Down East Dead – A Grateful Dead Tribute at the Bangor Arts Exchange

Down East Dead at Bangor Arts Exchange
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Location: Bangor Arts Exchange

Launchpad Presents
Down East Dead – A Grateful Dead Tribute

Doors: 7:30PM
Music: 8:00PM
General Admission – Standing

$16 Advance
$21 Day of Show
$12 Launchpad Members

All Ages / Tickets are on sale now!!


Down East Dead, rural and coastal Maine’s popular Grateful Dead tribute act, bring their act to BAE for a Bangor, Maine debut performance.

Down East Dead was originally formed as a way for some local midcoast friends to get together during the days of Covid, when live music as we knew it came crashing to a halt.

Bassist James Taylor (of Boston rock improv explorers, Skyfoot) put the call out on social media and guitarist Rodney Sturdee (of Maine’s pioneer Grateful Dead tribute band, Lazy Lightning) quickly answered the request. Before they knew it, the addition of keyboardist Jeff Merrow (also of Lazy Lightning) and drummer Ryan Benoit (of Hambone and Coyote Island) had completed the initial lineup of D.E.D.

Once live music re-emerged, the band hit the scene and quickly garnered recognition from heads all across the state of Maine as one of the newest and and authentic tributes to the music of the Grateful Dead in the area.
Other guitarists Aaron Nadeau, Jeff Irish, and Doug Emery have been featured since D.E.D.’s original conception, and in 2023, the band welcomed Cam King (of Merther) as the newest 2nd guitarist.

Down East Dead attributes their sound to the Brent Mydland years of the Dead with whole-hearted energy, love, and enthusiasm. But it doesn’t stop there. D.E.D. often ventures into the territories of the Allman Brothers Band, Santana, The Band, Rolling Stones, Phish and more. Don’t be surprised to even hear an original song intertwined within their sets, as the music and creativity never stops!

*Online sales end at 7:30 PM on 2/24. Buying in advance is highly encouraged. Tickets available at the door unless Sold Out announcement is made. Tickets at the door will be sold as capacity allows. Tickets are non-refundable.

**Limited capacity* Buying in advance is a good thing.

***This show is General Admission. The venue is ADA accessible and assistance can be provided to patrons as requested!

Live music showcases at the Bangor Arts Exchange (BAE) features performing artists that you should know about. BAE is a collaborative project of the non-profit Launchpad and the Bangor Symphony Orchestra.

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