50th Collection: Workingman’s Dead

The Grateful Dead released the 50th anniversary edition of the American rock classic recording, Workingman’s Dead today. I have a special connection with this album through the Capitol Theatre Howard Stein days.

Latest T-Shirt in my collection!

My first experience witnessing the Grateful Dead live occurred at the Capitol Theatre in Portchester NY on November 7, 1970. I first heard the track “New Speedway Boogie” over the loudspeaker system from Workingman’s Dead on June 14, 1970 in the balcony waiting for Santana to perform the late show. This was the release day in the U.S. for the album. I loved what I heard so fervently I was motivated to run down to the box office where I bought a pair of 7th row center seats (six months before the show) for their November 7, concert.

New Speedway Boogie B-side to the Uncle John’s Band single

The Dead loved the Cap and Jerry Garcia said it was his favorite venue to play after the Fillmore West (this is according to Warren Haynes who has played the Garcia guitar role in the latter day Dead unit.)

The 50th anniversary edition features the live concert from the Dead at The Capitol Theatre recorded February 21, 1971. Which is fitting and appropriate as the Dead played the Capitol Theatre many times in the early 70s. If you combine that with how I discovered Workingman’s Dead its simpatico. Peter Shapiro, promoter and Capitol Theatre owner booked the last Grateful Dead concerts, the “Fare Thee Well” shows at Soldiers Field in Chicago, July 3-July 5, 2015. So the Grateful Dead/Capitol Theatre partnership lives on!

R.E.M. Tour 2004

I’ve been listening to R.EM.’s catalog these past few days. I’m reminded of their Around the Sun 2004 North American Tour. We saw them live at Mohegan Sun on November 5, 2004.

My one regret was not buying their tour t-shirt as it contained one of my favorite sayings about music, “music will provide the light you cannot resist”. I’ve been searching the Web for many years to find that shirt. Today I found one on eBay and purchased it in my size.

Can’t wait to wash and wear it soon!


  1. Finest Worksong
  2. Begin the Begin
  3. These Days
  4. Animal
  5. Boy in the Well
  6. Exhuming McCarthy
  7. The Outsiders
  8. Electrolite
  9. High Speed Train
  10. Imitation of Life
  11. Around the Sun
  12. Bad Day
  13. I Wanted to Be Wrong
  14. The One I Love Play
  15. Final Straw
  16. Losing My Religion
  17. Walk Unafraid
  18. Life and How to Live It
  19. Encore
  20. What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?
  21. Drive
  22. Leaving New York
  23. Permanent Vacation
  24. I’m Gonna DJ
  25. Man on the Moon

St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital

This is the second blog post written to honor and praise our patron Saint, St. Jude Thaddeus, whom my wife and I hold in the highest regard. I first discovered the miraculous power of St. Jude’s Novena Prayer in 1981. I learned to say his novena to grant a miracle I needed in my life. By saying his novena nine days in a row, nine times each day, leaving a copy in church each day, it has never been known to fail by the eighth day. Then I published our thanks in the local newspaper. I have never forgotten how St. Jude granted our miracle request. We have a tremendous bond with St. Jude these past 39 years.

When I discovered the Danny Thomas miracle request to St. Jude I decided St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital would become our charity of choice. We give whatever we can every year to honor the commitment made to children and their families that no family should have to pay for cancer treatment to heal their child.

Several years ago my wife and I travelled with close friends to Memphis, Tennessee to visit St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital. It was part of our Memphis city tour. What a rewarding and enriching moment it was to see where miracles are performed. It renewed even further our vow to donate to this vital charity.

There was a statue of Danny Thomas in the front of the hospital. We said a prayer thanking him for his role as benefactor, substantiating how he honored St. Jude in following through as a savior to children and their families.

We then visited the St. Jude Gift Shop and made some purchases. We continue to make gift purchases online to help the foundation. Even made one today :).

Again here is the St. Jude novena so that you may invoke St. Jude’s help and assistance.

Trust in the power of St. Jude Thaddeus. His gift of granting miracles is a deep religious blessing. Amen.

Invoking the Name of St. Jude Thaddeus, Our Patron Saint of Miracles and Hopeless Causes

I humbly invoke and praise thy holy name St. Jude Thaddeus. Your miraculous power has graced my life once more. I want everyone who believes in you or have yet to be graced by your saintly touch to be truly blessed and thankful of your sacred heart. I embrace your holy name.

St. Jude I am grateful for the your power and strength,

I want to pass along how the saying of your St. Jude Novena for 9 straight days, 9 times a day, has never been known to fail to be granted on the 8th day.

I am truly blessed to know and love thee St. Jude Thaddeus.

Here is thy novena for others to recite and share seeking a miracle in their lives.

Trust in St. Jude Thaddeus. He will not fail you.

Review: ‘Akhnaten’ Puts You on Philip Glass Time – The New York Times

A Philip Glass opera at the Metropolitan Opera House is an event to celebrate and savor. It has been on my bucket list for years to see a Philip Glass opera performed at the Met. One of my major live music regrets is never witnessing the lavish production of “Satyagraha”.

Good fortune shines upon those who wait because The Met: Live in HD broadcast of Philip Glass’s opera “Akhnaten” will be available at the local IMAX Cinema LIVE on November 23rd (Encore: December 3rd). This saves the trip into New York City and all the other related logistics and expenses.

A 1984 work has its premiere at the Metropolitan Opera in a spellbinding production, starring Anthony Roth Costanzo.

Source: Review: ‘Akhnaten’ Puts You on Philip Glass Time – The New York Times

Deezer Study, ‘Recommended Daily Allowance’ for Music

Deezer continues to impress with their efforts in cloud music. Try giving yourself anywhere from 5-78 minutes of music a day to improve your happiness and well-being.


Source: One Music Serving a Day Keeps the Blues Away – Deezer Press

Chicago Blues: Michael Bloomfield and Paul Butterfield

Chicago Blues
Event Poster
Judy Black Memorial

Are you a Chicago blues enthusiast living in Connecticut? You may be interested in a free music event that will highlight Michael Bloomfield and Paul Butterfield’s influences on blues rock. Born in Chicago is a smart agenda featuring a blues book signing, film clip viewing, and a panel discussion experience.

The Chicago blues info-session is scheduled for Saturday, November 16th from 5-7 p.m.. It will be held at the Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens in Washington, Connecticut.

Noteworthy Participants

Larry Milburn happens to be Michael Bloomfield’s cousin. He is a filmmaker who also produces a regular podcast, “Roadie Free Radio“. The podcasts highlight the roadie’s role as the backbone of live music before, during, and after performances. Larry will lead the Chicago blues panel discussion with David Dann, Author and Sandy Warren, Producer.

Chicago Blues Guitarist

David Dann has written a book, “Guitar King: Michael Bloomfield’s Life in the Blues” just published by University of Texas Press. The comprehensive biography of the late, great Michael Bloomfield brings to life a dazzling electric-guitar virtuoso who transformed rock ’n’ roll in the 1960s and made a lasting impact on the blues genre.

David will be selling and signing this blues book at the event. Guitar King is a methodical, well researched history publication. Encyclopedic in scope it is a compelling addition to any blues music reader’s bookshelf.

Hint: Orders can be placed online with the publisher directly (see book link above). Use the code DDANN at checkout to save 40% and get FREE shipping. Offer is valid until December 31, 2019.

Sandy Warren is the producer of the authoritative blues documentary “Horn from the Heart, The Paul Butterfield Story“. The film tells the complex story of a man many call the greatest harmonica player of all time. I’ve seen this film and recommend it strongly.

Chicago Blues Album
Chicago Blues Album

A Conversation Between Michael Dorf and Peter Shapiro

Interested in gaining valuable insight about the concert business from two of its leading national promoters?

Peter Shapiro owns The Brooklyn Bowl, The Capitol Theatre in Portchester, NY, and Relix Magazine. He is Chairman of Head Count, the non-profit organization that works with musicians to promote participation in democracy, with a focus on registering voters at live music events

Michael Dorf owns the City Winery. His new book, Indulge Your Senses: Scaling Intimacy in a Digital World shares tales of three decades of entrepreneurial business experience.

I’m betting they have very interesting backstage stories to share 😉


A Conversation Between Michael Dorf and Peter Shapiro
October 30, 2019 at 6:30 PM EDT
ROOM C95, 238 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

Tickets are free while they last. Register via the link below.

Source: Michael Dorf and Peter Shapiro | MichaelDorfPresents

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