Say it might have been a fiddle"
Or it could have been the wind
But there seems to be a beat now
I can feel it in my feet now
"Listen here it comes again
More than a decade has passed since we celebrated the Grateful Dead’s music at the first Gathering.
It still wasn’t called “Gathering”, nor were we known yet as "Grateful Music"and only a few knew
about our long strange events.
Those who came usually returned and even brought a passenger or a
friend or a stranger or their Sugaree to the Promised Land.
Over the years we grew into a beautiful and colorful community of Dead Heads,
and those who love music in general.
The Gathering has since grown up and become a two-day event that also includes live performances
along with the requisite DJ sets.
Not long after a "Little Sister" was conceived in the form of the annual winter party.
And this year, for the first time, we produced a festival not dedicated to the Grateful Dead
(although their spirit was present from the first notes and riffs), Almost Cut My Hair.
It lasted three days with great performances by independent Israeli musicians
along with DJ sets of rock, groove and psychedelic music from the sixties.
One of the Festival's main goals is to build a connection between the Dead Head community, independent
musicians and the wider music loving community that has grown around us.
We have never been in it for the profit (well maybe an Estimated Prophet), and all of our work has been voluntary.
We are driven by love and madness and the need to create alternative cultural events here.
But from year to year this task becomes more complex, and not just for us Heads. In the past year,
we have witnessed the cancellation of festivals and other difficulties facing our kind of events.
After a great deal of thought, and a burning desire to continue to put on these events for the community that’s grown
alongside of them, we are ready to embark on a new and strange trip, together with you, the wonderful people
we have been able to dance with and get to know in recent years.
The idea of an "non-profit association" embodies one of the great values of the Grateful Dead - Community.
Our association will preserve the memory of David Remler, the amazing man who sowed in our midst
the love to speak out and guided us to create these events. We feel that this is the right time to unite and understand
that without this step and without your cooperation, we won’t be able to continue this beautiful tradition,
let alone move it forward.
Joining the association as a member is simple and involves only a small annual membership fee.
But this fee provides a HUGE benefit to the association.
It entitles its members to benefits and, of course, a partnership and the ability to influence its direction.
In the coming days we will open registration for the association with additional information about our goals and vision.
With great blessings and solidarity, Jerry On, brothers and sisters.
A Work In Progress
Grateful Dead Gathering
Our beloved festival celebrated its 10 anniversary last year - The Gathering is a 24-hour celebration of the music of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia.
The heart and soul of this event is a dance party with various carefully chosen segments like Pigpen sets or music of The Roots of The Dead in the lead up to the main sets, focusing mainly on the Dead, but of course with sprinkles of Jerry Band and some of the other closely related acts. Lately at the Gathering we’ve featured two or three bands that flow well with the frequency of the Dead.
Almost Cut My Hair
The 48-hour folk rock blues and psychedelic festival in the vein of Woodstock, with the participation of the best independent Israeli musicians (in our opinion, of course) whose performances are intertwined with DJ Sets to form a rock n’ roll-y wild party.
Each year the festival will follow a theme inspired by the acclaimed musicians among other things.
Almost Cut My Hair gives us a goal to promote our top musicians, give them the experience of how our festivals roll and participation in them, as well as deepen their connection with our audience and vice versa of course.
שבע מסיבות חורף מתוקות מאחורינו - מסיבת החורף היא לילה של תקלוטים על טהרת הדד, מסיבת ריקודים הכי שמחה בעולם מהשנייה הראשונה ועד לשעות הקטנות של הלילה