A Tribute to Garcia/Saunders
Saturday, November 9 / 9:30 pm-1:00 am
For all of us who love Jerry Garcia, Live at Keystone was a seminal recording from which we still draw inspiration. His collaboration with keyboardist Merl Saunders bore a cornucopia of breathtaking music over the years and this was the pinnacle. The songs from that era – “The Harder They Come,” “Keepers,” “Mystery Train,” – are timeless pieces of vintage fruit that are still sweet as ever.
Merl’s son Tony Saunders been carrying on his father’s legacy with the project Keystone Revisited. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, as Tony is one of the funkiest bassists you’ll ever hear. The entire lineup makes these songs crackle with energy as well as delving a bit into the Dead’s catalog. Frequent Phil Lesh and Stu Allen collaborator Scott Guberman does Merl proud with his keyboard mastery. The brilliant psychedelic stylings of Matt Salata (Candelaria, Totally Dead) on guitar take Jerry’s blueprint and construct the jams even further. Jazzy drummer Bradley Leach gives this music the swing that has always defined it.
The first time Tony walked into the Crazy Horse, he exclaimed, “My dad would have loved this place.” Merl and Jerry will surely be looking down with big smiles as the Crazy Horse is transformed into the Keystone for the night.