Two special acoustic concerts celebrating Jerry Garcia’s 76th birthday

Featuring Hayley Jane (8/1 only), Greg Klyma, Ryan Fitzsimmons, and Spotted Tiger, with host Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

Wednesday, Aug. 1, Club Passim, Cambridge, MA
Thursday, August 2, Book and Bar, Portsmouth, NH


The performers

Hayley Jane is a singer, songwriter, and dancer. She records and tours as a solo artist, with the Americana/soul/rock ‘n’ roll band Hayley Jane and the Primates, and in the duo Yes Darling with Ryan Montbleau.

Greg Klyma is a prolific songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and seasoned performer. His birth date puts him squarely in the middle of Generation X, but Klyma is an old-school troubadour.

Ryan Fitzsimmons, in the words of Boston’s Red Line Roots, is “a brutal force of nature on acoustic guitar. Often breaking multiple strings during a performance, he plays with a fire and fierceness that cannot be tamed, or faked for that matter. There is no doubt that Ryan is as enticing a musician as they come.”

Spotted Tiger is the Boston-based band led by violist Laurence Scudder and guitarist Erik White, of the Brothers McCann. Together they play an eclectic mix of originals and hand-picked covers.

Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers is a grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine. He interviewed both Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir and is the author of a video series teaching Grateful Dead songs for acoustic guitar.

The 2017 Jerry Garcia 75th birthday tribute at Club Passim, with (left to right) Ryan Fitzsimmons, Greg Klyma, Wendy Ramsay, Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, Erik White, Celia Woodsmith, Laurence Scudder, and (behind Laurence) Chris Hersch. Photo by Dan Tappan.

A note from JPR

The music of the Grateful Dead is part of my DNA as a guitarist and songwriter.

I began playing the band’s songs as a teenager…learned to improvise while space jamming with my brother…caught a bunch of Dead and Jerry Garcia Band shows in the ’80s and early ’90s…and discovered a long list of great artists and traditional tunes through their covers.

I was fortunate enough to interview Jerry along with David Grisman in 1993 (as featured in the book Rock Troubadours; the photo in the poster above was taken that day by Jay Blakesberg), and then Bob Weir 15 years later.

I recorded an EP of solo acoustic arrangements of Dead songs, created a Homespun video series teaching those arrangements, and have led workshops around the country showing guitarists how to play songs like “New Speedway Boogie,” “Friend of the Devil,” and “Althea.”

In 2016, the Boston Globe did a feature on my Grateful Dead guitar workshops, and I gave a lesson on camera to one of the paper’s veteran correspondents, as documented in this video (read the accompanying article here).

And then came this amazing moment: an opportunity to play Jerry’s iconic Wolf guitar.

I am at heart a songwriter, but I simply love the music that Jerry and the Dead gave us. And I know lots of fellow songwriters who feel the same way.

In 2017 I put together a special show at Club Passim, Boston’s legendary folk venue, to celebrate Jerry’s 75th birthday, with a group of stellar singer-songwriters performing their interpretations of favorite Jerry/Dead songs. The night was magical, and I’m thrilled to announce that we’re doing it again in 2018—at Passim on Wednesday, August 1, and in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on August 2. The Passim show will also be broadcast on Concert Window.