Members of Van Ghost, the musical collective fronted by music industry impresario Michael Berg (Suwannee Hulaween) who reveal themselves sparingly at select and special engagements on rare occasions, have reunited for a virtual performance covering the Grateful Dead‘s “Brokedown Palace”.
The group, which in this case includes Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band) and Chris Gelbuda, reunite virtually for their cover of the Dead original from 1970’s American Beauty. Similar to the other full-band quarantine performances shared by some since the secession of live music back in March, each member of the group recorded their parts separately, and in this case, the videos were collected and edited together by noted concert photographer Keith Griner–The audio was mixed and prepared by Greg Magers.
“I’m humbled to share this version of my favorite Grateful Dead song, ‘Brokedown Palace’, with the both incomparable Jennifer Hartswick and Chris Gelbuda,” Berg mentioned in a statement shared with the video on Saturday. “Chris is a musical genius and took this from a quarantined acoustic idea, to producing a full band track for us as The Ghost Unit / Van Ghost Trio. He played every single instrument, and even laid down the Jerry solo from the 1981 release ‘Dead Set’, captured at The Warfield in San Francisco on 10/3/80.”
Sit back and take in the virtual cover performance of “Brokedown Palace” below as if you were resting your weary bones along the riverside.
Van Ghost – “Brokedown Palace” [Grateful Dead cover]
[Video: Michael Berg]