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Mike Birbiglia Live!

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Thu Oct 21st - 7:00PM
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Paul Virzi

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Fri Oct 22nd - 7:00PM
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Kyle Kinane: The “So…Where Were We” Tour

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Sat Oct 23rd - 7:00PM
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Daniel Sloss: Hubris with Special Guest Kai Humphries

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Tue Oct 26th - 7:00PM
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Girls Gotta Eat

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Thu Oct 28th - 7:30PM
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Ramy Youssef Live

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Thu Nov 4th - 7:30PM
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Vir Das

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Fri Nov 5th - 7:30PM
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Sat Nov 20th - 7:00PM
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Marlon Wayans

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Sat Nov 6th - 7:00PM
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Pat Metheny Side-Eye With James Francies And Joe Dyson

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Sun Nov 7th - 7:00PM
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Mystery Science Theater 3000 LIVE: Time Bubble Tour

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Wed Nov 10th - 7:30PM
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Chris Fleming: Tricky Tricky

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Fri Nov 12th - 7:30PM
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Fri Nov 12th - 10:00 PM
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Ronny Chieng: The Hope You Get Rich Tour

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Sat Nov 13th - 7:00PM
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Sat Nov 13th - 9:45PM
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That Golden Girls Show! A Puppet Parody

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Sun Nov 14th - 07:30 PM
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Jacksfilms presents YIAY Live Live!

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Tue Nov 16th - 07:00 PM
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Gary Gulman: Born on 3rd Base

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Fri Nov 19th - 7:30PM
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Chris Distefano

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Sun Nov 21st - 5:00PM
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Sun Nov 21st - 8:00PM
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Chris Botti

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Fri Nov 26th - 8:00PM
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Sat Nov 27th - 8:00PM
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Hot Tuna: Acoustic & Electric

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Sun Nov 28th - 8:00PM
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The Musical Box : A Genesis Extravaganza Vol. II

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Tue Nov 30th - 08:00 PM
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BenDeLaCreme & Jinkx Monsoon: The Return of The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show, LIVE!

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Wed Dec 1st - 8:00PM
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Victory The Podcast

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Thu Dec 2nd - 7:30PM
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Small Town Murder

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Fri Dec 3rd - 08:00 PM
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Nemr

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Sat Dec 4th - 7:00PM
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Kurtis Conner

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Mon Dec 6th - 7:30PM
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Ari Shaffir

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Thu Dec 9th - 7:30PM
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Michelle Buteau

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Fri Dec 10th - 7:30PM
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Steve-O’s Bucket List Tour

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Sat Dec 11th - 07:00 PM
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Puddles Pity Party: Unsequestered Tour

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Wed Dec 15th - 8:00PM
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Taylor Tomlinson: Deal With It Tour

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Thu Dec 16th - 7:30PM
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Fri Dec 17th - 10:00 PM
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Countess and Friends Christmas Show

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Sat Dec 18th - 7:00PM
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PRICE:
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Paula Poundstone

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Sun Dec 19th - 07:30 PM
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Bob Marley Comedian

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Tue Dec 28th - 8:00PM
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Andrew Schulz: The INFAMOUS Tour

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Thu Dec 30th - 7:30PM
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Fri Dec 31st - 7:00PM
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Fri Dec 31st - 9:45PM
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Not Another D&D Podcast

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Jan 6th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$43 - $73

Eddie Griffin

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Fri Jan 7th - 7:30PM
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The Minimalists – Love People Use Things Tour

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Sat Jan 8th - 7:00PM
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PRICE:
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Colin Quinn: The Last Best Hope Tour

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Thu Jan 13th - 7:30PM
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PRICE:
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Dave Attell

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Fri Jan 14th - 07:00 PM
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Demetri Martin: Wandering Mind Tour

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Sat Jan 15th - 7:00PM
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The Gilmour Project

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Thu Jan 20th - 8:00PM
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PRICE:
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Drew Lynch: Concussed

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Fri Jan 21st - 7:30PM
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The Kirk Minihane Show presented by Barstool Sports

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Sat Jan 22nd - 7:00PM
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Sat Jan 22nd - 9:45PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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The Second City Remix

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Sun Jan 23rd - 7:00PM
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PRICE:
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Citizen Cope

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Sat Jan 29th - 8:00PM
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PRICE:
$52 - $128

Brad Williams

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Fri Feb 4th - 07:00 PM
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PRICE:
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Doughboys

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Sat Feb 5th - 7:00PM
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Sat Feb 5th - 9:45PM
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PRICE:
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The You & Me Tour: An Evening With Drew And Ellie Holcomb

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Feb 9th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$30 - $110

CLAUDIA OSHRY: NOT LIKE OTHER GIRLS

PRESENTED BY SPRITZ SOCIETY

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Feb 12th - 7:00PM
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Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Feb 13th - 7:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$39 - $152

Jim Norton

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Feb 18th - 07:00 PM
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Fri Feb 18th - 9:45PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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Preacher Lawson

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Feb 19th - 7:00PM
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PRICE:
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Rob Schneider

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Feb 20th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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Richard Marx

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Feb 24th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$40 - $65

Nick Swardson

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Fri Feb 25th - 07:30 PM
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Fri Feb 25th - 10:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$49

Vic DiBitetto

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Sat Feb 26th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$39.50

Bruce Cockburn

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Sun Feb 27th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$39 - $65

Steve Vai: Inviolate Tour

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Mar 2nd - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$47 - $1565

Beth Hart – The Thankful Tour

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Wed Mar 9th - 08:00 PM
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Thu Mar 10th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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Irish Comedy Tour

Rescheduled from Chevalier Theatre

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Mar 16th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$37 - $47

Gus Johnson

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Mar 17th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$41.50 - $62

And That’s Why We Drink: Here for the Boos Tour!

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Sat Mar 19th - 7:00PM
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Sat Mar 19th - 9:45PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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Henry Rollins: Good To See You 2022

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Mar 20th - 7:00PM
PRICE:
$40 - $165

One Night of Queen

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Tue Apr 5th - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $45

Captain Sandy: Lead-Her-Ship Tour

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Apr 8th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$31.50 - $101.50

Colin Hay

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Apr 9th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$45 - $59

Saints, Sinners & Serial Killers starring Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Apr 20th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$30 - $52

Robin Trower

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Apr 27th - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$45 - $69

Tracy Morgan

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Apr 30th - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$65

Todrick Hall: The Femuline Tour

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun May 1st - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Partly seated
PRICE:
$30 - $138

Eric Johnson’s Treasure Tour

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu May 5th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$40 - $65

Bob Saget

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat May 7th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$29 - $43

Criminal

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Mon May 9th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$30 - $40

Sinbad

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri May 13th - 07:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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Welcome to Night Vale

Please Note: This show is in 2022

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Jun 10th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32

Gordon Lightfoot: The Legend in Concert

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Wed Jun 22nd - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$50 - $75

Bio

TWO SETS!
The Live

TWO SETS!

The Live Dead & Riders group consists of:

  • Original Grateful Dead pianist /Rock Hall of Fame inductee Tom Constanten
  • Scott Guberman from Phil Lesh & Friends
  • Mark Karan & Robin Sylvester from Bob Weir’s Rat Dog
  • Slick Aguilar from Paul Kantner’s Jefferson Starship & the David Crosby Band
  • Mike Falzarano from the New Riders of The Purple Sage, Hot Tuna & The Airplane Family
  • Joe Chirco from The Donna Jean Godchaux Band & The Zen Tricksters

Known among friends and colleagues as T.C., Tom Constanten wrote orchestral pieces as a teenager while growing up in Las Vegas and studied astronomy and music at University of California, Berkeley, where he met future Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh in the summer of 1961. The two became roommates and enrolled in a graduate-level course taught by Italian modernist composer Luciano Berio at Mills College; both composers were also influenced by Gustav Mahler. Constanten studied piano with Mario Feninger. In 1962, he lived in Brussels and Paris, met Umberto Eco, and studied with Berio, Henri Pousseur, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Pierre Boulez on a scholarship.[1][2]

After briefly rooming with Lesh in Las Vegas and returning to the San Francisco Bay Area, Constanten performed with an improvisational quintet formed by Steve Reich. The group’s unusual style was influenced by both jazz and Stockhausen. In a 1964 performance, the ensemble played serialism-influenced compositions by both Constanten and Lesh. Although he walked out from the performance, minimalist composer Terry Riley later allowed the ensemble to premiere In C. However, only Reich and one other member of group, saxophonist-composer Jon Gibson, appeared in the seminal performance.[3]

Faced with the possibility of conscription amid the escalation of the Vietnam War, Constanten enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1965 as a computer programmer. Although the Air Force was deployed in southeast Asia, he was not given a security clearance after divulging his past communist sympathies and remained stationed domestically; while on leave, he experimented with LSD and composed music on military IBM mainframe computers. By 1967, he had been promoted to senior airman (sergeant) and was stationed at Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas when he first collaborated with the Grateful Dead as a session musician on Anthem of the Sun (1968); Constanten used several compensatory three-day passes to travel to Los Angeles to record with the band. After sitting in with the band during live performances as his schedule permitted, the day after an honorable discharge, TC made his stage debut with the Dead as their permanent keyboardist on November 23, 1968 at the Memorial Auditorium in Athens, Ohio. He remained with the group for three albums and left after the band’s infamous New Orleans drug bust following a January 30, 1970 show at the Warehouse. “It was like a magic carpet ride that was there for me to step on,” he says. “I would have been a fool not to.” Although Constanten nominally replaced founding keyboardist Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, the latter musician stayed on with the band as a frontman-percussionist; in light of their mutual abstinence from psychedelics, they became “as close as two heterosexual males could be”, shared a house in Novato, California, and bunked together while touring.

While he had successfully contributed to their complex experimental music, his instrumental style was then grounded in classical technique and bore little consanguinity with the folk, blues, and country and western styling that would largely anchor the band’s oeuvre throughout the early 1970s. Also, there was some feeling that he did not fit in with the Dead ethos; for example, he was involved with Scientology throughout his tenure with the band and thus refused to take LSD.[4][5]

In 1994, he was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Grateful Dead.[6] Additionally, he has taught at the San Francisco Art Institute and SUNY Buffalo; in 1986, he was artist in residence at Harvard University. In 2002, Tom Constanten stated in an interview:

“I know of no path that is better marked than the study of music. Maybe I just think so because it’s the path I’m on. There’s the old question “How come there’s never enough time to do it right, but there’s always enough time to do it over.” Well, here’s an answer. Settle down. Do it right. However long it takes.”

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