Dead music alive in AD/CB

On the first Thursday of each month At Hangar 9, on the first Thursday of each month, a resurrection occurs.

AD/CB, or Another Dead Cover Band, has been playing together for about three years, performing Grateful Dead songs in various locations across Carbondale. They now have a monthly gig at Hangar 9 and played the second show of their residence Thursday.

“We had tossed around the idea for quite a while of starting a Grateful Dead cover band,” guitarist Jesse Payne said. “It’s been neat learning all the different material they have, it’s a different style than even I was used to playing.”

The band members said when they first began AD/CB, they jammed a few Grateful Dead songs and quickly realized how well the music blended with the personalities of each member.

“There are no other Dead cover bands in the area, so we thought, ‘let’s bring some Dead to everybody,’”

keyboardist Steven Kaufman said. As the band begins its set, members reveal their talents through the simplicity of a four- piece band, yet have a sound as moving as an orchestra. Through the backing vocals of Payne and bassist Nate Blew, the audience hears the rhythmic vocal harmony, accessed easily behind the beating keys and Kaufman’s voice and blended into the sway through member Steve Byrd’s drumming. The music is brought to life through AD/CB’s enthusiasm and love for the music they perform.

“All the songs are classic songs, and it’s cool to keep it alive since everybody’s fading away,” Byrd said.

Part of the band’s desire to bring the Grateful Dead’s music back to the public is to invigorate awareness, Blew said.

“I had somebody come up to me one time and say, ‘I had not realized that was one of their songs, and I looked it up on my phone and it was one of their chart songs.’ And it was one of the only ones that they had on the chart,” he said.

Memories of the Grateful Dead may not be as widespread as they once were, however the spirit is alive and well today. It is not only held together through AD/ CB, but through many students as well.

Jeremy Meyer, a senior from Homewood studying advertising, and Daniel Noe, a junior from Cary studying journalism, are two students who help keep that memory alive.

“I think that parts of our generation are just so infatuated with the Dead, and because Jerry died when we were like three, you can throw up any band that can somewhat sound like them and we’ll pay for a cover,” Noe said.

AD/CB ‘s next Hangar 9 performance is March 6.

“AD/CB is great, it’s great to have someone around who plays Dead music because Dead music is wonderful,” Meyer said. “They get down with the get down.”

Jake Saunders can be reached at, on Twitter @saundersfj  

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