As far as tour openers go, the concert on Friday presented no signs of a band holding back or slow to gain speed.
Arts Fuse writers continue their countdown of great music celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. This month’s diverse list includes John Lee Hooker, Víctor Jara, The Grateful Dead, Grand Funk Railroad, and Yes.
This was a generous two-set show whose imaginative pacing spotlit exploratory jams and interesting reconstructions of classic Dead fare.
Robert Hunter did as much to shape the sound and influence of the Grateful Dead as guitarist Jerry Garcia did.
The Grateful Dead’s music is moving forward with the help of musicians who are OK with the occasional look back over their shoulders.
On the occasions that Bob Weir and Phil Lesh performed as a legitimate duo the concert attained some of its more transcendent peaks.
Wisely, guitarist John Mayer does not try to copy Jerry Garcia’s memorable licks, solos, tones, and styles.
A by no means complete round up of some recent releases in rock, from Keith Richards to the Libertines.