Decorated guitarist and bandleader Eric Krasno will spearhead a hybrid tribute to Jimi Hendrix and The Grateful Dead with a special Jimi’s Dead performance during the first weekend of New Orleans Jazz Fest 2024. The special live combination of Jimi and Dead favorites is set to take place at New Orleans, LA’s Toulouse Theatre on Friday, April 26th, 2024 [get tickets].

In addition to Krasno, the New Orleans Jazz Fest late-night edition of Jimi’s Dead: A Mashup of Jimi Hendrix & The Grateful Dead will feature Ross James (Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band) on bass and Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power) on drums with talented young guitarist Brandon “Taz” Niederauer set to join in as a special guest. [UPDATE 4/10/24]: The performance will also feature appearances by organist Peter Levin (Gregg Allman, Trouble No More) and vocalist Lamar Williams Jr. (The New Mastersounds, Trouble No More).

Eric Krasno has ample experience with the music of both Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead. He has incorporated songs from both acts into the repertoires of his various groups, from instrumental renditions of Hendrix favorites like “Crosstown Traffic” and “Manic Depression” with his beloved organ trio, Soulive, to moving takes on the Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter songbook with outfits like Phil Lesh & FriendsOteil & Friends, and more. With Jimi’s Dead, he’ll dive headfirst into the eclectic repertoires of both bands and present a potent mix of the best that Jimi and Jerry had to offer.

Related: Eric Krasno, Otis McDonald Link Up For Soul-Funk “Sugar Magnolia” Grateful Dead Cover [Watch]

Tickets for Jimi’s Dead at Toulouse Theatre in New Orleans, LA on Friday, April 26th are now on sale here. Scroll down for complete show details. Below, get excited for Jimi’s Dead at Jazz Fest with a video of Kraz and a 13-year-old Taz trading solos on Jimi’s “Manic Depression” in New York back in 2016.

Eric Krasno Band w/ Brandon “Taz” Niederauer – “Manic Depression” (Jimi Hendrix) – 7/7/16

Jimi’s Dead at Toulouse Theatre adds to Krasno’s busy schedule in New Orleans during the 2024 Jazz Fest season. He’ll also join members of Lettuce, DumpstaphunkThe Meters, and more for Crescent City Classics at The Joy Theater on Saturday, May 4th and lead the sold-out 2024 edition of The Daze Between Band featuring Chuck LeavellJohn Scofield, and many more at Tipitina’s on Wednesday, May 1st in addition to serving up a set with Krasno/Moore Project during the midweek Daze Between New Orleans festival at Faubourg Brewery (4/30, 5/1). Look out for more late-night concert announcements featuring Eric Krasno as Jazz Fest approaches.

This show is part of Live For Live Music and GMP Live’s 2024 Fest by Nite series in New Orleans during Jazz Fest. Confirmed Fest by Nite 2024 events include:

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Show: Jimi’s Dead: A Mashup of Jimi Hendrix & The Grateful Dead
Presented by: Live For Live Music & GMP Live
Band: Eric Krasno (guitar, vocals), Ross James (bass), Nikki Glaspie (drums) with special guests Brandon “Taz” Niederauer (guitar), Peter Levin (organ), Lamar Williams Jr. (vocals)
Date: Friday, April 26th, 2024
Time: Doors: 8:00 p.m. / Show: 9:00 p.m.
Venue: Toulouse Theatre – 615 Toulouse Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130
Tickets: General Admission Advance: $32.50 / General Admission Day of Show $35.00 / VIP $65.00

[Originally published 2/19/24]