Friday, November 16, 8pm, 2007
UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
Unbroken Chain: The Grateful Dead in Music, Culture, and Memory
As part of a public symposium, November 16-18, UMass Amherst
American Beauty Project
Conceived by David Spelman
Producer and Artistic Director of the New York premier
Program will be announced from the stage
Unbroken Chain is presented by the UMass Amherst Graduate School, Department of History, Fine Arts
Center, University Outreach AND University Reserach.
Sponsored by The Valley Advocate, 93.9 The River, WGBY TV57 and JR Lyman Co.
About the Program
"The American Beauty Project" is a special tribute concert to the Grateful Dead's most important
and best-loved albums, Working Man's Dead and American Beauty. In January 2007, an all-star
lineup of musicians that Relix magazine called "a dream team of performers" gave the premier
of this concert in front of an over-flowing crowd at the World Financial Center's Winter Garden in
New York City.
The New York Times' Jon Pareles wrote that the concert gave "New life to a Dead classic... and
mirrored the eclecticism of the Dead," and a Variety review said that the event brought "a back-
porch feel to the canyons of Gotham's financial district. The perf's real fire came courtesy of acts
that like to tear open the original structures of the source material and reassemble the parts
afresh - an approach well-suited to the honorees' legacy."
Now, a select group of those performers, including Ollabelle, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams,
Catherine Russell, and Jim Lauderdale are taking the show on the road.
Jim Lauderdale is known as a fantastic singer & performer while at the same time building his reputation
as a writer’s writer, a reliable source of hit material for George Strait, George Jones, Vince Gill, Patty
Loveless, the Dixie Chicks, and