Dead on Live Shakes Things Up at the Paramount
The Paramount Hudson Valley Theater’s summer tribute series scored another hit on August 6 with Dead on Live, a faithful recreation of the Grateful Dead’s sound that delighted Deadheads and newcomers alike.
Under the direction of Marc Muller, Dead on Live kept audience members dancing and swinging to the tune of the Grateful Dead’s classics. The band also had various guest singers come onstage and shake the atmosphere up a bit.
Walter, a fellow Deadhead from from Verplanck, was very impressed with the band. He also said the venue undoubtedly contributed to his experience.
“The place is beautiful,” he said, adding that the theater’s retro style and aesthetics reminded him of days gone by.
Dead on Live ended the first half of their set with the popular pairing of “China Cat Sunflower” and “I Know You Rider,” songs the audience had been waiting for all night.
For Jeff Poritzky from Mahopac, this performance was his third time seeing Dead on Live. He was one of the patrons who stood up and danced for most of the concert. Poritzky had been invited onstage to play with the band during one of the previous performances he attended.
Marco, from Larchmont, came with two friends, all wearing Grateful Dead t-shirts.
“They’re great,” Marco said. He said he especially enjoyed the band’s rendition of “Bertha,” a 1971 classic.
Dan and Barbara said they came to the Paramount to be inspired by the band. The couple praised Dead on Live’s song selection.
“We love live music,” Dan said. “And the theater is beautiful, it really gives the town character. We are really happy it opened again.”
Catch Almost Queen, the next stop in the Paramount’s tribute series, on September 17. Follow the theater on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date with news of upcoming performances.
Dead on Live performing on the Paramount stage. Photos by Mickey Deneher