One of the Grateful Dead's most memorable -- and lengthy -- concerts took place September 6, 1980 in Lewiston, Maine. People in Lewiston still talk about it 33 years later. They'll be talking about it again when Lazy Lightning, Maine's premier Dead tribute band, re-creates the entire concert at the Franco Center on April 19, 2013.
For nearly 20 years, no band in Maine has done more than Lazy Lightning to preserve the joyful legacy of the Grateful Dead’s music. Founded in the early 1990′s by Camden native Rodney Sturdee, whose guitar playing eerily channels the fretwork of the late Jerry Garcia, Lazy Lightning’s take on the Dead’s mix of tight song-craft and loose improvisation has had fans grooving since today’s college students — who in turn have become Deadheads from listening to their parents’ bootleg concert tapes — were toddlers. Songs from each era of the Grateful Dead’s 30 years as America’s greatest live touring act find their way into Lazy Lightning’s shows, and the band takes pride in its spot-on arrangements of familiar Dead classics. Bust out your tie-dyes, Deadheads, it’s time for some fun!
$5 advance, $7 at the door (General Admission, 21+)