Hope does not die easily when it comes to locating Grateful Dead tapes, real or imagined.
In January 2017, a grassroots search began for a recording of a historic concert the band gave on March 17, 1970, with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Lukas Foss, who was then the orchestra's music director. It has long been considered unlikely that any recording exists. But the advent of social media had given Deadheads new reason for hope.
The renewed search began thanks to prompts sent out on Twitter by the Philharmonic and The Buffalo News. As word spread, Michael Caputo, the celebrated political strategist who lives in East Aurora, added fuel to the fire by offering a $500 reward.
The reward soon grew to $1,200, thanks to a contribution promised Jan. 5 on Twitter by Christopher Foss, Lukas Foss' son.
"I really want to hear this show," he wrote.
Foss has now re-ignited the search by raising the reward again.
A documentary filmmaker and photographer, he has only 14 followers and tweets infrequently. On Dec. 4, he resurrected the long-dormant conversation about the tape by tweeting to parties involved: "Christopher Foss here, son of L. Foss, contributing to Michael Caputo and others' reward offerings -- upping the ante on a reward for any audio (or audiovisual) of this Foss-led, Buffalo Philharmonic/ Dead Concert on 3/17/1970. Reward now up to $2K."
You heard the man. The reward is now $2,000.
Deadheads, search your attics again!