Dirty Dead is a Grateful Dead / Jerry Garcia Band tribute band from Asheville, NC. The group creates fresh, new versions of the classic Dead tunes. Bringing in funk, reggae, hard rock, country, jazz flute and almost anything new and different, DD causes a ruckus with their new sound. Yet their roots to the music that Jerry and the Dead fostered is palpable. Dirty Dead's performances strive for the same energy of improvisation to 'bring out their dead' vibe.
The band is becoming known for its open, GD family vibe. They frequently welcome awesome talent to the stage to join the band for their epic sets. Since their first performance in September of 2016, the group has built a strong following.
Dirty Dead have performed at numerous festivals as well as great regional venues: Highland Brewing Company, Altamont Theater, The One Stop, Upcountry Brewing, One World Brewing and The By-water. They also enjoy performing in intimate venues like The Town Pump, The Root Bar, Burger Bar etc.
PAUL DeCIRCE : Vocals, Guitars, Woodwinds. Paul is a multi-instrumentalist well known in the WNC region. He plays regularly with THE SCREAMING J'S, YESS-I, PHUNCLE SAM, JARVIS JENKINS, as well as fronting DIRTY DEAD. He's also played with MARCUS KING BAND, UNCLE JOHN'S BAND and many more. Paul is from Syracuse, NY.
JOHN HUMPHRIES: Guitar, Mandolin, Bass guitar, vocals. John is son of Don Humphries and played in A CINEMATOGRAPHERS PARTY and is an Asheville NC native.
BRIAN SOLLEVELD: Keyboards.
ERIC SWANSON: Bass guitar, vocals. Eric is a keyboardist and bassist from New Jersey, and has played with Paper Crowns and Ryan Roots.
SEAN MASON: drum set. Sean drums in all of your favorite WNC bands.
Guests: Dirty Dead love their peers in the music scene and frequently invite them to join the group live. These include JD Smith, Cassana Monje, Jimi Lang, JP Hess, Stu Benjamin (Jarvis Jenkins), Jeff Ruby (Bill & Co.), Artemis Pyle, Jake Hollifield, Tim Yess-I, Josh Redmond, Spiro Nicolopolous (Paper Crowns), Mike Gray, Kelly Fontes, Sam Armfield, Kendra Warren, Arjay Sutton, JC Tokes, and many others.