These days, I am having a great time playing music in a Grateful Dead tribute band here in Petaluma. We are calling ourselves Dead Again.
Being inside the music in this way is literally a dream come true for me, as I have frequently dreamed my way into the band so many times over the years. All of us in the band have, in a sense, been practicing playing this music for decades, as we are all seasoned Deadheads.
I will keep people posted, if I can remember to do so here, about upcoming shows.
Next up, we’re playing on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 at the Big Easy in Petaluma. Free show, 7:30 to 10:30 pm, all ages welcome. The Big Easy is a wonderful nightclub located in downtown Petaluma, right on Helen Putnam Plaza. Good food is available, and good drinks as well. We welcome a guest vocalist, Jenna Mammina, who will sing with the band.
Note added February 24, 2020: We are now several years into this disturbing era, and many of the voices I mentioned in this 2017 post are certainly proving to have been worthy and valuable voices of reason and fact-based opinion.
To them I must add the excellent daily writings of Heather Cox Richardson, who brings a political-historical perspective that is extremely helpful.
On my Facebook feed, I recently asked my network of friends to chime in with recommendations of today’s public intellectuals–writers and thinkers whose work they follow as trusted and insightful commentators and activists during the times we are living through–the era of Trumpism.
I’ll compile the list here for ease of use and for continuous updating.
I may decide at some point to create categories within this listing, so as to separate out those who are really reporters, or politicians, or others whose role is not quite that of the classic “public intellectual.”
Many thanks to all who contributed!
W. Kamau Bell
Charles M. Blow
Henry A. Giroux
Heather Cox Richardson
Neil deGrasse Tyson