George Porter Sat in with Dead and Company Saturday

Dead and Company were scheduled to play The Smoothie King Center last December, but the band postponed the show because guitarist John Mayer--the Jerry Garcia sub in this configuration--had to have an emergency appendectomy. Saturday night, they made up the show and revisited The Grateful Dead catalogue for hours, but there was no mention of Mayer's illness.

Bob Weir Gets the Jump on the Jazz Fest

The jam band wave that first hit Jazz Fest when Phish first performed 1996 and resurged yearly since owes everything to The Grateful Dead. The Dead provided the blueprint for protracted musical explorations launched by classic American roots music, and while subsequent bands added their own twists--many of them funky--they're doing a thing The Dead did first. 

PBS Wins

[Updated] When George Porter Jr. split from PBS in 2009, he set in motion a lengthy legal battle that ended Friday. The band's management, Highsteppin' Productions, sued Porter, Russell Batiste and Brian Stoltz for more than $500,000 it claimed the band owed it from advances, loans, and money spent on behalf of PBS.

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