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LONG STRANGE DEAL - A tribute to the music of Jerry Garcia

LONG STRANGE DEAL - A tribute to the music of Jerry Garcia


Visulite Theatre (16+ (Must have ID) - Under 16 with Parent Only)

Doors Open: 7:00 - Show Starts: 8:00

Tickets Still Available at Door


Long Strange Deal brings the jams! Period! This is not the traditional Jerry/Bobby style Grateful Dead tribute. LSD has gathered some of the best Dead players from the Charlotte area, including members of bands such as Other People, Liquid Sound, Brokedown Palace, Whiskey Prophets, MFT, to form a tribute that is reminiscent of some of our favorite eras of the Grateful Dead and JGB all mixed into one show!! Three lead players fill up the room swapping solos of collective styles ranging from some of the best eras of the Dead with Mike on guitar and vocals pouring his late 60’s thru the Mid-70’s super clean, bluesy tones into the songs, Cito Giulini with Jerry licks for days and the tones from late 70’s through the 80’s, with great harmony, backing, and lead vocals to boot, Russ Betenbaugh on Keys and vocals gives a nod to all of the great keyboard players that played beside Jerry whether it’s Brent, Nicky Hopkins, or Melvins Seals; and a solid rhythm section including “Thunder” Dan Ihle dropping Phil lines, and Maz Sietsma on drums filling some of both parts in one! Bethany Sietsma, on backing vocals, adds to the JGB sound and is a bonus on the Dead set too! 

The band improvises structurally but always stays true to the song they’re performing. Normally a show is two sets with occasionally a separate first set of JGB and then a long GD set, or mostly JGB and GD tunes mixed into two sets. Either style show is truly a good time and mostly an upbeat setlist with plenty of songs for getting down to, but also a couple of their heart wrenching, soul jerking Jerry ballads from songs such as China Doll, Wharf Rat, and So many Roads. This is a band you don’t want to miss hitting stages in theaters and festivals in 2022. 

LSD is not just a tribute to the GD but to the music Jerry made including the acoustic, grass side of Jerry; capable of providing a tribute to Old in the Way, JGAB, Pizza Tapes, and also The GD Reckoning Tribute. 

P.S. Don’t forget your dancing shoes!! 

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