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Grateful Dead Night

November 4, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Saturday, November 4th

Doors open at 6:30pm, Show at 7pm

Bandleader and guitarist Michael-Louis Smith and “Take A Step Back” return to the Carriage Barn to perform the music of The Grateful Dead. They will be joined by special guest David Gans, musician, journalist, and host/producer of The Grateful Dead Hour radio show.
An evening of live music featuring uplifting rhythms, unique song forms, organic harmonic progressions and the gorgeous and often cryptic storytelling in the lyrics that connects the listener to the inner fabric of the universe and the spiritual elements of humanity.  The love for the music runs deep in all of these musicians who realize of the important innovations and contributions The Grateful Dead made to the world of music, touring, sound engineering, technology, and live recording.   



Advance tickets $35  /  $40 at the door









Michael-Louis Smith, widely known as a jazz instrumentalist and composer, got his start as a young teenager singing the songs of Robert Hunter and Bob Dylan in places such as Caffe Lena in upstate New York.  Inspired by a live performance of the band on his 14th Birthday at Madison Square Garden In 1991, he credits Garcia and the Dead among his earliest and most potent inspirations to become a musician.  Smith will be joined by longtime friend and collaborator Ismail Lawal on drums, electric bass virtuoso Mike Roninson, Marcus John Schelgel on keyboards/vocals, and Peter Carucci on Rhythm guitar/vocals .
David Gans is an American musiciansongwriter, and music journalist. He is a guitarist, and is known for incisive, literate songwriting. He is also noted for his music loop work, often creating spontaneous compositions in performance. He is the co-author of the book Playing in the Band: An Oral and Visual Portrait of the Grateful Dead, and the host of the weekly syndicated radio show The Grateful Dead Hour. He currently co-hosts a radio show with Gary Lambert on Sirius XM’s The Grateful Dead Channel called Tales from the Golden Road, a call-in show about the Grateful Dead.



November 4, 2023
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm