For Georgia Comes Alive on December 26th, the Grateful Dead‘s Bob Weir and Widespread Panic‘s Dave Schools, along with Dead & Company keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and Wolf Bros drummer Jay Lane, debuted a one-off supergroup project, The Lame Ducks. Tonight, Monday, January 4th, at 8:00 p.m. ET—the evening before the Georgia Senate runoff elections—tune in to a re-broadcast of the full Georgia Come Alive Lame Ducks set at Weir’s TRI Studios. The stream will begin at 8:00 ET on the Bob Weir, Widespread Panic, HeadCount, and Live For Live Music Facebook pages as well as the Live For Live Music YouTube channel.
The Lame Ducks – Full Set – Georgia Comes Alive – Premiere (8pm ET)
Georgia Comes Alive was a virtual music festival on Saturday, December 26th during which 50+ artists and close to one million viewers around the world came together to promote voter participation in Georgia’s critical Senate runoff elections on January 5th, 2021. Presented by Live For Live Music in partnership with HeadCount, Georgia Comes Alive aimed to promote voter participation in Georgia by supporting local grassroots organizations including Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda and CivicGeorgia. Georgia voters can access information on polling places, mail-in ballots, and more here.
In addition to the event’s general fundraising efforts, Georgia Comes Alive teamed with Fandiem, a digital sweepstakes marketplace bringing exclusive experiences and prizes to super-fans. While the contests close on Election Day (January 5th), fans can still donate for chances to win exclusive prizes from Georgia Comes Alive artists. Among the most intriguing prize on the list is a guitar played by Bob Weir and signed by all four members of The Lame Ducks. With the stakes so high in the coming Georgia Senate runoffs, the members of The Lame Ducks went above and beyond to contribute to the cause. With the ongoing pandemic, the Georgia Comes Alive team had to enlist some special help from its extended family to retrieve the instrument and safely deliver it to TRI for the band to sign.
Wanting to add to the allure of the big prize, Weir even strung up the guitar and used it during rehearsals for the Lame Ducks performance. There’s still time to donate to enter the Fandiem sweepstakes for the signed guitar from The Lame Ducks—but don’t delay, the window closes on Tuesday. To enter the Fandiem sweepstakes for the guitar signed by The Lame Ducks and played by Bob Weir or to peruse the other amazing artist prizes and experiences that Georgia Comes Alive fans can enter to win via Fandiem, head here.
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Along with performing with The Lame Ducks, bassist Dave Schools also sat down for an interview with Georgia Comes Alive host Ari Fink in which he discussed the Athens, GA music scene from which Widespread Panic was born, the band’s famous Panic In The Streets concert in 1998, and how local politics played a role in that legendary show coming to fruition. While Schools is certainly no stranger to the music of the Grateful Dead, he noted the personal challenges that he still faces when attempting to tackle the Dead’s songbook—and, like so many musical roads in Georgia, this one led back to the late, great Col. Bruce Hampton. “You have to walk a line between avoiding the traditional use of your instrument and maintaining your ability to project your personality through your instrument,” Schools said. “Which is where my experience with Col. Bruce Hampton comes in.” Watch the full Georgia Comes Alive conversation with Widespread Panic/The Lame Ducks bassist Dave Schools below:
Georgia Comes Alive Conversations – Dave Schools (Widespread Panic) & Ari Fink
Georgia Comes Alive was presented by Live For Live Music in partnership with voter registration nonprofit HeadCount. The marathon streaming event, powered by Nugs.TV and Plus 1, generated more than $160,000 in funds for organizations like CivicGeorgia and Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda that are putting in work on the ground to get Georgians out to the polls. For more information, head here.