Fare Thee Well
Joining the core members of the band are three remarkable musicians - Bruce Hornsby, Jeff Chimenti and Trey Anastasio – all of whom have incorporated the group’s essence of musical innovation in their eclectic careers. The guitarist, Trey Anastasio is known for his excellent songwriting skills for the touring juggernaut, Phish. Apart from that, he has also arranged tunes for Broadway productions like Hands on a Hardbody. The pianist Bruce Hornsby performed with Grateful Dead in 1988 as a guest artist and has bagged multiple Grammy Awards in his career. Hornsby toured with the band in 1992 shortly after the death of keyboardist, Brent Mydland and has to date maintained a collaborative relationship with the band. The jazz keyboardist and Bay Area native, Jeff Chimenti joined Bob Weir’s Rat Dog in 1997, and has worked on various projects including The Dead, The Other Ones, Furthur and Phil Lesh & Friends.
Formed in 1965 in California, Grateful Dead is popular for providing an eclectic mix of folk, blues, folk, bluegrass, country, reggae, space rock and jazz tunes. The group is well-known for their live performances that include long musical improvisation. The band gained a lot of popularity for creating music that touched on grounds that many music groups did not even know existed. The various influences and their different approach to music made them the pioneering Godfathers of the music scene during that time. Grateful Dead’s popularity has also led them to be listed on the 57th spot in the Rolling Stone Magazine's list of “The Greatest Artists of All Time”. The band was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. Their concert at the Barton Hall in Cornell University has been added to the ”Library of Congress's National Recording Registry”. The band has sold over 30 million copies all over the world.
Grateful Dead was formed during the growth of the counterculture of the 1960s. The band’s founding members included Bob Weir on vocals and guitar, Jerry Garcia on vocals, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan on keyboards and harmonica, Phil Lesh on bass and Bill Kreutzmann on drums. The Grateful Dead members performed together in many bands from San Francisco – some of the bands they performed with include Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions as well as the Warlocks. The last member to become a part of the Warlocks, before they turned into Grateful Dead was Lesh. Apart from McKernan, who passed away in 1973, the original lineup of the band stayed together during its 30-year history. Some of the other longtime members of the group include Donna Godchaux, Brent Mydland on keyboards and vocals, Vince Welnick on keyboards, Keith Godchaux on vocals and Mickey Hart on drums.
Die-hard Grateful Dead fans, who followed the band from concert to concert for many years, are called “Deadheads”. Like the band, even the fans managed to garner a lot of fame for their loyalty to the group’s music. And that’s not it. There are several modern incarnations of the band, with the most popular touring acts being Rhythm Devils with Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, Furthur, Phil Lesh & Friends, and RatDog. Now that the band is slated to perform together after several years, and with Trey Anastasio from Phish pursuing the role of Jerry Garcia, their upcoming event is expected to be rocking. You can be a part of all this with your Fare Thee Well tickets.