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Joined: Jun 26 2007
Franklin Turnpike

My name is Dave Kopec and I play lead guitar and sing for Franklin Turnpike. We've been jamming for many a long year. Our highlights include sharing the stage with Hot Tuna, Commander Cody, Tom Constanten, New Riders of the Purple Sage, God Street Wine, and the David Nelson Band.

We can count Jason Crosby, Bernie Reilly, and Joe Russo as our jam-mates as well. With Jason's awesome band I have had the priviledge of playing with Richie Cannatta, Walter King, Shannon McNally, Derek Trucks, Jeff Sipe, Oteil Burbridge, and Dave Diamond, among others. I'm also playing 5 string banjo and madolin with my bluegrass band: The Ramapo Mountain Boys. The bluegrass bug has bit me hard and will never let go. We are based out of Bergen County in New Jersey so if you want to check us out, jam out, or hang out, contact me through


Joined: Oct 2 2007
17 Year Old Talented Guitarist!

Talented 17 year old guitarist. Looking for serious musicians! Love the grateful deads wonderful music!


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Joined: Sep 5 2007
Anybody need a trumpet player who can parrot Garcia and Santana?

Hey heads,
I am a horn player-trumpet in West of Boston, Massachussets area...I have been working on my chops (had not played for 15 or more years!) and am getting good enough to at least sit in with a band that may cover
Dead, J. Garcia Band, Santana, Gato Barbieri, Clapton etc.
Oddly found a great niche playing to a lot of JGB blues based stuff..parroting and improvising
of Jerry's voice and leads and parroting lots of Santana leads with actually sounds pretty amazing in my big ass living room... will record and post later...but
I do Senor, Simple Twist of Fate, I Shall be Released, Masterpiece..hell I could
probably sit in with Rat Dog as they have no trumpet....Bobby you reading this..if I get a reply
I will bring it with me to Hampton Beach Rat Dog show in a Heart Beat (course I guess
Hunter should be first on the list as well as Lesh as they BOTH Play the trumpet- Yep you
have not been keeping up if you dunno that--Lesh most know but Hunter has it on his blog--heck
he even wrote me once--i am not worthy!)..
..lets do Senor (tales of Yankee power) by Bob of my favs...

"if the Thunder don't get ya then the lightning will!"- The Wheel
"Gonna find out something only dead men know" - Silvio
Class of Red Rocks '79...
Life without the Dead is not life...and so we carry on...

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Joined: Jun 23 2007

" good thing, one good thing, when it hits you feel no pain..."

LISTEN UP! see This is more than a band, it is a spiritual response to the dilution of the true meaning of 'rights of passage' for young men and women. Tired of the old T and A dancing chicks and dreadlocked pretty boy DJ's that characterize the overthetop party scene for youngsters in something meaningful, challenging, and rocking!

Joined: Sep 1 2007
kind musicians in Kansas City?

19 year old guitarist (singer/songwriter) in Kansas City, MO

Looking to form original sounding folk/bluegrass/psychedelic jam band

Looking for rythm guitar, drums/percussion, bass, keys,possibly violin, banjo, mandolin, etc.

Influenced by bluegrass,down home country,and spaced-out psychedelia: allman brothers, grateful dead, phish, string cheese incident, widespread panic, YMSB, HBR, Keller, Pink Floyd, STS9 etc.

Must not have a problem with open-ended jamming/long improvisations (musical conversations) and GROOVIN.


I write lots of original material, but am not a control freak; I encourage absolute equality among bandmembers, collaboration and for others to bring material in with them if they'd like.

If you'd just like to jam a few times to just see how it goes, maybe go from there, that's fine by me.

Age doesn't matter, I'm 19 and I don't judge so I ask the same in return.

Joined: Aug 27 2007
Jam and the Playground Kids

Hello everyone i', john i play bass in Jam and the Playground kids. We are a band based out of nort central illinois trying to spread our wings and start traveling spreading our music. Here is a paragraph describing JPK.
Jam and The Playground Kids is a unique blend of crowd energy and original creativity. They use the crowd to fuel their artistic visions, making for an explosive experience for both the band and the crowd alike. This energetic mix opens the gates for improvasational music and intence spinning, jumping,and dancing that everyone gets into. There's always that excitement whenever they play and neither the band or the crowd knows what to expect next! Although the Band enjoys showing respect to all musicians and genre's who have influenced them, they concentrate mostly on original material and spreading good insight and love to everyone who witnesses them play. Come see this musical conconction and good time infusion for yourself! ENJOY
you can check out where and what we played @
I hope to see some of you cats from the chicago area in our crowd

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Joined: Jul 4 2007
Hello From Joshua Tree

I Just Play with one of my bands Hell69 In Kona Hawaii at LuLu,s it was so much for more info about My Music go to I just become friends with Sonic Youth.
I guess Lee was a dead Head. I am also looking to helping other musicians and we should play as much as we can you call me at 707 528 3211. I can play most any thing I learned a lot for the the boys You know the Dead. thank you
Hello from Joshua C. Digman

Joined: Aug 8 2007
Charlotte musicians wanted for jamming

I am interested in meeting Charlotte, NC area deadheads who are musicians and are interested in informal jamming. I have been playing electric/acoustic 6-string guitar with a little pedal steel for the past 40 years (which makes me an old man at age 53!) and frequently play outdoors in Freedom Park on Saturdays with a portable battery-operated rig.

I'm no professional, but after 40 years how bad could I be? Contact me and maybe we can jam.


Joined: Aug 6 2007
Stringtown Pickers

My band is the Stringtown PIckers. We have been at it for about 7 years and 4 of us are pretty hard core heads. It is hard to find a good banjo player that gave up a decade to follow the dead and others, and we haven't found that guy yet. But, our guy can pick a little bit. We started out doing a lot of dead covers, but now we only do Friend, and even that is ripping fast. Hope you enjoy it.

Joined: Jun 22 2007
Any Midwest folks?

I play percussion in an Ann Arbor, MI based band called Treetown Underground. All of our members have been influenced by the Dead in one way or another. We are a mix of jazz, bluegrass, folk, funk, samba, klezmer, and more. We begin recording our first album in September. If there's anyone in the Midwest (or anywhere else for that matter) looking to trade gigs, please let me know.

If my words did flow........


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