Jam with the tunes of the Grateful Dead in Avon
Ryan Summerlin October 25, 2012
AVON, Colorado – Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue was formed in 2005 from the top players of the foremost Grateful Dead tribute bands in the Rocky Mountain region. Based originally on a premise of player interchangeability to suit the situation, compatibility and success have coalesced the band into its present configuration. The band’s forte lies in its faithful rendering of Grateful Dead material, both originals and covers, and the Grateful Dead’s trademark style of improvisation.
Achieved through a careful balance of comprehension and execution of the more defined musical elements of the material with a fearless passion to connect with the elusive “X factor” that Jerry Garcia affectionately spoke of, RMGDR remains aligned with the Dead’s creed of playing off the energy of the audience and making them an integral component of the overall dynamic.
Vail’s very own Rob Eaton, a full time member of the internationally touring Dark Star Orchestra, and Jake Wolf, longtime member of Shakedown Street and inspiring child music educator and founder of the local School of Rock, anchor the band.
Eaton started playing guitar at the age of 12. His inspiration for playing was hearing Europe ’72, the year it came out. His first band “The Peyote Ridge Band” played originals, Dead and others from 1975 till 1980. In 1980 Rob moved to New York from Vermont to begin a recording career, spending many of those years as a staff engineer with “The Power Station Studios.” Eaton’s name may be familiar to those in the recording business both professional and the vast Grateful Dead taping world. He has been involved in the Grateful Dead community since the ’70s.
Wolf has played with many bands and musicians, including members of the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia Band, Zero, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Vince Herman, Karl Denson, Yo-Yo Ma, Jeff Pevar, P-Funk, Rob Wasserman, just to name a few. Currently Jake lives in Vail, Colorado where puts forth a strong effort to keep live-music flourishing for adults and children.