DC Dead: Invasion of the Dead
Holy guacamole! The three biggest Dead-related acts will be converging on the DC/MD/VA area coming up in November and December! Two shows on the same night even!!!
- Ratdog: Wednesday, November 2 at Rams Head Live in Baltimore,MD. Tuesday, November 8 at Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, MD.
- Phil Lesh and Friends: Friday, December 2 at The Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA.
- Dark Star Orchestra: Tuesday, November 29 at Recher Theater in Towson, MD. Friday, December 2 at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC. Saturday, December 3 at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC (Rex Foundation Benefit, Black Tye-Dye Ball)
OK, first of all, someone wasn't scheduling smart here. Phil competing with DSO in the same geographic area (20 miles apart) on the same night. Bad idea. I already know that I won't make it to the Baltimore Ratdog show as I'll be on the West Coast that day. But Frederick I could possibly do. Phil on Friday and DSO on Saturday?
I'm really torn about this though. On one hand, what an opportunity to see all three bands within a month of each other right while in the middle of my Dead-frenzy! Think of the blogging possibilities! On the other hand though, I'm kind of hesitant. All I have of The Grateful Dead (other than the music of course), is my memories of seeing them live. Could that be tainted if I was disappointed in seeing any or all of those three bands today? I know it won't be the same, but could it be good enough, close enough? I've heard a bit of each band and like what I've heard so far. In fact, I heard some live Ratdog last night doing Playin', and was pretty impressed.
What to do? What would you do if you were a lone Deadhead tied up in a straight and narrow world, too concerned about the remote possibility of being disappointed? Ugh, sad and pathetic, huh? A nice problem to have though :)