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Bill Kreutzmann
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Thu Nov 2, 2023 - 6:00 PM
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Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA

Bill Kreutzmann Biography

Bill Kreutzmann, drummer and founding member of the legendary Grateful Dead, first met guitarist Scott Murawski (Max Creek, Mike Gordon Band, Depth Quartet) when invited by Phish bassist Mike Gordon to play together in Costa Rica in January.  The pair then tapped bassist Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Oteil and the Peacemakers) to join the musical chemistry and put on a handful of live shows to capture this electrifying combination.

Bill Kreutzmann started playing drums at the age of 13, despite having been told by his sixth grade music teacher that he couldn't keep a beat. As a teenager, he met Aldous Huxley at his high school, who encouraged him in his drumming. At the end of 1964 he co-founded the band The Warlocks, along with Phil Lesh, Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, and Ron "Pigpen" McKernan. Their first real gig was May 5, 1965, two days before Kreutzmann's 19th birthday. In November 1965, the Warlocks became the Grateful Dead. Meeting fellow percussionist Mickey Hart in the fall of 1967 would have a big impact on Kreutzmann's career. Hart soon joined the Dead, making it one of the first (and few) rock bands to feature two drummers. The two percussionists' remarkable cohesion, synchronicity, and driving power would be a hallmark of the Grateful Dead sound for the next thirty years, earning them the nickname "The Rhythm Devils". Their ten-minute drum duets, a feature of every show from 1978 -1995 became legendary in the rock world. Kreutzmann remained with the Grateful Dead until its dissolution following the passing of Garcia in 1995, making him one of four members to play at every single one of the band's 3,500 shows, along with Garcia, Weir and Lesh. Following the end of the Grateful Dead, Kreutzmann returned to his home in Hawaii but by 2000 was back on the road with The Other Ones (Weir, Hart, Bruce Hornsby, Steve Kimock, Mark Karan, and Alphonso Johnson). The Other Ones were so successful that in 2003, the band began touring as The Dead (keeping "Grateful" retired out of respect for Garcia). Kreutzmann also does work as a visual artist and, in 2001, began releasing limited edition reproductions of his digital artwork. Kreutzmann and the Grateful Dead were honored with a lifetime achievement award at the 2007 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California.

Currently, Bill is touring with Oteil Burbridge and Scott Murawski

Legendary Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann is touring with Oteil Burbridge and Scott Murawski in February 2009. Drummer Bill Kreutzmann, bassist Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band) and guitarist Scott Murawski (Max Creek) have joined together to form a POWER trio sure to capture the interest of music lovers of many genres of music. Kreutzmann and Murawski were introduced in Costa Rica at a meeting facilitated by none other than PHISH bassist Mike Gordon. Their musical chemistry was limitless and compelling. Shortly after, Burbridge joined the band and it became obvious that the trio should pursue further musical adventures. The trio is hitting the road February 2009 where fans can capture the MAGIC of this electrifying combination.


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