It’s Been 51 Years Since The First Grateful Dead Concert Took Place At Ken Kesey’s Acid Test

first_imgToday marks the 51st anniversary of the first-ever performance of the Grateful Dead, still known as The Warlocks. The band took the stage at Ken Kesey’s first public Acid Test, where like-minded individuals would take LSD and enjoy live music and stunning visual displays. These performances that took place over the course of six months shaped the trajectory of the band forever.Many years later, Jerry Garcia discussed this initial experience. Garcia reveals he came upon the band’s name by opening “an old dictionary at Phil [Lesh]’s house. I just opened it up and there I saw ‘the Grateful Dead.’” The in-depth interview, which would later be donated to the Library of Congress, goes on to describe how the band we’ve come to know and love came to be.Listen/watch this animated recording of this magnificent interview below:Full Transcription Below:Joe Smith: So when the band finally fell into place as The Warlocks it was basically what was the Grateful Dead.Jerry Garcia: Absolutely. Kreutzmann. Me, Phil…Joe Smith: Pig and Bobby, huh?Jerry Garcia: That’s right.Joe Smith: And what did it sound like?Jerry Garcia: It sounded like hell. It sounded really awful for the first few gigs.Joe Smith: Was it The Warlocks very long before you became the Dead?Jerry Garcia: About a year.Joe Smith: And what triggered the new identity?Jerry Garcia: Well we finally discovered that there was a band that was recording using the name Warlocks. We thought: “oh, shit, we can’t have that kind of confusion.” So we went on the band hunt, you know, looking for a name.Joe Smith: The name came from whom? Who dug it up?Jerry Garcia: Well I found it in an old dictionary at Phil’s house. I just opened it up and there I saw “the Grateful Dead.”Joe Smith: Jesus. You could have been… could you imagine what would have happened: the Warlockheads. The dictionary changed society.Jerry Garcia: It absolutely did. Yes, it did.Jerry Garcia: That was about the time we fell in with the acid tests with Kesey and those guys. We had starting taking acid ourselves while we were still The Warlocks. We didn’t do it at shows. At the time we were playing the divorcees’ bars up and down the peninsula. You know. Our booking agent was this guy who used to book strippers and dog acts and magicians and everybody else. It was the standard gig: six nights a week, five sets a night. Standard bar stuff. We were doing that for about a year. And, you know, after that you’re ready for anything. We knew a lot of the people in Kesey’s scene, because it was all part of the Palo Alto scene, which we were a part of. And they knew of us. The one guy, named Paige, who was one of the Pranksters, came to one of our late night sets at one of the bar’s we were playing at.Jerry Garcia: And said: “hey, you guys, we’re having these parties up at Kesey’s place in La Honda [California] every Saturday night, why don’t you guys come?” I said: “well, we’re working all the time.” Luckily the following week we got fired. And we had nothing to do. So Saturday night came around. We went to the first one of those parties, which later became the Acid Tests.Joe Smith: What did you do there? It was just experimenting?Jerry Garcia: No. We just set up the equipment. Everybody got high. And stuff would happen. Now Kesey and his Pranksters have been doing this for a long time, so they had instruments and they played weird music. But mostly it was completely free. There was no real performance of any kind involved. Everybody there was as much performer as audience. You know.Jerry Garcia: These guys had never been confronted with a regular rock and roll band, you know. And we plugged our gear in which looked like space age, military nightmare stuff. Compared to all their stuff, which was all hand painted and real funky you know.Jerry Garcia: And WHAM, we played for about five minutes. Then we all freaked out. You know. We played for about five minutes, but it completely devastated everyone. So they begged us to come back to the next one. And that’s how it happened essentially.Joe Smith: When you guys now you’re doing some acid, you were playing around. What did you expect to be? Were you going to be a Beatles? Were you going to be a great rock n roll… what were you going to do?Jerry Garcia: We didn’t really care whether we went somewhere specifically. We mostly wanted to have fun. And when we fell in with the acid tests we a started having the most fun we’d ever had ever. More than than we could have ever….. I mean it was just incredible.Joe Smith: And how long did that go on?Jerry Garcia: For about six months. But that was probably the most important six months in terms of directionality. Because the neat thing about the acid tests was we could play if we wanted to. But if it was too weird, we could always not play. So that was the only time we ever had the option of not playing.Jerry Garcia: I think The Grateful Dead kind of represents the spirit of being able to go out and have an adventure in America at large. You know what I mean? You can go out and follow the Grateful Dead around. And you have your war stories. Something like hopping railroads. Something like that. Or being on the road like Cassidy and Kerouac.Joe Smith: That’s interesting.Jerry Garcia: But you can’t do those types of things anymore. But you can be a Deadhead. You can get in your van and go with the other Deadheads across the States and meet it on your own terms. 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Wellington Police Notes: Friday, March 7 – Sunday, March 9, 2014

first_imgWellington Police Notes for Friday, March 7 to Sunday, March 9, 2014: Friday, March 7, 2014•4:12 a.m. Officers investigated possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia by a known suspect(s) in the 1000 block W. 8th, Wellington.•6:21 a.m. Officers investigated criminal possession of a firearm by a felon in the 1000 block W. 8th, Wellington.•6:30 a.m. Lisa M. Shanahan, 35, Haysville, was arrested, charged and confined with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and two Sedgwick County Warrants for probation violation and possession of stolen property.•7:55 a.m. Joshua J. Wood, 38, Haysville, Ks was arrested, charged and confined with criminal possession of a firearm.•10:30 a.m. Chelsea N. Easterly, 22, Wellington was served a notice to appear charged with dog bite violation and trespass by dog.•11:27 a.m. Alyssa D. Leon, 21, Wellington was arrested on a city of Wellington warrant for failure to appear on a charge of criminal damage to property.•12:15 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 300 block N. Washington, Wellington.•12:30 p.m. Officers took a report of a suspicious person in the 1500 block N. A, Wellington.•3:03 p.m. Officers investigated theft of services in the 500 block N. Gardner, Wellington.•3:34 p.m. Officers took a report of found keys in the 900 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington.•5:18 p.m. Officers took a report of a vicious animal in the 900 block E. 7th, Wellington. Sunday, March 9, 2014•6:35 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a vehicle in the 400 block S. Blaine, Wellington. It was recovered.•12:30 p.m. Non-Injury, private property accident in the 200 block W. Harvey, Wellington involved a vehicle operated by Dorothy L. Podschun, 83, Wellington and a fixed object/light pole owned by United States Postal Office.•12:54 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a vehicle in the 1100 block N. Poplar, Wellington.•1:50 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a bicycle in the 800 block N. H, Wellington.•3:32 p.m. Robby L. Sones, 42, Conway Springs, was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 64 mph in a 45 mph zone.•11:31 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 700 block N. Poplar, Wellington. Saturday, March 8, 2014•7:25 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a window in the 700 block N. Gardner, Wellington.•10:10 a.m. Non-Injury accident in the 200 block N. A, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Carmen        C. Huegel, 89, Wellington and juvenile female, 17, Wellington.•10:10 a.m. Carmen, C. Huegel, 89, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with disobeyed stop sign.•10:44 a.m. Officers investigated criminal use of a financial card in the 800 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington.•10:50 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a bicycle in the 900 block N. B, Wellington.•4:54 p.m. Jeremy A. White, 30, Topeka, was issued a notice to appear charged with no proof of insurance and speeding 61 mph in a 50 mph zone.•5:09 p.m. Officers took a report of a runaway in the 700 block S. Blaine, Wellington.last_img read more

Singing At Fenway: Check

first_imgLinda Chorney and ‘guest’ (her husband, Scott Fadynich) will be rooting for different teams on April 22 when she sings the national anthem for the Yankees-Red Sox game at Fenway Park.Linda Chorney’s life has become a lot busier since she was nominated for a Grammy last year.And while she didn’t win, her career has taken off in ways she couldn’t have imagined since her Cinderella-at-the-ball experience as a veteran musician who became a nominee without benefit of a major industry PR machine behind her.Chorney, who lives in Sea Bright, just finished recording a music video with an Italian movie director.She’s been recording at East West Studio in Los Angeles, where Frank Sinatra recorded “My Way.”“It was the most beautiful studio I’ve ever seen,” says Chorney. “That was very exciting and we got a lot done.”She also just got back from Nashville, where she was recording a new album titled, “When I Sing.”And thanks to a random chat she had with a fellow New Englander who was trying to reach a real person on his cell phone instead of a corporate robot, she’ll be crossing off one of the major items on her bucket list: singing the national anthem for the Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston on April 21.To sweeten the experience, the Sox are playing the Yankees, her husband’s favorite team.For Chorney, the event will be the “happy ending” she needed to finish writing a book about her journey to the Grammys.But there’s one other thing on her agenda as well.Chorney is joining a group of local women who have pledged to climb Mount Kilimanjaro together to raise money for charities they have chosen.Chorney will dedicate her climb to raising money to end the practice of female circumcision in Africa, a practice in which the clitoris is surgically removed to prevent women from feeling sexual pleasure. “They call it circumcision but it’s mutilation,” Chorney says.“They use the same knife on everybody and kids do die.” Chorney learned about efforts to discourage the practice from a Masai guide who took her to visit his village. She hopes to establish a trust fund that will persuade families to spare their daughters and ultimately fund their college educations.She would be happy, says Chorney, “if I could save one or two girls. The quality of life for women is terrible. They are treated more poorly than the goats and the cows.”last_img read more

CBA Crew to Host March 16 Fundraiser

first_imgLINCROFT – An evening of Irish-themed libation, food, and fun is planned in support of new boats and training equipment for the nationally ranked Christian Brothers Academy Crew team on March 16 at Trump National Golf Club in Colts Neck.Just eight years old, the now 70 strong, nationally ranked team and 2011 Scho­lastic National Light­weight 4+ Champ­ion seeks to improve its competitive position amongst the almost 600 other high school rowing programs nationally by adding $130,000 in new training equipment and boats to their young but highly successful rowing program.In order to add to the ranks of the more than 500 young men who have benefited from the camaraderie, hard work, discipline and competitive spirit engendered by the sport of rowing and Coach Scott Belford’s tutelage, the fundraiser is scheduled for 7 p.m. to midnight at the golf club.The ticket price is set at $125 and includes passed appetizers, buffet, open bar, specialty drinks, and entertainment provided by The Pat Roddy Band. There also will be a 50/50 raffle and live and silent auctions that will include such items as a trip to Napa Valley, a one-week vacation in the Cayman Islands, a golf package at Trump National Golf Club, and the use of a 100-foot yacht. Local celebrity radio host Big Joe Henry from NJ 101.5 will serve as the master of ceremonies.Donations will be gratefully accepted and sponsorships are available.Tickets are available by contacting Kim O. Clauss at [email protected] or by calling her at 732-706-3430.last_img read more