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Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Concert featuring Bob Weir & The Campfire Band with Melvin Seals, Jackie LaBranch, Gloria Jones, Oteil Burbridge, Kamasi Washington, Tom Hamilton, & Duane Trucks tickets at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison
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Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Concert featuring Bob Weir & The Campfire Band with Melvin Seals, Jackie LaBranch, Gloria Jones, Oteil Burbridge, Kamasi Washington, Tom Hamilton, & Duane Trucks

with The Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Acoustic Band ft. Kenny Kosek, Sandy Rothman, Travis Book, Anders Osborne & Chris Pandolfi
Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO - 6:00 PM Ages: All Ages

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Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Concert featuring Bob Weir & The Campfire Band with Melvin Seals, Jackie LaBranch, Gloria Jones, Oteil Burbridge, Kamasi Washington, Tom Hamilton, & Duane Trucks

with The Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Acoustic Band ft. Kenny Kosek, Sandy Rothman, Travis Book, Anders Osborne & Chris Pandolfi
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
18300 West Alameda Parkway
Morrison, CO 80465
Fri, Aug 4, 2017 - 6:00PM
Ages: All Ages
Doors Open: 5:00 PM
Onsale: Fri, Jun 16, 2017 - 10:00AM MDT

Bio: Bob Weir

With a touring history that has made him one of the most traveled road musicians of all time and a restless music personality that has kept him occupied for over 50 years, Weir knows a thing or two about staying fresh and living in the moment. Although best known as one of the founding members of the Grateful Dead, adding Dead staples such as “Truckin’,” “Sugar Magnolia,” and “Cassidy” to the band’s catalog, Weir obtained a long and affluent music career that has allowed him to do what he loves and share it with others for nearly his entire life.

Born in 1947, Weir was adopted by a wealthy Californiaengineer. As a teen, he secured his spot as one of the youngest members of the burgeoning folk scene that centered on a Palo Altoclub called the Tangent—home to such future rock legends as Jerry Garcia, Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and Janis Joplin. In 1964, at the age of 17, Weir spent the majority of his time at a Palo Altomusic store where Garcia taught guitar lessons. It wasn’t long before Weir and Garcia, along with Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, formed a blues and folk outfit. Originally called Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions, the band was later renamed The Warlocks—adding Phil Lesh and Bill Kreutzman to the lineup—and eventually came to be known as the Grateful Dead.

Weir’s odd rhythm style developed as he played between the sweet articulated lead of Garcia and the avant-garde bass lines of Lesh. His songwriting developed as well, taking off particularly in the 1970s when he crossed paths with former pal John Perry Barlow. The two began producing songs in Weir’s own distinctstyle, spurring a songwriting partnership that would last for years to come.

Even with the Dead playing close to 100 shows a year, Weir needed other musical outlets. 1972 brought the release of his first solo album, Ace, on which the rest of the Dead backed him. Throughout the rest of the 1970s Weir toured and recorded with a number of different groups, the first of which was Kingfish. After releasing an album with the band in 1976, Weir began a solo project with producer Keith Olsen called Heaven Help the Fool. A brief tour to support the album resulted in collaborations with various session players, including Brent Mydland (who would join the Dead in 1979), Bobby Cochran, Alphonso Johnson and Billy Cobham. Weir also briefly toured with a group as Bobby and the Midnites, producing two albums.

Throughout the late 1980s and during the first half of the 1990s, the Dead remained Weir’s primary gig. Touring incessantly while all the while building up a community of “Deadheads,” the band finally found commercial success with their 1987 album, In the Dark. When Garcia died in 1995, Weir had just recently formed RatDog with Rob Wasserman, a bassist he had been playing duo shows with since the late 1980s. After Garcia’s death, former Primus drummerJay Lane and ex-Kingfish harmonica/guitar player Matthew Kelly were added into the mix. With a revolving lineup, the group toured relentlessly, building a name for themselves while performing a mix of new Weir compositions and older, reworked Dead songs.

In 1998, Weir reunited with several former Dead bandmates to tour as The Other Ones, releasing a live album in 1999 and hitting the road again in 2000. The same year, RatDog released their first album, Evening Moods. In 2009, original Grateful Dead members Weir, Lesh, Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart teamed up with guitarist Warren Haynes and RatDog keyboardist Chimenti to tour as the Dead. The results, however, were erratic, leaving Weir feeling like the road trip was more work than fun and Lesh saying the music didn’t seem to be moving forward. Besides stirring up some commotion, the ’09 Dead tour reminded Weir and Lesh of the chemistry the two had as bandmates. This led to the creation of Furthur—arguably one of the most successful Dead projects Weir has participated in to date.

Currently, Weir is married to the former Natascha Muenter, with whom he has two young daughters, Monet and Chloe. While not consumed by music, Weir spends a great deal of time as a social activist. He has done work as an environmental activist with several organizations, such as Greenpeace, and currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Rainforest Action Network and for Seva Foundation. He works with both the Rex Foundation, an organization started by the Dead in 1984, and the Furthur Foundation. Most recently, Weir is on the Board of Directors for Headcount, a nonprofit that registers voters and inspires participation in democracy through the power of music.

 

Bio: Melvin Seals

Melvin Seals has been a powerful presence in the music industry for over 30 years with a long-established reputation as a performer, recording artist and producer. Melvin is most revered for his powerful, high-spirited, Hammond B-3 organ, and keyboards in the Jerry Garcia Band. Melvin spun his B-3 magic with the Jerry Garcia Band for 18 years and in doing so helped pioneer and define what has now become “Jam Band Music”. From blues to funk to rock to jazz, Melvin Seals serves up a tasty mix with a little R&B and gospel thrown in to spice things up.

Melvin and JGB brings an intuitive, expressive style, soul, spontaneity and remarkable chops to the table. With acoustic and electric ingredients and unique combinations of Dave Hebert’s guitar and vocals, Pete Lavezzoli’s hearty drums and, of course, a heapin’ helpin’ of the wizard’s magic on Hammond B-3 Organ and keyboards. Along with backing vocals, the result is a most satisfying blend of natural organic grooves that challenges genre boundaries. Their chemistry is the focus from which they create a spontaneous and high art where the sky is the limit musically. They offer an exciting, often psychedelic musical journey that changes nightly and keeps the audience dancing and smiling (and some staring in amazement) for hours.

In addition to the often played staples, the band has recently been exploring the back catalog and performing a ton of super rare tunes, some of which The Jerry Garcia Band played only a few times over all those years.

Adding his rock-gospel-soul-rhythm and blues touch with his funky style of playing, no wonder Jerry nicknamed him “Master of the Universe”. Melvin continues to treat music lovers to his unique brand of melodic flavor with JGB. Come see and hear for yourself!

Melvin Seals – Organ, Vocals
Shirley Starks – Vocals
Cheryl Rucker – Vocals
Pete Lavezzoli – Drums
Dave Hebert – Guitar, Vocals
John-Paul McLean – Bass

Bio: Oteil Burbridge

Although Oteil and the Peacemakers is made up of incredibly talented musicians the music and the story always comes back to Grammy-nominated Oteil Burbridge. His solo band features a blend of jazz, jam, funk and gospel grooves - and tremendously catchy words and melodies - that promises to propel this band into the jam - and jazz - forefront. In addition to Burbridge, the band consists of Chris Fryar on drums, Mark Kimbrell on guitars and Matt Slocum on keys. Burbridge's influences include jazz greats such as Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Clarke, Alphonso Johnson, and Aston "Family Man" Barrett, along with funk masters Larry Graham, James Jamerson, Chuck Rainey, Willie Weeks, Jerry Jemmott, Rocco Prestia, Bootsy Collins and George Porter, Jr. In fact, cognoscenti and press who witnessed Oteil's virtuoso performance of Pastorius' "Three Views of a Secret" at last year's Beacon Theater tribute uniformly called it the high point of the evening.

Burbridge has always been in demand as a session and live sideman - recently, he was simultaneously a member of six different bands! His first step into the national spotlight came in 1991, when he became a founding member of the Aquarium Rescue Unit, a legendary jam outfit that still does the occasional reunion gig. He is probably best known, though, for his membership in The Allman Brothers Band since 1997. He was an immediate success with ABB fans, earning raves for his six string bass version of "Little Martha." His work with the band also earned him two Grammy nominations for best rock instrumental, in 2004 and in 2005. Along the way, he found time to collaborate with Phish's Page McConnell and The Funky Meters' Russell Battiste on the jam unit Vida Blue.

Burbridge has dropped all of his side projects recently, preferring to focus on The Allman Brothers Band and Oteil and the Peacemakers. Although Burbridge's resume must dominate any story about the Peacemakers, each of the members of the band brings important elements to the whole. Drummer Chris Fryar played with the blues-rock touring group Gravy. He has also done session/side work with acts as diverse as Robert Moore and the Wildcats, Charles Neville. Keyboardist Matt Slocum was classically trained, attending the New England Conservatory of Music. As the newest member of the band, he adds precise musicianship to the mix. Guit

Bio: Kamasi Washington

Over the years, Kamasi has performed and recorded with many of his musical heroes from various genres, including Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Burrell, George Duke, Lauryn Hill, Jeffrey Osborne, Mos Def, Quincy Jones, Stanley Clark, Harvey Mason and Chaka Khan. Kamasi’s own band The Next Step is a modern spin on  a big band, which includes two drummers, two upright bass players, keyboard players, three horns players, a pianist, and a vocalist.

Kamasi has also toured with west coast hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg and R&B legend Raphael Saadiq, as well as played in the orchestra of one of his biggest heroes, Gerald Wilson.

Most recently, Kamasi worked on Kendrick Lamar’s acclaimed 2015 album To Pimp A Butterfly. Last year Kamasi released his groundbreaking solo album The Epic on the trend-setting record label Brainfeeder. The album features Kamasi’s ten-piece band along with a full string orchestra and full choir. The Epic debuted #1 on several iTunes Jazz charts, including the US, Canada, Australia, Russia and UK.

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