To end the day we will feature The Grateful Ball with The Travelin' McCoury's and The Jeff Austin Band playing their own sets and paying homage to the Grateful Dead. This is all just a few days before the 46th Anniversary of the release of American Beauty, Nov. 1, 1970, - The Grateful Dead's iconic American Beauty LP, an album that means a lot to us here at Bluegrass Underground. It continued the Dead's acoustic period that began less than five months earlier with Workingman's Dead, but for bluegrass fans, it has a really special place in history, marking the first official debut of the Grateful Dawg duo - Jerry Garcia and David 'Dawg' Grisman. Grisman's mandolin on "Friend of the Devil" and "Ripple" made those songs the classics they remain today.
Del & Dawg - Making History Onstage
If you're reading this, you probably knew about our Del & Dawg concert scheduled for 1 p.m. on Oct. 29. Grisman has performed and recorded with The Del McCoury
Band, but this event is even more special, a one-on-one collaboration, a rare duo performance that reaches back to Grisman's first national bluegrass gig with the late Red Allen back in the '60s in traditional songs like "East Virginia Blues" "Dark Hollow" and Del's version of "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow" and into the future with new material specially written for the collaboration. Two men, two instruments, a lifetime of stories - even if you've seen them before, you've never seen them like this. Tickets are already on sale and going very fast.
The Grateful Ball Underground
But as they say on those late-night infomercials - Wait, there's more!
We just added an evening concert that same day with The Grateful Ball, the national jamgrass tour featuring The Travelin' McCourys and The Jeff Austin Band, led by the ex-Yonder Mountain String Band mandolin master. Doors open at 7 p.m. and each group will play a set of their own music, then combine for an epic performance of Grateful Dead material.