Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue returns to State Bridge |

Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue returns to State Bridge

Daily staff report
Special to the Daily

BOND – Part of the official grand reopening weekend at the State Bridge amphitheater, Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Review (RMGDR) returns to summon the spirit of the world’s most storied jambands Saturday night.

Comprised by Rob Eaton of Darkstar Orchestra,-Jake Wolf and Joe Weisiger of Shakedown Street,-Edwin Hurwitz formally of Great American Taxi and Shockra, and Dave Laub of Fried Grease, the group is going to give the fans what they want this weekend.

“I’m not really sure what we’re going to do. State Bridge is one of those places where it’s often better to just wing it and see what the crowd is into,” said Rob Eaton, who plays rhythm for RMGDR. “State Bridge is one of those really important places for the mountains. There’s really no other place like it in the area. To have it back at the level it is now, which is improved from what it was, is positive and helpful for the community.”

Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Review 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, the band’s forte lies in its faithful rendering of Grateful Dead material and its trademark style of improvisation.

With authentic comprehension and precise execution of the material, the group seeks 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, making it an integral component in the overall dynamic of the show.

Opening the show, the Fox Street All Stars have been influenced by the culture and music of the south and, specifically New Orleans. The band embarks on a yearly pilgrimage to the New Orleans Jazz Festival to bond over late-night jam sessions and bellies full of beer and crawfish.-

“A lot of serious band decisions have been made on our yearly Jazz Fest visit,” said drummer Eric Low, who attributes the core of his playing to years studying under the legendary Crescent City drummer Stanton Moore of Galactic. The New Orleans vibe is a big part of what fuels the band’s energy day in and day out.

The Fox Street All Stars have shared the stage with The New Mastersounds, Karl Denon’s Tiny Universe, Blues Traveler, John Medeski, and Robert Randolph and The Family Band. They open the show at State Bridge at 5 p.m.

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