"if you close your eyes,
you’ll swear your at a JGB show."
For those of you who love the music of the Grateful Dead’s late Jerry Garcia and his long-running solo project, The Jerry Garcia Band,you’ll be happy to know that there’s a local band right here in the 518 that’s “Dead-icated” to recreating that unique sound through increeasingly popular live experiences in the region. Introducing The Garcia Project …
Their growing fan base already knows, these folks are a show not to miss. Guitarist Mik Bondy has built his own replica of Jerry’s custom Tiger guitar, and he’s got Jerry’s finger picking style down. Add in Tom Lee’s classic Hammond organ, and female harmonies of Kat Walkerson, with a solid rhythm section of Dan Crea or Mike Coleman on bass and Bob McKeon on drums, and if you close your eyes, you’ll swear your at a JGB show. The Garcia Project is keeping the vibe alive, and we are luck to have them right here in the Capital Region.
Eco-LOCAL caught Mik Bondy on the phone recently to tell us about the project:
EL: Is the goal of the Garcia Project to recreate the Jerry Garcia Band sound?
Mik: The music of the Jerry Garcia Band has always had a special place in our hearts,. There was some really great music that came out of the Jerry Garcia band, and we just thought it would be a great thing to do to recreate that experience. Tom Lee, the Keyboardist plays the Hammond organ with the classic Leslie speakers that rotate he’s got the full Hammond rig, I’ve constructed over the past several years a replica of Jerry Garcia’s guitar and his whole stage rig, and so having the authentic sounds there realty help with the whole experience of it. I’ve had kids come up to me after a show and say “wow, it is Jerry was right there playing.” So it really has the feeling that you are there at one of the shows
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