GRATEFUL DEAD “SHAKEDOWN STREAM”
TO END AS WEEKLY SERIES THIS FRIDAY
WITH UNRELEASED 1990 SHOW
Bob Weir Will Join Live Pre-Show With
Grateful Dead Archivist David Lemieux And Historian Gary Lambert
On The Official Grateful Dead YouTube Channel
“Shakedown Stream” Series Will Continue Periodically Going Forward,
Starting With Legendary Sunshine Daydream Concert Film On August 27
LOS ANGELES – Since debuting in April, the Grateful Dead’s streaming concert series “Shakedown Stream” has become a welcomed Friday evening distraction to millions of Dead Heads new and old, while raising nearly $250,000 for various charities. The spirited, live pre-shows have seen hosts Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux and historian Gary Lambert joined by musical luminaries including David Crosby, John Mayer, Branford Marsalis, and Bruce Hornsby, as well as band members Mickey Hart, Bob Weir, and Donna Jean Godchaux. This Friday, August 7, will see “Shakedown Steam” conclude its run as a weekly series, shifting to a more periodic cadence going forward. The final weekly “Shakedown Stream” will feature an unseen show from the Grateful Dead vault from World Music Theater in Tinley Park, Illinois on July 21, 1990. Bob Weir will once again join the live pre-show.
The final weekly “Shakedown Stream” begins this Friday, August 7, at 8PM EST on the official Grateful Dead YouTube Channel and coincides with “The Days Between,” the annual Dead Head celebration of Jerry Garcia’s life that spans the day he was born (August 1, 1942) and the day he died (August 9, 1995). 2020 marks 25 years since Garcia’s passing. The event is also is part of Daze Between, a virtual celebration of the life and music of Garcia, with charity donations going to the Rex Foundation, the non-profit charity founded by the Grateful Dead.
Although the “Shakedown Stream” series will be shifting away from its weekly cadence following this Friday, Dead Heads will not have to wait long for their Grateful Dead streaming fix. The next “Shakedown Stream” is already scheduled for Thursday, August 27 and will feature the legendary Grateful Dead concert film Sunshine Daydream, which captures the band’s live show from 48 years ago to the day (August 27, 1972) from Veneta, Oregon. The film offers a snapshot of the band at the peak of its playing prowess with memorable performances of “China Cat Sunflower,” “Jack Straw,” “Greatest Story Ever Told,” “Bird Song” and a mind-melting version of “Dark Star” that stretches over 30 minutes. The stream will also benefit the Rex Foundation, carrying on the tradition of the original concert, which itself was a benefit concert for the Ken Kesey family’s Springfield Creamery.
“Shakedown Stream” was conceived as a platform for Dead Heads of all ages to virtually congregate during the challenging days the world currently faces and connect in a familiar way, via a Grateful Dead show. Fans are encouraged to submit questions for Lemieux, Lambert, and each week’s special guest in advance at the “Shakedown Stream” submission page with a limited number being answered during the live pre-show.