Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel will gather the Crescent City Deadhead congregation for a soul-cleansing performance at New Orleans, LA’s The Howlin’ Wolf on Sunday, October 10th [get your tickets here].

Grateful Gospel has been a fan-favorite Keller Williams Sunday festival tradition since it was devised for the 2013 edition of LOCKN’ in Arrington, VA. For this special New Orleans edition, coinciding with the first Sunday of Jazz Fest, Williams and his Grateful Gospel band will welcome Barry Sless (David Nelson Band, Moonalice) on lead guitar.

Both the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia live catalogs were significantly influenced by the gospel tradition, from set-closing staples like “Samson and Delilah” and “We Bid You Goodnight” to sing-alongs like “My Sisters and Brothers”. While these songs were performed from a secular perspective—and often augmented with these bands’ distinct approaches—the spirituality inherent to that music has long permeated the world of the Dead.

Keller Williams brings that influence full-circle with Grateful Gospel, resurrecting the spiritual side of Garcia and the Dead and recreating their catalogs in the style of traditional Black gospel music with a full gospel band. Like a magnet for the spiritual power of live music, Grateful Gospel heightens those elements in the songs the Dead created and celebrates the origins of the psalms they adopted.

As Keller explains, simply, “It’s the Gospel of Jerry.”

Tickets for Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel are now on sale here. RSVP to the Facebook Event page for more updates.

The Grateful Gospel show at The Howlin’ Wolf marks the first show to be announced as part of Live For Live Music‘s 2021 Fest By Nite series. Stay tuned for more New Orleans concert announcements in the coming weeks.

Scroll down to check out the full show details and watch a snippet of Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass’ performance at LOCKN’ 2019.

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Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel – “I Need A Miracle”, “We Bid You Goodnight”, “Mighty High”, “Greatest Story Ever Told” – LOCKN’ 2019

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Date: Sunday, October 10th, 2021

Time: Doors: 8:00 p.m. CT / Show: 9:00 p.m. CT

Show: Live For Live Music Presents: Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel ft. Barry Sless – Fest By Nite 2021

Venue: The Howlin’ Wolf – 907 S Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Tickets: (on sale now): $39.95 Advance / $45.00 Day of Show