Grateful Dead to Stream Classic Concerts During Lockdown

The first instalment of "Shakedown Stream" aired this weekend

BY Allie GregoryPublished Apr 12, 2020

In an effort to make worldwide coronavirus-related isolation a touch less boring, the Grateful Dead have announced plans to stream classic concerts and films every week in support of musicians affected by the virus.

Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux announced the new "Shakedown Stream" series earlier this week, sharing plans to stream footage from the band's 1989 Fourth of July performance in Buffalo, NY.

Read his statement below.

We've decided to start the streaming video series with the Buffalo '89 show for a couple of primary reasons. Its excellence is indisputable and is something that we think pretty much everyone will enjoy in the absence of actually being able to see live concerts; and, as a tribute to the many rabid, loyal Dead Heads from the hard-hit tri-state area, which has been affected more than anywhere else in the country. To all of the Dead Heads in New York State and beyond, this one's for you.

The first stream aired on Friday (April 10) and featured a 21-song set including performances of "Cold Rain and Snow," "Bertha," "Morning Dew" and covers of Bob Dylan's "When I Paint My Masterpiece" and "All Along the Watchtower."

The next stream will go live on April 17 at 8 p.m. ET, with a broadcast of the band's 1977 Jerry Garcia-directed film Grateful Dead Movie. The streams will continue to air weekly with the option for viewers to donate to MusiCares' COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Watch the footage from the band's 1989 performance at Orchard Park, NY, below.

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