photo: Cass McCombs in Brooklyn in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)

As you may know, there's no lack of events going on all over the country this year in celebration of The Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary. One of those is "Brooklyn Is Dead," Alex Bleeker and the Freaks' tribute show on February 10 at Brooklyn Bowl, and since we last posted, the lineup for that got way more impressive. It now also includes Cass McCombs, Darkside's Dave Harrington, Darkside collaborator Will Epstein, Woods' Jarvis Taveniere, and Patti Smith Group's Lenny Kaye. Tickets for that show, which also celebrates Relix's 40th anniversary, are still available. Flyer below.

In other news related to Alex Bleeker, his other band Real Estate are among the artists announced for Iowa City's Mission Creek Festival happening March 31-April 5. Also on that lineup is Freddie Gibbs, How to Dress Well, The Sea & Cake, King Tuff, Father John Misty, Glenn Kotche & Jeffrey Zeigler, Foxygen, Amen Dunes, Ryley Walker, Silver Apples, SQÜRL (ft. Jim Jarmusch) and more. Full lineup below. Tickets are on sale.

In other news related to The Grateful Dead, drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann have announced that they'll team up ahead of the Grateful Dead shows for a collaborative set with The Disco Biscuits (which they also did at Gathering of the Vibes 2014) on April 17 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra also have six NYC-area dates coming up, including Brooklyn Bowl.

And right before Phil Lesh's 75th birthday shows at Capitol Theatre (two of which are still on sale), Warren Haynes (who's joining Phil for those shows) will play the Cap with his own band Gov't Mule, joined by special guest (and past Phil Lesh collaborator) John Scofield on March 13 & 14. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.

Lastly, two days after the "Brooklyn Is Dead" show, Dave Harrington plays his own Brooklyn show on February 12 at Shea Stadium with Sam Cohen, Shark? and Kinsey.

Mission Creek Festival lineup below...



Mission Creek Festival -- 2015 Lineup
Jad Abumrad (Of Radiolab)
Real Estate
Father John Misty
Freddie Gibbs
Shovels & Rope
Sqürl (Featuring Jim Jarmusch)
Eula Biss
Lorrie Moore
Com Truise
Kiese Laymon
How To Dress Well
The Sea & Cake
Ben Frost
King Tuff
Silver Apples
Glenn Kotche & Jeffrey Zeigler
Amen Dunes
Luis Alberto Urrea
A Winged Victory For The Sullen
Jeff Chang
Diamond Rugs
Delicate Steve
Jessica Hopper
Ander Monson
Horse Feathers
Sir Richard Bishop
Sidewalk Chalk
Ben Miller Band
Tashi Dorji
Jozef Van Wissem
Tom Lutz
Porochista Khakpour
Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band
Ryley Walker
Alex Cameron
New Madrid
Swearing At Motorists
Patricia Lockwood

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