The Stolen Faces
Friday, Aug. 5, at 7:30 p.m.
Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, 916 Charleston St.,
Tickets: $8 at the door

The Grateful Dead remain one history’s most iconic rock bands. Their catalog’s lifespan is seemingly immortal thanks to a legion of fans and the plethora of tribute bands around the world. The Stolen Faces have become favorites for Southeastern Deadheads wanting a musical fix.

Based in Nashville, Tennessee, core members Christian Grizzard (bass/vocals) and Jack Silverman (guitar) have made it their mission to provide audiences with an authentic Dead experience. Even though the songs they cover are some of Grizzard’s favorites, the Dead’s music also has another appealing aspect for the bassist.

“The other part of it is the fact that it’s a vehicle for improvisation,” Grizzard said. “You get an opportunity, especially as a bass player, to do things and go places with the music that you couldn’t with other situations. You can stretch out songs to 20 minutes or more if you want to.”

Many Dead tribute bands specialize in recreating setlists from actual Grateful Dead performances. Those venturing to a Stolen Faces show, however, should expect the unexpected. Silverman and Grizzard compile a different setlist each time they return to a venue. Combined with their skillful accuracy, this has allowed them to perform festival sets and earned them a weekly show at Nashville’s Acme Seed & Feed’s “Grateful Monday.”