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Username: laytonco

Post Number: 95
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Wednesday, December 03, 2008 - 6:47 am:   Edit Post

Saturday Night, December 6th - 9:00 PM

Breckenridge, CO

The Pranksters have the wonderful privledge of playing with "The Master of the Universe" on Saturday night in Breckenridge. We'll be performing an entire evening of Jerry Garcia Band tunes!



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Username: jet_powers

Post Number: 401
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Wednesday, December 03, 2008 - 8:49 am:   Edit Post

That should be a fun gig! Let us know how it turns out...

Username: davehouck

Post Number: 7223
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, December 05, 2008 - 11:44 am:   Edit Post

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Username: new2alembic

Post Number: 113
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Tuesday, December 09, 2008 - 2:33 pm:   Edit Post

How did it go Gil?
Username: laytonco

Post Number: 96
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 11:01 am:   Edit Post

Well, I'll post some more once I figure out what's wrong with my CD burner and can get some tunes on Myspace. For some reason neither my CD player or burner in my Dell will work right. The top drawer (player) isn't even reading that I have a CD/DVD in there and the second drawer (burner) will recognize a disc but when I burn its missing data and when I play a CD/DVD, it skips and pops.

Onto the good stuff: Melvin is an unbelievebably nice, kind, gentle man. He got to the venue (Three20 South) about 5 minutes before we went on, got mobbed by the crowd, made his way to the stage, made a few adjustments to the Hammond and said, "Alrighty, let's go!" We broke out with "Don't Let Go." He immediately got this big smile on his face and kept looking up at Jeff (lead) as if he were looking at Jerry. Jeff was really on this night and took long intricate jams that sounded like stories to me.

We didn't make a set list and just went off the mood the whole night, so I'll put together the setlist later, but some tunes we played were Mission in The Rain, Stop That Train, Get out of my life, Run for the Roses, Sisters & Brothers, How Sweet It Is, Gomorrah, Deal, Sugaree, Midnight Moonlight, Masterpiece and even threw in some Dead crowd-pleasers like Sugar Mag and Shakedown. I'm sure there were more.

You know, I've never played with such a celeb before so I'll admit I was a little numb during the show. Kind of star struck. But I tried to take every thing in. I kept looking around at the band members and could see they were on cloud 9 the whole night. Melvin would really ramp up that Leslie speaker to the point where i could feel it in my feet! Of course, he was perfect tyhe whole night. Monette, who sings the Donna parts, belted out those beautiful backups with Tim (bass) and me(rythym). Melvin went up to her at set break and gushed about her. I know she liked that. Rich (drummer) was on as well. All in all, it was a good night. I think we'll get to do this again! Also, the Three20 talked to us about just having The Pranksters do a monthly show up there which we would LOVE to do!! We had about 150 people there and ususally when we play, we get a few people who will stop by the stage afterwards, but this night, we had gobs of people giving good words, so I think it was a success and really helped the band!

More to come!


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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 3413
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 11:44 am:   Edit Post


I know exactly what you mean about Melvin's "big smile". I've been fortunate enough to play with Melvin twice. The first time was at my wedding in 2001. A buddy of mine was the guitarist in JGB at the time and I was lucky enough to be able to hire them for the wedding reception. I sat in with them for a couple of songs. As I stood there for the first song (definitely nervous and intimidated - but what the hell, it was MY wedding), I looked over at Melvin and saw "the look". I know "the look" as I've given it myself in the situation where someone for some reason is going to sit in with your band and you have no idea whatsoever whether they can play. Anyway, I played the opening riff to "The Weight", started singing the first verse, and looked over to see Melvin with that big grin of his. It made me immediately lose the nervousness and feel completely comfortable. The high point of the wedding for me (and my wife hates it when I tell this) was when my wife went over to thank Melvin during a break, and he said to her "hey, your old man can really play." I got to play with my buddy and Melvin again earlier this year at a club in San Francisco . He really is a delightful and extremely friendly person.

Bill, tgo
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 7250
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 4:58 pm:   Edit Post

Gil and Bill, great stories!

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