Furthur takes the Grateful Dead to new heights

February 25, 2010

Are you a fan of the Grateful Dead?

If you answered “yes” to this question, be sure to check out Furthur, the latest band to cover the music of one of the greatest and most influential jam bands of all time.

The band is led by former Grateful Dead members, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir.  It is the first time the bass-guitar duo has hit the stage together in four years, and the chemistry could not be tighter between the two.

Lesh and Weir are backed by a talented group of musicians, and this is a big reason why this has been the closest sounding band to the Grateful Dead.

The band’s lineup also includes Benevento Russo drummer Joe Russo, Ratdog’s drummer Jay Lane, Ratdog’s keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and backup singers Sunshine Garcia Becker and Zoe Ellis.

The musician who plays Jerry Garcia is guitarist/vocalist John Kadlecik.  Kadlecik performed and studied Jerry  Garcia in his former band the Dark Star Orchestra, and he is the closest musician to hit both the vocal and guitar styles of the former Grateful Dead front man.

Furthur made their live debut earlier this month at the Bayfront Park Ampitheatre in Miami, Fl., and has since been touring around the country, attracting both old and young “dead heads.”  Furthur has been playing many of the classic songs that made the band so famous 40 years ago, but they have also been playing songs that the Grateful Dead never played.

This just goes to show the confidence Lesh and Weir have in the their fellow band mates, especially Kadlecik.  By the reviews I have read, it seems as if  Furthur really has it down.  If you are a fan of the Grateful Dead or any of the musicians that are in the band, I suggest you check them out because it is refreshing to hear music so close to the original band.

Check them out and let me know what you think.

Jam On.