Jam – 2011-06-30 – Carroll’s

June 30 was the last day in June, it was the 5th jam in June and I’m sure set a record for the most songs played in one month.  We have been doing many jams where we play a full Grateful Dead show as our setlist for the night.  This keeps us moving and motivated to play many songs without too much wasted time.  Ain’t that the truth?  More King Po, Charlie.  This whole theory really kicks in gear when you start playing some older, classic Dead shows.

June 30, 1973 at the Universal Amphitheater was apparently one such classic show that was ripe to play for the evening.  Although I was unfamiliar with this show there is a lot written about it and seems to have a following based on some of the writing on the net.  See the link below:


That’s a pretty cool write up and gave us a great foundation on which to base our evening.  I listened to the show on my very long trip into the city, G-d I hate the Thursday jam.  I didn’t get in until 8:15 and I bet we didn’t get started until 8:45.  We had a few guests, Rob and Miriam and Rich’s AZ friends, Steve and Eydie, I meanTracy.  It was nice to have an audience.

As I stated, I got there late and we had little hope of playing the entire setlist.  This 1973 show, 38 years ago had a big list of songs including the giant first set.  It was a challenge and we got through the end of the show with out the 2-song encore.  That’s pretty impressive and took us up to about 12:15 to play.  I actually screwed up by playing the Eyes before the Dark Star instead of the other way around.  Short of that faux pas, we were following the show as we were supposed to; we even tried to play certain songs in the 73-styles such as Love Each Other and Greatest Story where we actually got the St. Stephen sounding jam on track. Deal, Jack Straw and the wondering Birdsong were also examples of trying to think 73.

I must remember to change my strings before next week because when I picked up my guitar, the strings felt like they were deep fried.    It was bothersome throughout the night so I won’t get any better.  Looking forward to pick a show from 7-7-11 to play.  In the meantime, enjoy the links to the music from this week, once Rich gets to it.


15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alan W.
    Jul 03, 2011 @ 01:14:49

    This is a remarkable recording of a new level of creativity for us. True to the original show we were emulating, there is some inspired jamming here. How did this happen? For one, we listened to each other probably more than I can recall in my brief tenure. Beyond listening, there was mutual respect. Other than Larry tring to navigate us to follow the setlist, the tempo and style if the ’73 show, the process was very democratic. We all pointed to new directions and the rest followed, though we all got turned around at times and had to stop to regain our bearings. That happens when you take risks, and it is always worth it.

    The volume level of Rich’s recording was perfect, loud but without over modulation, and the mike placement in the mid-studio nexus got everyone well-placed in the mix. So when listening, all the intricacies are there. Kevin was front and center and did some interesting stuff. I’m usually the one throwing in Spanish Jam riffs, but it was Kev, in the heart of Playin’ in the Band. Later, he re-states the opening D major intro before Larry eases us back to the Playin’ riff, and we all fell in line, building nicely to the climatic reprise chorus and ending.

    On this Independence Day week-end, it wad good to see that democracy is still alive, and working. God bless America, and God bless Deadstein!

  2. Larry G.
    Jul 03, 2011 @ 09:55:07

    When in the Course of freaky events, it becomes necessary for one band to dissolve the jam bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of bandmates requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the microphone separation.

    Such has been the patient sufferance of Deadstein; and such is now the necessity which constrains systems to alter their former Systems of jamming. The history of the present Deadstein is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these jambands. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

    Deadstein has refused setlests, practice and rehearsal, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

    Deadstein has forbidden predefined setlists of immediate and pressing importance, and has utterly neglected to attend to them.

    Deadstein has refused to pass other rules for the accommodation of song lists, unless those lists would relinquish the right of members in the band, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

    Deadstein has called together musicians at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their instruments, for the sole purpose of playing them into harmony with his compositions.

    Deadstein has dissolved reformed itself repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness Deadstein invasions on the rights of the members.

    Deadstein has refused for a long time, after such disolutions, to cause others to be band members; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the members at large for their exercise; the band remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

    Deadstein has endeavoured to prevent the population of this band; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations to other music, and raising the conditions of new songs to play.

    Deadstein has obstructed the learning of new songs, by refusing its Assent to Laws for establishing cooperative powers.

    Deadstein has played songs dependent on Grateful Dead songs alone, for the tenure of its existence.

    Deadstein has figured out a multitude of new songs, and sent hither swarms of tabulatures to harrass bandmates, and eat out their substance.

    Deadstein has kept among us, in times of peace, a song book without the Consent of our members.

    Deadstein has affected to render the band independent of and superior to the songs of the people power.

    Deadstein has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving its Assent to their Acts of pretended joint discussions:

    For Quartering large bodies of instruments among us:
    For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any out-of tune moments which they should commit on the members of this band:

    For cutting off our cell-service with all parts of the world:

    For imposing jamming taxes on us without our Consent:

    For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of selecting a song:

    For transporting us beyond beyond our consciousness to be tried for pretended offences;

    For abolishing the free System of musical composition in a related bands, establishing therein an Arbitrary band leader, and enlarging its volume so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these other Deadstein cover bands:

    For taking away our song books, abolishing our most valuable ways of learning the songs, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our bands:

    For suspending our own Band, and declaring itself invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

    Deadstein has abdicated Government here, by declaring members out of tune and waging War against us.

    Deadstein has plundered our creativity, ravaged our memories, burnt our minds, and destroyed the lives of our bandmates.

    Deadstein is at this time transporting large Armies of non-Grateful Dead songs to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a Dead cover band.

    He has constrained our fellow bandmates taken Captive on the high C’s to bear axes against their band, to become the executioners of their friends and freaks, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

    Deadstein has excited internecine amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the bandmates of our frontiers, the merciless musical interference, whose known rule of playing, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

    In every stage of these Oppressions We have thought about Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by audio feedback. A Freak whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a bandmates.

    Nor has Deadstein been wanting in attentions to our Freaky brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our jamming and playing here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of peace and harmony. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, non-Freaks in War, in Peace Friends.

    We, therefore, the band members, in Deadstein, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good musicians of Deadstein, solemnly publish and declare, That these freaks of Deadstein are, and of Right ought to be Free a and Independent Band; that it is Absolved from all Allegiance to the regular world of music, and that all compositional connection between them and the world of music, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Jam Bands, they have full Power to levy setlists, conclude shows, select members, establish buffets, and to do all other Acts and Things which jam and cover bands may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Songs, our Instruments and our sacred Musicianship.

    Freaks Unite!

  3. KEVIN
    Jul 03, 2011 @ 11:22:30

    Uh….never saw that coming. You got me to shut-up.
    I’m actually a little frightened.

  4. Larry G.
    Jul 03, 2011 @ 12:49:19

    Maybe for Passover jams I’ll do an interpretation of the Haggudah. Let my people jam and take bitter herbs.

  5. Larry G.
    Jul 03, 2011 @ 12:51:33

    I’m changing my strings now and finally releasing the shish-kabob which adheres to them.

  6. Larry G.
    Jul 03, 2011 @ 13:42:16

    For next week I am proposing doing JFK 7-7-89. I could only imagine Kevin passing out on Shakedown Street during this one, yet his bubble never burst.


    Set I:
    Hell In A Bucket
    Iko Iko
    Little Red Rooster
    Ramble On Rose
    Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
    Let It Grow >
    Blow Away

    Set II:
    Box Of Rain
    Scarlet Begonias >
    Fire On The Mountain
    Estimated Prophet >
    Standing On The Moon
    – Drums >
    – Space >
    The Other One >
    Wharf Rat >
    Turn On Your Lovelight

    Encore: Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

  7. scott
    Jul 04, 2011 @ 08:48:33

    WOW…… The Declaration Of Freakin’ Deadstein!!!! 7-7-89 was a hot one…… I’m down, and hopefully not literally

  8. Brotpen
    Jul 04, 2011 @ 12:43:55

    “…Absolved from all Allegiance to the regular world of music…”
    That’s quite a responsibility.

  9. Alan W.
    Jul 05, 2011 @ 06:47:24

    Noew we need a bill of rights…the right to bear arms, or at least axes, but not bongos.

  10. Anonymous
    Jul 05, 2011 @ 22:02:56

    We’ll put the no Bongo clause in the Bill of Rights, not!

  11. Alan w.
    Jul 05, 2011 @ 22:35:14

    Before leaving the subject of last week’s jam I suggest that all listen to the sleeper hit El Paso. Started by the two guitars and drums while Kevin and Scott snacked, the beginning is practically acoustics. Scott falls into line then Kevin enters, so Larry then takes theinstrumental lead. The finish is strong and well executed. A masterpiece, as usual, whose arrangement was completely spontaneous.

  12. Alan w.
    Jul 06, 2011 @ 18:19:58

    As for proposition #1 (no bongos), in the Unlimited State of Deadstein, the 5 voting members could vote by secret ballot, and if a majority of 3 vote to ban it, the elected leader will sign the ban into law. You may want to lobby further, though contributions are not allowed. Visiting friends however are always welcome, in person or by telephone.

  13. KEVIN
    Jul 07, 2011 @ 07:22:44

    I think if you go back in the long history of the Deadstein website, this is the all-time most said about absolutely nothing.
    Even the LLB / Volume Wars of ’98-’99 don’t compare to the quantity of nonsense being spewed.
    I hope you’re proud.

  14. Alan W.
    Jul 08, 2011 @ 07:43:06

    As Larry observed, we played many songs in these five jams in June. 106 to be precise. Unless The Gind has sometime like Deadbase with all the stats, I don’t know if it’s a record, but it is a lot. Almost Unlimited.

  15. Larry G.
    Jul 08, 2011 @ 14:58:31

    Spew is all I have!

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