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: Soulshine Music Festival, Highland Brewing Company, Altamont Theater, The One Stop, Ambrose West, Chico Feo, Upcountry Brewing, One World Brewing and The Bywater. They also enjoy performing in intimate venues like The Town Pump, The Root Bar, Burger Bar and Spring Creek Tavern in Hot Springs NC.
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DIRTY DEAD BIO: Asheville NC's DIRTY DEAD are literally on fire. With high-energy, modern interpretations of the classic GD/JGB catalog, DIRTY DEAD are calling the music higher and further than in a long time! With an eclectic mix of players from various styles of music -- as the Grateful Dead were --something new, fresh and exciting is happening. Psychedelia, reggae, funk and hip-hop in a Grateful Dead song? OK, got to see this! THE SOUND grew out of guitarist / flautist PAUL DRUM DECIRCE's feeling the urge for the Dead sound to evolve further -- further than trying to imitate or even emulate the great bands accomplishments. GRATEFUL DEAD played at the foot of the pyramids and JERRY GARCIA rocked for thirty years ... no need to try and copy that. INSTEAD, the band simply lead their individual styles to a mash up...and the result quite simply is ... DIRTY! FUN, HI-ENERGY interpretations are the result and since their first gig in September of '16, DD fans have been supporting and pushing this unique sound. DIRTY DEAD was formed by PAUL DRUM DECIRCE, a well known flautist/guitarist in the WNC music scene. Paul has been called "the pied piper of Asheville" (Mountain Xpress), and was the founding member of PEACE JONES. He has worked extensively with THE SCREAMING J'S, YESS-I, JARVIS JENKINS and many others. On the guitar and mandolin beside him is JOHN HUMPHRIES, a great country-rock Ween influenced whiz kid. On keyboards is BRYAN SOLLEVELD. On bass is ERIC SWANSON. On drums is SEAN MASON, long-time drummer in the WNC jam scene and the steam behind the high energy live performance. COME GET DIRTY with us at our next show! Meet the band, hear samples, shop merch and more at www.dirtydeadband.com
PAUL DeCIRCE : Vocals, Guitars, Woodwinds. Paul is a beloved band-leader and multi-instrumentalist in the WNC region. He plays regularly with JARVIS JENKINS BAND, DIRTY DAWG, TAO JONES and is a co-host of OPEN CAN OF JAM! WEEKLY. He is the founder of PEACE JONES and his original compositions are well known. He's also played with SCREAMING J'S, MARCUS KING BAND, UNCLE JOHN'S BAND, JLAD and many more. Paul is from Syracuse, NY.
JOHN HUMPHRIES: Guitar, Mandolin, Bass guitar, vocals. John is son of bluegrass legend Don Humphries and plays in DIRTY DAWG, A CINEMATOGRAPHERS PARTY and is an Asheville NC native.
BRYAN SOLLEVELD: Keyboards and vocals. Bryan also plays with JARVIS JENKINS BAND. Bryan is from Nashville, TN and has played with a number of acts including a Fusion/Funk act THEOCAS for 6 years and WRANGLER SPACE, a Widespread Panic cover band from Nashville. Also has has a number of studio credits to his name. Bryan enjoys music from a wide range of acts from the Rolling Stones to the Grateful Dead.
ERIC SWANSON: Bass guitar, vocals. Eric is a keyboardist and bassist from New Jersey, and plays with JLAD and has played with PAPER CROWNS and Kylie BIrd and Ryan Roots.
SEAN MASON: Drum set. Sean drums in all of your favorite WNC bands, like THE SNOZZBERRIES, AFROMOTIVE, VERTIGO JAZZ PROJECT, JAZZ IS ALMOST DEAD, MASON & THE MADMEN, JAZZ METAMORPHOSIS, DUKES OF LIZARD, OPEN CAN OF JAM! PLAYERS, TAO JONES and more. Sean is from Terre Haute, IN.
Guests: Dirty Dead love their peers in the music scene and frequently invite them to join the group live. These include Gus Vigo, Steve Kemble, Keith Snyder, Dennis Chalwa, JD Smith, Cassana Monje, Jimi Lang, JP Hess, Stu Benjamin (Jarvis Jenkins), Jeff Ruby (Bill & Co.), Chris Walden, Steve Griffin, Artemis Pyle, Rob Parks, Jake Hollifield, Grateful Daze, Josh Redmond, Spiro Nicolopolous (Paper Crowns), Mike Gray, Sam Armfield, Kendra Warren, Arjay Sutton, JC Tokes, and many others.