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'The Grateful Dead Movie'

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Grateful Dead Meet-Up

Aug. 1
7 p.m.
$10
Film, Music, Americana

Since the death of founding member and iconic figurehead Jerry Garcia in 1995, fans of the Grateful Dead have sought various means of keeping the communal spirit of the band and its music alive. While band members have sporadically reunited for tours, and archival recordings continue to surface, many Deadheads have sought out their fix at the cinema, thanks to the annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies. The celebration started in 2011 with a national simulcast of the documentary The Grateful Dead Movie (1977). Its popularity has expanded as subsequent years brought rarely seen concert performances to the big screen. The ninth-annual event, timed to coincide with Garcia’s birthday, takes the endeavor international with screenings held at theaters throughout North America, Europe, and Australia. The 2019 Meet-Up screens the previously unreleased, professionally recorded (complete with surround sound and a visually immersive multi-camera edit), full concert performance from June 17, 1991, at New Jersey’s Giants Stadium. The concert featured a surprising setlist and contributions from relatively recent bandmates Bruce Hornsby and Vince Welnick. Tonight’s screening should be an ideal chance to bond over musical fellowship.