BUFFALO — One more Saturday night?
Well, not quite. But how about riding out social isolation Friday nights with the Grateful Dead? The quintessential jam band is kicking off its “Shakedown Stream” concert series Friday evening with a live screening of its “Truckin’ Up To Buffalo” concert from July 4, 1989 at Rich Stadium.
The program starts 8 p.m. with a live Q+A session with band archivist David Lemieux and historian
“We’ve decided to start the streaming video series with the Buffalo ’89 show for a couple of primary reasons: it’s excellence is indisputable and is something that we think pretty much everyone will enjoy in the absence of actually being able to see live concerts; and, as a tribute to the many rabid, loyal Dead Heads from the hard-hit tri-state area, which has been affected more than anywhere else in the country,” Lemieux said in a news release. “To all of the Dead Heads in New York state and beyond, this one’s for you.”
Truckin’ Up To Buffalo features the band’s 21-song concert and captures the Dead in peak form throughout the show, six years before the death of guitarist and guru Jerry Garcia.
The concert spans the band’s legendary career with performances of “Cold Rain And Snow” and “Morning Dew” — from the band’s self-titled 1967 debut — to “I Will Take You Home,” which was released a few months after the show on “Built To Last,” the band’s last studio album.
Those interested can tune in at https://www.youtube.com/user/gratefuldead/