Ahead of Keller Williams’ performance tonight at the City Winery in New York City, we thought it would be fitting to shine a spotlight on a memorable performance from the past. Back in the early 2000s, Keller Williams launched a unique project with Jeff Austin (mandolin, Yonder Mountain String Band) and Keith Mosley (bass guitar, String Cheese Incident) called “Grateful Grass.” The group, which still rocks out to this day (check out the performance of “Eyes of the World” at Scamp ’15 above) commemorates the Grateful Dead by performing unique Bluegrass renditions of their most memorable songs.
On February 8, 2006, Keller, Jeff & Keith took over the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver to perform a benefit concert for the Rex Foundation, the charitable non-profit founded by members of the Grateful Dead. If you don’t already know about the Rex Foundation, it’s a really cool charity with a unique mission statement. You can read more about it and make donations here, but in a nutshell, all proceeds are directed to grass-roots organizations that promote the arts, improve the environment, and support underprivileged communities. The concert featured incredible Bluegrass covers of Grateful Dead classics like “Eyes of the World,” “Casey Jones,” and a standout medley of “Scarlet Begonias” and “Fire on the Mountain.” This performance keeps on giving, even to this day, by donating proceeds of a pristine digital recording of the entire performance, which can be purchased on iTunes at this link. You can also listen to Part 1 of the set on Soundcloud (below). If you like what you hear, we hope to see some of you tonight at the Keller Williams KWHatro’s performance tonight at the City Winery. Learn more about the show here.