Oregon in June is amazing! Cornerstone Glass's 8th Annual Degenerate Flame Off (DFO) was a small but very well delivered festival. Eugene is home to some of the worlds most innovative and experienced glassblowers, and the event brought participants from far and wide. There was more art glass in that two block radius than in most counties that day. Hardly Deadly opened the festival with a solid set of Dead jams, then enjoyed the wonders.

Earlier in June, young Grateful Dead enthusiast Owen B. turned 10, and he and his family brought the boys out for a birthday jam. We met some great local musicians, and got to check out the Kieth Burrows Band. Later, Pete Fenner joined Hardly Deadly to sit in on a couple.

Our new friend James designed a poster for the event.

In May, the Backyard Bonanza was rained out, but the weather for the Andersfest was beautiful


In April, the Wilcox family celebrated a brand new member, and brought the band out to Manteca to celebrate.

Everybody loves a good St. Paddy's Day party! The band especially loves playing them. The Know Place always brings a good vibe.

Highwater brewing company turned 5 years old in March, and we celebrated that with some good ol' Grateful Dead music

After a couple months off, the Hardly Deadly 2016 season kicks off with the 2nd annual birthday party for KQBM, Blue Mountain Radio. The Little Fuller Band did a great set to kick it off, and Hardly Deadly brought two sets of jams to a full house at the Black Bart Playhouse, in Murphys, CA. The set included some favorites from the playlist past, and the debut of Dire Wolf, and Samson & Delilah, as the encore.

In November, A Tuesday showcase in Stockton, a return to the North Coast, and a post Thanksgiving throw down in Victor


The Dead Man's Ball, on October 30th, was the annual celebration of guitarist Stanley Raquel's birthday, as well as a Halloween costume party!

October 17th was a Grateful day for friends and family of Krash & Stef, and the band was honored to play their wedding.

On Sunday, September 20th, the band joined several awesome local groups for a benefit music festival at Haven Acres. Hardly Deadly came with the grateful vibe, and enjoyed the other acts.

The 2nd Annual Berkeley Shakedown Street Festival expanded to a two day event in their second year. Hardly Deadly opened the Sunday show on the 13th of September. The band showed up ready to deliver, and brought the love.

On the 12th, the 2nd annual Golden Tarp Award, at the Mateel Community Center, in Redway, CA was an even bigger party than the previous year. They went from a vendor tent to a trade show this time, with more informative speakers and panels, more food vendors, and a new outdoor stage. Hardly Deadly brought the Dead jam, and the kids they danced and shook their bones.


The Art House Gallery & Cultural Center in Berkeley was a great room, filled with bay area rock and roll culture going back several decades. It was a perfect place to kick off the weekend of shows!


The grand opening of Taps Barrel House in Stockton had not only the musical tribute, but also a beer tribute! The folks at Highwater Brewing debuted four tribute brews with names familiar to us deadheads.

Henfling's Tavern in Ben Lomond was the band's first show in the Santa Cruz area. It was a great opportunity to meet some of the heads in that area.

Eagal Lakes was especially fun, since the boys got to throw a round of disc golf on their 9 hole, then rocked the jam barefoot on some well kept lawn while the kids swam in the lake, danced, and enjoyed the goodies from the refreshment counter.

Jerry Day at Caffe Blossom was a beautiful celebration. This was the third show there, and the folks were ready this time. People brought their own lawn chairs to expand the seating, and the dance floor was jumping all night!

The Humboldt trip was a full weekend of jams! Hardly Deadly rocked two fun shows, and had some acoustic rehearsal on the beach in between.

The band's first trip to Berkeley on July 11th was a rally for the 2016 California Cannabis & Hemp Initiative. Hardly Deadly closed the show with a fun set that had the crowd singing and dancing.

The Musician's Club Basement was a fun little jam held at a friend's house on Tuesdays, and they invited the boys over for a show of their own.

The first Hardly Deadly show after the Fare Thee Well shows was a memorial for Mike Morones, at the Store Bar in Stockton. The band brought the love in the music, and made it a truly Grateful celebration

There hasn't been a celebration of the Grateful Dead like the Fare Thee Well shows since the actual Grateful Dead. Hardly Deadly was educated, inspired, and charged with Grateful love after taking the time off for this 5 day run

No Friday Dead show, but the energy was welling up. The band threw a great preparty at the Whisky Barrel Tavern in Stockton.

The Axe & Fiddle was a great place to visit for the Hardly Deadly Oregon debut. Thanks to Adam and Andrea for hosting the campout and afterparty! Rumors of future shows have already started

Friday night the band stopped into a little  bar in Yreka. It looked like an empty bar in an empty place, but by the end of the first set the tiny place was packed with people, and they stayed to party with the band until the end. Coincidentally, this bar was once a train station.

Hardly Deadly's return to Woodbridge brought out more tie dyes than the Crossing sees in a month! Gotta love the deadhead takeovers. You can hear some of the audio HERE

The Stockton Airport got a wide variety of music for memorial day, on May 25th, including our boys doing some good ol' Grateful Dead jams

May 16th the band opened the summer concert season at Caffe Blossom in Twain Harte, with the full 6 piece, and organ player Michael Klooster, and guitarist Chad Dorado! The kids, they danced and shook their bones

The band played a baby shower on May 9th with Anthony and Kristin of Shu Lace. It was a cool jam. Welcome baby Isaac!

May 1st was a day to remember for our new friend Brett Jolley. He brought a handmade guitar he had built, and sat in on a few songs with us for his 40th birthday. What a good group of folks! They were loving their time that night.

April 26th was the 28th annual Stockton Earth Day, and Hardly Deadly rocked the main stage for an hour in the early afternoon. Friends of the band were in for a special treat as Chad Dorado ripped some leads, and Jeff Teczon joined in on sax for the second half of the set. Here is another of Michael Brooking's fantastic photographs.

and a poster by Stanley Raquel

April 19th marks one year from the band's first full show, at Maple Station. This year the party was in Potter Valley. The nursery and garden supply center hosted a fun community party, with some of the best barbecue ever. Here's Hardly Deadly setting up on a flatbed truck, about to rock it.


Hardly Deadly's homecoming show, April 11th, at the Garlic Brothers in Stockton was a big hit! Central Valley deadheads are starting to find out!

On April 10th, Europa in Sonora was a great place to have a show. The people stayed all night, and danced a hole in the floor


March 28th, One more Saturday night of jamming went down at the Bar 101 in Roseville. Hardly Deadly was joined by two guests from dead tribute jam band Dead Locke. Drummer Mark Morse played the entire show, and Chris featured on sax and backup vocal for a couple jams. Good times were had!

The 2015 season's first road shows kicked off at the King's tavern, in Paradise, CA. After 3 hours of full electric facemelting psychedelic rock, the band retired to a nearby campsite for the acoustic afterparty.

Click here to hear a recording from March 27th at Kings Tavern

A birthday concert for a 10 year old? It happened. On Saturday, March 21st, the next generation of Grateful music lovers, (and some happy parents,) rocked Whirlow's in Stockton with the band.


After taking a couple of months off, the band kicked off their busy spring season with a wee bit o' rock for the Valley Brew St Paddy's Day party.

After the March 17th debut at the Valley Brew, a second show was announced for Friday, June 26th

Hardly Deadly with Klooster

 Stockton brought the heat that cold night! The boys were happy to see so many dancing smiling faces. Mark G took some video of it. It's all on his channel, but here is a chunk of sweet Sugaree

Video of December 26th


Two of Stockton's hometown favorites got together for the photo shoot on November 11th. Photographer Michael Brooking, and the historic downtown Bob Hope Fox theater was a good pairing. 

HD had fun playing a few new tunes, also on the 11th, in stockton. If you missed it, you can hear it here!

 Show Flyer 11/11/14


The Haloween party on the 24th was the jam!



The weekend run at the Waterfront hotel was awesome! What a venue!

University Plaza Waterfront Hotel, in Stockton 


The band played for a few hours on Friday, the 17th, for the Delta Windjammers disc golf finals afterparty, and came back on Saturday, the 18th for a shorter set, and enjoyed the funky music of some friends in the Stockton Royale when they weren't playing.

The Woodbridge Crossing gig was super fun. it was good to see the Lodi area deadheads come out and groove!

HD closed out the summer season at some friends' equinox party on September 20th. Of the many highlights, one was the weather, which was perfect all the way to the end, when the show was shut down by the first rains of the harshest drought season on record. What a moment! The last song played before the rain, was Cold Rain and Snow! They started into Eyes of the World, but trailed off into a outroduction of the band as the rain picked up. They got part of the show on recording. You might like this 18 minute version of Shakedown Street

The Golden Tarp Award at The Mateel Community Center, on the 13th, in Redway was a great gig. It's safe to say, most people have never seen an event like that. The event hosts, and the heads in the crowd showed much love.  Mikey, the sound guy hooked up a great mix and easy set up! The band looks forward to working with Ganjier Events again soon.

They took a chance on a Wednesday gig on the 10th at the Whisky Barrel in Stockton. It turned out to be an intimate show, for a small crowd, but fortunately the entire show was recorded! Mark G took some video, and uploaded it to youtube.

You can view it HERE.


The trip to the SAE Institute in San Francisco, on the 6th, produced 6 new recordings. Student engineer Ramy Asker is doing a fine job, and so far the mixes are coming along nicely. There will be a few more sessions before those are finished, but the process is fun too.


In August, Hardly Deadly visited the beautiful foothill town of Twain Harte for what turned out to be a very fun time. The heads were dancin' in the street! They hope to announce the next date at Caffe Blossom as soon as possible. (5/16 & 8/1 in 2015)

The July backyard barbecue birthday party was the first time playing out "acoustic". Well, they had some electricity, but no drum kits. The other bands were good too.

How about a round of disc golf? Some friends in the Delta Windjammers disc golf club host a tournament in Stockton, and were ready for some Grateful jams.

The band had a chance to use a friend's yard to throw a party, and since they hadn't played a full set for the public, they didn't know what to expect. They made the party into a craft & barter fair, and invited a few other bands out to play. It turned out good! There was awesome music, homemade crafts and food all day, and a psychedelic light show after dark.

What do you do when you have a brand new amazing group of musicians, who all basically just want to play the music they enjoy listening to? There was never any doubt or question about it. They are a band of deadheads, and would do this if no one wanted to watch. As it happens, when you put a room full of skilled musicians together with a common vision, sometimes magic happens. Their very first public appearance of any kind was a short set at an open jam at the Mountain House Bar, which could basically be summarized as a Hell's Angels' hangout in the rolling hills of the Altamont. The place was beautiful, the food was good, the folks were partying peacefully. Who can deny, it's not just a change in style?


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Tour Dates

  • Jul 29
    Humboldt Cup, 
  • Jul 30
    Mecca Cup, 
  • Aug 11
    The Jam Arcata,  Arcata
  • Aug 12
    Stone Junction,  Garberville

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