Just got this press release, and I have a feeling some folks here will be interested:
Deadtronica to Perform
First Ever Live Show
At HopMonk Tavern in Sebastopol
Friday, October 29, 2010
Sebastopol, CA (August 30, 2010) ˆ Dean Biersch, proprietor of the popular HopMonk Tavern is pleased to announce Deadtronica will be at HopMonk Tavern in Sebastopol with a debut live performance on Friday, October 29. Deadtronica performs the music of the Grateful Dead -- re-imagined, remixed and performed by Tom Constanten, Bob Bralove and David Gans. Tom Constanten was keyboardist for the Grateful Dead from 1968-1970, Bralove worked with the Dead the last eight years of the band as a MIDI wizard and David Gans is one of the foremost authorities of the band and hosts the popular Grateful Dead Hour Radio Hour and is regular jammer on the national circuit. Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased online at
This is a world-premier show for the trio and it‚s happening at what many consider the Grateful Dead‚s home turf and this will be a first come, first served show. „With electronica making a huge play globally at the moment, combined with the Dead‚s and their fans near center of gravity in Sonoma County, we are quite excited about their debut,‰ exclaimed Biersch.
Dean Biersch is a co-founder of the well known Gordon Biersch Brewery and restaurant group. HopMonk serves 18 premier American craft and international draft beers, including 2 on cask. The eclectic tavern menu features grass fed beef, curried samosas, fresh mussels, slow roasted pulled pork and popular fish and chips.
In addition to the warm, comfortable and rustic ambiance of tavern, there‚s also a unique outdoor heated beer garden bordered by 14 foot stone walls, and adjacent to the spectacular Abbey performance venue with its own bar, aforementioned draft beers and dance floor. The historic hall has one of the top sound systems in the county. HopMonk Tavern is located in a 100-year-old landmark building, which was once the powerhouse for the Petaluma & Santa Rosa Railway, an electric railroad that once served Sebastopol. HopMonk is located at 230 Petaluma Avenue in Sebastopol, California with a new location under construction in Sonoma, Ca. Phone (707) 829-7300 or visit
Folks, if you don't already know this, this guy is a national treasure and doesn't tour that much. I saw him at the Great American last night and I'm still amazed, and I already knew he was great!
Upcoming tour dates are here; he's in Santa Cruz tomorrow and at UCLA on Saturday, then heads for Europe.
Last night, in addition to his most famous compositions--e.g. "Mother in Law," "Working in a Coal Mine," "Yes We Can Can," and "Southern Nights," all the while playing piano like God if God came from New Orleans--he did two that Jerry recorded, "I'll Take a Melody" and "Get Out of My Life Woman."
Don't miss this guy. Trust me.
Hey, just caught your summer post about the Dan. Sounds like a great show, especially with Larry Carlton! Just saw one of the Toronto shows from Rent Tour - the Royal Scam. It was great! I wrote a review here if you're interested:
You'll also find blog entries from shows I've seen from various bands, including The Dead at MSG, Nassau, and Rothbury from Spring Tour.
Dare 2 Dream Presents GOVT MULE 2/5/10 at H.O.B Chicago. Tickets go on sale tomorrow but you can get presale tickets with presale code: will
The show will support pediatric cancer at University of Chicago Comer Childrens Hospital so support a good cause.
I met Al when I moved to Berkeley in 1973 and we played music together off and on for 35 years. Losing him is like having a huge thread yanked from the tapestry of my life. He was also one of my great show buddies in the '70s, and the guy who introduced me to the fact that there were tapes of Dead shows! He was cranky and opinionated and a hell of a guy who was loved by a hell of a lot of people.
Blog posts, with music and with comments from old friends:
just a heads up if you're in the Bay Area--on September 4, David Gans's old band the Reptiles will reunite to honor the memory of founding member Al Feldstein, who passed on a couple months back. It's at the Starry Plough in Berkeley (as the name suggests, a neighborhood pub awash in Irish revolutionary slogans...) at 9 p.m. Venue is tiny, band is good, I'm looking forward to seeing some old pals. Music is Dead and other covers as well as originals that are darn good. Hope to see some of you there!
I just got word from Theresa Reed-Hayle that they could use some volunteers at the Jerry Day festivities on Sunday. Here's what she says:
"Could use a hand at Jerry Day on Sunday! Anyone interested in donating your time to help collect donations and keep this festival going?
For the love of JERRY!"
If this sounds like something you'd like to do, please email Theresa here by tomorrow, Saturday.
As if he ever left....huge sons fans.
Anyhoo, new Champlin solo record coming out next week. Gonna catch him on tour anyone else interested in goin? Downloaded a couple tracks...stellar stuff!!!
Can't lose touch with the legends! Play that Hammond sucka!
I don't think I've ever seen the legendary Larry Carlton in real life. Have a great time!
Steely Dan is starting their annual Beacon Theatre run. I wasn't planning on attending this year as the concept of playing an entire album or taking internet requests seemed a bit hokey, especially for Donald and Walter, and the prices are quite steep.
Then I found out that the great Larry Carlton will be joining the Dan for a few shows. This, I could not miss and will be going Friday night to see The Royal Scam with Larry Carlton playing his famous solos from the album. Dont miss this if you get the chance.
Other than the Dead, Steely Dan was my favorite band growing up in the 70s because their studio albums are masterpieces, although they never toured. Kind of like the "anti-Grateful Dead." Its ironic that they are still around touring these days.
"Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence."