World-renowned radio host and Grateful Dead aficionado David Gans will appear in concert at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum on Saturday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m.
Aside from his long career chronicling The Grateful Dead, Gans is known for his “solo electric” performances consisting of country-blues style fingerpicking, loop-based improvisations created live in the moment, sweetly-sung ballads—original or borrowed, and Grateful Dead songs reinterpreted to suit his voice and guitar. The artist is also known for his wry observations of the music festival subculture and larger world, soulful and passionate political commentary, and favorites from the folk-rock canon of the last 50 years. Like performances by his favorite psychedelic band, no two David Gans shows are ever the same.
To say David Gans is an expert on all things “Dead” is an understatement. A musician and music journalist, Gans began his writing career in the 1970s penning articles for Rolling Stone and Relix Magazine. A life-long “Dead Head,” he co-authored his first book, Playing in the Band: An Oral and Visual Portrait of The Grateful Dead, in 1985 with Blair Jackson. Today he hosts the nationally syndicated radio show, The Grateful Dead Hour and co-hosts Tales from the Golden Road with Gary Lambert on Sirius XM’s Grateful Dead Channel. Gans encouraged Dead bassist Phil Lesh to go back on the road after retirement and even assembled artists for him to jam with for Lesh’s Unbroken Chain Foundation. Shortly after, Lesh began touring as Phil Lesh and Friends.
Gans tours nationally and has performed at a number of high-profile festivals including Gathering of the Vibes, the High Sierra Music Festival, the Terrapin Hill Music Festival, and the Berkeley Free Folk Festival. He has performed with members of The Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Donna the Buffalo, Peter Rowan, Dark Star Orchestra, Keller Williams, and others.
Tickets to see David Gans in the Performance Theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum are $10 in advance and $15 at the door; doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information about the artist, visit his website at DavidGans.com.