ALTON — For 50 years, the Grateful Dead has epitomized an era which can never truly be recreated in American culture ... but it can certainly remind you of the highlights for an evening.
Alton Main Street, partnering with the Riverbender.com Community Center, will host a live streaming performance by the legendary band July 5 inside the community center.
The Fare Thee Well series of concerts in Chicago is expected to be the last time the band will play together as the Dead, celebrating its 50th anniversary. While tickets for the concerts were highly sought after, this is an opportunity for Greater Alton to experience a bit of San Francisco psychedelia in 2015.
For those wanting the Woodstock feel of an outdoor performance, the concert also will be projected from a screen outside of the center.
Longtime members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart will be joined by Trey Anastasio from Phish, Jeff Chimenti and Bruce Hornsby for the farewell concert.
The Grateful Dead formed in 1965 and by the Summer of Love had joined Jefferson Airplane as the two premier San Francisco rock groups espousing peace, free love and the LSD experience. It became known for long psychedelic jams, Americana-style songwriting and classic songs such as “Truckin,” “Sugar Magnolia” and “Touch of Grey.”
Tickets for the 7 p.m. pay-per-view event are $15, with proceeds going toward Alton Main Street and the center. For information, call (618) 465-9850.