Top Dead Center (Tucson)
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Top Dead Center (Tucson)

Tucson, Arizona, United States

Tucson, Arizona, United States
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Top Dead Center (or TDC, as we like to call it sometimes, you know, when we feel we're important enough to actually have our very own acronym) is, at its creamy caramel center, a band that plays the music of The Grateful Dead, one of the most beloved groups of all time. We're not really a "Tribute Band," as we're not really trying to pretend that we're the GD (note clever use of acronym again, this time to convey a sense of undeserved familiarity), and we're not really a "Cover Band," as we don't really try too hard to exactly sound like them. But what we do is to try to recreate the feeling of being at a Dead show, and especially to try to approach their music as, we think, they did, whatever that means.

What that really means, to us anyway, is that we try to balance a lot of different dimensions of the music for you. At times, we do (despite what I just said) try really hard to reproduce a song in a way we've heard the Dead play it. At other times, we just sorta wander out into the forest, following our nose to go dig up some tasty improvisational fungi. Sometimes we'll play it safe. Other times we'll juggle hand grenades for your (and our) enjoyment. Some nights we'll play nothing but Dead for four hours. Other nights we'll mix in some Dylan, some Allmans, some Floyd, some Ramones, some originals, or some of whatever we feel like that we think you might feel like too. Sometimes we're awesome musicians. Sometimes (but not too often) we're talentless hacks.

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