EARLY SHOW: Two hours of Dead, including “Workingman’s Dead” performed in its entirety,
LATE SHOW: Two hours of Dead, including “American Beauty” performed in it’s entirety.
1970 was a pivotal year for the Grateful Dead. Having achieved psychedelic royalty status as lead jamsters of the San Francisco scene, they decided to shift gears, strip down musically and focus on songwriting. This resulted in two of their most acclaimed albums – Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty.
Released just 3 months apart, these two classic albums introduced the world to their best known tunes – “Uncle John’s Band”, “Sugar Magnolia”, “Casey Jones”, “Friend of The Devil”, “Ripple”, “Truckin’” – the list goes on. The success that ensued would transform the Grateful Dead into worldwide superstars, inspire the most loyal fan-base in the history of rock ’n’ roll, and ultimately give birth to the entire “jam-band” genre.
“Let there be songs to fill the air!”
Cosmic Charlie was born in the musical Mecca of Athens, Georgia. From its summer 1999 inception, the band has been swiftly cementing its reputation as a band that puts a unique and personal twist on the Grateful Dead catalogue, a Dead cover band for folks that are ambivalent about Dead cover bands.
Rather than mimicking the Dead exactly, Cosmic Charlie chooses to tap into the Dead’s energy and style as a foundation on which to build. The result is healthy balance of creativity and tradition, and both the band and its audience are taken to that familiar edge with the sense that, music is being made on the spot that night.