As part of the Brooklyn Bowl’s 8th year anniversary, Half Step: Grateful Dead Tribute is slated to perform tonight at 7:30pm. Presented and promoted by the Brooklyn Brewery, Half Step is a unique Dead tribute powered by dedicated students of the Grateful Dead. Similar to Dark Star Orchestra, Half Step makes concerted efforts to accurately replicated an authentic Grateful Dead experience. For example, the band studies past set lists, segues, and song sequences performed by the Grateful Dead to craft their own concerts. In addition, the band members use similar instruments, amplifiers, and sound effects to further authenticate the Grateful Dead.
With Pete Shapiro the owner and operator of the Brooklyn Bowl, it’s no surprise he selected this type of group to celebrate 8 exceptional years of music at what I’d consider to be New York’s most sacred music venue. For those not in the know, Pete’s one of the world’s best known Dead Heads who’s initial claim to fame was an award-winning documentary he filmed about the Dead as a student at the Northwestern University School of Communication in 1995. Since then he’s owned and operated venues like the legendary Wetlands Preserve, Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, and The Capitol Theatre. Pete’s not only upheld the legacy of the Dead at his venues, but was also the puppeteer behind the wildly successful “Fare Thee Well” Grateful Dead shows in Chicago back in 2015.
Tonight’s concert is part of a string of events to celebrate the Bowl’s 8th birthday called “A Brooklyn Blast!” Other upcoming Brooklyn Blast shows include Delicate Steve tomorrow with Band of Changes featuring Chris Harford, Scott Metzger, Jon Shaw and Joe Russo, Pete Rock tomorrow late night, Ripe followed by Gigamesh on Friday night, the Stooges Brass Band with Haley Jane & The Primates on Saturday, and much more (full calendar here). Tickets for each Brooklyn Blast show, including tonight’s Dead Tribute, can be purchased at this link.