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Marking "Fare Thee Well" Celebration With Archival Mickey Hart Interview

This weekend in Chicago, the long strange trip is coming to an end. Celebrating their 50th anniversary, the remaining members of the Grateful Dead are gathering for three final shows they’re calling “Fare Thee Well.” The concerts are being held at Soldier Field, where they played their last show with Jerry Garcia 20 years ago. The band played two shows over the weekend in the Bay Area, where it began.

For most of its history, the Dead has had two drummers, something far less common in rock music when Mickey Hart joined the group to play alongside Bill Kreutzmann.

Hart and Kreutzmann are joining Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Bruce Hornsby, Phish’s Trey Anastasio and others for the final shows. I spoke with Mickey Hart in 2010, when Rhythm Devils, his band with Kreutzmann, came to town.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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