Relix Presents: Grateful Shred
345 E Nine Mile Road
Ferndale, MI, 48220
Doors 8:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
Wait -- I know what you're thinking. Another fucking Grateful Dead cover band?
The thing is, Los Angeles-based Grateful Shred manage to channel that elusive Dead vibe: wide-open guitar tones, effortless three-part vocal harmonies, choogling beats, and yes, plenty of tripped out, Shredded solos. The look, the sound, the atmosphere. It's uncanny. "It's more of a 'take' on the Dead than a tribute band," says bassist Dan Horne. "We end up sounding almost more like the Dead because we approach it in this free-spirited way."
Founded one night in 2016, the band came about almost by accident. Singer/guitarist Austin McCutchen had a residency at The Griffin in Atwater Village; his band was out of town, so he drafted some friends to play a set of Dead covers, and the four founding members (Austin, Sam, Clay, and Dan) have been together ever since. Sam Blasucci and Clay Finch (of country-folk revivalists Mapache) handle vocal and guitar duties, rounded out by bassist Dan Horne (of Cass McCombs, Jonathan Wilson, and the estimable Circles Around The Sun, who provided the incidental music for 2015's "Fare Thee Well" concerts, the last shows played by the living members of the Dead ). Add a rotating cast of drummers (like Richard Gowen of he Growler) and keyboardists (like Lee Pardini of Dawes and Jerry Borgé of Ziggy Marley), and you've got the essential formula.
Far from being a historical re-enactment, Grateful Shred's laissez faire vibe infuses the band with a gentle spirit, warmth, and (dare we say it) authenticity. From their killer merch game to their eminently watchable YouTube channel, they're clearly having a rad time and spreading the love. Strangely enough, in a world overflowing with wax museum nostalgia and Deadly sentimentalism, we need the Shred, now more than ever.
Melodic folk-rock duo from La Cañada Flintridge, California and based in Los Angeles. The two memebrs met while they were both attending La Cañada High School. Sharing a fondness for bluegrass, The Band, Neil Young and The Grateful Dead they formed a group, the Melvin Doo, that regularly played in local coffeehouses. They broke up in 2011 when Finch went to college at Chico State, while Blasucci took part in a mission trip to Saltillo, Mexico. However, they stayed in touch and in 2016, after they relocated to Los Angeles, they began playing together as Mapache, which means raccoon in Spanish.
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