Circles Around The Sun, the band assembled by guitarist Neal Casal to create the set break music at The Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well concerts in 2015, have announced four shows in Colorado this June, including a set on Thursday, June 8 at Ogden Theatre. To date, Circles Around The Sun has only played a handful of live shows, so Colorado music fans are in for a rare set of performances.
Those lucky enough to score a “miracle” ticket to the Fare Thee Well concerts two summers ago were treated to potent psychedelic jams during the shows’ intermissions. The mysterious group behind those freewheeling tunes was Circles Around the Sun, a band convened by guitarist Neal Casal specifically for the project featuring keyboardist Adam MacDougall (Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Phil Lesh & Friends), bassist Dan Horne (Beachwood Sparks, Jonathan Wilson) and drummer Mark Levy (The Congress).
The genesis for Circles Around The Sun came when Casal was asked by video director Justin Kreutzmann to compose and record more than five hours of original music to be played along with the visuals he was preparing for the Fare thee Well intermissions. With nothing prepared beforehand or added afterward, the songs were composed through spontaneous studio improvisations and recorded during a two-day jam session. The results were so captivating and the audience response so overwhelmingly positive, Rhino decided to give the music a proper release on what would become the critically acclaimed album, INTERLUDES FOR THE DEAD.
“At the shows, their music was a smash sensation: deeply familiar to the reunited Deadheads in how it tonally, rhythmically and melodically mimicked the Dead’s songs, yet possessing its own weirdo majesty.” – NPR MUSIC
“The story behind Circles Around the Sun is a serendipitous but magical musical tale.” – YAHOO MUSIC
“For something that was conceived originally as background music, Interludes for the Dead stands on its own both as a musical work, and as a testament to the lasting influence and continuing inspiration of what the Grateful Dead achieved.” – INK 19
“With Circles Around The Sun, Casal was able to take in the direct inspiration of the Grateful Dead, while adding his own compositional flair to the music.” – LIVE FOR LIVE MUSIC
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Thursday, June 8th
6/6 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up Aspen
6/7 – Bellvue, CO – Mishawaka Amphitheatre
6/8 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
6/9 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater