Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Grateful Dead Pesach

JoeSettler here.

Who cares about an Obama seder when you can have Jerry Garcia.

With Jameel on vacation, I just couldn't leave the blog unattended, especially after I heard rumors (by a DovBear commenter) that the Grateful Dead used to run a Seder on Pesach during intermissions backstage.

As Jerry was a veggie (and not Jewish), I wonder what they did about the shank bone and Matzah Ball soup (especially as it was catered by Lou G. Siegels - wasn't that place awesome).

Anyway, I've been doing a lot of research on it, and so far I found out the following.

First of all, there is an article about the rumors from 1996.

Second, there are apparently Grateful Dead Kipas and Haggadot somewhere in the world, but I haven't been able to find any pictures.

Not an original

So readers, if you can find a picture of the Grateful Dead Haggada or Kipa, send us a link and I'll post it. Or better yet, send us the Haggadah or Kipa - that would be so cool.

In the meantime I found other interesting things, like this Tel Aviv bikers bar that ran a Grateful Dead Tu B'shvat event.

And then there is the Grateful Yid.

So if anyone knows more, the more you tell over, the bigger the mitzvah.

Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael טובה הארץ מאד מאד


Anonymous said...

Delightful post. Thank you.

Baila said...

I once had a blind date at Lou G. Siegels. Great food. Terrible date.

amyrpk said...

In my many years of following The Boys (pre-1995 ... haven't seen them once since Jerry moved on) it always bugged me mightily that they played the NY shows of their East Coast tours on Pesakh and the first week of Tishrei. Annually. The Bastards. And sometimes really rubbed it in ... the famous Hampton Warlocks show (breaking out Dark Star for the first time in ages) was on Kol Nidre night.

Remembering one year I missed neila to walk across town for my front row (Jerry's side) seats for a break-the-fast show at MSG in NYC. (It was before I became a BT; you'll just have to trust me on that one.) G!d had the last laugh; it was a thoroughly crappy show. One of the rare thoroughly crappy shows at the Garden in those years. Sigh.

Anyway, yeah, a lot of folks assumed it was so Mickey could visit his family for the holidays.

Which is still entirely possible. Doesn't mean they have to have had a seder backstage, you know?

One of the greatest moments in my early teshuva was realizing that Yiddishkeit and my Deadheadness did not have to be mutually exclusive. Always glad to see that others are living in that same headspace ...

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