Sat, Jun 03|
Dead to the Core: An Acoustic Celebration of the Grateful Dead
Time & Location
Jun 03, 2023, 8:00 PM
Cambridge Depot, 6 Broad St, Cambridge, NY 12816, USA
About the event
Featuring Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, Anand Nayak, and Wendy Sassafras Ramsay
Dead to the Core is a collective of singer-songwriters and acoustic musicians, led by musician/author Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, with a shared love of the Grateful Dead. In intimate concerts, the musicians celebrate the band's music not through note-for-note re-creations but by playing the songs their own way—letting them grow and evolve collaboratively in the true spirit of the Dead.
Interspersed with the music are clips from Rodgers’ own interviews with Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, in which they reflect on the roots and evolution of the music.
A Dead to the Core show is an experience unlike any other Grateful Dead tribute: a night of deeply personal performances that illuminate the masterful song craft of one of America's most original bands. Grateful Dead music right down to the core.
“Rodgers doesn’t tap the legion of dedicated Grateful Dead tribute artists for these concerts…. Instead, he seeks out songwriters and musicians who have developed their own voices and styles, though they are very much inspired by—and fans of—Garcia and the Dead.”—Arts Fuse
Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers is founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine and author of a best-selling video series teaching his acoustic arrangements of classic Grateful Dead songs. Joining him is multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Wendy Ramsay, his partner in the duo Pepper and Sassafras.
“Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers sure can play the music—listen to his ‘Stella Blue’ and you’ll know what I mean.” —Dennis McNally, author, A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead
Anand Nayak is a Grammy-nominated producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who performs with Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem, Alastair Moock, Lui Collins, and many more.
"Anand Nayak is a natural musician, instinctive and inventive."—Jeffrey Foucault
Wendy Sassafras Ramsay, Rodgers’ bandmate and duo partner (as Pepper and Sassafras), is a singer-songwriter and versatile multi-instrumentalist on clarinet, flute, accordion, and guitar. She also plays in the alternative rock band Starting Off Red.