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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…

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Deadheads, search your attics. You could be able to claim a $500 reward. On March 17, 1970, the Grateful Dead gave an impromptu concert with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and its then music director, Lukas Foss. Now, the orchestra – and Grateful Dead fans everywhere, no doubt – are hoping against hope that a bootleg recording might turn up. The push began by cha…

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We are not strangers to major rock gigs in Buffalo. But for a long time, it seemed that our glory days as a destination for stadium-filling bands and artists had gone the way of the 8-Track tape, the cassette and  finally, the CD. Huge shows that filled what was then known as Rich Stadium were commonplace in the '70s and '80s, but by the mid-'90s, had moved into the rea…

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I’d estimate that there are several thousand folks from the Buffalo area on their way to Chicago for this weekend’s “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of the Grateful Dead” shows, the final gigs the band will be doing. I know of at least 100 people who were planning to leave Buffalo on Wednesday and make their way toward what is normally referred to as Soldier Field, bu…

“The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir,” running now on Netflix, is a film that might be revelatory for some, and will surely be affirming for others. I watched it this week, and then immediately watched it again, to confirm my one and only criticism of director Mike Fleiss’ film – it’s just too short. I wanted it to go on for much longer than its 90 minutes. T…

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Branford Marsalis wrote a note to Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead following this legendary show in March 1990, describing the sets of music he shared with the Dead as one of the musical highlights of his life. Hardcore jazz heads and Dead haters alike might scoff at this notion, and that’s their right. However, a wiser course of action might be to simply listen to the o…

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The late Jerry Garcia would have turned 72 on Aug. 1. Mirroring a countrywide trend, Western New York fans of the Grateful Dead’s unofficial leader, as well as musicians whose lives have been forever changed through full immersion in Garcia’s songwriting and playing, will celebrate the man’s birthday in the most appropriate fashion imaginable – by playing his music. “Jerr…