The Grateful Dead continues to be one of the most prolific bands in rock history. The foremost “jam band” of the century exploded out of the psychedelic 1960s and in the ensuing decades maintained a seemingly endless tour itinerary, until the death of guitarist/vocalist Jerry Garcia in 1995. The remaining members spent a little time playing under the name The Dead, but their Deadhead disciples never thought they’d attend another Grateful Dead concert — until this year.
To mark the band’s 50th anniversary, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh and Bill Kreutzmann will reunite for three “Fare Thee Well” shows July 3-5 at Chicago’s Soldier Field, which also played host to the last Grateful Dead show with Garcia.
Deadheads everywhere are celebrating the historic reunion, including the Grateful Girls, a company dedicated to exposing new generations to “the magic of the Grateful Dead” through its Grateful Scarf collection. From the Dancing Bears to Steal Your Face, these officially licensed fashion accessories are abstractly inspired by the band’s iconic symbolism. Another series of scarves is inspired by Garcia’s own artwork.
Lagniappe is partnering with Grateful Girls to celebrate the Grateful Dead’s legacy, and letting our Friends with Benefits in on the action. Lagniappe Friends soon will be receiving information on how they may be able to own a Grateful Girls scarf. Those wanting to become a Lagniappe Friend with Benefits can find information on how to join on the Lagniappe website. Essentially, it’s a reader loyalty program where, in exchange for a weekly, monthly or annual financial pledge, Friends With Benefits receive news advances, special promotional offers, a calendar of events and more delivered to your inbox at least three days per week. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Kristy Lee opening for Indigo Girls at Saenger
Acoustic duo the Indigo Girls have no shortage of fans in the Azalea City. And with local favorite Kristy Lee and Dirt Road Revival opening, the Saenger Theatre should be packed for their June 25 show. Lee’s soulful voice and poignant songs make her performances truly memorable. The Jewel on Joachim’s stage should be a perfect setting for experiencing this local superstar along with the headliners.
In the last issue, Lagniappe featured a profile on some of the wonderful people behind Callaghan’s Irish Social Club in Mobile and Manci’s Antique Club in Daphne. In this feature, it was reported that Harry Johnson and John Thompson are partners in both endeavors. However, Johnson and Thompson are only partners in Manci’s. Richie Sherer co-owns Callaghan’s with Thompson. We regret the error and any confusion it may have caused.