Herbie Greene/Dead.netHad he lived, Jerry Garcia would have turned 70 on August 1, and a special one-night-only movie screening has been scheduled to mark the late Grateful Dead frontman's milestone birthday.
A Birthday Celebration: The Grateful Dead Movie Event will take place August 1 at 7 p.m. at more than 450 theaters across the U.S. It will feature a screening of the classic concert film The Grateful Dead Movie, which will be preceded by new short film paying tribute to Garcia that was directed by Justin Kreutzmann, son of founding Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann. In addition, fans will be treated to a slideshow of rare photos of the band that will be accompanied by audio of an unreleased live performance by The Dead.
The new commemorative flick will include surviving Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir and other as-yet-unannounced guest stars discussing Garcia and his musical legacy. The film also will feature Weir taking moviegoers on a tour of his new TRI Studios in San Rafael, California.
The Grateful Dead Movie was co-directed by Garcia and Leon Gast, and captures highlights of an October 1974 concert at San Francisco's Winterland Arena. It features performances of such classic Dead tunes as "Casey Jones," "Playing in the Band," "Sugar Magnolia" and "U.S. Blues."
Log on to FathomEvents.com to find out where A Birthday Celebration: The Grateful Dead Movie Event will be screened near you.
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