Celebrating 50 Years of The Grateful Dead with Music & Film Tributes in Indy

This summer, The Mousetrap is celebrating 50 years of The Grateful Dead by bringing you two great weekends of some of the best Grateful Dead Tribute Bands around.

Recognized by locals as the hippie hangout in town, it comes as no surprise that The Mousetrap is paying homage to the band Rolling Stone ranked #57 on their 100 Greatest Artists list. With no shortage of Steal Your Face imagery found in and around The Mousetrap, as well as a reputation for the best live jam concerts in town, I asked owner Michael Quatro how his bar came to be so commonly-associated with The Grateful Dead.

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We’re not completely a “Dead Bar” as much as a “jam band” bar. We started doing live music 10 years ago, concentrating on Jam Bands. By definition, Jam Bands are a derivative of the Grateful Dead scene. Their use of improvisation and extended jams has directly influenced a generation of new bands, “jam bands”. Phish, Widespread Panic, Umphreys, String Cheese and more.  Most all of these bands pay tribute in some way to the influence of The Grateful Dead, thereby making us a Dead Bar. With the growth of the festival scene, and the diverse musical genres these festivals now include, our stage has also become very eclectic. To call it a “Dead Bar” now wouldn’t be quite accurate, but our roots will always be Dead.

Stop by The Mousetrap this Saturday July 19th for Texas-based FORGOTTEN SPACE.

Staying true to form, the instrumentation of two guitars, bass, keyboards, two drummers, and strong three and four part vocal harmonies creates an incredibly accurate representation of the real enchilada. Add to that a willingness to explore arrangements from all eras of the Dead’s body of work (1965-1995), and you end up with an all out, explosive mixture of good vibes, endless dance party, and deep space musical exploration which engages Deadheads and non-Deadheads alike. (via band bio)


Jerry Garcia’s 72nd Birthday Bash

jerry2In two weeks, The Mousetrap will proudly present Jerry Garcia’s 72nd Birthday Bash over the first weekend of August.

Hyryder and The Whistle Stop Revue will kick off the weekend on Friday August 1st, followed by an all-day party on Saturday August 2nd featuring Hyryder, Flatland Harmony ExperimentThe Spirtles and more.

Also expect a shakedown parking lot populated with food & goods vendors. The celebration begins at 5pm.

SCREENING: The Grateful Dead LIVE at Beat Club TV


And for the truest of true Deadheads: this Thursday fans across the nation will gather for the 4th Annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies: Beat Club 4/21/72.

Never officially released or seen in its entirety, fans will be treated to a complete, rare Beat Club TV live studio performance of the Grateful Dead captured during their legendary European tour in 1972.

The Beat Club TV performance in Bremen, West Germany is one of the last known videos of band member, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan and features stand-out versions of set staples like “Bertha,” “Sugaree,” “Playing In The Band” and “Truckin’>Drums>The Other One” with all audio re-mastered from the original analog tapes.

To purchase advance tickets, follow this link and click the orange, square “Buy Tickets” button on the right side of the screen. Enter your zip code and select the appropriate theater from the map. If you have problems reserving tickets online in advance, call the theater and inquire about reserving seats for the showing.

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Date: Thursday, July 17

Time: 7:30 p.m. (local time)

Run Time: 1 hour 40 minutes (approximate)

Cost: $12.50 per ticket/$2.50 processing fee per order