Friday, December 15, 2006

American Beauty Project Line-up & Set Lists

This sounds way cool and tickets are free. Too bad plane tickets to NYC aren't free. ;^D I am hoping for some fine online coverage...


Line-up and Set Lists Confirmed for The American Beauty Project

Two of the Grateful Dead's greatest albums, American Beauty and Workingman's Dead, both recorded in 1970, will each be honored with its own evening when Arts>World Financial Center presents The American Beauty Project free in the World Financial Center Winter Garden, 220 Vesey Street.

Workingman's Dead, which was recorded in March 1970, will be honored Saturday, January 20 at 8:00pm by a distinctive roster of singer-songwriters, bands and instrumentalists when each performs one of the tracks on the classic album.

The next night, Sunday, January 21 at 8:00pm, another group of singers and musicians will perform cuts from American Beauty, which was recorded in August and September 1970.

Performing their own arrangements of the Workingman's Dead and American Beauty songs are Jorma Kaukonen (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane), Jay Farrar (Son Volt, Uncle Tupelo, Gob Iron), Ollabelle, Toshi Reagon, The Holmes Brothers, Sex Mob, Espers, Jen Chapin, Dar Williams, The Klezmatics, Tim O'Reagan (The Jayhawks), Mark Eitzel (American Music Club), Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan, Phil Lesh & Friends), Teresa Williams, Rob Barraco, Dan Zanes, Railroad Earth, Catherine Russell, Jim Lauderdale, John Leventhal, Brandon Ross, Andy Statman, Tony Trischka and more names to be announced in the weeks ahead.

Putting together The American Beauty Project to celebrate 35th anniversary of these two landmark Grateful Dead albums is Artistic Director and Producer David Spelman, who was responsible for similar tributes to Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. At last year's Nebraska Project honoring Springsteen, The Boss himself spent the evening standing unnoticed with the crowd before jumping on stage for the finale.

"Both Workingman's Dead and American Beauty were ranked on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, 258 and 262, respectively," said Mr. Spelman. "Each was extremely innovative at the time for their fusion of bluegrass, rock, folk and country music."

Workingman's Dead, the band's fourth studio album, was recorded in March 1970, and was voted by readers of Rolling Stone as the best album of 1970, in front of Crosby, Stills and Nash's Déjà and Van Morrison's Moondance.

American Beauty was recorded between August and September of 1970 and was released in November of the same year. It included instant radio favorites such as "Truckin'", "Sugar Magnolia" and "Friend of the Devil."

"The acoustic sound and folk/country tunes of Workingman's Dead would come as quite a shock to many fans, and to the critics as a harbinger of some sort of conscious movement (along with The Band, Dylan and the Byrds) toward country," wrote Grateful Dead biographer Dennis McNally in his program notes for the event. Mr. McNally went on to add that "as usual with the Grateful Dead, the album's origins were serendipitous and synchronistic, involving no plan or program. Instead, their swerve to include country songs in their work began quite accidentally when their lyricist Robert Hunter moved in with the Garcia family in January 1969 … In March 1970, they went into the studio to record Workingman's Dead Hugely in debt to their record company, they were forced to be simple and economize, thinking consciously of Buck Owens' Bakersfield sound. The simplicity served the music perfectly, and the result was a classic, although not the departure many thought it was. They'd enlarged their vision, not changed it."

The set list for The American Beauty Project is as follows:

Workingman's Dead - Saturday, January 20 at 8:00pm:

Uncle John's Band ----------------- Ollabelle with Larry Campbell
High Time----------------- The Holmes Brothers
Dire Wolf----------------- Larry Campbell with Teresa Williams and Rob Barraco
New Speedway Boogie----------------- Catherine Russell
Cumberland Blues----------------- The Klezmatics
Black Peter----------------- Jim Lauderdale with John Leventhal, Brandon Ross and friends
Easy Wind----------------- Tim O'Reagan (the Jayhawks)
Casey Jones----------------- Railroad Earth
Plus instrumental interludes by: Tony Trischka and Andy Statman

American Beauty - Sunday, January 21 at 8:00pm:

Box Of Rain----------------- Toshi Reagon
Friend Of The Devil----------------- Mark Eitzel
Sugar Magnolia ----------------- Jim Lauderdale and friends
Operator----------------- Jorma Kaukonen and friends
Candyman----------------- Jay Farrar (Son Volt)
Ripple----------------- Dar Williams and Dan Zanes
Brokedown Palace----------------- Ollabelle with Larry Campbell
Till The Morning Comes ----------------- Espers
Attics Of My Life ---------------- Larry Campbell with Teresa Williams and Rob Barraco
Plus instrumental interludes by: Andy Statman, Tony Trischka, and Sex Mob

John Schaefer is the host of WNYC's innovative music talk show "Soundcheck," which features live performances and interviews with a variety of guests. Since 1982, Schaefer has also hosted and produced the popular new music radio program "New Sounds," hailed as "The #1 radio show for the Global Village" by Billboard magazine. He has been heard regularly on the BBC, the ABC (Australia), Taipei Public Radio, and Radio New Zealand. Schaefer's writings include New Sounds: A Listener's Guide to New Music (Harper & Row, NY, 1987; Virgin Books, London, 1990); a biography of composer La Monte Young (in Sound and Light, Bucknell University Press, 1996); and Songlines: The Voice in World Music (Cambridge Companion to Singing, Cambridge University Press, UK, 2000). In May 2006, New York Magazine cited Schaefer as one of "the people whose ideas, power, and sheer will are changing New York" in its Influentials issue. First Dead show attended: He's pretty sure it was in 1977…or 1978…possibly at New York's Palladium…he's just can't remember all the details.

David Spelman has been making and producing music for more than fifteen years as a global impresario, busker, flack, and patron of the arts. As Artistic Director of the biannual New York Guitar Festival (b. 1999), David has earned plaudits from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and websites that only guitarists bother to read. David has produced epic tribute concerts to Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan (Bruce showed, Bob didn't), oversees the Wall-To-Wall Guitar Festival at the University of Illinois' Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and will get to taste many Australian wines at their sources as the Artistic Advisor of the annual Adelaide International Guitar Festival, launching in November 2007. David has trained in conservatories, luthiery shops, and the Prague Metro (the lattermost was the most lucrative). A former owner of a New York-based publicity firm, David did not author this bio. First Dead show attended: Capital Centre, Landover, MD, November 8, 1979.

A.J. Benson's earliest musical memory is of puzzling over his parents' Mamas & Papas, Dave Brubeck, Simon & Garfunkel, Trini Lopez and Herb Alpert LPs. He's spent the last twelve years in the music industry, most notably at Arista Records, RCA Music Group, and Virgin Records America, working on projects for Patti Smith, The Bravery and OutKast to Barry Manilow and Dave Matthews (and many in between), and is currently managing recording projects at Island Def Jam. When he wasn't diligently studying in high school and working on his journalism degree at the University of Connecticut in the 1980s, he was following the Grateful Dead around the country. First Dead show attended: New Haven Coliseum, April 23, 1984.

Arts>World Financial Center serves as the leading showcase in Lower Manhattan for visual and performing arts - from the intimate to the spectacular - by artists either emerging or established. Since 1988, year-round and free to the public, it has presented interdisciplinary arts programming with an emphasis on commissioned works, site-specific installations and premieres.

All events are free! No tickets required. Seating is first come, first served. For information, call (212) 945-0505 or visit

The American Beauty Project MySpace page


Anonymous Larry said...

Aw jeez. It's no fun knowing the setlist in advance!

Friday, December 29, 2006  
Blogger SLC Library Boy said...

LOL, Larry!

Saturday, January 06, 2007  
Anonymous tbone said...

i dont know who is running this thing but have you forgotten about the constituion.this is a free is in a public why is there no recording or video allowed.does the word greed mean anything?if im wrong let me be the first to offer apologies. however i think i am correct here.the bands are not at fault.which leaves management. feel free to respond to this.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007  
Blogger SLC Library Boy said...

Huh? Please elaborate!!!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007  
Anonymous CreditDude said...

The Greatful Dead are one of the greatest bands of all times. It's cool they are remembered

Monday, August 27, 2007  

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