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Jerry Garcia

Jerry Garcia, who died in 1995, would have been 70 years old today (8/1) and, as you might imagine, there are some celebrations happening all over the country. Probably the world.

Here in NYC, you can head to Beekman Beer Garden tonight (8/1) to catch 7 Walkers (featuring Bill Kreutzmann of the Grateful Dead, George Porter, Jr. of the Meters, Papa Mali and Matt Hubbard) and Dead satellite musician Steve Kimock with Bernie Worrell, Andy Hess & John Morgan Kimock, and Yarn. Tickets for that show are still available.

Perhaps more interesting to regular readers of this site is a concert happening on Friday (8/3) that will be broadcast on the internet from Bob Weir's TRI Studios. Dubbed "Move Me Brightly: Celebrating Jerry Garcia's 70th Birthday," the tribute features Cass McCombsCraig Finn and Tad Kubler of The Hold Steady; Chris Tomson of Vampire Weekend; former Grateful Dead/Jerry Garcia Band vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux; Jim Lauderdale; and Sam Cohen and Josh Kaufman of Yellowbirds , plus more usual suspects like Mike Gordon (Phish); Joe Russo (Furthur); Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood/Ryan Adams & The Cardinals); Jeff Chimenti (Furthur); Jonathan Wilson; and Harper Sim. Amiable actor Luke Wilson will emcee the show and Bob Weir will be there too.

The tribute concert starts at 6:30 PM on Friday (8/3) and can be streamed via TRI Studios website or Yahoo Music. Bob Weir talks a little (very little) about the tribute in a video which you can watch below.

In other Dead news, on September 1 the band will release Spring 1990, an 18-CD box set featuring six complete shows from the tour of the set's title. If you don't want to plunk down $200 for that, Rhino will release a double-CD compilation culled from those recordings. You can watch a video of Bob Weir talking about that time period in the band's career below as well.

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Comments (95)

Wow I always thought he was born on April 20th

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 5:45 PM

smelly hippie

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 5:46 PM

Jerry Garcia was mad boring

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 5:47 PM

TRI Studios (http://www.tristudios.com/) not TSI

Posted by Greg Lake | August 1, 2012 5:47 PM

Hippies suck.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 6:43 PM

Jerry’s music lives on with his world-embracing love and energy. I drew a psychedelic portrait of him to honor his legacy on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/08/touch-of-grey-jerry-garcia-in-memoriam.html Feel free to drop in and tell me about how the Deadhead movement affecting your life and appreciation of music.

Posted by Brandt Hardin | August 1, 2012 6:46 PM

Comments from poseurs and hipsters who realize they will never be as cool or meaningful as the Grateful Dead. Painful, ain't it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 6:57 PM

Oh shit Jerr bear is dead? Thought he was still around.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 7:09 PM

The cat was mad talented. Go check out the Old And In The Way albums.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 7:14 PM

Homeboy was in a milkshake coma.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 7:15 PM

It's great to see Bob and Phil are still going hard

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 7:24 PM

"It's great to see Bob and Phil are still going hard"

LULZ! stupid hippies

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 8:34 PM

"The cat was mad talented. Go check out the Old And In The Way albums."

LULZ!

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 9:06 PM

The Grateful Dead were meaningless. They never had to happen.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 9:14 PM

^ Agreed.

Posted by Zach Galifianakis | August 1, 2012 9:15 PM

Present day Radiohead fans are stupider than 80s deadheads, at least they had good drugs to improve the boring music.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 9:19 PM

Why do hippies smell like farts?

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 9:21 PM

I would like The Grateful Dead if I was %92 retarded.

Posted by Joe | August 1, 2012 9:26 PM

If Jerry were alive today, he would despise Obama.

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Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 9:32 PM

The Grateful Dead invented sucking

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 9:37 PM

Joe Strummer was never a hippie

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 9:45 PM

Guided By Voices are better than The Grateful Dead and they are not hippies.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 9:49 PM

Gore Vidal's final words were "hippies are gross"

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 9:53 PM

"Jerry Garcia's dead. Yeah, who would've guess that health nut kicked, eh? Been living on lighter fluid for the past two decades. He was 53, I thought he was in his late hundreds."

- Senor Nick DiPaolo

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 10:07 PM

I've never been a Grateful Dead hater, but I must say, every hippie I meet is either mentally retarded or incredibly unintelligent with a specific scent of old farts.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 10:08 PM

Bob Weir is completely useless as a musician.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 10:13 PM

Early fall and the first pangs of spring in like the middle of March...It's still the stuff...Nothing else like it.

Posted by Luke Wilson | August 1, 2012 10:16 PM

Fuck Bob Weir. He has no talent.

Posted by amirite | August 1, 2012 10:21 PM

It should be against the law for hippies to procreate.

Posted by Joe | August 1, 2012 10:25 PM

John Stamos was in The Grateful Dead

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 10:28 PM

No, he was in another shitty band.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 10:30 PM

I heard "truckin " in starbucks today. It moved me.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 10:31 PM

Hippie girls are creepy and smell bad

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 10:36 PM

Jerry Garcia > Trey Anastasio

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 10:44 PM

Phish put Grandpa to sleep

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 10:47 PM

Touch of Grey was special...

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 10:53 PM

Touch of Grey was awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 11:01 PM

Phish rules

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 11:16 PM

If you like Jerry Garcia's music, and some anonymous person on the Internet calls him a turd, the random anonymous person is not attacking you personally. Settle down Francis.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2012 11:56 PM

You Morons have Conned us readers. You spread nothing worthwhile of a gesture of thought. PArasites. Fuck Face Twats.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 12:10 AM

7:14 is spot on. Been listening to Old and In the Way stuff for years and it is worth collecting.

That said, I am not a dead head nor do I own a single dead album, but the early shows that were filled with Dylan covers and the like are fantastic.

I think they really did nail It's All Over Now, Baby Blue better than anyone else.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 12:28 AM

"Hipsters, tripsters, real cool chicks, everybody's doin' that rag" Garcia/Hunter 1969

Posted by Art | August 2, 2012 1:46 AM

animals rejoice, a bloodmouth can no longer torment you

Posted by hardline warrior | August 2, 2012 4:55 AM

The Dead were more talented, experimental and listenable than Radiohead will ever be. The Dead helped define a generation; Radiohead just bitch about global warming and haven't put out any good music in nearly 7 years.

Grateful Dead 1, Radiohead 0

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 6:35 AM

I saw Jerry in a KFC before he died. He looked happy eating the chicken.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 9:29 AM

The Grateful Dead made annoying music for boring people that are old and in the way.

Posted by T | August 2, 2012 9:41 AM

Bluegrass sucks yo

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 9:45 AM

Trey is god

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 10:05 AM

I look into the finance box
Just to check my status
I look into the microscope
See Golgi Apparatus

They call him Lysasome
Cause he runs so fast
Runs like a junkyard dog
With a brain of brass

I saw you
With a ticket stub in your hand
Under the light
Middle of the night
Couldn't get it wrong
So I had to

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 10:13 AM

I saw Trey in Chick-fil-A yesterday, nodding off into his waffle fries.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 10:13 AM

Trey is god

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 10:20 AM

Bluegrass is racist

Posted by Rodell | August 2, 2012 10:25 AM

I recently watched The Grateful Dead movie completely blazed and nothing could be more beautiful and moving that the genuine love those fans had for that band in their prime. I'm not even a huge fan but none of you shithead limp dick indie rock art school dropouts will ever remotely come close to experiencing that. Our generation has what... Sufjan Stevens and Animal Collective?

By all means, please carry on wallowing in cynicism and die lonely, bitter and unfulfilled.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 10:30 AM

Bluegrass isn't racist. The hippies making it are.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 10:38 AM

Animal Collective is the future

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 10:41 AM

You haters don't know shit. The Dead invented white rock music. They did not rip off the black man like The Beatles or Led Zeppelin. Go back to Ohip and listen to The Hold Steady if you don't have a clue.

Posted by White Power | August 2, 2012 10:45 AM

I'll take The Hold Steady over The Grateful Dead

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 10:49 AM

Jerry Garcia was tasteless and unoriginal

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 10:55 AM

^ Agreed

Posted by Trey is god | August 2, 2012 10:57 AM

^ Suck it

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 11:09 AM

I'm convinced it's 1 stupid hippie at home shitting himself and farting doritos to the song Truckin, and the rest is the usual cynical BV readers that hate anything made by hippies. ammirite?

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 11:23 AM

messageboard posters are the lowest form of life.

seriously, if you all died tomorrow, no one but your moms would care.

When people start celbrating your birthday like this, you be sure to let us know.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 11:27 AM

I would love Jerry if I was %98 retarded.

Posted by Joe | August 2, 2012 11:35 AM

The hippie culture is dated and dead. I dig The Grateful Dead, but everyone they influenced suck. I hate Phish. They shame the hippies with their awful music, but The Dead were pretty cool.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 11:39 AM

"I'll take The Hold Steady over The Grateful Dead"

damn, that's cold. completely, irredeemably wrong, but stinging comment nonetheless.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 11:48 AM

Trey is dog

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 11:58 AM

Fuck you 11:48! The Hold Steady rules! stupid hippie farting doritos

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 12:05 PM

I'll take Justin Bieber over The Grateful Dead

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 12:07 PM

hippies are so fake. seriously. i have no problem with the music, but the people are just a nuisance to society in general.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 12:16 PM

12:16 is spot on. hippies are always looking for something to steal. they are the lowest form of human existence.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 12:18 PM

Calm down 12:05. Whether or not you like shitty music is of no concern to me, but you need to learn how to act a bit civilly. Maybe there is something that the hippies can teach you after all. Don't think you need to act civilly? What train are you taking home tonight, and what time will you be on it? I'd like to bring some hippy friends to come watch the drama.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 12:35 PM

Wrong again, 12:18. Hippies aren't looking for something to steal. They are looking for something for free. BIG difference. A community without ownership is far different from a sociopathic compulsion to bring upset to others.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 12:37 PM

I'm a Dead fan, my girlfriend is a fat hippie dumb as fuck! we eat doritos and munch out to The Dead. I also look for things to steal when I visit my friends. Any other truthful stereotypes I'm supposed to live up to? All of your comments about our culture are true. So what?

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 1:01 PM

^ at least you know your place in the evolutionary food chain.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 1:02 PM

what exactly is the connection between the retarded and the hippies? I see it, but don't know the reason. Is a lobotomy mandatory to like this music?

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 1:03 PM

NEVER TRUST A HIPPIE IN YOUR HOME. HE WILL ONLY STEAL FROM YOU.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 1:06 PM

Hippies should not be allowed to procreate! Neither should the mentally retarded. I think it's against the law in Iran. Those silly arabs, they're way ahead of us westerners.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 1:09 PM

1:01/1:02/1:03/1:06 = the idiot outside the bar at 2:30 AM who insists on screaming at nothing in particular when everyone else has gone home

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 1:10 PM

1:09 is spot on, and Arab.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 1:12 PM

Why are hippies so politically retarded? They don't support Obama. He is our finest president. What has President Obama done to you that makes you so ignorant?

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 1:15 PM

Arabs have proven to be more civil than Jews in this century. and most hippies are Jews. Do the math.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 1:18 PM

^ Nice try, but hippies still suck and so does The Grateful Dead.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 1:21 PM

give an idiot a platform ......

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 1:22 PM

..... he will just scream ignorance regarding Jerry's kids

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 1:25 PM

I think 1 retarded hippie is sitting at home, dorito crumbs all over himself, farting, trying to cause so much hippie hate on here, that The Grateful Dead will become ironically cool.

Won't work hippie! can't fool us! BV readers are wise and hip to your poor attempt!

Yup :-)

Posted by TRUTH | August 2, 2012 1:33 PM

I didn't know he was of Chinese decent. Wow

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 1:37 PM

I'm pretty sure the Chinese have laws against the procreation of retards. They should not be allowed to multiply. You can disagree with me, but know I'm right and honest.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 1:43 PM

The Dead stole everything from the browns and never gave them credit or a cut of the profits.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 1:45 PM

And I thought the OWS folks were clueless. You hipster posers got them beat by a mile. Unless you are all one and the same.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 6:00 PM

I hope he had a good birthday.

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