Grateful Dad wrote:I suggest old time justice for offenders: Anyone caught stealing will be publicly flogged at the whipping post, put in the pillory, and become fodder for public mocking and ridicule.
Maybe we should do it at a RenFest then?
But seriously folks... this would be great. The logistics are a bitch though; I'm trying to organize something local down here with my and two other bands for a fundraiser and it's really hard just settling on a date we can all make. Inevitably, some folks won't be able to make it. That said, just based on locations of most of us, somewhere in PA makes a lot of sense.
I don't know about workshops and swap meets and all (which would be a lot of fun and informative), but it would definitely be cool to have a couple of days of music with some of the bands that really adhere closely to the Dead's lineup and sound lead the charge with maybe the rest of us sitting in for a set or something. For example (and this is random selection), if Playing Dead, Fennario, Stella Blues Band, The Cause, Shakedown or whomever served as the "lead" bands, then folks who play in bands that are Dead-oriented and players who would love to play in that type of group but don't have a completely head-filled local lineup (like The Road, for example) or can't bring their whole band could jam with them. The fun is in the making of the music rather than being concerned about the authenticity of the output at that point (don't recall another "Jerry" sitting in with GD or JGB, y'know?), but it would be within the framework of the way the tunes were originally done. We could also have separate GD and JGB sets with Legion of Jerry, Garcia Project and Don't Let Go leading those sets.
As far as getting a "headliner", I suspect that Furthur and DSO are pretty much out of the picture. And, there are other acts that don't really participate here like Splintered Sunlight that might or might not want in; the question is, do we want to limit this to RUK members? But, it might be worth the invite to see if maybe John K might be willing to play with his local band, or maybe get Melvin and JGB to play to but a bow on it all.
I'm very excited about the possibilities. Hope we can make this happen!