A Visit with Leo Elliott, Owner of Scarlet Fire Guitars and Builder of Mik Bondy’s Tiger Guitar

Mik Bondy and Dan Crea got a chance to visit with Leo Elliott at his Scarlet Fire Guitars workshop in Dallas Texas. Leo is the builder of Mik Bondy’s #007 Tiger Guitar that he plays exclusively with The Garcia Project. You can read about and see pictures of Mik’s Tiger guitar build here.

Here is a short interview with Leo, and some photos of our tour of the shop below:

Get a hold of Leo and you can order a guitar for yourself! WEBSITE:  Scarlet Fire Guitars

The Garcia Project is heading out on a full USA tour From September through October 2018!

The Garcia Project is heading out throughout the USA to celebrate the Jerry Garcia Band experience! Tickets will be on sale soon and MORE DATES will be added as well. Please help spread the word to any friends that are in any of the stops we are hitting! If you want us to perform in a particular town or city, please let us know! AND, Thank you – Your kind support and requests to play in your city has inspired us to journey out on this cross-country trip.

9/13 Brattleboro, VT
9/14 Fall River, MA
9/15 Rochester, NH
9/20 Rochester, NY
9/21 Cleveland, OH
9/22 Covington, KY
9/23 St. Louis, MO
9/26 Denver, CO
9/27 Fort Collins, CO
9/29 Salt Lake City, UT
9/30 Boise, ID
10/3 Seattle, WA
10/4 Portland, OR
10/5 Euguene, OR
10/6 Private Party
10/7 Redwood City, CA
10/10 Phoenix, AZ
10/13 Dallas, TX
10/17 Birmingham, AL
10/18 Nashville, TN
10/19 Asheville, NC
10/20 Rocky Mount, VA
10/25 Wilkesbarre, PA
10/26 Cohoes, NY
11/23 Norwalk, CT

Tickets available here: http://www.thegarciaproject.com/tour-dates/

The Garcia Project at City Winery, Boston, MA on 7-22-18

Thank you Boston!

The Garcia Project at City Winery, Boston on 7/22/18
Performing The Jerry Garcia Band set list from
12/3/83 Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA

(Early) Sugaree, Catfish John, It Ain’t No Use, Run For The Roses, Dear Prudence, Deal E: How Sweet It Is

(Late) I: Cats Under The Stars, They Love Each Other, Love In The Afternoon, Mission In The Rain, Rhapsody In Red II: The Harder They Come, Russian Lullaby, Tangled Up In Blue, Midnight Moonlight

The Garcia Project – Live at Stadium Theater, Woonsocket, RI on April 27, 2018

Looking for live Grateful Dead music in RI this weekend? Come check out the Nation’s top touring tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band. The Garcia project plays Jerry Garcia Band concerts in their entirety.

The nations only touring tribute to The Grateful Dead's frontman Jerry Garcia's band, The Garcia Project captures the spirit of the music.

The nations only touring tribute to The Grateful Dead’s frontman Jerry Garcia’s band, The Garcia Project captures the spirit of the music.

The band recreates classic JGB set lists from 1976-1995. Founded by long time Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band fans who have a special love, understanding, and dedication to the music, and the delivery of that music. The Garcia Project pays special attention to the arrangements and feel of the specific eras, including the instrumentation and vocal stylings. While not a note for note recreation, the spirit of the original always shines through, while creating with the audience a new live music experience, founded in the same spirit.

Come check them out at one of their only East Coast performances. This Friday at 8:00 p.m. at The Stadium Theater in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

GET TICKETS NOW:  http://bit.ly/GarciaStadium

Acoustically Speaking (Kat & Mik from The Garcia Project) open the show with a set of soulful Grateful Dead.

“I spent a lot of nights in a lot of places with the Jerry Garcia Band, and I’m here to say that I really enjoy what The Garcia Project does with those memories.  Mik’s guitar and his and Kat’s vocals stir up some very sweet vibes…some times they almost make me feel like I’m back in, say, 1992 at the Warfield.  Check ‘em out.”  — Dennis McNally, former publicist for the Jerry Garcia Band

“For those of us who crave late 70’s (and through the 80’s and 90’s) Jerry Garcia Band, The Garcia Project scratches that itch for hearing live renditions of Jerry Garcia Band shows from that period.” — Bob Minkin, legendary Grateful Dead and Jerry Band rock photographer

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

“…it was hard to tell that it wasn’t Jerry signing on “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down….The Garcia Project’s attention to detail on intonation and performance structure does set them apart as an authority on Jerry Garcia.”  – NYS Music

“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

“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

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

Maria Muldaur to join The Garcia Project in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of The 1978 Cats Under The Stars Tour!

Maria Muldaur to join The Garcia Project in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of The 1978 Cats Under The Stars Tour!

Maria Muldaur to join The Garcia Project in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of The 1978 Cats Under The Stars Tour!


Maria Muldaur to join The Garcia Project for a special recreation concert of a classic show from the 1978 “Cats Under The Stars” Jerry Garcia Band tour.

Maria Muldaur will join The Garcia Project on March 8, 2018 at Club Fox in Redwood City, CA for one special night to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Jerry Garcia Band’s “Cats Under The Stars” tour from 1978. “Cats Under The Stars” was Jerry Garcia’s favorite album and the tour was filled with great songs and energy. Tickets are available now here: http://www.thegarciaproject.com/tour-dates/

Maria Muldaur will be singing with The Garcia Project’s Kat Walkerson and Mik Bondy (guitar). They will be joined by band members Dan Crea (bass guitar), Bobby Belanger (drums) and Justin Lopes (piano).

Maria Muldaur is best known world-wide for her 1974 mega-hit “Midnight at the Oasis,”which received several Grammy nominations, and enshrined her forever in the hearts of Baby Boomers everywhere. She started recording with Jerry Garcia and sitting in with The Jerry Garcia Band in ’74, joining the band officially from fall 1977 through 1978. Maria has recorded over 40 albums, and continues to perform Blues, Jazz, and Gospel both in the States and worldwide.

The Garcia Project is the nationally touring, critically acclaimed tribute to The Jerry Garcia Band. The Garcia Project performs full, classic set lists from 1976 – 1995. 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.

“I spent a lot of nights in a lot of places with the Jerry Garcia Band, and I’m here to say that I really enjoy what The Garcia Project does with those memories.  Mik’s guitar and his and Kat’s vocals stir up some very sweet vibes…Check ‘em out.” — Dennis McNally, former publicist for the Jerry Garcia Band

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOWgoo.gl/gqb4qc

More about Maria Muldaur:

http://www.mariamuldaur.com

More about The Garcia Project:

Web Site: http://www.thegarciaproject.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGarciaProject

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/thegarciaproject

The Center For The Arts, Grass Valley, CA • 11-17-17

Thank you, Grass Valley, CA! We love you!

November 17 | Grass Valley, CA | The Center For The Arts

12/19/1992 Warfield Theater, San Francisco, CA

SET 1
The Way You Do The Things You Do
Mission In The Rain
That’s What Love Will Make You Do
Like A Road
You Never Can Tell [C’est La Vie] Ain’t No Bread In The Breadbox
My Sisters And Brothers
Deal

SET 2
Shining Star
Wonderful World
And It Stoned Me
Money Honey
Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power)
Don’t Let Go
Midnight Moonlight

WOW Hall, Eugene, OR • 11-10-17

Wow Hall and Eugene, OR — We LOVE you! Thank you to the staff and all the amazing Pranksters and The Godfather of light! <3

November 10 | Eugene, OR | WOW Hall
5/20/76 Keystone, Berkeley, CA

Set I:
Sugaree
Catfish John
After Midnight
Who Was John
The Way You Do The Things You Do
Friend Of The Devil
Lonesome And A Long Way From Home

Set II:
How Sweet It Is
They Love Each Other
Strange Man
Tore Up Over You
Don’t Let Go
The Harder They Come

Filler:
He’s Gone (for Ken Kesey)
Ramble on Rose
That’s what love will make you do

Encores:
Sisters and Brothers>
Deal

Live from Wow Hall

 

SET I

SET II

Goodfoot Pub and Lounge, Portland, OR • 11-9-17

Thank you, Portland! We had another full house on our second night of the tour! <3

November 9 | Portland, OR | The Goodfoot Pub & Lounge
6/1/83 Roseland Ballroom, New York City, NY

Set I:
I’ll Take A Melody
The Harder They Come
They Love Each Other
Gomorrah
Run For The Roses

Set II:
Rhapsody In Red
Don’t Let Go
Russian Lullaby
Dear Prudence
Deal
E: How Sweet It Is

Filler: Tennessee Jed, Franklins Tower

Nectar’s Lounge, Seattle, WA • 11-8-17

Pacific Northwest Tour 2017 opener:

Wow! Thank you Seattle! We had a full house for our first night of the tour and what a night it was! <3

November 8 | Seattle, WA | Nectar Lounge

3/6/76 Moore’s Egyptian Theater, Seattle, WA

Set I:
Tore Up Over You
Catfish John
Russian Lullaby
They Love Each Other
Mystery Train
Who Was John
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
Lonesome And A Long Way From Home

Set II:
The Harder They Come
Friend Of The Devil
After Midnight
Moonlight Mile
Strange Man
I Want To Tell You
My Sisters And Brothers
How Sweet It Is

Filler:
ramble on rose
that’s what love will make you do

The Garcia Project at The Narrows • 6-10-17

Recreation by The Garcia Project of the setlist from The Jerry Garcia Band’s 5/7/83  show at The Stone, San Francisco CA
I: Second That Emotion, They Love Each Other, I’ll Take A Melody, Valerie, Run For The Roses
II: Sugaree, Tangled Up In Blue, Let It Rock, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, Midnight Moonlight

Mik Bondy’s Scarlet Fire Tiger 007 – First Look

Leo Elliot of Scarlet Fire Guitars in Dallas Texas was hired in 2016 to build the closest replica of Jerry Garcia’s iconic Doug Irwin guitar, called Tiger for me (Mik Bondy, guitarist of The Garcia Project) as a gift from a loyal fan. Kat and I drove to Dallas in 2016 to get measurements of my hands, and to choose a neck and talk about electronics and frets and tone with Leo.

The tiger was delivered to me on 7-22-17, at a friend’s house in MA. Here is some information on the build:

• Mexican cocobolo
• set-neck configuration
• inlaid and outlined w/ 1/16th inch brass
• Tiger inlaid on an ebony oval, accented with brass
• Neck is curly maple, accented by a vermillion center stripe and accented with thin layers of vermillion and maple
• Gabon ebony fretboard is inlaid with the classic Tiger motif
• Rear of the guitar is a brass outlined, quilted maple and cocobolo oval -The maple oval has a 1/16th inch red, yellow and blue marquetry strip around its circumference. The cocobolo oval is inlaid with an art deco style flower of two types of abalone, MOP, and brass.
• Electronics cover is cut out of the same piece of cocobolo as the back and is outlined with brass.
• Pots are NOS military surplus. The volume pot is a 25k value with a logarithmic taper and the neck and bridge tone are controlled by a custom manufactured, 250k/500k value Allen Bradley style, dual Mod pot just like the original. The other tone pot is a 500k value linear taper.
• onboard effects loop (OBEL) that allows the output signal from the pickups to be sent to an effects chain and return to the instrument before the volume pot. This was a personal invention of Jerry’s that allowed his signal to remain consistent when using the master volume and it allowed certain FX, like the Mutron III to always see a full input signal no matter what the master vol. on the guitar was set on.
• Unity gain buffer circuit made by wald-electronics.com.
• DiMarzio single-coil pick-up in the neck and two DiMarzio superdistortion humbuckers for the middle and bridge. I cut a one-piece cocobolo surround to mount the single coil, neck pickup in to the humbucker sized hole on the triple ring.
• Kluson reproduction harmonica bridge
• Gold Schaller M6 tuners

Here is Mik Bondy performing on the “Scarlet>Fire Tiger” for the first time on Jerry Garcia’s 75th Birthday Celebration, Presented by The Jerry Garcia Family:

Here is the “unboxing” video:

 

The Tiger needed a battery, so I put one in and tuned it up. I had a small fender travel amp to try it with. Take a listen to the first song played on Tiger here:


I am looking forward to plugging Tiger into my rig. My current rig is a modded 1967 Fender blackface twin for my pre-amp, a modded 2100 Mcintosh solid state amplifier for my power, two well used JBL e-120 speakers in a handmade Hard Trucker style cabinet, and effects rack with a MuTron, Boss Octive, Boss Delay with tap tempo, MXR Phaser with rate foot pedal mod, Boss Turbo Overdrive, Tubscreamer, Boss OD-1, rack tuner and ground control loop and pedal board. The rig was built and designed by myself over the course of three years.

Here are some photos of Tiger. If you want to hear Tiger through my rig, come on out to a show! The first public show that I will be playing Tiger at is the Jerry Garcia Family official 75th Birthday Celebration on August 1, 2017 at The Brooklyn Bowl. [GET TICKETS HERE]  The Garcia Project will perform a full Jerry Garcia Band show and Andy Falco and friends will perform selections from The Pizza Tapes and more!

Here are the photos of the build of the guitar:

Want your own Tiger, Wolf or Rosebud? Get in touch with Leo Elliot here: http://www.scarletfireguitarsllc.com/tiger/

Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Celebration feat. The Garcia Project, Andy Falco (of Infamous Stringdusters) & Friends performing The Pizza Tapes + more!

The Jerry Garcia Family and Brooklyn Bowl Present Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Celebration featuring The Garcia Project, Andy Falco (of Infamous Stringdusters) & Friends + more!

Brooklyn, NY, 8-1-17 – We are pleased to announce this special event concert to celebrate Jerry Garcia’s 75th Birthday. The event will be held at the popular NYC venue, The Brooklyn Bowl on August 1, 2017 with doors opening at 6:00 PM and showtime at 8:00 PM. The night will consist of a special performance by The Garcia Project of a complete classic Jerry Garcia Band set list from 1976-1995. The band will not announce what show it is recreating until the end of the night.

There will also be an amazing acoustic set: Andy Falco (of the Infamous Stringdusters) and friends do The Pizza Tapes Plus, featuring Jacob Jolliff (Mandolin, of Yonder Mountain String Band), Mik Bondy (Guitar, of The Garcia Project) and Patrick Falco (bass).

TICKET LINK: https://goo.gl/KDTTET

About The Garcia Project:

The Garcia Project is the country’s leading Jerry Garcia Band tribute and many fans have called them the “DSO of JGB”.  The Garcia Project’s performances are recreations of full, classic Jerry Garcia Band set lists from 1976-1995.

More than just a Jerry Garcia Cover Band, using thoughtful arrangements and the proper instrumentation and feel, The Garcia Project faithfully channels and projects the feelings, emotions and music that propelled the Jerry Garcia Band and their fans through the years.

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.

Touring across the country, The Garcia Project has made many fans extremely happy. It’s about family, soul searching, rejoicing, contemplating, celebrating, seeking truth and loving one another.

The Garcia Project has received rave reviews from the press:

“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’s attention to detail on intonation and performance structure does set them apart as an authority on Jerry Garcia.” – NYSMUSIC

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

“The Garcia Project’s attention to detail on intonation and performance structure does set them apart as an authority on Jerry Garcia.” – NYSMUSIC

“It was hard to tell that it wasn’t Jerry signing on “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.”” – NYSMUSIC

“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.” – Upstate Live

VIDEO LINK:  https://youtu.be/ySAUbJ8UlKU

AUDIO LINK: https://archive.org/details/TGP2017-04-15.cohoesmusichall

WEB SITE: http://thegarciaproject.com