The JGB Band is one planet in a small cosmos of Grateful Dead successor bands that metaphorically orbit the memory of the original Dead. A JGB member is related to a friend of mine and graciously invited us to a local performance. I had never been to a Dead event and found that the fans confirmed my preconceptions by being colorful, mellow and diverse in age. Good times.

Concert goers at the box office before a performance of the Jerry Garcia band in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Jonathan Gewirtz)

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