Melvin Seals Stories

PHOTOS / VIDEO | JGB @ Park West 3/16/18

By: John 'Nunu' ZomotFormer Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals is no stranger to the Chicago area.  He appears frequently as a special guest with the local Dead tribute staple Terrapin Flyer.But it's been a minute since he's brought his JGB project through the city -- so it was nice to get a...

Photos / Video / Setlist / Recap | Joe Marcinek's Dead Funk Summit @ Martyrs' 12/9/17

Photos: John 'Nunu' ZomotGuitarist Joe Marcinek is the chef who is always cooking up something special with whatever ingredients are on hand.As luck would have it, the cupboard happened to have a little from two separate camps for a December run.  Melvin Seals, the longtime Jerry Garcia Band organist was available for...

Dead & Company @ Wrigley - Quick Reference Guide

Almost two years of being a band, Dead & Company makes its Chicago debut this weekend -- the first time Grateful Dead members have played at Wrigley Field.  Guess the Cubs had to win the World Series first.As you can imagine there's no shortage of hoopla, both bad and good surrounding the event....

Milwaukee '91 Show To Be Released As GarciaLive Vol 8

On March 10th, the first in a series of releases commemorating Jerry Garcia's 75th birthday (August 1, 2017) will be released to the public with an impressive array of options.  Packages available include T-shirts and posters as well as the show from November 23, 1991 in MIlwaukee in both physical and digital media.The show itself, featuring...

Sights & Sounds | Steve Kimock in Chicago During Fare Thee Well

Steve Kimock was among the more popular alternatives offered by fans who objected to Trey Anastasioto join the core four at Solider Gield. While Treyultimately wowed the crowd during the Fare Thee Well concerts,it's not like "Jerry's favorite unknown guitarist" wasn't available to the true believers over the course of the weekend.Kimock played...

GD50 Chicago Weekend Ticket Giveaways

Yes, our Fourth Of July weekend in Chicago can get a little overwhelming (and also quite expensive). But, we're looking out for our readers and have arranged a number of great ticket giveaways for events all around the city. Free sometimes is a great way to make a decision and depending on where you're coming...

Dead On The Water | Musical Voyages During Dead50 Chicago Weekend

Some of the most spectacular views of the Chicago skyline can be had from a boat on Lake Michigan.Crafty promoters have been using this as a secret weapon to draw music fans to experience live shows, and a pair of them have announced a few shows for this coming July Fourth Weekend.Otter Presents...

Terrapin Flyer Shuffles The Deck During Weekly Residency, Upcoming Runs With Melvin & Mark

If you walked in to the Abbey Pub for Terrapin Flyer's Wednesday night jam on May 8th, you may have noticed something strange after the first couple of songs. If you stuck around for the second set, and were well-versed in Grateful Dead history, you surely would have put the pieces together and realized that...

Setlist, Stream, Download: Terrapin Flyer with Melvin & Mark @ Martyrs 1/19/13

It was a family affair back at Martyrs for when Terrapin Flyer hit the stage for its sold out Saturday night gig, with the band welcoming several guests to partake in some good ole Grateful Dead (and, of course, JGB) with Melvin Seals and Mark Karan. Norman Sands has some nice photos of the proceeding...

The Terrapin Takes Flight: Camp Terrapin Founder Doug Hagman Talks "Remembering Jerry" and Performing With Grateful Dead Alums

It will be a busy August for Terrapin Flyer founder, guitarist and vocalist Doug Hagman. He'll hit the road for 9 shows in 11 days with an all-star cast in a routing that spans both Jerry Garcia's 70th birthday and the 17th anniversary of his death (including at stop at Chicago's Abbey Pub on 8/4). By the end...