Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Soundcheck: Furthur at the Adams Center

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Four things to get you ready for tonight's much anticipated show featuring the surviving members of the Grateful Dead.

1. Listen to the Dead's entire 1974 show at the Adams Center.
This link takes you to streaming audio of the concert dated May 14, 1974. The set opens with "Bertha" and ends with "One More Saturday Night." There's one particularly enthusiastic whistler near the bootleg mic.

2. Furthur sells mini guitars.
For a cool $40 you can purchase a "Bob Weir or Phil Lesh Collectible Miniature Guitar w/ stand." While they don't actually play music, these fit into the palm of your hand, are "handcrafted out of solid mahogany wood, with solid metal tuning keys," and include a pre-printed autograph printed on the headstock.

Funny. I remember a time when the hottest collectible at a show used to be the one-off specialty T-shirt or the nitrous.

3. Bob Weir is into some trippy musical production stuff.
Weir appeared at the 9th biannual MusicTech Summit in San Francisco with members of Slightly Stoopid, Jack Conte of Pomplamoose, and Joe Satriani, and Weir was there to discuss his state-of-the-art recording studio, called the Tamalpais Research Institute.

Weir's recording studio includes "a revolutionary acoustic modeling technology which has the ability to dramatically change the acoustical properties of the room. With the touch of a button, an artist can instantly change the sonic environment from that of a small intimate club to sounding like a theater, an arena or even a cathedral." You can watch Furthur perform at TRI here:

4. The simulcast concert.
Can't make tonight's show? Want more Furthur even if you are attending tonight? You're in luck. The band is simulcasting its Oct. 4 Vegas gig at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Sirius/XM radio. You can read more about it here.

Tickets are still available for tonight's show for $47.50.

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