Several Nashville artists and a large slate of roots and improvising musicians are celebrating Jerry Garcia in a nine-day online extravaganza called Daze Between, a fund-raiser for the Rex Foundation, the charity arm founded by the Grateful Dead in 1984. A variety of new and archival performances, as well as interviews and recollections, are being streamed from late afternoon into the evening daily through Aug. 9. A complete schedule can be found here.
The event kicked off on Saturday with a massive multi-artist tribute on what would have been Garcia’s 78th birthday, including Billy Strings, Gov’t Mule, Greensky Bluegrass, Norah Jones and more. Sunday’s doings spotlighted Garcia’s passion for bluegrass music with performances by the Del McCoury Band and the Travelin’ McCourys as well as Tyler Grant and Lindsay Lou from a stunning canyon out West. Nashville’s own Cliff Seltzer interviewed 91-year-old mandolinist Jesse McReynolds from his home, while teasing the Garcia bluegrass exhibit he’s curating for 2022 at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Owensboro, KY.
Today’s show starts at 5 pm central time and includes more from Tyler Grant and Lindsay Lou, plus Graham Nash, Seth Walker, Amos Lee and a 7 pm full show by the String Cheese Incident. Coming up in the Daze ahead will be Molly Tuttle, Jackie Greene, Nicki Bluhm, Circles Around The Sun and a previously unreleased Grateful Dead concert film. Video platforms include Facebook, YouTube, Fans.com and Nugs.net.
The Rex Foundation has a wide ranging mission supporting causes from the arts to the environment and native rights. This year’s focus is on supporting music business folk sidelined by the Covid crisis. Go here to donate and contribute to its $250,000 goal for this webcast.