This past Friday (4/10), the Grateful Dead launched a new streaming series for everyone who could use a little more entertainment in quarantine. They kicked the series off with video of their 7/4/89 Buffalo show, a Q&A with archivist David Lemieux and historian Gary Lambert, and an intro by Dead drummer Mickey Hart; and the series continues this Friday (4/17) at 8 PM ET with a showing of 1977's The Grateful Dead Movie. Tune in at their YouTube Channel.

UPDATE: These streams are being archived (and donations are still encouraged), and you can watch The Grateful Dead Movie in full here:

Meanwhile, even before the quarantine, the Dead's YouTube channel has been home to the "All The Years Live" series, for which they upload archived live concert videos and other goodies every Thursday. Post-quarantine, each video comes with a link to donate to the Grateful Dead MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. You can watch a handful of the recently-added ones, along with some commentary one each one from David Lemieux, below. Click the YouTube link if you'd like to leave a donation.

And here's the intro that Mickey gave for last Friday's stream, if you missed it:


Grateful Dead - Foolish Heart (Buckeye Lake 6/11/93)

"Typically a second set opener, ensconced in that slot for the bulk of the five years it had been played leading up to 6/11/93, at Buckeye a moment of inspiration must have prodded the band into playing it here as the second song of the first set, an unprecedented placement (it opened a handful of shows in 1988 and 1989, but was never played as the second song of the first set)." - David Lemieux

Grateful Dead - Uncle John's Band (Alpine Valley 7/17/89)

"From one of the Grateful Dead's first home videos, Downhill From Here, this version of Uncle John's Band is a complete scorcher, start-to-end. The opening track from Workingman's Dead was played more than 330 times by the Dead, and this is one of the best." - David Lemieux

Grateful Dead - Let It Grow (Buckeye Lake 6/9/91)

"One of the strongest, most inspired tours of the Dead's final decade and a half of performing was the Summer Tour of 1991. With the two new keyboardists now fully ensconced in the Grateful Dead's sound and repertoire, it was an unstoppable machine that hit the road for shows that summer. Countless A+ concerts were on this tour, at Deer Creek, Giants Stadium, RFK, Pine Knob, Soldier Field, and this mighty fine performance at Buckeye Lake in Ohio. Like Bird Song, Let It Grow was one of the longer, more jamming songs the Dead played in their first sets after 1976. Unlike the freeform improvisation of Bird Song, though, Let It Grow was very structured and required precision focus by all seven players, and this one most certainly has that." - David Lemieux

Grateful Dead - Truckin' (New York, NY 10/30/80)

"From the penultimate show of the Radio City Music Hall run in 1980, Truckin' was also a great song to launch the second set jam. During this period, Truckin' was generally slotted in one of two places: before the Drums/Space sequence, sending the Dead into an uninterrupted hour-long segued sequence of music, or coming out of Space. Toward the end of the 1980s, it was used almost exclusively in the former slot, but the latter placement of Truckin' always began a wonderful, uninterrupted, and long sequence of Dead magic." - David Lemieux

Grateful Dead - So Many Roads (Buckeye Lake 6/11/93)

"So Many Roads bounced around the setlist during its lifetime, sometimes appearing in the first set, sometimes the second. I always preferred it in this slot, the penultimate song of the first set before a rocking Weir song to close." - David Lemieux

Grateful Dead - Samson and Delilah (Winterland 12/31/78)

"Tear that old building down they did! From the Closing Of Winterland, the Dead certainly gave their home venue a wonderful, appropriate goodbye, with an all-night show featuring some of their greatest, most-loved songs. The building stood for another seven years before it was finally demolished in 1985." - David Lemieux

Grateful Dead - Bird Song (Washington, DC 6/26/93)

"Grateful Dead first sets were generally reserved for shorter songs, going back to 1970 or so. There were a few very important exceptions to this rule, though, with Playing In The Band being a major jamming vehicle for the Dead 1972-1974, usually as the first set closer. Bird Song was played mostly in the first set 1971-1973, and provided the Dead loads of run to stretch and explore. When it returned to the repertoire in 1980, first acoustically for the Warfield-Radio City shows, and then in November electrically, it would stick around until 1995 as a first set improvisational juggernaut. This typically out-there version shows where the Dead could take off to in their later years." - David Lemieux


Current Dead offshoot Dead & Company have also been showing some archived concerts and encouraging donations to MusiCaresr COVID-19 relief, and they also just put out this live album: