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Tribute act: Dead Meat brings music of Grateful Dead to Stamford

July 30, 2018

Tom Clancey’s introduction to the Grateful Dead was a heavy rotation of his dad’s stack of cassettes. Clancey’s bandmates learned of the band in other ways. Together, they are making noise and gaining fans as they share the repertoire of this legendary ensemble.

“We all play in original bands, but we found this Grateful Dead tradition and it has opened a lot of doors for us,” says Clancey, who is a vocalist and guitarist for Dead Meat, a Grateful Dead tribute band. “We just kind of found ourselves playing this music and having caught this moment. We all bring different experiences to the table, which is true to the tradition of the band itself.”

The five-piece group, from Nyack, N.Y., will be playing a show in Stamford this weekend, as part of Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens’ summer concert series. Members include Clancey, Kevin Weinberger on drums, singer Dan Rappaport on bass, singer Steve Jordan on guitar and Ryan “ShwizZ” Liatsis on keyboards. Dead Meat’s repertoire is always changing, and its hope is to get people dancing.

“The band has a huge catalog,” Clancey says. “We decided to tackle some of the biggest and challenging ones in the songbook, because we love it.”

Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens, 151 Brookdale Road, Stamford. Sunday, Aug. 12, 5 to 7 p.m. $10 to $5. 203-322-6971, bartlettarboretum.org

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