HAPPY JERRY DAY 2020! (CORONAVIRUS! Part 61 – Saturday)

HAPPY JERRY DAY 2020!
(CORONAVIRUS! Part 61 – Saturday)

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Jerry Garcia

Jerome John “Jerry” Garcia
August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995

Ghosts of old friends
Remind me of the good times
We had together.

Saturday, August 1, 2020 – HAPPY JERRY DAY 2020!

“Rabbit Rabbit”
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August 1 is the 214th day of the year (leap year). Only 152 days until 2021.

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The Warlocks formed in Palo Alto, California, in 1965

August 10th. We are going to post this Blog Post today.
We started it on the 31st and we’ve been adding to it all last week.

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“Once in awhile, you get shown the light,
in the strangest of places, if you look at it right.”

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Jerry Garcia – Egypt 1978

“There is a road, no simple highway,
between the dawn and the dark of night,
and if you go, no one may follow, that path is for your steps alone”

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“Magic is what we do. Music is how we do it.”

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Keep on Truckin’
(Grateful Dead 1965-95)

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“West L.A. fade away, west l.a. fade away
Big red light on the highway, little green light on the freeway.”

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John and Jerry – Gone Too Soon

Jerome John Garcia was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist,
best known for being a principal songwriter, the lead guitarist and a vocalist
with the rock band the Grateful Dead, of which he was a founding member
and which came to prominence during the counterculture of the 1960s
– Wikipedia

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“I mean, whatever kills you kills you,
and your death is authentic no matter how you die.”

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Jerry died from a heart attack on August 9, 1995 at the age of 53.

“When you go down to deep elem to have a little fun
Have your ten dollars ready when the police man comes”

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Deadheads for Obama!

WWJD? VOTE BIDEN 2020! VOTE BLUE!
Jerry would have wanted you to VOTE against fascism!

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Inside the brown briefcase were miscellaneous papers, as described in Garcia’s arrest report. It was booked as evidence at the Richmond Police Station on Jan. 18, 1985 after police busted Garcia for drug possession in Golden Gate Park.

Shady Grove, my little love
Shady Grove, I know
Shady Grove, my little love
I’m bound for Shady Grove

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The Grateful Dead Movie 1977 directed by Jerry Garcia


Dark star crashes, pouring its light into ashes

Reason tatters, the forces tear loose from the axis
Searchlight casting for faults in the clouds of delusion
Shall we go, you and I while we can
Through the transitive nightfall of diamonds?
Mirror shatters in formless reflections of matter
Glass hand dissolving in ice, petal flowers revolving
Lady in velvet recedes in the nights of good-bye
Shall we go, you and I while we can
Through the transitive nightfall of diamonds?

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There were days
And there were days
And there were days between
Polished like a golden bowl
The finest ever seen
Hearts of Summer held in trust
Still tender, young and green
Left on shelves collecting dust
Not knowing what they mean
Valentines of flesh and blood
As soft as velveteen
Hoping love would not forsake
The days that lie between lie between

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“Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see.
Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it’s been.”

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If my words did glow with the gold of sunshine
And my tunes were played on the harp unstrung
Would you hear my voice come through the music
Would you hold it near as it were your own?

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In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked Jerry Garcia 13th
on their list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”

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“Don’t cry now, don’t you cry, don’t you cry anymore.
Sleep in the stars, don’t you cry, dry your eyes on the wind.”

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Janis Joplin

“I said death don’t have no mercy in this land.
Death will leave you standing and crying in this land”

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Jerry was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Grateful Dead in 1994. He didn’t attend the ceremony, so the band brought a cardboard cutout of Garcia on stage for the award. In 2015, Robert Hunter and Garcia were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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“Let there be songs to fill the air!”

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“Every silver lining has a touch of grey.”

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In 1987, Vermont ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s
named their Cherry Garcia flavor and dedicated it to him.

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Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia Ice Cream

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Jerry Garcia Ties

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Grateful Dead KLOS 95.5 Rainbow Sticker 1982

Grateful Dead KLOS 95.5 Rainbow Sticker
UCLA Pauley Pavilion 1982
Set 1 Shakedown Street-> Minglewood Blues, Friend Of The Devil-> Me & My Uncle-> Big River, Bird Song-> Little Red Rooster, Bertha-> Women Are Smarter
Set 2 China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider-> Estimated Prophet-> Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> Not Fade Away-> Stella Blue-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Brokedown Palace (Casey Jones)



 

 

Dead in the Dome 2.0!

Dead in the Dome 2.0!
One More Saturday Night!
(Saturday – night number one – November 9, 2019)

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Dead in the Dome 2.0 at the Wisdome L.A.

“Dead in the Dome 2.0”
a concert with Melvin Seals and the Jerry Garcia Band
with Steve Kimock and DJ Logic
and Samskara at the Wisdome in DTLA.

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NOTE: The concert was November 9th, 2019. We started this Blog Post and then it sat all through November-December, and now it’s January 2020. So we are finally posting it.

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Jerry Garcia

 

The Jerry Garcia Band (JGB) is a San Francisco Bay Area rock band. It was founded in 1975 by Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead. It and his collaboration with David Grisman (Grateful Dawg) were the most important of his many side projects before his death in 1995. The JGB continues to tour with Melvin Seals and Steve Kimock.

 

 

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Downtown Los Angeles! Somewhere near the Urth Cafe in a kinda sketchy part of the Arts District is WisDome.LA. It’s a collection of container buildings and geo-domes. Enter through a container Box Office and “Lobby”. The open air space and astroturf with psychedelic mood lighting puts you in the mood for “Dead In the Dome 2.0”!

The WisDome Facilities:

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The large Domes contain the exhibits and the performance venue. One had the Samskara visual art exhibit, one had mirrors, one just had psychedelic projections and music with cushions on the floor to sit and lie on, and one had the stage and projection setup for the band’s performance with dance space, chair seating and reclined VIP viewing sofa seats.

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The restrooms (Banos) are in a portable trailer with tall stairs to negotiate and a swinging door that might knock you out. The VIP Section was fenced off and adjacent to a two-story container building, with the bottom floor seating available as a VIP lounge space and the upstairs used as the Artist Dressing and Green Room area. There was a vegan food truck and a cocktail bar serving food and drink. And there was a small Merchandise Dome and a few Vendor Tents and Tables set up outside selling cool “Shakedown Street” stuff. There was a cold Mediterranean food buffet inside the VIP.

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Samskara Art Exhibition – the walkthrough experience:

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And here is only a small sampling of the Visual Art:

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NOTE: Samskara = Very trippy psychedelic art that was also interactive. The art changed colors on it’s own, depending on lighting and “mood” settings. And there’s an APP for viewing the art that adds a whole other dimension of psychedelia! It has to be seen to be experienced. There was also video art with both small, medium and very large screens for art viewing. And more cushions on the floor for sitting and lying down on while viewing. We also shot some video of the experience, so check it out!

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Inside one of the Domes there was a giant kaleidoscope type projection set to music being projected, and unfortunately our pictures just don’t do the effects justice. They were very beautiful 3-D CGI graphics that moved and morphed. There was another Dome that had mirrors reflection different graphic patterns.

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“The VIP Experience”
included a COLD vegan Middle Eastern vegan buffet and one drink ticket.

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We sampled most of the items and the food kinda totally sucked.
(Seriously, how do you screw up hummus?)
So, vodka and sprite for a liquid dinner!

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NOTE: There was a guy doing promotions for a Cannabis Ginger Lemonade in the VIP Section, so we sampled one, and then added vodka/sprite to make a “Mary Jane Mule”.

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Bob Minkin, the photographer, was at the show vending his “Just Jerry” book. He also shared a live presentation before the concert with projections and commentary on some of his fantastic photos from the book in the Main Dome.

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and Other Vendors:

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Embroidered GD Patches on a Leather Vest

THE SHOW!
Melvin Seals and The Jerry Garcia Band with Steve Kimock and DJ Logic!
(with cool projections of Jerry Garcia’s art on the Dome tuned to the music)

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The JGB Band ROCKED! It was a great show musically! Melvin Seals and Steve Kimock played great and brought back sweet memories of Jerry as the band performed some JGB setlist staples:

Steve played so well, the band made him a permanent member a couple weeks later! Well deserved and a great addition to The JGB! There were a couple moments during the show that took me right back to seeing Jerry in the 80s at The Stone in San Francisco.

The projections were cool, and added to the experience, but the focus was on the band. the music, and the lightshow, and since we didn’t add any psychedelic enhancement to our experience, the visual effects were secondary to the concert experience.

NOTE: The concert was billed as a “2 Night Event”, but we only went on Saturday.

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NOW HERE IS THE THING! VERY IMPORTANT! AND ALSO A RANT!

We paid a lot more for the VIP experience and recliner sofa seats upfront near the stage. And when the concert started our viewing experience was ruined by the standing crowd that was allowed in front of the stage and in the aisle next to our low lounge seat.
And there were NO USHERS, STAFF OR SECURITY PEOPLE ANYWHERE! Seriously, we went looking and had to go to the Tech Staff at the sound/light/projection board and ask if there was anyone! We went outside to find someone and encountered a private security guard who told us that he wasn’t security for the concert, but he would try to find someone. So we went back and tried to enjoy the first set with the rude millennial jerkoffs who never saw Jerry standing in the aisle blocking the audience’s view of the stage and completely inconsiderate of anyone else. So, at the Intermission we went and found the PERSON IN CHARGE and told him what’s up. He was apologetic and responded to the problems and for the Second Set there were Ushers placed to keep the dance floor crowd on the dance floor at the back of the house. Of course, it was too little too late, and there still a crowd in front of the stage (and it’s always the tall people who do the one step right, one step left dance of course). The PERSON IN CHARGE told me they would refund my ticket, and they did!

Thank you WisDome.LA for the Tremendous Customer Service and satisfaction!

That being said, THERE IS NOT ENOUGH SECURITY AT THE VENUE!
The Deadhead crowd was older and very well behaved, with the exception of the Millennials who never saw Jerry, and the lack of Security and easily identifiable Staff, was still a problem! We would not recommend anyone we know attend an event until they fix this problem! If there had been an Emergency or a Situation, it would have not gone well. Additionally the Door Security at the Box Office was almost non-existent: there was no search or surveillance security that we could detect. It’s a really nice facility and the concept is great, but we didn’t feel safe. And all it takes is one unfortunate incident that gets some press and no one will ever go there again…remember Westwood?

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Urth Caffe in DTLA

After the show, we walked the two blocks back to our car. There is lots of street parking, but it fills up if there’s an event, and the neighborhood remains sketchy…. so we found a parking space across from the Urth Caffe (got lucky) because it’s well lit and there’s a lot of foot traffic. Also, they have a clean restroom without a line for use before and after the event, which is a definite benefit. And we drove home without incident.

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Update 01-09-19: Found this. Thank you Trixie!

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Update 1-16-2020: Pictures of Jerry Garcia from our Blog Archives:

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