Dead on Live – Celebrating the Music of the Grateful Dead
Dead On Live returns to the South Orange Performing Arts Center to present a mixed bag from every era of the Grateful Dead’s rich and stylistically diverse legacy in full production, both as heard on the band’s commercial releases and as performed live in some of their most famous shows.
Multi-instrumentalist Marc Muller directs Dead On Live in a celebration that captures important and beloved periods of the Grateful Dead’s long and illustrious, and stylistically diverse career. He has assembled an impressive cast of world class musicians that have been able to reproduce virtually every note of every instrument, as well as all of the beautifully orchestrated vocal arrangements that are trademarks of the Dead’s classic American recordings, to a level that’s perhaps never been accomplished and performed live in concert before.
“We present the music as it was produced, recorded and released,” said Muller, who has played in the bands of Bruce Springsteen, Tommy Shaw, Shania Twain and others.
Muller came up with the idea when he was asked by the Count Basie Theatre in New Jersey to develop a show back in 2010. Noting the 40th anniversary of Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty, he set about collecting the musicians to meticulously learn the albums just as they were recorded. “Those two albums are the nuts and bolts of required Grateful Dead listening,” said Muller.
In keeping with the true spirit of the Grateful Dead, every Dead on Live show also features plenty of jamming and improv that’s sure to keep the kids dancing and shaking their bones!