THE CANAL STREET STRING BAND: Banjo * FIDDLE * twin mandolins * String Bass * DOBRO * guitar * Singin’
“Folk and Blues Roots of the Grateful Dead” A SPECIAL CONCERT PRESENTATION
The Grateful Dead exposed generations of music fans to the nooks, crannies, branches and offshoots of American roots music like perhaps no other act of their size and influence.
Jerry Garcia grew up listening to field recordings, jazz, traditional folk songs, bluegrass, and ancient Child ballads, first getting together with Bob Weir and Pigpen NOT to start a rock-and-roll band, but to play jug band music. As The Grateful Dead, they learned songs from itinerant street musicians, covered blues legends and country singers, and packed a gumbo of musical styles into their own canon of beloved original songs.
Join The Canal Street String Band, NY State Presenters Network “performing artists of the highest professional caliber,” to explore the deep well of American music that inspired The Grateful Dead, and discover some fascinating stories behind the music. With fiddle, banjo, dobro, jaw harp, string bass, guitar, mandolin, three voices, and a pair of cow bones, this program delights the uninitiated right alongside the Deadheads in the crowd.
“The first thing to know about this show is who the players are: three of the region’s finest roots music musicians. You may love the Dead, in which case this show is a must-see. Or you may not love the Dead, in which case you are wrong, and these three will demonstrate why, by plumbing the influences that led Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir to form the jug band that eventually became one of the great American cultural institutions of the latter half of the 20th century. Gem of a concert. Don’t miss it.” – Geoff Kelly, Publisher, The Public, Buffalo NY
“Excellent and fun…they fill the house.” – Sarah Craig, Executive Director, Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs NY