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Warren Haynes Talks About The Upcoming Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration With The Boston Pops

When you think of the music of the Grateful Dead it's usually extended space jamming mixed with Blues, Folk, and Jazz, and not the refined arrangements of a Symphony Orchestra.  But those two worlds will meet this Tuesday and Wednesday 5/13,14) at Symphony Hall in Boston for a tribute to the bands late iconic guitarist and singer.  The Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration will feature The Boston Pops "jamming" with Warren Haynes, the man who stepped into Garcia's spot on The Dead's most recent excursions and has also been a long time member of the Allman Brothers Band.

Both Haynes and The Pops' conductor Keith Lockhart have vast experience in pushing the boundaries of music through collaboration.  Haynes has jammed with everybody from Elvis Costello to Corrosion Of Conformity.  The Boston Pops often do shows with Pop, Jazz, Blues, and Broadway artists as well as classical performances.  In the interview below, Haynes explains the process of adapting Garcia's music to Symphonic arrangements while still trying to keep the loose, improvisational feel of the Dead intact.

You can get tickets to The Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration here.

Here is a sample of last years performance at Tanglwood:

Warren Haynes photo by Autumnwaldenpond