The Grateful Dead embodies all the elements of the American counterculture of the Sixties, says Ethan Semone, the School of Rock music director. Inspired by American folklore and folk rock revival, Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir introduced electric guitars while Phil Lesh added his schooled classical and electronic musical background, Semone says. Over their thirty years of touring, playing, and recording, the Grateful Dead matured and fused together many music styles including rock, folk, bluegrass, reggae, country, jazz, psyche, gospel, and long musical improvisations. Thus, the Grateful Dead became the pioneering godfathers of the jam world, Semone adds.
The Grateful Dead tribute will take place on Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22 at 6pm at the Kinetic Playground located at 1113 W. Lawrence. Ave. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
The school is located at 3043 N. Ashland near Lake View, Lincoln Park, Bucktown and the Kennedy. Chicago's Paul Green School of Rock Music offers instruction in guitar, bass, keyboards, drums and vocals with open enrollment to all abilities and experience levels, for ages 8-18.
For more information about the show or for enrollment, call 773-857-3804 or e-mail Chicago@schoolofrock.com.
SCHOOL OF ROCK GRATEFUL DEAD TRIBUTE
6 pm on Friday and Saturday
1113 W. Lawrence, Chicago