The band fronted by two founding Grateful Dead members sold out the Taj’s Etess Arena like wildfire last winter, and Boardwalk Hall can expect an even larger throng of Deadheads Nov. 12.
Atco, N.J., residents Ann Domski Black and her husband John met 20 years ago to the day Nov. 12 — at a Jerry Garcia Band concert at the bygone Spectrum in Philadelphia. The couple will be celebrating their allegiance to the music, and each other, at Saturday night’s show.
“We’re ever so grateful that we can still enjoy the sweet music that brought us together,” says Ann. “We try to support the band every chance we get, though now that we have a child we have to stick to the more local shows. We try to hit one each tour. We love what Bobby and Phil are doing. The band sounds great and we wish they they could keep playing for another 20 years.”
Absecon resident Jennifer Townsend Auge may not qualify as a Deadhead, but she enjoyed her lone Furthur experience in Camden.
“I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of the Dead and like their mainstream songs the best, but what I liked best about that concert was watching the people. Oh man, what a show!”
When: Saturday, Nov. 12, doors open 5:30pm, show 7pm
Where: Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City
How Much: $59.50, $49.50 and $39.
"I never set out to emulate Jerry Garcia. I set out, in the 1990s, to learn about music and how it was constructed, and I was playing in bands that played original music."
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The Philadelphia-based band Steal Your Face is no stranger to southern New Jersey, having done numerous local gigs including after-parties at Atlantic City’s Hard Rock Café when the Allman Brothers Band and Furthur (the band featuring the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Phil Lesh, among others, which is coming back to Atlantic City in November) were each in A.C. last year. Early last month, though, the band jammed for the first time on the deck of a party boat during a three-hour back-bay tour of Margate. “I was really impressed by how cool that was and how well it went,” says Steal Your Face rhythm guitarist Garry Engle. “Everybody had a great time, so we’re doing it again.” This Saturday, Sept. 17, from 7-10pm, the five-man band (also including lead guitarist Curtis Eustace, drummer Lou Zalvino, bassist Paul Baroli and keyboardist Michael Morrow) will do another sunset jam aboard the 65-foot Jessie O’ II party boat. The boat leaves Captain Andy’s Marina (9317 Amherst Ave., Margate) at 7pm and includes a buffet dinner, live music and scenic bay cruise for $40 per person, or $75 per couple. There will be no liquor served, but patrons are welcome to BYOB. Call 412-3635 for reservations. Click here for an awesome...
So well received was last year’s appearance at the Taj that Furthur, founded and fronted by original Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh and rhythm guitarist Bob Weir, returns to Atlantic City this November — in a venue that can accommodate about three times the Deadheads.
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“They didn’t retire. They come out of the woodwork for things like this.”
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