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The Garcia Project 2017 California Mid-Tour Update with Setlists

Our northern California tour is off to a great start! We have only four more shows left on the tour so get your tickets now here: http://thegarciaproject.com/tour-dates/

Here are the setlists, photos and videos from our tour so far:

March 2 – Club Fox, Redwood City, CA
Jerry Garcia Band from 6/11/78 Keystone, Berkeley, CA

Set ONE:
Love In The Afternoon
That’s What Love Will Make You Do
They Love Each Other
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
How Sweet It Is
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

Set TWO:
Tore Up Over You
Midnight Moonlight
Gomorrah
Let Me Roll It
Rhapsody In Red

Encore/Filler:
Ramble On Rose
Lonesome and a Long Way From Home
Deal


MARCH 3 – HOPMONK. Sebastolpol, CA
Jerry Garcia Band from 9/20/76 Astor Theater, Reading, PA

(Early)
They Love Each Other
Russian Lullaby
After Midnight
Stir It Up
How Sweet It Is
Who Was John
Friend Of The Devil
Midnight Moonlight

(Late)
The Way You Do The Things You Do
Catfish John
Sugaree
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
Mystery Train
Tore Up Over You
Mission In The Rain
My Sisters And Brothers
Ride Mighty High

Encore/Filler:
Franklins Tower


MARCH 4 – SWEETWATER, Mill Valley, CA
Jerry Garcia Band from 3/18/78 Warner Theater, Washington, D.C.

-Early show-
1. I Second That Emotion
2. They Love Each Other
3. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
4. That’s What Love Will Make You Do
5. Love In The Afternoon
6. Mystery Train

-Late Show-
7. The Harder They Come
1. Mission In The Rain
2. Simple Twist Of Fate
3. Midnight Moonlight
4. Gomorrah
5. Cats Under The Stars
6. I’ll Be With Thee *
7. Lonesome And A Long Way From Home*
8. Palm Sunday (Encore)

Encore/Filler:
Deal

Full Show Video and Audio:


 


MARCH 5 – Palms Playhouse, Winter, CA
Jerry Garcia Band from 4/2/76 Capitol Theater, Passaic, NJ

(Early)
Mission In The Rain
They Love Each Other
After Midnight
Who Was John
Sitting In Limbo
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
Tore Up Over You
Friend Of The Devil
Don’t Let Go

(Late)
Sugaree
Catfish John
The Way You Do The Things You Do
Mystery Train
Strange Man
Moonlight Mile
The Harder They Come
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
My Sisters And Brothers
Lonesome And A Long Way From Home

 

 

The Garcia Project, with support from Jerry Day, announce their 2017 West Coast Tour

In celebration of Jerry Garcia’s 75th birthday, The Garcia Project has teamed up with Jerry Day to bring northern California an exceptional run of shows. The tour begins on March 2 at Club Fox in Redwood City and continues through March 11 at The Center For The Arts in Grass Valley.

At each show on the tour, The Garcia Project will perform a different, classic Jerry Garcia Band set list from 1976 – 1995. The band will have similar instrumentation, arrangements, vocal stylings, and will produce the sounds that were heard during the era of the show they are performing.

“The Garcia Project Breathes Life into Jerry Garcia’s Tunes…[they] did a spot on job and transported the Theatre’s crowd to a dusky night in the 1970s.” – Alex Fredkin, Arts Editor, The State Times

Tickets for all shows are available now. It is best to get them early as shows have been selling out. A portion the proceeds go to Jerry Day. Get ticket info by clicking on the links:

The Garcia Project focuses on Jerry Garcia’s life long love and side project from The Grateful Dead, The Jerry Garcia Band. The Garcia Project’s performances are based on actual set lists performed by The Jerry Garcia Band. All of their shows are classic recreations of a Jerry Garcia Band set list from the 1970’s all the way up to the 1990’s. For anyone that never had a chance to experience the Jerry Garcia Band or for fans that want to relive a classic show, The Garcia Project delivers the goods.
Jerry Day is a civic and cultural event that celebrates one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time and San Francisco native son – Jerry Garcia. This event captures the true spirit of Jerry Garcia as we celebrate his legacy, the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, and recognize his childhood roots from the Excelsior District of San Francisco. By uniting the diverse communities of San Francisco through Jerry’s music, we are creating something extraordinary for Jerry’s childhood neighborhood – the Excelsior District, McLaren Park, and the City and County of San Francisco.

Garcia LIVE Volume 8 Track and Pre-order

Jerry Garcia live archival series GarciaLive has a new release coming out! Take a listen to LAY DOWN SALLY from Bradley Center in Milwaukee on November 23, 1991. PRE ORDER (HERE)

GarciaLive Volume Eight:
Bradley Center, Milwaukee, November 23, 1991.
Set One

Cats Under The Stars
They Love Each Other
Lay Down Sally
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
Reuben & Cerise
Money Honey
My Sisters & Brothers
Deal
Set Two

Bright Side Of The Road
Waiting For A Miracle
Think
Shining Star
Ain’t No Bread In The Breadbox
That Lucky Old Sun
Tangled Up In Blue

 

Mik’s new TIGER guitar – A build journal

I have been blessed with the gift of a new, custom guitar for use in The Garcia Project. It is being built by Leo Elliot of Scarlet Fire Guitars (http://www.scarletfireguitarsllc.com) and will be completed in the summer of 2017.

This guitar will be the culmination of everything learned and information gained about Jerry Garcia’s famous “Tiger” guitar. With new, hi res photos from every angle and years of research and information, Leo is building me what appears to be the closest recreation of the “Tiger” that has ever been built.

Leo measured my fingers and hands and observed my playing style in order to make sure the neck was the right thickness and radius and that the strings will be properly spaced. All of the bells and whistles will be included in this, the seventh Tiger guitar Leo has built. The right thickness, the right woods, the right carvings, the brass, the weight, the beauty.

Here are some shots of the process, and I will add any more information and photos as Leo continues to work on it. Please feel free to ask questions in the comments section.

UPDATE 12-16-16:

UPDATE 2-4-17

SOLD OUT SHOW at Historic Memorial Hall, VT, 9-10-16

The Garcia Project, Dan Crea (Bass), Kat Walkerson (Vocals) Mik Bondy (Guitar, Vocals), Bobby Belanger (Drums), Greg Marshall (Keyboards), Davis Thurston (Sound)

At this sold out performance, The Garcia Project (a Jerry Garcia Band cover band / tribute band) performed a very special Jerry Garcia Band show, taken from the recent official release “Jerry Garcia Band – GarciaLive Vol. 7: 11/8/76 ”

Check out some background info and order the official release off this classic Jerry Garcia Band show: http://jerrygarcia.shop.musictoday.com/Product.aspx?cp=640&pc=JYCD61

Set One:

“The Way You Do the Things You Do” (Smokey Robinson, Bobby Rogers)
“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” (Bob Dylan)
“After Midnight” (J. J. Cale)
“Who Was John?” (traditional)
“Mission in the Rain” (Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter)
“Stir It Up” (Bob Marley)
“Midnight Moonlight” (Peter Rowan)

Set Two:

“Tore Up over You” (Hank Ballard)
“Friend of the Devil” (Garcia, John Dawson, Hunter)
“Don’t Let Go” (Jesse Stone)
“Strange Man” (Dorothy Love Coates)
“Stop That Train” (Peter Tosh)
“Ride Mighty High” (Dave Crawford)

Filler:

“Mystery Train” (Junior Parker)

Listen Here:

 

Also, The Jerry Garcia Foundation made a generous donation of two of Jerry Garcia’s artwork prints, which are framed and up for auction to benefit the Historic Memorial Hall, here (The auction will run until Sep 22, 2016):

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California Mission
 by Grateful Dead Guitar Legend, Jerry Garcia – 
Link: Click here

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Wisteria
 by Grateful Dead Guitar Legend, Jerry Garcia – 
Link: Click here

MORE FALL TOUR DATES:

Sept. 16    STADIUM THEATRE • Woonsocket, RI
Sept. 24    ROCHESTER OPERA HOUSE • Rochester, NH
Sept. 30    THE MADISON THEATER • Albany, NY 
  Oct. 15    Oneonta Theatre • Oneonta, NY
  Oct. 21    BICKFORD THEATRE • Morristown, NJ
  Oct. 22    THE ACOUSTIC • Bridgeport, CT

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The Jerry Garcia Foundation in conjunction with The Garcia Project are raising funds for the Historic Memorial Hall in Wilmington, VT

The Jerry Garcia Foundation in conjunction with The Garcia Project are raising funds for the Historic Memorial Hall in Wilmington, VT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

SEPTEMBER 10, 2016 – The Jerry Garcia Foundation in conjunction with The Garcia Project are raising funds for the Historic Memorial Hall in Wilmington, VT

Wilmington, VT – The Jerry Garcia Foundation is donating two limited-edition prints of Jerry Garcia’s artwork to the Historic Memorial Hall, Wilmington, VT. The hall will be auctioning off these limited-edition prints starting September 8, 2016 at the event hosted by THE GARCIA PROJECT. The full proceeds from the auction will go towards restoration projects of the historic hall.

Bids for the fine art can be placed online when the auction goes live on 9-8-16 and continue until 9-22-16. The pieces can be seen online at:

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California Mission
 by Grateful Dead Guitar Legend, Jerry Garcia – 
Link: Click here

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Wisteria
 by Grateful Dead Guitar Legend, Jerry Garcia – 
Link: Click here

The Garcia Project, in conjunction with The Jerry Garcia Foundation, is presenting a very special full, classic Jerry Garcia Band show in its entirety at The Historic Memorial Hall in Wilmington, VT on September 10th, 2016. The art will be framed and on exhibit at The Garcia Project’s event on September 10, 2016. Tickets for this event are on sale online now at: goo.gl/zOnd1I 

BUY TICKETS NOW

About The Jerry Garcia Foundation

The Jerry Garcia Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, serves to support meaningful causes through the beauty of art and music.The Foundation was established in 2015 as an expression of gratitude, by family members, Manasha and Keelin Garcia, in honor of musician, artist, and visionary,  Jerry Garcia.

“Staying true to Jerry’s values, we embrace the idea that music and art bring great healing to the world.”

The Mission: The Jerry Garcia Foundation supports artistic, environmental  and humanitarian causes. To realize the mission, grants are provided to vetted 501c3 nonprofits in good standing with the IRS. The Foundation engages artists and musicians who wish to share their gifts for the benefit of the greater good.

All board members donate their services as volunteers. Net proceeds benefit the causes supported by the Foundation.

About The Garcia Project:

www.thegarciaproject.com

Mik Bondy formed The Garcia Project in October 2010. His inspiration came from his love for the music of The Jerry Garcia Band and his desire to perform the music authentically. He constructed two Jerry Garcia style guitars that mimic the sounds and tones from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, along with amps and speakers that replicate Jerry Garcia’s sound. In 2011 Kat Walkerson joined the band and elevated the vocals in the band. With her beautiful, soulful voice, her and Bondy’s vocal duets are becoming something of legend. The band also features Bobby Belanger on drums, Dan Crea on bass guitar and Greg Marshall on keyboards. All of the members strive to emulate the vocal stylings, sounds, playing style and feel of any given era of The Jerry Garcia Band. Some have said that The Garcia Project is the “Dark Star Orchestra” of Jerry Garcia Band music.

With classic Jerry Garcia Band arrangements of “Second That Emotion”, “How Sweet It Is”, “Catfish John” and more, the band caters to mainstream audiences and family, as well as capturing the hearts of Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band fans. “If you close your eyes you’ll swear you are at a Jerry Garcia Band Show” was penned in an early review of the band and is echoed by many new fans at each show. This is not just a tribute band, but a great band in it’s own rite, with incredible chemistry and musicianship.

Melvin Seals, keyboardist of The Jerry Garcia Band has performed with The Garcia Project many times. Kat Walkerson was chosen to perform a few shows signing with Melvin Seals and JGB before she joined The Garcia Project.  –

The Garcia Project faithfully channels and projects the feelings, emotions and music that propelled the Jerry Garcia Band and the fans through many years of musical bliss. It’s about family, soul searching, rejoicing, contemplating, celebrating, seeking truth and loving one another.

“The Garcia Project was on point with the whole experience and it didn’t seem like a cover band more like a mirrored band…they are just as real as the Jerry Garcia Band. “

– Buffalo FM Review

“If you close your eyes, you’ll swear you are at a Jerry Garcia Band show.”

– ecoLocal Magazine

“In order for a tribute band to be successful, fans need to look at them as the authority on the artist they are emulating. The Garcia Project pulls it off effortlessly. Go see them live …The Garcia Project is the whole package.”

– Jim Gilbert, Upstate Live

“”Deadicated“ to carrying on the music and vibe of Jerry that so many still carry in their hearts.”

– Albany Times Union

More About Historic Memorial Hall

www.historicmemorialhall.com

A list of America’s most important works of architecture would include a number of important buildings by the turn-of-the-century firm of McKim, Mead and White, These would be found in New York, Washington and Boston: Columbia University; the National War College; the White House; the Boston Public Library; and Symphony Hall. Completed in 1902,  The list would also include Wilmington VT’s Historic Memorial Hall.

Friends of Historic Memorial Hall is a 501(c)(3), whose function is to raise funding for the hall and to promote quality and affordable arts and entertainment throughout Southern Vermont.

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The Jerry Garcia Foundation in conjunction with The Garcia Project are raising money for The Center for Arts in Natick, MA.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10-06-15

LIVE STREAM OF SOLD OUT SHOW HERE:

http://www.thegarciaproject.com/live-stream-of-the-garcia-project-with-melvin-seals-and-shirley-starks-october-16-2015/

The Jerry Garcia Foundation in conjunction with The Garcia Project are raising money for The Center for Arts in Natick, MA.

Natick, MA – The Jerry Garcia Foundation is donating THREE limited-edition prints of Jerry Garcia’s artwork to the Center For Arts, Natick, MA. The Center will be auctioning off these limited-edition prints on October 16, 2015 at The Center For The Arts. The full proceeds from the auction will go towards arts and music education and continuing of the programming available at the Center For Arts. The Jerry Garcia Foundation will also be sending a never before published photo of Jerry Garcia with his wife Manasha and Daughter Keelin, on exhibit.

The bidding for the auction for the three limited-edition prints will start online on 10/08/2015 until 10/19/2015.

The bidding for the auction for the three limited-edition prints will start online on 10/08/2015 until 10/19/2015. The artwork can be seen at:

https://www.charitybuzz.com/catalog_items/landscape-mixed-media-watercolor-by-jerry-garcia-922100

https://www.charitybuzz.com/catalog_items/paris-carousel-watercolor-pen-ink-by-jerry-garcia-922101

https://www.charitybuzz.com/catalog_items/facets-ii-airbrush-acrylic-by-jerry-garcia-922102

and at www.natickarts.org and in the lobby of TCAN during normal business hours (Tuesday through Friday, 12 PM – 6 PM and Saturday, 11 AM – 2 PM). Please call 508.647.0097 x205 for more information.

(ANNOUNCEMENT: SHOW IS SOLD OUT! Spread the word! We are providing a FREE audio/video LIVE STREAM of the sold out show on October 16th featuring The Garcia Project with Melvin Seals and Shirley Starks! Here is the link: http://www.thegarciaproject.com/live-stream-of-the-garcia-project-with-melvin-seals-and-shirley-starks-october-16-2015/ )

On October 16, 2015, The Garcia Project, a regional Jerry Garcia Band tribute, will perform with Mevlin Seals and Shirley Starks of JGB. The Garcia Project will be performing two, full, classic Jerry Garcia Band set lists from the 70’s and 90’s eras this night. Melvin Seals is slated to perform the first set on a baby grand piano and the second set on a Hammond B3 with Leslie.

Tickets for The Garcia Project with Melvin Seals Performance for October 16 are selling quickly and will be available until sold out here: http://www.natickarts.org/performance/garcia-project-0n (ANNOUNCEMENT: SHOW IS SOLD OUT! )

About The Jerry Garcia Foundation
The Jerry Garcia Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, serves to support meaningful causes through the beauty of art and music.The Foundation was established in 2015 as an expression of gratitude, by family members, Manasha and Keelin Garcia, in honor of musician, artist, and visionary,  Jerry Garcia.

“Staying true to Jerry’s values, we embrace the idea that music and art bring great healing to the world.”

The Mission: The Jerry Garcia Foundation supports artistic, environmental  and humanitarian causes. To realize the mission, grants are provided to vetted 501c3 nonprofits in good standing with the IRS. The Foundation engages artists and musicians who wish to share their gifts for the benefit of the greater good.

All board members donate their services as volunteers. Net proceeds benefit the causes supported by the Foundation.

About TCAN
The Center for Arts in Natick was founded in 1997 with a mission to bring people together through a common interest in the arts. Its initial success in a rented storefront became the foundation for a multi-year $2M capital campaign to purchase and restore Natick’s historic Central Firehouse building, originally constructed in 1875, as a dedicated performance space and gallery. The firehouse provides a home for over 200 concert events annually, year-round children’s theater and dance education programs, visual arts exhibits and receptions, and a thriving community theater organization. TCAN has since grown to become the MetroWest region’s premiere nonprofit arts organization, with strong patron support from every town in the region.

TCAN is an authorized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

About The Garcia Project
“The Garcia Project was on point with the whole experience and it didn’t seem like a cover band more like a mirrored band…they are just as real as the Jerry Garcia Band.” – Buffalo FM Review

The Garcia Project faithfully channels and projects the feelings, emotions and music that propelled the Jerry Garcia Band and the fans through many years of musical bliss. It’s about family, soul searching, rejoicing, contemplating, celebrating, seeking truth and loving one another. It’s The Garcia Project.

The Garcia Project performs full, classic Jerry Garcia Band shows from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s – creating the Jerry Garcia Band experience for old fans to relive or new fans to enjoy for the first time.

(518) 744-2066
Email: booking@thegarciaproject.com
Web Site: http://thegarciaproject.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGarciaProject
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/thegarciaproject

Melvin Seals – Piano and Hammond Keyboard
Melvin is best known for his long friendship and musical partnership with cultural icon and guitarist Jerry Garcia and the smile of his that lights up the room. Melvin spun his B-3 magic with the Jerry Garcia Band for 18 years and in doing so helped pioneer and define what has now become “Jam Band Music”. From blues to funk to rock to jazz, Melvin Seals serves up a tasty mix with a little R&B and gospel thrown in to spice things up.

Shirley Starks – Vocals
Shirley has a love of singing.  Shirley returned from a stay in New York of six years and was introduced to the Jerry Garcia Band by her best friend Gloria Jones, who Shirley grew up with in church, and was a background singer for the Jerry Garcia Band at the time.  Because of Gloria Shirley attended many concerts started the love of the Jerry Music.  Shirley met Cheryl through Gloria and they had an a cappella gospel group we’ve been friends and singing together since they met.  Shirley started touring with Melvin Seals and JGB in 1998 part-time and is now touring full-time and loving it. “I love the music and touching people to their souls makes me feel good and warm inside.”

Mik Bondy – Guitar & Vocals
Mik Bondy fills the “Jerry” role with modesty and an understanding that no one can replace Jerry – but that we all together can rejoice in his music. Mik has constructed two tribute guitars and a recreation of Jerry’s actual guitar amps, effects and speakers. Mik loves to jam. He led and played with his band “Tapestry” for over twenty years. A long time Jerry-head, Mik enjoyed the last few years of Jerry’s life following the JGB around whenever he could.

Kat Walkerson – Vocals
Kat Walkerson adds heartfelt and soulful female vocals to the mix. She brings an awesome energy to the project and you can feel her love for this music though her singing. She exudes positive vibes and her smiles are a testament to her appreciation of the music.

Dan Crea – Bass
Dan uses two Fender Precisions like Kahn used from ’74 to ’81, with American Special necks, EMG pickups with Alnico magnets and high mass bridges for clarity, and Warmoth bodies with custom bridge pickups and electronics (Mike Pope Flexcore in one and ACG in the other) to approximate the Steinberger tone when needed.

Greg Marshall – Keys
Greg plays the piano part form the early Jerry Garcia Band styles and he excels at the Hammond Organ parts for 80’s and 90’s JGB stylings. He is an amazing keyboardist that loves the music of the Jerry Garcia Band.

Bobby Belanger – Drums
Bobby is a solid and tight drummer that can bring the music down to whisper and back up with a roar. Bobby excels in the 70’s era JGB stylings as well as the later eras.

Jordan Giangreco – Keys
Jordan is a keyboard player from CT and plays with many different bands and musicians from around the region.

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Contact: Mik Bondy
Tel: (518) 744-2066
Email: thegarciaproject@me.com
Web Site: http://thegarciaproject.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGarciaProject
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/thegarciaproject

Melvin Seals and Shirley Starks to join The Garcia Project for a special night!

Starting in September, 2015, The Garcia Project start their fall tour and start the celebration of their 5 year anniversary! On the opening night of fall tour on Sept. 11, The Garcia Project will perform at Trinity On Main in New Britain, CT (with The Remnants opening up) and then they will perform a full, classic Jerry Garcia Band show set list on Sept. 12 at Historic Memorial Hall in Wilmington, VT!

[ full tour schedule here ]

Every show on fall tour with The Garcia Project is going to be a different Jerry Garcia Band show set list from the 70’s, 80’s or 90’s in its entirety. You do not want to miss a show!

On October 16, 2015 at The Center for Arts in Natick, MA, Melvin Seals (of the Jerry Garcia Band) will join The Garcia Project for the whole show and Shirley Starks (JGB) will perform on the second set! The Garcia Project will perform two complete sets from two different eras on this special night! This show will sell out, so get your tickets now: [ BUY TICKETS FOR OCT 16 SHOW ]

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The Garcia Project faithfully channels and projects the feelings, emotions and music that propelled the Jerry Garcia Band and the fans through many years of musical bliss. It’s about family, soul searching, rejoicing, contemplating, celebrating, seeking truth and loving one another. It’s The Garcia Project.

The Garcia Project performs full, classic Jerry Garcia Band shows from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s – creating the Jerry Garcia Band experience for old fans to relive or new fans to enjoy for the first time.

“The Garcia Project was on point with the whole experience and it didn’t seem like a cover band more like a mirrored band…they are just as real as the Jerry Garcia Band. ”
– Buffalo FM Review

“If you close your eyes, you’ll swear you are at a Jerry Garcia Band show.”
– ecoLocal Magazine

“In order for a tribute band to be successful, fans need to look at them as the authority on the artist they are emulating. The Garcia Project pulls it off effortlessly. Go see them live …The Garcia Project is the whole package.”
– Jim Gilbert, Upstate Live

“”Deadicated“ to carrying on the music and vibe of Jerry that so many still carry in their hearts.”
– Albany Times Union

Melvin Seals to join The Garcia Project on July 24

Melvin Seals, keyboardist for Jerry Garcia and his band for 15 years, joins The Garcia Project for a JAM PACKED TWO HOUR set Friday Night at the 2015 Jerry Jam Music Festival.
Melvin has performed with The Garcia Project a number of times and the chemistry on stage is incredible! Recently, The Garcia Project’s guitarist, Mik Bondy, joined Melvin Seals and JGB Band on stage for two songs at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida!

Do not miss FRIDAY NIGHT at Jerry Jam for this special TWO HOUR SET!

FACEBOOK EVENT HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/354446051416828/

TICKETS ON SALE HERE: http://jerryjam2015.ezevent.com

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Garcia Project guitarist, Mik Bondy, sits in with Melvin Seals and JGB in Florida

Mik Bondy got to fire up his rig and Tiger guitar and perform the first two songs of the night with Jerry Garcia Band keyboardist, Melvin Seals and his JGB band. The show was ta Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “I Second That Emotion” was the first song in this recreation set (from Hartford, CT 1991). “Struggling Man” was the second song they played together.

“Its always a blessing to hear Melvin Seals on the keyboards…but to perform with him, it’s like Christmas morning when you were a kid! I always learn something new when I play with Melvin and JGB band is so tight and fun to play with.”, says Mik.

And a review from Robbie Jam:

“Trip from Key West was cool with a stop in Fort Lauderdale to see Melvin Seals &JGB ..and Mik Bondy and Kat Walkerson . An extra special “gift” was Mik being asked to sit in! Luckily, Mik had all his Garcia Project gear in his RV. The excitement factor was building in the 30 minutes before showtime. Finally, Mik walked out with the band! They played Second that Emotion and Struggling Man before Dave finally arrived and took over. However, major KUDOS to Mik for being spot on with all the nuances of transitions and lead exchanges between him and Melvin. Miks vocals were also great. Mik could have stayed up there easily and the show would have still been greatly satisfying…. actually, when Dave started up singing the next song after Mik exited the stage, it was a bit awkward until we settled into Daves style and approach.

This was a special moment and I was glad to be there sharing it. It’s awesome to get the call up to varsity or the big leagues so to speak in our world of translating Jerry and GD. Mik got the call and he was totally prepared to make the most out of it…and he DID. I think Melvin knows he has another guitarist he can call and the spirit of JGB will be greatly served. Congratulations Mik, you killed it! Home run! We also have some good video thanks to the awesome Cheryl…this music thing keeps spinning it’s magic of community and support. miles of smiles… Congratulations Mik! It’s always good to have friends to root for in search of dreams!”

Catch The Garcia Project this spring for their tour in the northeast and again this summer when they will perform a full two hour set with Melvin Seals at the Jerry Jam music festival on July 24.

 

Take a listen to Mik with Melvin and JGB on the first 2 tracks!

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Review: Phred Instruments Bolt

Here is a quick demo of the new Phred Instruments Bolt:

First Impressions:

A nicely built guitar with that great bolt body and neck shape that plays nice and easy. Although Phred’s guitars seems a bit on the small side (I’m a big guy), the sound of the guitar with the stock pickups sound pleasing. When comparing to my other Tiger guitars (Phred and Warmouth) outfitted with Dimarzio Super II pickups, I do like the sound of the super II pickups better. The Neck feels a bit like a strat and plays very smooth and fast. The action is a bit too low (nut and saddle) for my tastes, but some may like it. The Phred comes with a buffer and 9volt that seems to be matched well with the stock pickups. I would switch it out to a Waldo buffer (my preference) but it may be fine for most folks. I think this guitar shipped with 10s, but I have a custom set that I use that Id probably be happier playing with.

All in all, its a decent guitar for the $600 price. If you are looking for the shape, i don’t think you could loose. To me, the build quality does not compare with a Lieber, Phiga, Mororiarity or other custom $5k – $20k guitars, but it does the trick and makes the sounds – and for the price, it works. Ill be keeping a Phred in my arsenal for something different to play now and then and as a backup. I am interested in seeing and trying the Phusion guitar at some point as well.

Tools of the trade

Tools of the trade: Warmoth Tiger, Phred Bolt, Phred Liger

 

PHASE ONE of 2015 Spring Tour Announcement

TGP-FacebookTimeline-1-15Spring1We are pleased to announce the first phase of shows for The Garcia Project’s SPRING TOUR 2015:

April 3 Buffalo, NY – Tralf Music Hall with Workingman’s Dead [TICKETS]

April 4 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall with John Bloom and Casey Bloom [TICKETS]

April 10 – TBD

April 11 – TBD

April 17 Oneonta, NY – Oneonta Theater with Acoustically Speaking Quartet [TICKETS]

April 18 Stafford Springs, CT – Stafford Palace Theater with Acoustically Speaking Quartet [TICKETS]

April 24 – TBD

April 25 – TBD

April 8 – TBD

April 9 – TBD

April 15 – TBD

April 16 – TBD

April 22 – TBD

April 23 – TBD

April 29 -TBD

April 30 TBD

May 1 Worcester, MA – Electric Haze with Acoustically Speaking Quartet & Mike Young [TICKETS]

May 2 Sommerville, MA – Davis Square Theater with Acoustically Speaking Quartet [TICKETS]

Many more dates will be announced soon. See you in the Spring!