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      December 21, 2018

      Friday   9:00 PM

      1011 Pacific Avenue
      Santa Cruz, California 95060

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      Grateful Shred

      with Mapache
      Wait.I know what youre thinking.Another fucking Grateful Dead cover band?Really?The thing is, Los Angeles-based Grateful Shred manage to channel that elusiveDead vibe: wide-open guitar tones, effortless three-part vocal harmonies,choogling beats, and yes, plenty of tripped out, Shredded solos. The look,the sound, the atmosphere. Its uncanny.Its more of a take on the Dead than a tribute band, says bassist DanHorne. We end up sounding almost more like the Dead because we approach itin this free-spirited way; in other bands, theyve got the perfect tonesdialed in, they practice the drum parts, theyve got their Jerry. We justplay.Founded one night in 2016, the band came about almost by accident.Singer/guitarist Austin McCutchen had a residency at The Griffin in AtwaterVillage; his band was out of town, so he drafted some friends to play a setof Dead covers, and the four founding members (Austin, Sam, Clay, and Dan)have been together ever since. Sam Blasucci and Clay Finch (of country-folkrevivalists Mapache) handle vocal and guitar duties, rounded out by bassistDan Horne (of Cass McCombs, Jonathan Wilson, and the estimable Circles AroundThe Sun, who provided the incidental music for 2015s Fare Thee Wellconcerts, the last shows played by the living members of the Dead). Add arotating cast of drummers (like Richard Gowen of The Growlers) andkeyboardists (like Lee Pardini of Dawes and Jerry Borg of Ziggy Marley), andyouve got the essential formula.Jams convene at Liberty Hair Farm in Echo Park, the ShredsHQ/commune/studio. Its at the Farm where they live, breathe, and record.Just watch the hallucinatory footage of the band tearing through St.Stephen (filmed live in their backyard) or Shakedown Street (thoseharmonies!). Grateful Shred is the sound of 5+ guys who arent afraid tolearn from the masters, but who know to explore beyond the pale, searchingfor the sound. Never the play the same thing once, as Phil Lesh says.Far from being a historical re-enactment, Grateful Shreds laissez faire vibeinfuses the band with a gentle spirit, warmth, and (dare we say it)authenticity. From their killer merch game (look for a new line with Deadrevisionists Online Ceramics) to their eminently watchable YouTube channel,theyre clearly having a rad time and spreading the love. Strangely enough,in a world overflowing with wax museum nostalgia and Deadly sentimentalism,we need the Shred, now more than ever.

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