April 30, 2009

Dead reckoning

Close on the heels of the NY Times ranking of favorite Dead shows, now John Swansburg has posted on Slate (4/29/09) his very own humorously sardonic guide to Deadheadedness. Find yourself in Dead Reckoning: What Your Favorite Grateful Dead Song Says About You (http://www.slate.com/id/2217149/)
Hmmm... my favorite song? Not telling.

April 29, 2009

CA. Capital rocks

The same building that once housed the Oasis Ballroom is soon to become a popular new destination for music fans. The Sacramento Rock and Radio Museum with help from the Tucker Media Group will open in June celebrating 40 years of rock music, rock radio, and rock art. The space will be filled with posters, handbills, and memorabilia of performers like B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, the Ramones, the Rolling Stones, and Nirvana who played local venues. On display will be the poster for the March 11th, 1968 Grateful Dead and Cream show at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium.

Destiny's children

The visit on April 13th of members of The Dead with President Obama in the White House got lots of great press coverage. The Washington Post, NBC, and other media groups mentioned the many prominent Deadheads amongst the President's senior advisors, who btw all attended the Verizon Center's show in Washington the following night. Special note was made of the Oval Office's decor that included a bouquet of scarlet begonias. Mickey Hart-- as reported in Leah Garchik's SF Chronicle column-- said, "Obama is the reason we were together. We got together over the benefits we put on for him. So in a way, he's become part of our destiny now."