How lucky are we that we have access to so much free music? On any given day, at any given time, we can enjoy our tunes online from wherever we are. I was introducing a young friend to the Dead the other day and was able to use her phone to quickly look them up and play a few songs for her to jog her memory. "Oh yeah, I know them!"
If you want to stream the Grateful Dead for free, did you know that you can on Spotify? The Best of the Grateful Dead Live is on Spotify and you can listen to it on your mobile device or computer. No, you don't have to have premium to listen, but you will have commercials and limited skips.
This month, Dead Heads are enjoying daily freebies from The Grateful Dead as they celebrate fan appreciation. Every day for 30 days they're giving out free downloads of unreleased tracks from the vault, which is an incredible value. Then they're also inviting fans to enter daily contests to answer trivia questions for prizes. The grand prize is a copy of the Sold Out May 1977 Get Shown the Light Boxed Set!
Fans of both Off Broadway productions and the Grateful Dead have much to celebrate. Jerry Garcia's songs are about to be featured in a new musical called Red Roses, Green Gold and it sounds fabulous. It will be opening this fall and while the exact songs have not yet been announced, it is sure to be a hit with fans old and new.
Jerry Garcia would have turned 75 yesterday had he been alive. It's fitting that Garcia was born in the progressive and loving city of San Francisco, since that was also the man's legacy. He was taken way too early from us by a heart attack, but we will always love, admire and especially appreciate the man who brought us The Grateful Dead.