Grateful Dead

A lively celebration of the Dead

A lively celebration of the Dead

Dan Falkenstein first heard music by the Grateful Dead as a student at The College of William and Mary.

"It just knocked me over," he said.

The music has been part of his life ever since.

Falkenstein's Asheville-based band Circus Mutt will join two local bands Saturday night on the Kimball Theatre stage for "Not Fade Away! A Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary Celebration."

James Drake, a guitarist in local jam band Blind and Dirty, became a "Deadhead" a little earlier than Falkenstein, as a young teenager growing up in Williamsburg, where Drake remembers a sizable scene of Deadheads.

"I know that people are still here, but...