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February 9, 2005
CONTACT: Sean Ramsden
Office of University Relations
908-737-NEWS (6397)

Concert Commemorates 25th Anniversary of Jerry Garcia Show
Recorded at Kean University that Became No. 1 Album

UNION, N.J. ––Kean University will host a concert commemorating the 25th anniversary of a live performance by Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia that was recorded on campus and issued in 2004 as the hit CD After Midnight: Kean College, 2/28/80. The commemorative show, featuring two bands partially composed of current Kean students, will take place at the University’s Wilkins Theatre, site of the original Garcia show, on Monday, February 28, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 to the public and $10 for Kean students. Kean University is located at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union, N.J. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Wilkins Theatre Box Office at (908) 737-SHOW (7469).

The evening will feature performances by two local bands, The Midnight Dip and Secret Sound, who will play selected songs from After Midnight: Kean College, 2/28/80, a live album from the Jerry Garcia Band recorded during two 1980 concerts at Wilkins Theatre, and released last fall. In it’s first week of sales, After Midnight: Kean College, 2/28/80 vaulted to the No. 1 slot in’s Top Internet Albums chart for the week of October 16, 2004. The chart is based completely on Internet sales of CDs for a given week.

Besides the live music, clips from the DVD film The Grateful Dead Movie will be shown to round out the celebration of Garcia and his music.

A three compact-disc set released by the Jerry Garcia Estate and Rhino Records, After Midnight: Kean College, 2/28/80 is heavy with the sort of languid, melodic grooves reminiscent of live performances by The Grateful Dead. But whereas the Dead, the seminal psychedelic-era jam band, performed a vast catalogue of original material, the music on After Midnight consists primarily of familiar covers of songs by Bob Dylan and the Beatles, such as Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door or Eleanor Rigby, as well as other familiar Motown, reggae-influenced and bluegrass numbers.

After Midnight: Kean College, 2/28/80 features the near entirety of two back-to-back concerts Garcia’s band played at Wilkins Theatre, on the campus of what was then known as Kean College of New Jersey, on February 28, 1980. Kean achieved university status in September 1997.