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Podcast #51-Conversation with McQuaid Family

Podcast #51-Conversation with McQuaid Family

Podcast #51- Conversation with McQuaid Family

This podcast is the first with not just one guest- but an ( almost) entire family’s worth of stories & music! Four out of the five in the Mcquaid family came together on a Sunday morning to share a few of their adventures- stories and music picks.

I met the McQuaid family- David- Kelly- Avery- Dylan and Cassidy at the Dead and Company show June 22, 2017 in Saratoga Springs New York. While camping in a nearby spot I saw a BEATUTIFUL pained bus- and went to further investigate . I was greeting by David and Kelly with a giant heap of Southern Hospitality! They welcomed me in for a tour of Sugaree- and to meet the family Avery, Dylan & Cassidy.

Sugaree was gorgeous- and everything you could dream of for a painted touring bus- and the family within it – were as kind as they get. Needless to say- I told them they would make an awesome podcast & left a magnet to stay in touch!

Their podcast tells the stories about the 2017 Dead and Company tour- Kelly and David jumping on “the bus” in 1995- the family trip to Chicago to see Fare Thee Well in 2015 (when the kids joined their parents down the Deadhead rabbit hole) their daughter Cassidy’s naming…..and more.

The McQuaids are an exceptionally special family- I’m grateful to have met- have an opportunity to share their stories &  music picks – and now are a part of my Deadhead family.

As always- thank you for stopping by & enjoy!

Featured Music~

Dead & Company- Looks Likes Rain, SPAC , Saratoga Springs NY June 21, 2017

Grateful Dead- Brokedown Palace- Boston Music Hall, Boston MA , December 1, 1973

Fare Thee Well- Attics Of My Life- Soldiers Field, Chicago IL,  July 5, 2015

Dead and Company- Ripple – Fenway Park, Boston MA, June 18, 2017

Grateful Dead- Cassidy – Without A Net

 

Podcast #51- Conversation with McQuaid Family

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Podcast #50-Staci’s Stories – Coversation With Michael Sheridan

Podcast #50-Staci’s Stories – Coversation With Michael Sheridan

Podcast #50- Staci’s Conversation with Michael Sheridan

To commemorate the 50th episode, this week the tables are turned- friend and former guest Michael Sheridan (#12) talks to me about my journey- stories- and music selections!

The first podcast was aired May 26, 2016- and is an introduction & welcome – where I describe my inspiration for Strangers Stopping Strangers- as the website says- ” a podcast adventure within the community to discuss the music, how it shaped us in the past and today, with connections to songs, shows, and people”.  I also pick out 2 songs- both from the show that was on my actual birthday -Boston Garden, April 2, 1973- it was later chosen as Dave’s Pick Volume 21 – to my delight! The songs that I chose are Eyes of the World and Here Comes Sunshine- they both felt apropos.

16 months- 48 amazing guests- many now friends- ages 16 to 65+ – from all geographies & live music experiences + hundreds of smoking music picks from many different incarnations and iterations of the band!

It was suggested that I share my stories about music experiences- #50 felt like the time to do it & share “what lead up to this day”  that is all I will say- because it is ALL in the podcast- lots and lots of me talking in this one!!

Reflecting back on 50 podcasts- an enormously grateful THANK YOU to everyone! My family and friends who have supported me on this adventure (especially my husband and children that live with Strangers Stopping Strangers- who have to be a part extra conversations that gets initiated ……almost daily ) The deadhead community which offers tremendous kindness & support- the 48 guests that have shared their lives & every person who has listened- – I hope a you have has few smiles…

“I love you more than words can tell-listen to the river sing sweet songs to rock my soul “

As always- thank you for stopping by & enjoy!

Featured Music~

The Grateful Dead-Shakedown – Frost Amphitheater, Stanford University, Palo Alto CA, April 30, 1988

The Grateful Dead-Not Fade Away , Oakland Coliseum, Oakland CA, December 31, 1991

Dead and Company- Ramblin Rose, DCU Center, Worcester MA, November 10, 2015

Bob Weir- Eyes Of The World- Campfire Tour- The Capitol Theater, Port Chester NY, October 18, 2016

Dead and Company- Dancin’ In The Streets- Citifield, Flushing NY, June 25, 2016

 

Podcast #50

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Podcast #49- Conversation with Rob Levitsky

Podcast #49- Conversation with Rob Levitsky

Podcast #49- Conversation with Rob Levitsky

This weeks podcast is an in person conversation this past August at Rob Levitsky’s home in Palo Alto CA. Rob Levitsky’s name may not be familiar with all- or even very many tuning in- but if you went to the Dead shows in the Northern California from 1987- 1995 you are very familiar with him -he is the man beneath the Dead-y Bear outfit who was at EVERY Grateful Dead show I went to.

If you are reading this & or listening and do remember the Dancing Bear that walked amongst the deadheads- did you ever wonder who it was? What he / or she was experiencing? What is the genesis of this iconic piece of Northern California Grateful Dead lore?  Those question are answered are in our conversation.

It was only after attending Dead and Company in Worcester November 2015- my first East Coast ” Dead Show” experience. The show was amazing ! I was thrilled when I was able to attend the Dead and Company show the following month in my hometown of San Francisco at the Civic Center with my friends and family. Rob was one of the first people I saw when we walked in- I was so excited- we said hello- took a couple pictures- and in that moment I realized that Rob is a Northern California phenom- and that he was missing the past month in Worcester MA. There  was a flood of memories and nostoligia-. I think Rob was at EVERY SINGLE Grateful Dead show I was at from 1988-1995- that we was synonomous with the magic of a dead show!

Strangers Stopping Strangers is a podcast from a deadhead- made with deadheads- for deadheads. When I though about theoretical people I would love to meet, Rob was on the top of my list. Rob- to me- personifies being a deadhead.

After sitting down and speaking I think that his stories ARE the shows….in their entirety.

Rob shares his memories as they relate back to the music playing, the venue he was at, and the deadheads that surrounded him– wondering & spinning &contributing to the total experience & magic of the whole experience!.

We can go back to the late 80’s and into the 90’s and enjoys some fantastic music- from memorable shows- seeing and hear from the perceptive of the mysterious Dead-y Bear that always made everyone Smile- Smile-Smile…..

As always- thank you for stopping by & enjoy!

Featured Music~

The Grateful Dead – Terrapin, Greek Theater, University of California Berkley, Berkley CA, August 18, 1989

The Grateful Dead-I Will Take You Home- Frost Amphitheater, Stanford University, Palo Alto CA, May 6, 1989

The Grateful Dead-Uncle Johns Band, Oakland Coliseum, Oakland CA, December 18, 1993

The Grateful Dead-Stella Blue, Oakland Coliseum, Oakland CA, December 18, 1993

The Grateful Dead-Iko Iko, Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland CA, March 3, 1987

 

Podcast #49- Conversation with Rob Levitsky

by Strangers Stopping Strangers

Podcast #48- Conversation with Peter Ferioli

Podcast #48- Conversation with Peter Ferioli

Podcast #48- Conversation with Peter Ferioli

This podcast with Peter Feroli is a special one! We met in August at his beautiful home in the Oakland Hills in CA- with views that went all the way to the San Francisco Bay, in HIS podcasting studio- all of which was a WOW afternoon!

Peter is in podcasting- creating & producing for his “real job” which is uncommon – and really cool! He is the man behind The Rock N Roll Archaeology project – which host a selection of podcasts- Deeper Digs- Rock Talk- Reel Rock and others, all relating to music and in particular post mid -20th Century Rock and Roll.

Within his core passion for music is The Grateful Dead -or as its said- he is Dead to the Core…..I  walked in and on the bookcase I saw a awesome Deady- Bear collections- every book that I have seen written about the Dead- some original- many signed etc. All this- the view and a REAL microphone & sound system – talking to Peter I was in heaven!

Peter shares his stories around leaving the East Coast on a summer tour 1988, with his wife- working as usher at The Warfield – specifically so he could be there- for the Jerry Garcia Band shows- to inspiration he gained working for Bill Graham Presents. We talk about special time around the band that was a turning point that became an “Grateful Dead Era” in the late 80’s- early 90′. Peter selects some thoughtful songs that supports those memories- including a rap by Ken Kesey on Halloween 1991 after the death of Bill Graham- and the last time we hear Brent play live singing The Weight in Illinois July 1991.

Peter and his wife were so warm and welcoming- and invited my 2 kids to play with their son while we taped the podcast. On the way out he surprised them with gifts- a Bertha Deady Doll for my 7 year old daughter- and a football for my football fanatic 10 year old son- who’d showed up in a jersey that sparked immediate comradery with Peter on that mutual love in life. It felt like visiting family- even though we had JUST met – and it was- meeting part of this family that is our Deadhead community family I am grateful to be a part of!!!

As always- thank you for stopping by & enjoy!

Featured Music~

Jerry Garcia Band – That’s What Love Will Make You Do, Warfield SF, CA December 12, 1989

Grateful Dead & Ken Kesey – Ken Kesey Rap for Bill Graham – Oakland Coliseum, Oakland CA, October 31, 1991

Grateful Dead- Ballad of a Thin Man, Hampton Coliseum, Hampton VA, March 27, 1988

Grateful Dead- Ripple ( Electric), Capital Centre, Landover MD, September 3, 1988

Grateful Dead- The Weight, World Music Theater, Tinley Park IL, July 23, 1990

 

Podcast #48- Conversation with Peter Ferioli

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Podcast #47- Conversation with Chad Wells

Podcast #47- Conversation with Chad Wells

Podcast #47- Conversation with Chad Wells

This week’s podcast I get a chance to talk to Chad Wells- a “friend’ for about a year we finally got a chance to talk about our mutual love for The Dead- the community & music!

Chad and I met via Facebook when I weighed in on a comment & suggested he check out the podcast- he responded that he was already listening! Thinking back a year- this may have been the first time I solicited a listener and they were already familiar- so a bit of a mile stone that was very meaningful.

Chad is the man behind This Day In Grateful Dead History- and incredibly informative & fun blog- pictures that I enjoy following on all social media- especially Facebook where he gets to share the whole scoop on his page-

Dead to the Core- Chad shares with us his deep dive down his rabbit hole on the day Jerry Garcia passed 22 years ago- the rest as they say is history. Picking out some “favorite” songs from “favorite shows” was not an easy task for Chad- because picking a “favorite” is a near impossible task for someone with so much love and dedication for the music…….that said he was able to pull out some fantastic gems- and share with us his feelings behind these specific choices & why they are special to him.

As always- thank you for stopping by & enjoy!

Featured Music~

The Grateful Dead- St. Stephen – Mason/s Children- Fox Theater, St. Louis. MO, February 2, 1970

Grateful Dead- Rosalie Fall-Radio City Hall, NYC, NY, October 27, 1980

Grateful Dead- Darkstar-Morning Dew- Winterland Arena, San Francisco CA, February 24, 1974

Grateful Dead-Two Souls In Communion, Lyceum, London England, May 26, 1972

 

Podcast #47- Conversation with Chad Wells

by Strangers Stopping Strangers

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