Rock Hall adds Grateful Dead programs to coincide with exhibit

CLEVELAND - On Tuesday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum announced additional programs to coincide with the popular exhibit, Grateful Dead: The Long, Strange Trip.

The exhibit opened several days before the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in mid-April and features sections devoted to Grateful Dead as a recording group and a touring band, the fans who devotedly followed them, tapers and fellow travelers as well as finished and working manuscripts for classic songs, handwritten notes and artifacts.

The following events/programs have been added to coincide with the exhibit:

WHAT: Film Screening: The Grateful Dead Movie (1977, 132 minutes)was filmed in October of 1974 during a run of five shows at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco as the band was about to go on hiatus from touring. Directed by Jerry Garcia and Leon Gast, The Grateful Dead Movie captures the Dead at one of the peaks of their performing career. Dennis McNally, the band's biographer, describes it as a "superb concert movie, a mind-bending and adventurous experimental film, and an incredibly perceptive and hip portrait of the Dead Head fan base and their unique relationship to this ‘band beyond description.'" Performances include "U.S. Blues," "Playing in the Band," "Casey Jones," and "Morning Dew

WHEN: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the Rock Hall's Foster Theater

TICKETS: This event is FREE with a ticket reservation online at http://tickets.rockhall.com or in-person at the Rock Hall Box Office. Tickets will become available to Rock Hall Members on Thursday, May 17 at 10 a.m. EST and will become available to the general public on Friday, May 18 at 10 a.m. EST. A limited number of tickets will be available for those without internet access through the Rock Hall's RSVP phone system by calling (216) 515-8426.

 

WHAT: Multimedia presentation by Paul Grushkin, author of Dead Letters, and Steven Marcus, longtime ticket manager for the Grateful Dead. At the core of the Grateful Dead experience was the world's most devoted fan base: Dead Heads. Dead Heads went to extraordinary, often inspiring, lengths to get their hands on concert tickets by mailing the band and its staff. These letters and envelopes featured personalized artwork the likes of which the U.S. Postal Service had never seen. Since the band's earliest days, Grateful Dead staff saved tens of thousands of decorated ticket-request envelopes sent to them by Dead Heads hoping to capture the ticketing staff's attention with their designs. These envelopes are inspirational and hugely insightful, not to mention brilliantly illustrated and unique within the world of rock.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the Rock Hall's Foster Theater

TICKETS: This event is FREE with a ticket reservation online at http://tickets.rockhall.com or in-person at the Rock Hall Box Office. Tickets will become available to Rock Hall Members on Thursday, May 17 at 10 a.m. EST and will become available to the general public on Friday, May 18 at 10 a.m. EST. A limited number of tickets will be available for those without internet access through the Rock Hall's RSVP phone system by calling (216) 515-8426. This event will be streamed on rockhall.com.

 

WHAT: Film Screening: The Closing of Winterland     (2003, 190 minutes)was filmed on December 31, 1978 at the Winterland Ballroom. The band had performed nearly sixty shows at the ven    ue, and so Bill Graham considered them the perfect act for a farewell party. The mammoth three-set show features classics like "Sugar Magnolia," "Fire On the Mountain," "Dark Star" and "St. Stephen" and a special appearance by Ken Kesey.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. in the Rock Hall's Foster Theater

TICKETS:This event is FREE with a ticket reservation online at http://tickets.rockhall.com or in-person at the Rock Hall Box Office. Tickets will become available to Rock Hall Members on Thursday, May 17 at 10 a.m. EST and will become available to the general public on Friday, May 18 at 10 a.m. EST. A limited number of tickets will be available for those without internet access through the Rock Hall's RSVP phone system by calling (216) 515-8426.

 

WHAT: Hall of Fame Series featuring Donna Jean Godchaux.  Donna Jean Godchaux sang with the Grateful Dead from 1972 to 1979. By the time she was 15, she was singing back-up vocals on sessions at Rick Hall's Fame recording studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. She sang on numerous songs recorded at Fame, including Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds" and Percy Sledge's "When a Man Loves a Woman." She headed to San Francisco in the summer of 1970 where she met keyboardist Keith Godchaux, and they married shortly thereafter. In 1971 Keith joined the Dead,

and Donna joined a short while later. She recorded with the band on Wake of the Flood, From the Mars Hotel, Blues for Allah, Terrapin Station, and Shakedown Street . During their tenure with the Dead, the Godchauxs released the album Keith and Donna, with Garcia on guitar. They also appeared with the Jerry Garcia Band. After leaving the Dead, they formed the Heart of Gold Band. Then, after the death of Keith in 1980, Donna remarried and moved back to Alabama to work at Muscle Shoals. In 2009, she formed a new band, the Donna Jean Godchaux Band, with Jeff Mattson and other members of the Dead cover band the Zen Tricksters.

WHEN: Saturday, July 7, 2012 2 p.m. in the Rock Hall's Foster Theater

TICKETS: This event is FREE with a ticket reservation online at http://tickets.rockhall.com or in-person at the Rock Hall Box Office. Tickets will become available to Rock Hall Members on Thursday, June 14 at 10 a.m. EST and will become available to the general public on Friday, June 15 at 10 a.m. EST. A limited number of tickets will be available for those without internet access through the Rock Hall's RSVP phone system by calling (216) 515-8426. This event will be streamed on rockhall.com.

 

WHAT: Rock and Roll Night School: "The Road to the Dead: The Grateful Dead and their Musical Roots." This class will explore the musical and philosophical roots of the Grateful Dead, from bluegrass, folk and blues to the experiments of the San Francisco Tape Center and composers like Terry Riley and Steve Reich, to the poetry of Neil Cassidy and the philosophy of Ken Kesey and Timothy Leary.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 15 at 7 p.m. in the Rock Hall's Foster Theater

TICKETS: This event is FREE and RSVPs are not required. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. This event will be streamed on rockhall.com.

 

WHAT: Hall Of Fame Series featuring Tom Constanten. Tom Constanten joined the Grateful Dead as their keyboard player during the recording of the band's second album, Anthem of the Sun, in 1968. Called T.C. by his bandmates, Constanten studied music at the University of California at Berkeley, where he met Phil Lesh. The two became friends and roommates, and they enrolled in a graduate-level course taught by Luciano Berio, an Italian modernist composer, at nearby Mills College in Oakland. After graduation, Constanten went to Europe to study with avant-garde composers Karlheinz Stockhausen and Pierre Boulez. He then joined the U.S. Air Force and was a sergeant stationed in Denver when the Dead asked him to help them record Anthem of the Sun. Constanten played with the Dead on Aoxomoxoa and Live Dead. He left the group in January 1970. Constanten went on to a long career, composing music, and teaching piano.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 7 p.m. in the Rock Hall's Foster Theater

TICKETS: This event is FREE with a ticket reservation online at http://tickets.rockhall.com or in-person at the Rock Hall Box Office. Tickets will become available to Rock Hall Members on Thursday, June 14 at 10 a.m. EST and will become available to the general public on Friday, June 15 at 10 a.m. EST. A limited number of tickets will be available for those without internet access through the Rock Hall's RSVP phone system by calling (216) 515-8426. This event will be streamed on rockhall.com.

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