/Loser/Bird Song/To Lay Me Down. (Megaforce)

To see video and learn more about Fennario by Emory Joseph, go to

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Hard to believe but it's already been 5 years since the UK Dog tour!
The first show was in London - it was the wonderful Cousin Bud's birthday show! We all had so much fun! My UK tour journal was the first thing I posted on this here blog- to read it you must scroll all the way back to the first entries.

Back to the present/ very recent past- go to to see some of Bud's photos from the current Ratdog tour.

And, Alan Hess has added some fine photos to his gallery over at

Short but pleasing mention of Ratdog in this review->

'Bob Weir is still counting on the Heads"

Monday, August 18, 2008

Winery will host benefit tribute to Grateful Dead

Warwick — The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, in co-operation with Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery, will host a tribute to the music of the Grateful Dead on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23 and 24 at the winery.

The festival, which goes from noon to 5 p.m. on both days, will celebrate the music of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia. Artists performing at this year’s festival include: Professor Louie and The Crowmatix, The Honky Tonk Gurus (Jim Weider, Randy Ciarlante/ Mike Kemp with special guest guitarist Sid McGinnis), Uncle Shoehorn, Soylent Blue, Reflections, The Deadbeats, Mike Baglione, Tough Mama and Steve Lane.

In addition to music, Pane the winery’s bakery café, will be serving food, both indoors and at the outside BBQ.

The winery is donating a portion of all wine sales to the Leukemia and the Lymphoma Society. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. The winery is located at 114 Little York Road. For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call the tasting room at 258-4858.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Thursday, August 14, 2008


I've been away from blogging for so long I forgot my password.

I found I needed a few more weeks of blog sabbatical - but I'm sort of back now!
Lots of excitement on the homefront. Jason is leaving the country (for a year) on Monday!

While I figure out how to best catch up with all the Bobness weve missed here....You can read Bobby's latest interview from Jambase at

And a little welcome back gift - my daughter found and set this to me-