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Podcast #46- Conversation with Sam Hirsch

Podcast #46- Conversation with Sam Hirsch

Podcast #46- Conversation with Sam Hirsch-

This podcast is a bit of a bonus episode- up August 9, 2017- to commemorative of The Days Between and the anniversary of Jerry Garcia’s last day August 9, 1995.

Sam Hirsch I have met first virtually on Facebook- and then in person at some shows in the past few months- the last time we were dancing at the rail at JRAD I thought what an AMAZING guest for the podcast- I wanted to know Sam’s story- so I figured all of you would too!

Sam tells us his first time at a Grateful Dead show in 1987 at MSG- and while he was intrigued the whole scene got to be pretty intense during drums & space- and he ducked out for a little air. A few days later he made it back for another show at MSG & it was official that Sam Hirsch was a DEADHEAD!

Sam tells us about some of his time exploring and joining the scene- and the magic of finding a like minded community, where he could be free to fly his freak flag wide and high! He shares his stories and song picks from the late 80’s into the early 90’s including a really fun story about a 6 week tour! In 1995 when Jerry passed- Sam focused on the next chapter of his life – work, and ultimately starting his own business.  He still enjoyed the music and festivals – but didn’t feel the tug of energy into the music scene….

But wait- the story has a whole Part 2……..2015 brought us Fare Thee Well, and while Sam didn’t make it to Chicago he watched the streams and could tell something special was brewing. When Dead and Company announced the 2015 tour he was ALL IN for the whole tour- and even able to check Halloween shows and New Years Eve off his bucket list – something he never thought would happen! Sam also discovered his love of riding the rails- getting to the line first to secure that spot resulted in making new friends- to share the experiences of the shows with- adding to the sense of community and so much FUN -from the produce stickers that create comradery- his “Cap family” to a new creative outlet creating artwork- getting out and into this vibrant live music scene has been a real life game changer!

Sam is such a fun- and infectious person to talk to.  While making this podcast and re-listening to the conversation I was blown away by his enthusiasm- love for people and making connections & over all energy level which is truly off the charts!

As always- thank you for stopping by & enjoy!

Featured Music~

The Grateful Dead- Good Lovin- La Bamba- Madison Square Garden, New York NY September 18. 1987

Grateful Dead-The Music- The Music Never Stopped Giant Stadium, East Rutherford New Jersey October 7, 1989

Grateful Dead- Casey Jones & Baba O’Riley- RFK Stadium, Washington DC, June 20, 1992

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead- Shakedown Street- Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn NY, March 17, 2017

*** Photo – Sam Hirsch & Marco Benevento photo credit JD Cohen

Podcast #46- Conversation with Sam Hirsch

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Podcast #45- Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Tribute- Conversation with Jerilyn Lee Brandelius *** Plus Special Wishes

Podcast #45- Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Tribute- Conversation with Jerilyn Lee Brandelius *** Plus Special Wishes

Podcast #45- Jerry Garcia Birthday Tribute- Conversation with Jerilyn Lee Brandelius *** Plus Special Wishes

This episode is a BONUS episode! And it so filled with love- stories- music wishes and more that it has content to be 3 podcasts!

Jerilyn Brandelius and I met last New Years  December 31, 2016. Our mutual friend Deb Soloman introduced us- and knew we would get on like a house on fire- and we did! We started talking about making a podcast- but knew we should wait until the timing was right- as the song goes “ All Good Things- In All Good Time “.

Many of you know of Jerylin – a true sister in the Grateful Dead Family from the beautiful book she created – The Grateful Dead Family Album- which was first released on October 1, 1989. I received it for Hanukkah that year- and was a very happy deadhead teenager! So much fun getting to know Jerylin, and very quickly feeling like family…….

Jerilyn has been working on a project which began as digitizing The Grateful Dead Family Album, with the ability to update, now and continuously. The project organically evolved into a community where the book will be well of The Wheel- which is composed of everyone that creates the Dead family – musicians- archivist- business people- plumbers etc…….Weir are Everyone!

The Wheel has been up- in more of an intro phase- and while the spoke are just coming together- today on August 1, 2017- the 75th anniversary of the birth of Jerry Garcia- its time to cover just a little more ground!

Jerilyn and I cover many fun topics! We start off with early days in La Jolla CA- her first time in San Francisco- the story behind the real muse of Sugar Magnolia- Frankie- who was a dancer and could really jump like a Willis in 4 wheel drive- The Grateful Dead Family Album- The Wheel- and some loving memories and sentiment for Jerry- for whom Jerylin was compelled to launch The Wheel for all the deadheads to climb aboard as a gift to Jerry- and the family.

The Wheel can be found at  http://www.thegdwheel.com Check it out- the more deadheads sharing their stories- music- and what’s going on now- the more fun it will be for everyone!

After the conversation with Jerilyn I was thrilled to talk to a few friend’s of Jerry- Susanna Millman- Sam Cutler and Dennis McNally who have incredibly heartfelt stories about Jerry- for his 75th- a true honor to hear & share!

As always- thank you for stopping by & enjoy!

Featured Music~

The Grateful Dead- New Years Eve Countdown-Sugar Magnolia, Winterland, San Francisco CA, December 31, 1978- January 1 1979

Grateful Dead-The Wheel, The Warfield, San Francisco CA, October 3, 1980

Grateful Dead-The Woman Are Smarter, Shoreline, Mountain View CA, October 1, 1989

Jerry Gacia Band- Run For The Roses

Grateful Dead- Ripple,  American Beauty

*** Beautiful Artwork- courtesy of Stranger Ink Designs

Podcast #45- Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Tribute- Conversation with Jerilyn Lee Brandelius ***Plus Special Wishes

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Podcast #44-Conversations with Beth Laver~aka~ ohcannabeth! ***Plus Extra Guest Althea!!

Podcast #44-Conversations with Beth Laver~aka~ ohcannabeth! ***Plus Extra Guest Althea!!

Podcast #44- Conversations with Beth Lavar~ aka ~ ohcannabeth! Plus Extra Guest- Althea!!

This week we get to hear the stories and music from Beth Lavar- or know by  the Twitterworld Dead Community- ohcannabeth!

While we were in touch via Twitter for the past year or so- we really became connected over Dead & Co Couch Tour and a community thread Beth started the day of Blossom – and is going through today!

Beth takes us to Canada when she discovered The Dead – live tapes- and more. She shares her adventure from summer of 1998 when she was drawn to see the “prophet on the burning shore” which led to on a  trip to the West Coat- catching The Other Ones show  at Shoreline sealed the deal. Many adventures- places seen- people met-  they ultimately made it down to Mountain view CA-  of course the show was amazing! Beth and her friend made it back up to British Columbia-  over to Victoria Island – and found herself  where she calls “home” on the West Coast of Canada….

Beth and I talk about being “born again” Deadheads which is a term I love! From our teen years- Beth, myself and so many others have been Dead to the Core- all our adult lives – somewhere along the line while the music and intrinsic qualities that come with being a deadhead remained in place- identifying yourself as a deadhead was not in the forefront of daily lives. Then in 2015 comes Fare Thee Well + social media groups and relationships on line mushrooming – musicians and bands playing music and set lists inspired by The Dead all over the county- add a Owsley worthy dose called Dead and Company tours and we are BACK and Weir are EVERYWHERE-  somewhere at the end of this rainbow is a new generations of deadheads getting on the bus every day- its really all quite extraordinary !

The end of the podcast goes off its beaten path when we end with Let it Grow- it was the right song at the right time. And THEN I connected with Althea- and she tells us upon scrutiny – about why that space was getting hot- along with some additional updates and stories……….

As always- thank you for stopping by & enjoy!

Featured Music~

The Warlocks- Throwing Stones-Good Lovin’- Hampton Coliseum, Hampton VI, October 9, 1989

Grateful Dead-The Eleven-Betty Nelson Organic Raspberry Farm, Sultan, WA, September 2, 1968

Grateful Dead- Estimated Profit- JFK Stadium, Philadelphia, PA,  July 7, 1989

Grateful Dead- Let It Grow- JFK Stadium, Philadelphia, PA, July 7, 1989

 

 

Podcast #44- Conversations with Beth Lavar~aka~ ohcannabeth! ***Plus Extra Guest Althea

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Podcast #43-Conversations with Ben Robinson

Podcast #43-Conversations with Ben Robinson

Podcast #43- Conversations with Ben Robinson

This weeks podcast is a return of the fantastic series of “21 Century Deadheads”! The story on how Ben and I met was so fun- for us- I have been friends and have worked with his dad, Matt Robinson for the past 10  + years. A couple years ago he told me his son was getting really into music-and in particular the Grateful Dead- cue the slightest eye roll 🙂

It became a hot conversation topic this May when the 2017 Dead and Company tour was coming up- and he said  “oh yeah- he will be there too”. I gave Matt a Strangers Stopping Strangers Magnet- and asked him to pass it along- and have Ben look me up.

The next day I got a text from Matt – saying – to my delight- that Ben knew of the podcast! A few minutes later I got a text from Connor Bradley a friend I made from a few podcasts ago saying- “hey I hear you know my friends dad” and the world just got a little bit smaller! A podcast HAD to be put on the books!

Ben and I have so much fun talking about music- The Dead- inspiration he has found- and continues to find as a musician. We were both at the Dead and Company June shows- and while we never got a live meet up- we had a lot of fun breaking down our experiences from that phenomenal weekend!!

As with many of the “21st Century Deadheads” I am getting the honor of meeting and speaking with, Ben is SO passionate about the Dead music- technically – lyrically- breaking down different eras- decades- years- and shows. This kid knows his SHIT!

More and more I feel like this wonderful and precious  Deadhead community we call our home is in good hands -Every time that wheel turns round- bound to cover just a little more ground!

Thank you & enjoy-

Featured Music~

Grateful Dead- Not Fade Away- Going Down The Road Feeling Bad- Skulls & Roses

Grateful Dead- Scarlet Begonias, Winterland, San Francisco CA, October 17, 1974

Grateful Dead- Shakedown Street, Golden Hall Community Concourse, San Diego CA, November 24, 1979

Dead And Company-  Dancing in the Streets, Fenway Park, Boston MA,  June 18, 2017

Dead and Company – Darkstar- Fenway Park, Boston MA, June 19, 2017

Podcast #43- Conversations with Ben Robinson

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Podcast #42-Conversations with the Queer Deadhead Community

Podcast #42-Conversations with the Queer Deadhead Community

Podcast #42- Conversations with Queer Deadhead Community

This weeks podcast is a once again a SUPER SIZED one!!

This is also the first “community” podcast- part in person- part over calls with 6 different Deadheads- their stories- music & a beautiful message that speaks to not only Weir are EVERYWERE but also Weir are EVERYONE

I found the Queer Deadhead Facebook group via a post from Joe Rivera on a Dead and Company page. I was welcomed on the spot, and immediately saw that this group was special. A place filled with thoughtful friendships, true connections  & some pretty “all in Dead music geeks”.

Marc Laponte and I connected about putting together this podcast for the community,  where we could hear from several members from different ages, experiences and locations- to have it out in June for Gay Pride month was the cherry on the sundae! There were so many responses that if time and coordination were not a factor we could have had 30 people on

It was planned to be in person with Joe, Marc and myself with several on a call that that was recorded on Sunday June 19 in Boston before the Dead and Company Fenway Show. We met up- had some sparking rose and had a really fun time- with everyone on the call getting a chance to tell a quick story about what led them to this day. Unfortunately the technology gods were not with us that day. We did the record the in person part- wonderful conversations, but with a bit of echo’s- and the callers  portion did not end up reordered. This all being for our pleasure- no stress- especially when we were off to a memorable night at Fenway for an AMAZING show!

As with many things in life- when there is a problem, we can find solutions that end up making things all work out in the best possible way! I was able to speak to 2 of the callers, AJ and Josh, and ended up getting to know each other, and hearing some extended and wonderful stories. I was also able to speak with Garrin and Jason- have a fantastic story- and than got a chance to see them at Citifield for another incredible show- the Aint No Time To Hate flag on the floor really did the trick!  While I was not able to get Lisa Jones and Ray Bailys stories on this podcast – the part I did hear over the call was so compelling I will be sure to be in touch and get a part 2 going.

Thank you to the Queer Deadhead community for giving me the honor of sharing your stories- music – and the love you have for one another and this community

“Without Love In The Dream It Will Never Come True”

Thank you & enjoy-

Featured Music~

Marc Loponte- Grateful Dead- Uncles Johns Band, State Fairgrounds, Lewiston ME, September 6, 1980

Joe Rivera-Grateful Dead- Shakedown Street, Oakland Stadium, Oakland CA, December 6m 1989

A.J. McCurry-Grateful Dead- Scarlet Begonias, Oakland Stadium, Oakland CA, July 24, 1987

Josh Banks- Grateful Dead- Foolish Hear Jam-Cal Expo, Sacramento CA, June 8, 1990

Garrin Benefield- Grateful Dead-Antwerp’s Placebo- Go To Heaven

Jason Durrant- Grateful Dead- Foolish Heart, Hartford Civic Center Hartford CT, March 3, 1990

Podcast #42- Conversations with Queer Deadhead Community

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