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BRATTLEBORO — Whirlygig Music and the Stone Church present Big Steve Parish Live with Rev Tor's Steal Your Peach Band at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Stone Church.

BIG STEVE PARISH

To begin the evening, Steve Parish, a primary member of the Grateful Dead family for 50 years, will share unforgettable stories of his life on the road with the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia. Katie Skene, a singer, songwriter and guitarist based in Los Angeles, will join Parish on stage to play Grateful Dead tunes throughout his show.

Parish joined the Grateful Dead as a roadie in 1969 and became Garcia's gear handler and managed The Jerry Garcia Band, as well. Over the years, Parish and Garcia forged an unbreakable bond and Parish served as Garcia's best man at his wedding and was at his bedside when Garcia fell into a coma in 1986. Parish was the last friend to see Garcia before his untimely death in 1995. Over the decades, he continues to maintain relationships with other members of the Grateful Dead family. As Bob Weir, Grateful Dead founding member said to him, "Blood is thicker than water, but what we have is thicker than blood."

The Big Steve Hour, a live call-in show which airs on Sirius XM's Grateful Dead Channel, is where Parish shares stories of his life on the road with the most iconic band in history, The Grateful Dead. It is broadcast out of Bob Weir's club, The Sweetwater Music Hall, in Mill Valley, Calif.

"Steve (Parish) is a living legend in the Grateful Dead world. He has the gift of being a great storyteller. Whirlygig Music and the Stone Church are proud to be producing his only Vermont appearance," said Joe Levy, chief executive officer of Whirlygig Music, a live music booking and production company in East Dover.

STEAL YOUR PEACH BAND

Steal Your Peach Band (SYPB) will take the stage next as they explore and celebrate the music of three bands: The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band (ABB) and The Band. By assembling the same lineup of these legendary groups (two guitarists, two drummers, bass and keyboards), SYPB interweaves the grooves and jams of these iconic bands creating a unique musical experience. Members of SYPB hail from western Massachusetts, Boston, and Lake George and Albany in New York.

SYPB is an all-star collective comprised of seasoned, like-minded professional musicians. Members of SYPB have shared the stage with Willie Nelson, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Little Feat the Jerry Garcia Band as well as members of the Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers Band, Phish and MOE. SYPB members include: Tor Krautter (Rev Tor, Last Waltz Live) on guitar and vocals, Tom Major (Entrain) on drums and vocals, Andrew Costa (Rev Tor, Last Waltz Live) on keys, Jeremy Walz (Soul Sky) on guitar and vocals, Jeff Prescott (Gratefully Yours) on drums and vocals, and Brian O'Connell (Uncle Sammy, Gordon Stone Band) on bass.

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SYPB is dedicated to presenting the music of the Grateful Dead and Allman Brothers Band with genuine respect to the original while not being afraid to interject a little bit of their own into the mix. This is the free spirited approach that the music demands and allows them the freedom to perform a unique and new setlist at every show.

"SYPB offers something for everyone who gets down to the Dead and the Allman Brothers Band (ABB). At its core, SYPB aims to unite the jam band community through the power and love of music. The band's fresh spin on these legendary bands' extended grooves will excite jam band fans, whether new, middle-of-the- road, or diehard. The mix of nostalgia for the Dead and ABB, combined with the members' fresh take on their songs, is an experience not to be missed," says Krautter.

"We don't go into it with any preconceived ideas, we are very much in the moment and we like to connect with the audience and it allows us to do just that. It's a communal experience. We feed off the energy of the audience's vibe and we send it right back to them .the swirl," explains Krautter. "It's our first time playing in Brattleboro and we're really excited."

When asked about why jam and tribute bands are so popular today, he says, "I think this larger jam band community that has spawned from bands like the Dead and the Allman Brothers, shares our common ground. It's the roots of it, it's also love the Dead, and no matter where you are in that scene, you love the Dead. It's always been about the community. This is another extension of that," Krautter adds.

"SYPB is comprised of a group of seasoned musicians who effortlessly intertwine the Grateful Dead, The Altman Brothers and The Band. This event will be a unique experience on so many levels," adds Levy.

THE STONE CHURCH

"At The Stone Church we continue to expand and improve our programing, as we look to reach more audiences. This includes both higher caliber acts, and no cover events like movies, live sports, and open mics. In addition, Chef David Smith has crafted an amazing new bar menu utilizing some of the regions finest local organic products," says Robin Johnson, manager of the Stone Church.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Big Steve Parish Live goes on at 7 p.m. and SYPB plays at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and can be purchased at the Stone Church, 210 Main St. in Brattleboro, or online at stonechurchvt.com

For more information, visit stealyourpeach.com or bigstevehour.com.


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