Tickets: $22, $17, $10 at Door
Folk and Blues Roots of the Grateful Dead, presented by the Canal Street String Band
“This is timeless music. From three-part vocal harmonies to masterful playing on pretty much every stringed instrument … these guys sound like they’re having a great time.”
– The Buffalo News
The Grateful Dead exposed generations of music fans to the nooks, crannies, branches, and offshoots of American roots music like perhaps no other act of their size and influence. Jerry Garcia grew up listening to field recordings, jazz, traditional folk songs, bluegrass, and ancient Child ballads, first getting together with Bob Weir and Pigpen NOT to start a rock-and-roll band, but to play jug band music. They learned songs from itinerant street musicians, covered blues legends and country stars, and packed many musical styles into their own original songs.
Join The Canal Street String Band as they explore the deep well of American music that inspired the Grateful Dead, and discover some fascinating stories behind the music. With fiddle, banjo, dobro, jaw harp, string bass, guitar, mandolin, three-part harmonies, and a pair of cow bones, this program delights the uninitiated right alongside the Deadheads in the crowd. The concert features the Dead’s musical roots, along with selections from the trio’s standard repertoire.
Named to the New York State Presenters Network roster as “performing artists of the highest professional caliber,” The Canal Street String Band features Phil Banaszak (fiddle, mandolin, guitar), Dave Ruch (mandolin, guitar, banjo, hand percussion, and more), and Jim Whitford (upright bass, dobro, guitar). They perform at theaters, colleges, music festivals, community events, folk concerts, clubs, library concert series, and more.
For more information and a video on the Canal Street String Band and this program, visit the Canal Street String Band website
Admission $22 at Door
Golden Link Members $17 at Door
Students $10.00; Children 12 and under FREE
Doors open at 6:45 pm
Note: Online Ticket Sales have ended. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the day of the concert.
2750 Atlantic Ave
Penfield, NY 14526
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