Kurt Wewer is a lucky man. If you’re not as lucky as the chef of the Garlic Poet and Grain + Verse (who also happens to be a huge Grateful Dead and Phish fan) and you weren’t able to score tickets to all three nights for this weekend’s final Grateful Dead performances in Chicago, don’t worry, you’ll still be able to see the shows.
It’s kind of fitting that the Grateful Dead – which began as a bar band in San Francisco 50 years ago – and actually played one of their first shows at a pizza parlor, will close out their career as a band in a pizza parlor, sort of.
Grain + Verse in New Cumberland celebrates the Grateful Dead by offering free streams of all of the Dead’s Fourth of July weekend 50th Anniversary Fare Three Well shows. Celebrate a great American holiday with a truly great American band.
Fans of the Dead can not only feed their heads and experience all three performances by the famous psychedelic band on a giant projector screen with professional-quality sound, but can also feed their bellies with a Grateful Dead-inspired menu. Grain + Verse vegan pizzas including mushroom pizza (that’s non-hallucinogenic mushroom pizza) are available and for those longing for some “heady lot food” there’s even a vegan grilled cheese option. Fans can also sip on some Grateful Dead-inspired beers including Dogfish Head’s American Beauty on draft, Rivertowne Brewing Grateful White, Starr Hill Brewery’s Grateful Pale Ale and a ton of offerings from Terrapin Beer Co.
“Alabama Getaway” – the Grateful Dead (featuring Trey Anastasio on vocals) from their “Fare Thee Well” Santa Clara show on June 28.
“My idea was that if I wasn’t going to these shows I’d probably be streaming them at home, unless someone told me that this cool place called Grain + Verse is having all these Grateful Dead beers and the pizzas are killer and they’re going to stream the shows on a flatscreen projector. I’d go there and hang out all night,” says Wewer.
So don’t be too disappointed that you weren’t able to make it out to Chicago to hang out with the Dead and Chef Wewer – you’ll be jamming out with a delicious slice of mushroom pizza in one hand and an American Beauty Ale in the other. Celebrate “one more Saturday night” (and Friday and Sunday nights) with the Grateful Dead and afterwards, you won’t have to fight your way through tens of thousands of stoned, sweaty hippies to get to your car.
See the final Grateful Dead shows from Chicago’s Soldier Field via live stream at Grain + Verse on July 3,4 and 5 at 7 p.m.