Hello and welcome to our very first Grateful blog!
The Schwag is back and better than ever for their first touring festival season after a year-long hiatus while bassist and frontman Jimmy Tebeau served time in federal prison relating to the seizure of Camp Zoe in 2010.
Guitarist and vocalist Sean Canan and drummer Dave Clark continue to be key players in the band, but for those who haven’t seen the band in awhile, a new keyboardist and vocalist has joined the fold. Hailing from Chicago, Dan Ingenthron first played with the band for the Halloween 2014 show at 2720 Cherokee in St. Louis, and has had ample time to practice for festival season and the Schwag’s full touring schedule this summer. Dan’s rendition of “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” at the Cosmic Reunion festival in May generated much excitement from the band’s following, as it was the first time the fans truly got to experience his deep, growling voice loud and clear.
The Schwag just finished a long weekend of shows, first playing at the Lovefest in the Midwest festival in Nebraska, followed by headlining the Grateful Friends Fest in Wisconsin Friday and Saturday.
Up next, the band is set to perform June 26-27 in San Jose, California, at the Grateful Ball before the Grateful Dead shows in Santa Clara that weekend. The first show will include “Workingman’s Dead” in its entirety.
Then it’s back to the Midwest for the Highberry music festival at Byrd’s Adventure Center for the Fourth of July weekend. The Schwag plays Friday at midnight (let’s say “After Midnight,” shall we?) following Highberry headliner Railroad Earth. After wrapping up their set at 2:15 a.m., the band and crew will hop in the tour bus and head directly to Chicago in preparation for the Grateful Ball and the Fare Thee Well Grateful Dead 50th anniversary reunion shows. The Schwag will play the after-party Sunday night after the last Dead show with two full sets.
Stay tuned for more on the blog and feel free to let us know what you’d like to read about. We would love to hear from you!
In the meantime, head over to the main page and listen to the newest recording, and quite possibly the best yet to come from the Schwag. It’s 22 minutes long, so give it a chance and you’ll see why it’s so great. It begins with “The Wheel” leading into THE MOST EPIC JAM EVER followed by “After Midnight” into “I Need A Miracle.” Give it a listen. You won’t regret it.
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