ABOUT THE BAND

THE ULTIMATE GRATEFUL DEAD TRIBUTE

Grateful Dead Tribute band specializing in the music the band played during the 60's and 70's.

Specializing in the Grateful Dead’s catalog and sound from 1969 through the late 1970s, Winterland pulls you back in time to a place where the Dead’s rhythm and blues, folk and country roots were still deeply embedded in their music even as they explored the wild and experimental outer reaches of psychedelic rock. More importantly, though, Winterland channels the music of the Grateful Dead with uncanny authenticity, a sublime fidelity to the Dead’s musicianship, tonality and, in particular, emotional relationship with the audience. 

Walk into any given Winterland show and witness firsthand: every face is radiant, reflecting the elation of sharing — with the band and with each other — the pure, innovative, beautifully complex music of the Dead. This interconnectedness, which breaks down the barriers between people and music and allows everyone to become collaborators in an elusive web of fleeting, living art, represents an essential unity of musical experience. In other words, what Winterland has attained has proven to be a microcosm of the feat that the Grateful Dead of the late ‘60s to the late ‘70s achieved and escalated to a full-fledged cultural phenomenon. It is a thing of subtle and wily magic, not to be missed.

THE STORY | Musicians from several different bands active in the Midwest region's vibrant original music scene, mostly out of Iowa City, come together to explore, emulate, and enjoy the music of The Dead's classic '69-'78 period. 

These players come from bands playing in nearly every musical genre- jazz, funk, country, prog-rock, blues, bluegrass, folk and rock n roll. When they take the stage together their influences, as disparate as they may seem, meld together beautifully to make music that can only be labeled as Grateful Dead music. 

BAND INTERESTS | Improvisation, group dynamic, traditional American music, roots and country rock, experimental jamming, large scale weirdness, altered consciousness, dancing, laughter and bliss.