Melvin Seals and the Jerry Garcia Band Play Six Degrees of Separation in Fort Lauderdale

It's 2013.

But some people (like New Times) secretly wish the year was still 1969. In private, when the shades are drawn, we bust out the dashikis and love beads, the incense and rainbow-colored hemp teepees, spark up an ol' fashioned Acapulco Gold doobarino, and prance around without shoes, soaking up the vibes, man.

And just a few days after ringing in the New Year, all of us time-traveling baby boomer fanatics will have a rare opportunity to squint our eyes and pretend we're seeing the Grateful Dead, when Melvin Seals and the Jerry Garcia Band take the stage at Revolution Live.

Now, Seals wasn't in the Grateful Dead. His claim to fame is being the

pianist and third longest-running member of JGB, which still tours even

though Jerry Garcia has been dead for nearly two decades. But does that

matter? If Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon and the psychoactive properties of

the aforementioned Acapulco Gold have taught us anything, it's that

we're all one cosmic being expressing itself through a myriad of

individual-though-interconnected avatars.

Plus, when Seals is ticklin'

that ivory, it's hard not to feel that any minute Ken Kesey is going to

roll up in a psychedelic school bus and dump a cauldron of LSD on our


Melvin Seals & Jerry Garcia Band. With Bobby Lee Rodgers and Crazy Fingers.

8 p.m. Wednesday, January 9, at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Ft. Lauderdale. Ages 21 and up. Tickets are $29 including fees and can be purchased through Ticketmaster. For more info call 954-449-1025 or visit

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Matt Preira