Since first rambling out of Northern California 52 years ago, the psychedelic sound of the Grateful Dead is still reverberating. The original members have split into two touring acts – Dead & Company and Phil Lesh and Friends – but even that redundancy can’t sate the demand for Dead music. A fleet of tribute acts perform around the world, including Phoenix’s own The Noodles and Los Angeles’ Grateful Shred. The latter performs Friday, September 15, at the Van Buren in Downtown Phoenix. To prep for the experience, we’ve readied a primer on the variety of Deadheads you’ll see there.
— Jason P. Woodbury
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