Live at Winterland, if you were in the “scene” in San Francisco in the 70’s you were and still are aware of what Winterland was, a legendary music venue.
Originally built as a theater and ice rink, Winterland was a 5,400-seat venue located at the corner of Post Street and Steiner Street, it was converted to exclusive use as a music venue in 1971 by rock promoter Bill Graham and became a common performance site for many of the most famous rock music artists. We’re talking The Allman Brothers, Bruce Springsteen, Lynyard Skynard, Quee, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Led Zepp, The Doors, Hendrix, the list goes on and one but of course The Grateful Dead played there as well.
The thing to do back then was boot-leg audio tapes of the concerts. Street vendors and boot-legs would record shows from venues all over the state of California and then sell them on the streets of LA and San Francisco. The hottest ticket items were always the illegal copies of concerts from Winterland. It was said that if you didn’t have boot-leg tracks from Winterland then nobody would take you serious as a boot-leg and subsequently not buy anything from you street stand.
Then alone comes a jam band from Anchorage, Alaska years later. Band members: Jay Stange – Bass/vox John “Gato” Mirelez – drums/vox Jim Beck – guitar/vox Mike “Animal” Erdelyi – guitar/vox Paul Schlomer – occasional harp have taken their passion of jam music and keeping the Grateful Dead songbook alive and well, with their own Alaska style and turned it into a popular gigging band. Their set lists includes all eras of the Dead plus some original and other cool tunes.