Tales From The Lot - Grateful Dead Show Experiences

Will

Step into the world of the Grateful Dead with "Tales from the Lot." Join me as I dive deep into the heart of one of the most iconic bands in music history. In this podcast, I invite passionate Deadheads to share their firsthand experiences from the legendary Grateful Dead shows they attended.


My guests take you on a nostalgic journey to the lot scene and concerts they attended. Where the vibrant culture of fans, the music, and the mystical setlists converge. These storytellers transport you back in time, sharing the magic, camaraderie, and unique moments that defined these unforgettable concerts.


Do you have an incredible Grateful Dead story to tell? I'd love to have you on the podcast! Share your cherished memories and relive the moments that made those shows truly special. Whether it's the cosmic connection you felt with fellow fans or the legendary tunes that still make your heart sing, I want to hear from you.

Email will@talesfromthelot.org with the Grateful Dead show that holds a special place in your heart and why it means so much to you. Join me for a journey through the past and celebrate the enduring spirit of the Deadhead community.


Tune in, turn on, and keep the spirit of the Grateful Dead alive with "Tales from the Lot: A Grateful Dead Experiences" podcast.

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TFTL Ep 25 I Ducked Into A Barn Door
25-04-2024
TFTL Ep 25 I Ducked Into A Barn Door
Send Me a Text MessageVenture back in time with Boston's very own Paul Cirincione as we unravel the enthralling narrative of a life steeped in the melodies of the Grateful Dead and the dynamic world of live music recording. Our foray begins with Paul's initiation into the taping culture at a Dead show in '78, with nothing but borrowed equipment from an unlikely source. His chronicles from the golden era take us through the small, smoky venues and the blossoming vending scene, contrasting the cumbersome recording gear of yesteryear with the sleek technology we see today.Join us as Paul reminisces about seeing the Grateful Dead, sharing tales that intertwine his personal milestones with about 100 concerts over a decade. Whether it's a snow-laden odyssey to the Stanley Theater or a serendipitous ocean swim, Paul's vivid storytelling captures the essence of Deadhead culture. We'll get an insider's look at iconic venues, the spontaneous camaraderie among fans, and the remarkable drive that fueled the journey despite the demands of adulthood and a full-time job.But the musical expedition doesn't end with the Grateful Dead. Paul's diverse taste leads us through the punk scene's prime years, highlighting connections with legendary figures like Joey Ramone and intricate stories that bring us face-to-face with the likes of Al Kooper during a pivotal moment in music history. It's an intimate narrative that paints a picture of the raw humanity of these icons, etching Paul's experiences into the broader canvas of live music's transformative power. Let's set the stage for a symphony with Paul Cirincione as our conductor.Summer Tour - The GameKickstarter Page: Summer Tour - The Game Kickstarter PageWebsite: www.SummerTourTheGame.com Tales From The Lotwill@talesfromthelot.orgFacebook - https://www.facebook.com/talesfromthelotYouTube -https://www.youtube.com/@talesfromthelotSupport the Show.
TFTL Ep 24 When Is The Next Tour? - 70's 80's 90's and Chimps!
17-04-2024
TFTL Ep 24 When Is The Next Tour? - 70's 80's 90's and Chimps!
Send Me a Text MessageWhen Bob Ingersoll describes his first Grateful Dead concert, you can almost feel the pulsing energy of the crowd and the transformative power of the music. This episode takes a wild ride with Bob, a chimp expert, and Deadhead, as he shares his life's tapestry woven with threads of passion for primates and the Grateful Dead. His stories transport us from his early college days to the emotional depth of his bond with Nim Chimpsky, a chimp he worked with closely. Bob's journey is not just about his own evolution but also about the heartbreak of losing his primate friends to medical research and how it steered him towards the vibrant embrace of the Deadhead community.Imagine the thrill of chasing live concerts across the country, each show a unique snowflake in the blizzard of Grateful Dead fandom. Bob regales us with tales of close encounters with the band, the kinship formed with fellow fans, and the spontaneous drum circles that capture the essence of this cultural phenomenon. These memories underscore the shared experiences that resonate long after the final notes fade, like the story of Bob's mother donning a Dead-themed shirt years after being deeply moved by a performance, and his cousin's treasured ticket stubs that serve as portals to the past.Fusing the kindred spirits of music and activism, Bob's narrative culminates in an exploration of compassion, from his vegan awakening to his tireless efforts in animal advocacy. This episode is not just an invitation to reminisce but a call to action, encouraging listeners to embrace the legacy of the Grateful Dead in their own lives and join the ongoing quest for animal welfare and environmental justice. Bob's dedication to both the music and the cause invites us to consider how our own passions can ignite change and foster a better world, all while keeping the spirit of the Grateful Dead alive and well.Oklahoma Primate Sanctuary - okprimates.orgOliver and Friends Farm Sanctuary - oliverandfriends.orgSummer Tour - The GameKickstarter Page: Summer Tour - The Game Kickstarter PageWebsite: www.SummerTourTheGame.com Tales From The Lotwill@talesfromthelot.orgFacebook - https://www.facebook.com/talesfromthelotYouTube -https://www.youtube.com/@talesfromthelotSupport the Show.
TFTL Ep 23 People Were Taking Care of Each Other - The Matrix, Carousel Ballroom, Keystone, and More!
09-04-2024
TFTL Ep 23 People Were Taking Care of Each Other - The Matrix, Carousel Ballroom, Keystone, and More!
Send Me a Text MessageBill Bigelow takes us on a journey through the heart of the Bay Area's legendary music scene, where the melodies of the Grateful Dead once danced through iconic venues like the Carousel Ballroom and the Fillmore West. As we explore his stories, from the Beatles to Bob Dylan, we witness the origins of a community united by music. Bill's encounters with the Dead's intimate shows and his insights into their ever-evolving relationship with promoter Bill Graham offer a rare glimpse into the spirit of an era defined by transformative sounds and kinship.The air of a Grateful Dead concert was electric with camaraderie and the unexpected, like the time Bob Weir handed out tuna sandwiches or a compassionate security guard went above and beyond. Our episode captures those moments, the surge of energy during a "Dark Star" transition into "St. Stephen," and pays homage to the irreplaceable Pigpen. These concerts weren't just about music—they were a space where memories and lifelong bonds were forged, where each song became a collective heartbeat shared by everyone in the room.Venture with us into the crossroads of social justice and music education, where the Zinn Education Project www.zinnedproject.org meets the anti-apartheid anthem "Sun City." We remember the voices that sang for change, like Little Steven and Bruce Springsteen, and the blues artists elevated by Bonnie Raitt. To cap it off, we discover the hypnotic fusion of North African rhythms and rock through the artistry of Bombino, drawing parallels to Jimi Hendrix and celebrating the joy of unraveling new sounds that continue to reshape our musical world. Join us for an episode that's not just a nod to the past, but also an embrace of the future's endless possibilities in sound.Rethinking Schools - rethinkingschools.orgSummer Tour - The GameKickstarter Page: Summer Tour - The Game Kickstarter PageWebsite: www.SummerTourTheGame.com Tales From The Lotwill@talesfromthelot.orgFacebook - https://www.facebook.com/talesfromthelotYouTube -https://www.youtube.com/@talesfromthelotSupport the Show.
TFTL Ep 22 Those Were The Days, As Archie Said - The Golden '70s and '80s
01-04-2024
TFTL Ep 22 Those Were The Days, As Archie Said - The Golden '70s and '80s
Send Me a Text MessageEver found yourself entranced by a rhythm, a melody, or a memory that transports you to another place and time? That's the magic Bruce Ascher, a die-hard Deadhead from Putnam County, brings to the table in our latest episode. With the backdrop of Led Zeppelin and Motown beats, Bruce's musical pilgrimage led him to the Grateful Dead's doorstep, and he's never looked back. We journey with him to his first Dead concert—a serendipitous celebration on Bob Weir's birthday—and through the enchanting live shows that solidified his lifelong devotion. Bruce's tales aren't just about the music; they're a testament to the vibrant community and shared experiences that defined being a Deadhead in the golden '70s and '80s.From the Fourth of July with Bob Dylan co-headlining the Grateful Dead—Bruce was there, and his anecdotes from that iconic 1987 show are just the tip of the iceberg. We navigate through the band's evolving eras, from Keith and Donna to the jazzy stylings of Brent Mydland, and into the hands of cover bands that keep the flame burning brightly. Bruce's narrative includes a nod to local New York legends like Grateful Bro, painting a picture of a scene that refuses to fade away, sustained by the undying passion of fans and musicians alike.Our conversation takes a literary turn as we explore the intersection between the Grateful Dead's cultural phenomenon and the written word, with a spotlight on TC Boyle's "Drop City." We unravel how Boyle's portrayal of freedom and counterculture resonates deeply with Deadheads. Wrapping up, we reflect on the ever-present musical connections that continue to unite and inspire, from spontaneous jams with Bob Weir to the present-day concert scenes that keep the Dead's timeless vibe pulsing through the air. Join us for an unmissable episode that's as much about the music as it is about the memories and the indelible marks they leave on our lives.Summer Tour - The GameKickstarter Page: Summer Tour - The Game Kickstarter PageWebsite: www.SummerTourTheGame.com Tales From The Lotwill@talesfromthelot.orgFacebook - https://www.facebook.com/talesfromthelotYouTube -https://www.youtube.com/@talesfromthelotSupport the Show.
TFTL Ep 21 You Were All Part of the Band - Englishtown, NJ 9/3/1977
26-03-2024
TFTL Ep 21 You Were All Part of the Band - Englishtown, NJ 9/3/1977
Send Me a Text MessageJoin us on a sonic journey as Tommy Kennedy takes us from the electric buzz of a Bob Dylan fandom to the psychedelic swirl of becoming a Grateful Dead convert. The episode kicks off with Tommy's rich storytelling, painting the scene of his first Grateful Dead concert where the air was thick with excitement and faces were adorned with vibrant paints. His tales extend beyond the music, revealing the tapestry of experiences that hooked him into the Dead's unique culture, and how one album, "Wake of the Flood," served as the catalyst for this transformation. We navigate through Tommy's recollections of the contrast between East and West Coast Dead shows, the ingenuity of sneaking an ice chest into venues, and the community spirit that saw him through an incredible 187 concerts.As the conversation unfurls, we find ourselves reflecting on the broader picture of music appreciation, evoking memories of a time when ticket prices were a fraction of today's costs and each venue had its own distinct atmosphere. We share laughs over a Bobby Vinton concert and wax nostalgic about the Grateful Dead's dual drummers and the shift in their performance sound. The episode culminates with a heart-to-heart about I Hike for Mental Health www.hikeformentalhealth.org, a nonprofit co-founded by Tommy after a chance encounter that married his love for hiking with a cause close to his heart. We examine how hitting the trails can be a balm for the mind and the critical importance of mental health research and trail preservation, efforts that Tommy's organization champions. A touching tribute to Brent, the "new guy" who left an everlasting imprint on the Grateful Dead, rounds out our discussion. His legacy, like the music of the Dead, continues to resonate with fans old and new, a testament to the enduring power of community and song.Summer Tour - The GameKickstarter Page: Summer Tour - The Game Kickstarter PageWebsite: www.SummerTourTheGame.com Tales From The Lotwill@talesfromthelot.orgFacebook - https://www.facebook.com/talesfromthelotYouTube -https://www.youtube.com/@talesfromthelotSupport the Show.
TFTL Ep 20 That Bus Has A Lot of Wheels - Deer Creek 6/28/1992
23-10-2023
TFTL Ep 20 That Bus Has A Lot of Wheels - Deer Creek 6/28/1992
Send Me a Text MessageEver found yourself reminiscing about your first psychedelic experience while listening to the Grateful Dead? Or how about that time when you unearthed your love for genres you didn't even know existed? Join my dear friend Kurt and I as we take a trip down memory lane, discussing our shared love for music, and our unforgettable concert experiences including our time at the Grateful Dead concert at Deer Creek in 1992. Kurt opens up about his musical journey, how he transitioned from '80s rap to alternative music, and eventually got hooked on the Grateful Dead.A trip to our younger days wouldn't be complete without our local hangouts and our penchant for camping and Waffle House visits. Remember the era of cassette tapes, copying our favorite music, and sharing it with each other? Kurt relives these moments, along with our longest concert at the World Mardi Gras watching P-Funk. He also introduces us to his passion for MIDI music. Vægaënic Vibez on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/vaegaenicvibezOur musical journey doesn't stop there. We also explore the modern bands that have caught our attention. Bands like Goose, with their amazing guitar player, and Corey Wong's funk-rock sound. We dive into the realm of 'sad dad music', particularly the tunes of Gregory Alan Isakov. And who could forget the exceptional drumming of Bill Kreuzman from the Grateful Dead's early days? Tune in for an episode steeped in music, memories, and laughter.Summer Tour - The GameKickstarter Page: Summer Tour - The Game Kickstarter PageWebsite: www.SummerTourTheGame.com Tales From The Lotwill@talesfromthelot.orgFacebook - https://www.facebook.com/talesfromthelotYouTube -https://www.youtube.com/@talesfromthelotSupport the Show.
TFTL Ep 19 From Club Kids to Deadheads Overnight - Grateful Dead Tour Tales: Volume One: 1984-1987
16-10-2023
TFTL Ep 19 From Club Kids to Deadheads Overnight - Grateful Dead Tour Tales: Volume One: 1984-1987
Send Me a Text MessageEver found yourself lost in a parking lot for hours after a mind-blowing Grateful Dead concert? George Michaels, author of 'Grateful Dead Tour Tales', not only knows exactly how that feels, but also crafted an entire collection of captivating stories based on such experiences. Join us as we journey through George's transformation from a club kid to a devoted Deadhead, and get a glimpse of the Grateful Dead culture through his eyes. Hear about his first Grateful Dead concert in Saratoga, where he lost his car for three hours, and the tale behind the unexpected Mississippi Half Step performance at the Nassau Coliseum show.Grateful Dead Tour Tales: Volume One: 1984-1987Available here: https://www.amazon.com/Grateful-Dead-Tour-Tales-1984-1987But wait, there's more! What if you could relive the magic of attending 35 Dead shows in a single year? Get ready to ride along as George recounts his transformative adventures as a Deadhead. From the memorable show where he heard Shakedown Street for the first time, to the European tours and the breakout shows with the Warlocks, there’s a tale for every tune. We also talk about his writing journey, as he crafted a book that aims to encapsulate the myriad experiences and life-changing moments that come with being a part of the Grateful Dead fandom. And speaking of being part of this unique culture, let's not forget the indispensable Tangle Free Dreadlocks Hairbrush!Summer Tour - The GameKickstarter Page: Summer Tour - The Game Kickstarter PageWebsite: www.SummerTourTheGame.com Tales From The Lotwill@talesfromthelot.orgFacebook - https://www.facebook.com/talesfromthelotYouTube -https://www.youtube.com/@talesfromthelotSupport the Show.