This is an extremely rare poster for the Jerry Garcia Peter Rowan bluegrass band, Old & in The Way. This Wednesday night show at Bimbos was sandwiched between the Grateful Dead May 20 show at UC Santa Barbara and a rather epic Dead show at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco on May 26 with Waylon Jennings and NRPS. A week was just too long between shows for Jerry Garcia and so here we have the results!
During the winter of 1973, Jerry Garcia plunged into a new side-project—a bluegrass group called Old and in the Way, featuring Garcia on banjo and vocals, John Kahn on string bass, David Grisman on mandolin and vocals, and guitarist/singer Peter Rowan. Fiddler Richard Greene joined in April, but was replaced eventually by Vassar Clements. The group had a short existence playing a total of approximately 50 live shows through much of 1973 then briefly reconvening for one bluegrass festival in 1974.
The list of venues reflect the nature of the band and Jerry’s sensibilities - they just wanted to play! The Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara, The Lion’s Share in San Anselmo, a long series of gigs at the Boarding House in SF, the Record Plant, The Keystones, The Inn at the Beginning in Coyati, Homer’s Warehouse in Palo Alto and here, Bimbo’s 365 Club in North Beach.
Seymour Light was a short-lived and little-known band dedicated to spiritual enlightenment.
The Sufi Choir formed in 1969 among the followers of Samuel L. Lewis who died unexpectedly in January 1971. The Sufi Choir became to a large extent a response to his death. Their often ecstatic music was a transmission of Murshid’s Sufi-based mysticism, energy and universalism.