NEW MONSOON – DIAMONDS AND DEAD – At The Sweetwater Music Hall Friday Sept 19th, New Monsoon will perform their new album Diamonds and Clay (recorded at Bob Weir’s TRI Studios) for the very first time live in its entirety. Throughout the night they will also perform some of their favorite Grateful Dead songs. This is a special and rare performance of the Dead by New Monsoon who will be integrating the songs into the show in their own unique way.
New Monsoon is also excited to announce that Stu Allen (Mars Hotel, Ghosts of Electricity, The Rock Collection, Spike Drivers) will be sitting in on guitar for the evening. The band can’t think of anyone they would rather cover this material with, and look forward to sharing the Sweetwater stage with him.
When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia’s music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. Today, he is one of the leading figures in the jam band and Grateful-Dead-inspired community.
Allen’s captivating soulful delivery (both vocally and instrumentally), freakish improvisational ability, and exceptional guitar tone have gotten the attention of some of the preeminent figures in the genre. He regularly works with Phil Lesh, and has also done sets with Bob Weir, and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals’ tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. In 2010, he received more national acclaim when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra.
OPENING ACT: THE BAD JONES The Bad Jones are a rock band from the Bay Area known formerly as Soul Pie. Upon changing their name, the band has reemerged with a new attitude and sound in efforts to focus their strengths as songwriters– and more importantly to shed a fresh and reverent light on what they see as the currently dormant state of Rock and Roll. Together they aim to help set the stage for the coming resurgence of Rock.