Jerry Garcia Birthday Celebration with Matt Hartle & Friends

Jerry Garcia Birthday Celebration with Matt Hartle & Friends

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Michael's on Main

2591 South Main Street

Soquel, CA 95073

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Jerry Garcia was born on August 1, 1942. Tonight we celebrate Jerry’s life and music

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Matt is bringing together a stellar lineup of Northern California musicians for a very special tribute to Jerry.

While constantly in-demand as a stage and session player throughout the Bay Area, Matt Hartle is also a founding member and musical linchpin of no less than four, Santa Cruz-based bands: Shady Groove - the funky blues, jazz-rock and R&B outfit (a Bay Area favorite going strong since 2001); Painted Mandolin - an acoustic quartet featuring multi-instrumental wizard Joe Craven, of The Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band and David Grisman Quintet; Spirit of 76 - a premier collection of Grateful Dead players, focusing on the jazzy, mid-'70's incarnation of the Dead; and Big Stone Soup - a heavily loose classic rock group. Matt is also renowned as the firebrand lead guitarist of The China Cats, the highly respected Grateful Dead tribute act. A quick scan of the list of players Matt Harle has collaborated with gives an indication of the dimensions of his musical affinities: Melvin Seals; Henry Kaiser; Greg Anton; Donna Jean Godchaux; Dave Hebert; Joe Craven; and Stu Allen to name only a few.

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