All Graceful Instruments is a day-long interdisciplinary symposium hosted by Isaac Slone (BA '17) celebrating scholarship around the Grateful Dead. Formed in the Bay Area in 1965, the Grateful Dead produced a musical and cultural phenomenon. Although the group disbanded in 1995 following the death of lead guitarist/vocalist Jerry Garcia, the way of life embraced by the Grateful Dead community continues to live on. The band has played an important role in the personal and communal narratives of many, inspiring their following to seek alternatives to social norms, be open to adventure, and share with each other in discovery. Unique in the world of popular music, a wealth of scholarly work has emerged in the last two decades dedicated to studying the Grateful Dead in an academic context. All Graceful Instruments invites you to explore the Grateful Dead through the narratives and works inspired by the phenomenon.
The event includes an acoustic performance by the Stella Blue's Band.
Peter Shapiro (Brooklyn Bowl, Relix, Fare Thee Well, the Capitol Theatre)
Jay Blakesberg (Photographer, Filmmaker)
Rhoney Stanley (Woman's Visionary Council/Holistic Orthodontist/Author)
Nicholas G. Meriwether (Scholar/Archivist)
Steve Liesman (CNBC, Stella Blue's Band)
Shaugn O’Donnell (City College)
Ken Aigen (NYU, Stella Blue's Band)
Susan Balter-Reitz (Montana State University)
Jesse Jarnow (WFMU, Music Journalist)
Mike Greenhaus (Relix)
Mark Mattson (Fordham University)
Sponsored by the Capitol Theatre and American Beauty NYC.
Jay Blakesberg "Between the Dark and Light: Photographing the Grateful Dead"
11:05 am-12:00 pm
Panel Discussion: Mike Greenhaus, Jesse Jarnow, and Peter Shapiro
Roundtable Discussion and Q&A
A Conversation between Rhoney Stanley and Sue Balter-Reitz
Nicholas Merriweather "Dead Studies"
Panel Discussion: Shaugn O'Donnell. Ken Aigen, Mark Mattson, Sue Balter-Reitz
Roundtable Discussion and Q&A, moderated by Steve Liesman
6:00 -7:00 pm
Musical Performance - Stella Blue's Band