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BILL KREUTZMANN. GRATEFUL DEAD DRUMMER!!!

Bill Kreutzmann on drums performing with The Dead at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA on April 15, 2009. Furthur Tour - Grateful Dead - Stock Concert Photos
Bill Kreutzmann on drums performing with The Dead at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA on April 15, 2009. Furthur Tour – Grateful Dead – Stock Concert Photos

One of the most technical and influential drummers in the world of rock is part of the dynamic duo called: THE RHYTHM DEVILS (Mickey Hart being the other half) was the first drummer to become a member of the Grateful Dead. He has performed with this hard rocking touring group for over 50 years. He is a somewhat quite person and many people do not realize the great contribution he has given to music over these 5 decades and he is still going strong.
In his youth, he wanted to play drums and in fact his music teacher actually threw him out telling him he was unable to keep a beat. Determination and hard work certainly proved this teacher wrong. If you have a calling sometimes the nay Sayers are not always correct. Bill took lessens from another teacher and he kept time with his mother when she was choreographing dance routines. You know the rest.

Bill Kreutzmann is also well known for his wonderful paintings and uses digital compositions in his art. In addition, like Jerry Garcia he has great love for the oceans. He has also authored an autobiography called “Deal”…definitely worth a read. He has had solo projects namely 7 Walkers as well as Billy and the Kids.

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painting by Bill Kreutzmann called From the Heart

MOM LOVES THE MANN

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I have enjoyed so many different kinds of entertainment over the years at the Mann. It is just a wonderful venue to spend an evening meeting and greeting everyone. I always feel excited and relaxed at the same time…there is something so special at the Mann.

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts located in the Centennial District of Philadelphia’s West Fairmount Park, founded in 1935 as the summer home for the Philadelphia Orchestra. It has since hosted numerous world-class artists and touring companies just to name a few: The American Ballet Theatre, Marian Anderson, Leonard Bernstein, Buena Vista Social Club, Ray Charles, Judy Garland, the Metropolitan Opera, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Paul Robeson, Itzhak Perlman, Lang Lang, Midori, and Yo-Yo Ma. Major Philadelphia premieres have included the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Bolshoi Ballet and Orchestra’s production of Spartacus, and Britain’s Royal Ballet’s productions of Romeo and Juliet and Swan Lake. Among the scores of award-winning popular artists presented by the Mann in recent years are Jack Johnson, Ed Sheeran, Phish, Tony Bennett, Mary J. Blige, Roger Daltrey, Bob Dylan, Furthur, Arcade Fire, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Wynton Marsalis, Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, Jill Scott, James Taylor, Damien Rice, Alabama Shakes, Bon Iver, Lana Del Rey, The National, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. In 2010, 2011 & 2014, the Mann was nominated by Pollstar, as “Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue” in North America.
If you are planning to spend a day at the Mann, be sure to come prepared. I have brought my lunch and had a picnic under some of the shade trees.

It is on the list of the top things to do when in the Philadelphia area…also included should be a visit to Woodstock Trading Company either before of after an event at the Mann…Mom says bring in your ticket stub within that week and get a 10% discount store wide…However she will make you talk about your experience…be prepared to chat!!!

PHISH TOUR DATES 2016

Mom & Seth hope to see you at the Mann Center for Performing Arts
On June 28th & 29.

Going to the Phish Concert…stop by Woodstock Trading Company during this week…show us your ticket and we will give you a 10% discount store wide!!

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PHISH TOUR DATES 2016

2016-06-22 (Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN)
• 2016-06-24 (Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL)
• 2016-06-25 (Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL)
• 2016-06-26 (Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, IN)
• 2016-06-28 (The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA)
• 2016-06-29 (The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA)
July, 2016 fourteen show(s)
• 2016-07-01 (Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY)
• 2016-07-02 (Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY)
• 2016-07-03 (Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY)
• 2016-07-06 (Cross Insurance Arena, Portland, ME)
• 2016-07-08 (Xfinity Center, Mansfield, MA)
• 2016-07-09 (XFINITY Theatre, Hartford, CT)
• 2016-07-10 (Lakeview Amphitheater, Syracuse, NY)
• 2016-07-15 (Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA)
• 2016-07-16 (Gorge Amphitheatre, George, WA)
• 2016-07-18 (Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA)
• 2016-07-19 (Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA)
• 2016-07-20 (Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA)
• 2016-07-22 (The Forum, Inglewood, CA)
• 2016-07-23 (Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, CA)
August, 2016 two show(s)
• 2016-08-26 (Oak Ridge Farm, Arrington, VA)
• 2016-08-28 (Oak Ridge Farm, Arrington, VA)
September, 2016 three show(s)
• 2016-09-02 (Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO)
• 2016-09-03 (Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO)
• 2016-09-04 (Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO)

a concert at the Mann

DEADHEADS + ST PATRICK’S DAY =WEARING OF THE GREEN (TIE DYED)

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Grateful Dead Jerry Garcia St. Patrick’s Day Short Sleeve Shirt. This design commemorates Jerry’s show at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ on March 17, 1978.

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Grateful Dead Celtic Cross V Tie Dye Short Sleeve Tee Shirt primarily in shades of green has Grateful Dead written out above a clover like psychedelic design. With in the clover pattern there are little Irish flags with bolts for the white bar in the stealies along with the iconic 13 point dead symbolic of the Dead. Very popular with our Deadheads for St. Patric’s Day.

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Grateful Dead Celtic Steal Your Face Tie Dye Short Sleeve Tee Shirt.

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Don’t forget your favorite Grateful Dead Pint Glass. Grateful Dead Steal Your Face 16 Ounce Mug. A nice smokey color glass for your favorite beverage. Hand wash only.

DEAD AND COMPANY CONFIRMED DATES FOR SUMMER 2016 TOUR

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Mom & Seth hope to see you sometime this summer in Camden!!!
Follow the cars with bumper stickers and people inside wearing tie dyes…you’ll find the places (never mind your GPS)

Drop in to Woodstock Trading Company before or after the show…show us your tickets on tour dates and get a 10% discount store wide and a FREE sample of incense.

Dead and Company 2016 Tour Dates (Confirmed on Feb. 8 via Billboard)
June 9 – Bonnaroo, Manchester, Tenn.
June 10 – PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, N.C.
June 16 – Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
June 17 – Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, Ind.
June 20 – BB&T Pavilion, Camden, N.J.
June 21 – Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Spring, N.Y.
June 23 – Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Va.
June 25-26 – Citi Field, Flushing, N.Y.
June 28 – Xfinity Theatre, Hartford, Conn.
July 2-3 – Folsom Field, Boulder, Colo.
July 7 – DTE Energy Music Theatre, Detroit, Mich.
July 9-10 – Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wis.
July 13 – First Niagara Pavilion, Pittsburgh, Pa.
July 15-16 – Fenway Park, Boston, Mass.

EAT A PEACH FOR PEACE

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Allman Brothers Eat A Peach Patch
February 12, 1972 was the date of the album release of EAT A PEACH. This was the third studio album of the Allman Brothers Band. Great classics like “Melissa”, “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More,” This was the final record to include Duane Allman, who died in a motorcycle accident. He was 24 years old.

Butch Trucks, in response the title that came from the Allman’s answer to an interviewer’s question “How are you helping the revolution?”. Butch replied “There ain’t no revolution, only evolution but every time I’m in Georgia I eat a peach’ for peace”.

Butch Trucks is uncle to guitarist Derek Trucks. Derek who is front man and bandleader of The Trucks Band and joined the Allman Brothers Band in 1999. Derek’s younger brother Duane Trucks is currently playing drums for Widespread Panic.

October Happenings At Woodstock

September 27th 2014 was just a wonderful day for me.  Not only was it may birthday bash it was also our annual garlic festival.  Thank you Kris Noyes Trio for all the wonderful music and setting the mood for our next garlic crop.  I would also like to thank our buddy, Andre Gardner, and the 102.9 WMGK team for coming out to celebrate with us as well.

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WMGK’s Andre Gardner
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The Woodstock Garlic
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MOM and her Birthday Cake

We will be planting our next crop in about two weeks and I hope to get photos from all of you who have our garlic bulbs as to when you see some growth.  It still gets me so excited when I see the garlic growing in the winter.

We have so much going on this week.  Hope you can join in person for our incense lecture, and if not, you can go to YouTube and Google Hangouts for either the live stream or for the video portion of Dr. Seth’s talk.  Friday, our wire wrap teacher is in from 4:30-6:30 followed by our drum circle.  We like to energize crystals in the full moon and we have put our water out to be in the full moon in time for the drum circle.  This is a very special moon since it is the harvest or blood moon and there will be an eclipse at the time of the full moon. What make this eclipse and full moon unique is the fact that you will be able to see the sun rise and moon at the same time.  Hopefully you can join us.

As if that is not enough, on Saturday, Jugband perform at our Mad Hatter’s Lawn Concert.  This concert is in honor of Monstro.  He resembles the Cheshire cat with his large round eyes and abundant body type.  We recommend adorning oneself with an appropriate hat for this party.

On October 25th we will have a Halloween Concert featuring Suburban Sensi and we recommend costumes for this special event, however, dressing as a hippie does not qualify as a costume.

Without you, there are no parties…please join us…MOM

Patchouli Incenses

I became aware of something I was doing for so long without much thought. I was applying patchouli oil directly to incense sticks. I guess without thinking, I was aware of a lack of convincing, true patchouli incense that isn’t choking and has a sweeter component to balance the bitter, earthy notes of patchouli. We do have some patchouli incenses, most of which I do have a high opinion. Having said that, I often feel the need for something more complex or balanced. Without being aware of that need, I added patchouli oil to some of my favorite incenses and it filled a void that I didn’t know I had until it was filled. This lead to the addition of other oils to incenses. Some had amazing, unexpected results (some good, some not). Clove oil on incenses gave them an interesting juicy fruit gum quality. I expected to get dental office and I got juicy fruit…go know.
Failures involved lavender oil, which surprised me a bit, all citrus and any mints. The key to success is using a pure essential oil and a good sweet incense base. I especially have come to enjoy patchouli on sairanjani champa, satya super hit, satya natural, vampire blood, and goloka nag champa. Another point is to avoid getting any of the oil on the very tip of the stick that is to be lit. I also found that putting dots down the length of the stick with little patches without oil work best. That allows intervals of with and without patchouli to not fatigue the nose. Another point is to avoid getting any of the oil on the very tip of the stick that is to be lit. If the oil is ignited, it will burn like a torch and give off acrid sooty smoke…bad. I will continue to mess around with this process. Thus far, it has been interesting.

We Are Everywhere… We Are Family

“We Are Everywhere”. This phrase is well known to the Dead Heads of the world, and it is very true. I bet that if you took a look in the closet of your next door neighbor, you would find a Grateful Dead shirt back there, along with a few skeletons (we DO NOT suggest going into the closet of your neighbor). You never know who is a Dead Head. It could be your doctor, teacher, lawyer, or bank president. It could be all of the above. We are everywhere! With that being said, the November issue of “Bon Appétit” magazine reminded us once again of this phrase.

Located on page 38 of the November issue, in “The Foodist-Thanksgiving Edition” column, we find a small section labeled, “Hippie Thanksgiving!”…

“Whenever I cook, I listen to the Grateful Dead. No music keeps me better company in the kitchen. The Dead is also the perfect music to eat by-and no, I haven’t been smoking anything.”- Page 38, The Foodist (Thanksgiving Edition), Bon Appétit Magazine, November 2013 edition.

That little quote says it all. One of, if not the biggest holidays in American culture is Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is all about family. Some may not think so, but the Grateful Dead is a family band. There is nothing vulgar or distasteful about their music. You could bring children and adults of all ages to the concerts. The Dead Heads always lend a helping hand. Grateful Dead is family. Try playing some Dead this Thanksgiving and see for yourself. Show the world that we are everywhere and we are family.

If you are looking for something Dead to add to this Thanksgiving, or any other holiday, Woodstock has something for you. Get yourself a Grateful Dead Dancing Bear Ice Cube Tray and make decorative ice cube, gelatin, or even chocolate. We also have many wine and champagne glass available in-store. If you want something a little more relaxed, we have wonderful incense from around the world and excellent decorative, yet functional incense burners. Woodstock wants to make your family feel right at home and comfortable. Why? Because you are our family. It is all about the family.

Peace,
MOM, Seth, Jim, Guy, and the Woodstock Gang
“We Are Everywhere”

A Point On Our Ceramic Incense Burners

One of the things that make us distinctively blessed is that we have an outlet for one of our hobbies. We are (for lack of a better word) amateur ceramics workers. Many hobbyist ceramics folks end up with piles of bowls and cups filling their cupboards, basements, attics, etc. The only outlet most have is to give away their work to the often unappreciative. The recipients closet their gifts and only get to see the light of day when the giver shows up. I was inspired by a combination of the classic Japanese joss stick burners, tea ceremony bowls and incense ceremony (Kodo) bowls. The evolution of the process to create these was so much more involved than I could have imagined.
The types of flaws I was getting (and still sometimes get) baffled every ceramicist I could find. I found a way to prevent those flaws (most of the time) over years of trial. My new way is a bit of a pain in the keister to execute, but it works. Even more tweaking of design has undone other little issues of their use. All of these steps have added up to become quite the process, but here is why we are blessed. Since we couldn’t ever hope to profit from these incense burners, we have no reason to sacrifice on any efforts, time, or material. In fact, we sold a couple of these last week, so what do we do? We run out and buy $300 worth of more ceramics supplies. What madness is this? It’s our kind, and I wouldn’t post this if I felt you wouldn’t understand.

 

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