Bill Kreutzmann’s Billy & The Kids Confirm Dear Jerry Pre-Party At Washington, DC’s 9:30 Club May 13

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Tickets Go On Sale Today, Thursday April 16, At 10Am Et Via Ticketfly

Billy And The LidsLegendary Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann has announced that his band Billy & The Kids will perform at Washington, DC’s 9:30 Club as a pre-party to celebrate the next night’s sold out DEAR JERRY: CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF JERRY GARCIA, the once-in-a-lifetime concert event honoring one of the most influential musicians and cultural icons of our time. The show will feature performances by: Mickey Hart, Kreutzmann’s Billy & the Kids, Bob Weir, Bruce Hornsby, Buddy Miller, David Grisman, Eric Church, Greensky Bluegrass, Jimmy Cliff, Jorma Kaukonen, Los Lobos, Moe., O.A.R., Railroad Earth, The Disco Biscuits, Trampled By Turtles, Widespread Panic, Yonder Mountain String Band and Communion featuring Phil Lesh, Stu Allen, Grahame Lesh, Ross James, Alex Koford, and Jason Crosby.

“I miss him. Every day,” says Kreutzmann. “Jerry’s memory is still a source of inspiration and strength. He was my friend.”

Tickets for the 9:30 Club show go on sale today, Thursday April 16, at 10am et via Ticketfly.

Keith Wortman is the creator and executive producer of DEAR JERRY: CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF JERRY GARCIA. Grammy Award-winner Don Was serves as music director, and will lead an all-star band backing the performers at this incomparable concert event taping. Was and Wortman recently teamed to produce large-scale concert events, music releases, and broadcast specials honoring music icons such as Johnny Cash, Levon Helm, Dr. John, Gregg Allman, Mavis Staples and Emmylou Harris amongst others. DEAR JERRY: CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF JERRY GARCIA will be filmed and recorded for multi-platform distribution throughout traditional and digital media. The event will be co-produced by the Jerry Garcia family.

Kreutzmann also recently announced a book tour in support of his soon-to-be-released memoir, Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams and Drugs with The Grateful Dead (St. Martin’s Press; on-sale May 5, 2015; $27.99). The dates begin in Denver, CO, at the Cannabis Cup and end May 31 in San Francisco, CA, at The Chapel. Some of the signing events will include an exclusive “Bill Kreutzmann in Conversation with Benjy Eisen,” event followed by a Q&A and signing, while others will be signings only. “Bill Kreutzmann in Conversation with Benjy Eisen” events will be held at the same store in which the signings are taking place.

On April 20, for one night only, Billy & The Kids featuring Dominic Lalli from Big Gigantic and the String Cheese Incident’s Jason Hann, will perform at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO, performing a “Spring ’90 Revisited Show.” At this exclusive event, Kreutzmann and his band will revisit the catalog from the Grateful Dead’s famed Spring ’90 tour.

Immediately after the book tour is over, Kreutzmann will begin preparations for the biggest concert events of the decade with the reunited Grateful Dead for three nights at Chicago’s Soldier Field – joined by Trey Anastasio, Bruce Hornsby and Jeff Chimenti – performing their final shows ever. The Dear Jerry pre-party at the 9:30 Club which will benefit the Rex Foundation will be Billy & The Kids’ last appearance before the Soldier Field dates.

The complete Bill Kreutzmann book tour dates are below:

18 – Denver, CO – Cannabis Cup #

6 – New York, NY – Barnes & Noble Tribeca #
7 – Ridgewood, NJ – Bookends *
8 – Madison, CT – R.J. Julia *
9 – West Chester, PA – Chester County Book Company #
11 – Philadelphia, PA – Barnes & Noble *
16 – Chicago, IL – Anderson’s Bookshop #
17 – Skokie, IL – Barnes & Noble *
18 – Los Angeles, CA – Barnes & Noble The Grove *
19 – Los Angeles, CA – Skylight Books #
21 – Portland, OR – Powell’s #
26 – Petaluma, CA – Zodiacs #
27 – Mill Valley, CA – Sweetwater Music Hall #
31 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel #

# “Bill Kreutzmann in Conversation with Benjy Eisen” at the store
* Book signing only



4/18 at 3PM
High Times Cannabis Cup – Keynote (Tattered Cover preselling books)
Denver Mart, 451 East 58th Avenue, Denver, CO, 80216

5/6 at 6PM
Barnes & Noble Tribeca – Bill Kreutzmann in Conversation with Benjy Eisen
97 Warren St, New York, NY 10007
Store Phone: (212) 587-5389

5/7 at 7 PM
Bookends – Signing
211 E Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Store Phone: (201) 445-0726

5/8 at 6 PM
RJ Julia – Signing
768 Boston Post Rd, Madison, CT 06443
Store Phone: (203) 245-3959

5/9 at 7 PM
Chester County Books – Bill Kreutzmann in Conversation with Benjy Eisen
West Chester, PA
Stetson Middle School
1060 Wilmington Pike, West Chester, PA 19382
Store Phone: (610) 696-1661

5/11 at 6 PM
Barnes & Noble/Rittenhouse Square – Signing
1805 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Store Phone: (215) 665-0716

5/16 at 2 PM
Anderson’s Bookshop – Bill Kreutzmann in Conversation with Benjy Eisen
Community Christian Church
1635 Emerson Lane, Naperville, IL 60540
Store Phone: (630) 355-2665

5/17 at 3PM
Barnes & Noble/Skokie – Signing
55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, IL 60077
Store Phone: (847) 676-2230

5/18 at 7 PM
Barnes & Noble/The Grove – Signing
189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Store Phone: (323) 525-0270

5/19 at 7:30 PM
Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School of Performing Arts
Skylight Books – Bill Kreutzmann in Conversation with Benjy Eisen
200 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Store Phone: (323)660-1175

5/21 at 7 PM
Powell’s – Bill Kreutzmann in Conversation with Benjy Eisen
Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, OR 97005
Store Phone: 503-228-4651

5/26 at 7 PM
Zodiac’s – A special evening of enchantment with Bill Kreutzmann, in conversation with Benjy Eisen. Hosted by Copperfield Books.
256 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 94952
Zodiac’s Phone: (707) 773-7751 /
Copperfield’s Phone: (707) 762-0563/

5/27 at 7 PM
Sweetwater Music Hall – Bill Kreutzmann in Conversation with Benjy Eisen
The Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corte Madera Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Sweetwater Phone: (415) 388-1100

5/31 at 2 PM
The Chapel – Bill Kreutzmann in Conversation with Benjy Eisen
Sunday Afternoon at The Chapel
The Chapel, 777 Valencia Street between San Francisco, CA 94110The Chapel Contact: (415) 551-5157 /

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Bill Kreutzmann co-founded the Grateful Dead in 1965 with Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, and Phil Lesh. As the Grateful Dead drummer for all 30 years until disbanding in 1995, he performed more than 2,300 concerts and played on every one of their albums. He continues to play music in various bands including Billy and the Kids. He lives on an organic farm in Hawaii.

Benjy Eisen has written for Rolling Stone, Esquire, Relix and many other publications. He lives in San Francisco, where he is currently finishing work on his first novel, Oysterland. Upon completion of Deal, he cut a deal with Kreutzmann and is now his manager.

About Blackbird Production Partners:
Blackbird Production Partners is the worldwide leader in the creation and production of once-in-a-lifetime concert events, broadcast series & specials, and music releases. Blackbird’s projects feature major music stars across all genres and demographics. Keith Wortman is the CEO of Blackbird Production Partners.