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This past summer I finally took in my first Dead show, not that I missed the bus so to speak, but I had never chance to fulfill that goal. Once the music started to flow I instantly felt at home. The vibes being shared by the legion of like minded kind people reminded me of why I fell in love with Jamband music all over again. Much like life music is an experience. Share it with good people.

Bertha written by Garcia and Robert Hunter was one of the first Dead tracks that just gabbed me.  Its up-tempo blues laden rhythm is intoxicating underneath Jerry’s melodic picking. Deadheads love to diligently debate if the song is about the cycle of life or a giant fan (literally) the band had. Bertha is just one of those songs that just makes you jump up and groove! A concert favorite for many years. It's almost too bad we never heard a studio version of this rockin’ tune, but I think that makes this one just little more special.


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About the Curator - Marc James 

Marc James - Music to Curator

Marc James - Music to Curator

It was a cold winters night in Boston when Marc James was born into this world atop the pool table at Cheers. From the moment he sang out his first word “Norm!” the world knew the prophecy had been fulfilled. After turning down a scholarship to The Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, Marc James attended broadcasting school to focus on the wonderful world of radio. With a degree in radio broadcasting proving to be about as valuable as a festering bucket of raccoon semen, Marc James took his talents and vast knowledge of useless information to the planet Radiotron to study under the Guru of Groove. Upon his return Marc James worked briefly for the Bartlet for America campaign before joining forces with mighty The Poop Culture Podcast, conveying his love of film, jambands, sports and all tings pop culture to the masses. It was then when he learned of his one true calling, bringing peace, love light and joy to the world, while we all wait for the impending zombie apocalypse.

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