Circles Around the Sun was commissioned by Justin Kreutzmann (the filmmaker son of Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann), to accompany set break biographical visuals shown during the 2015 Fare Thee Well reunion concerts by the surviving members of the Grateful Dead. The music felt deeply familiar to reunited Deadheads - tonally, rhythmically and melodically mimicking the Dead's songs, yet possessing its own weirdo majesty. Some pieces were explicit in their reverence, while others applied the Dead's freewheeling modus operandi and took their own course with imaginative musical turns. Chris Robinson Brotherhood bandmates Neal Casal (guitar) and Adam MacDougall (keyboards) were joined by Dan Horne (bass) and Mark Levy (drums) for the project. Horne and Levy form a veritable groove machine that knows intuitively when to tighten up and when to stretch out. They expand and collapse the rhythmic pocket around Casal and MacDougall, who pass melodies back and forth in an elaborate game of musical tag as they take turns adding color and shade from a seemingly endless kaleidoscope of cosmic sounds. If you know the Dead's trajectory, it's a perfect distillation of the group's fusion-filled 1973-74 jams by a band growing into its own celestial sound. 

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Thursday, January 3rd, 2019
Doors: 7:30 p.m.
Show: 8:00 p.m. 
General Admission Early Bird (through 12/27/19): $30
General Admission: $35