This Friday you will probably be able to see a solid cloud of weed-smoke coming out of Soldier Field, as ‘Deadheads’ will be pouring in from all around to see the final performances of The Grateful Dead. The band kicked off their final farewell concert series in Santa Clara, CA on June 27th, drawing crowds of 80,000 people each night. Fans in the Mid-west will be able to see the final shows this weekend at Chicago’s Soldier Field, which also marks a special location for the Dead: the group’s final performance with original member Jerry Garcia took place at Soldier Field nearly 20 years ago. For this final farewell, original members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart will be performing with guitarist Trey Anastasio of Phish, and the performance is expected to be recorded and released as part of a special collection later this year. Deadheads should also keep an eye out for further news of the upcoming Grateful Dead documentary from executive producer Martin Scorsese (The Last Waltz, George Harrison: Living in the Material World) and director Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story, Happy Valley) that is also expected out later this year. If you weren’t able to secure a ticket, or would just like to see the performance, several venues across the city will be showing a live broadcast of the concerts: Park West in the Lincoln Park neighborhood will be displaying the Friday and Saturday concerts for $32.50 (a live acoustic band is also included for the intermission) and City Winery in the West Loop will be displaying all three shows on a large projection screen for $18, so be sure to check these out if you really want to see them play! Enjoy!
The well known Japanese audio company, Audio-Technica, recently released their first ever open back reference headphones. Essentially, the open back allows for sound to escape from the back of headphones, allowing for a better overall experience (for those wondering). Weighing in at less than half of a pound, these headphones not only offer the luxury of being light, but also they come equipped with high-efficiency magnets and an alloy magnetic circuit design reducing the distortion. For just under $500, they’re all yours.
As smartwatches continue to gain in popularity, more and more companies are trying to create something that its consumers can enjoy and rely on. With the Michael Bastian design paired with the engineering of HP – the two have joined forces to make something potentially worth while. Being an owner of a smartphone who happens to wear a watch on a daily basis, this watch has gained my attention. The MB Chronowing Smartwatch appears as a everyday watch with a genuine alligator band, yet functions as a smartwatch.
The MB Smartwatch connects Apple and Droid users to access email, calendar, texts, live streams, and sports scores Some more perks about the watch, is that it has a battery life that lasts up to a week and is water resistant up to 50 meters. If you think it’s worth it for MB’s latest watch ($350), It is going on sale November 7th and only 300 will be available for purchase (for now).
Recent news reports have surfaced about director Martin Scorsese serving as executive producer for an upcoming feature-documentary about the psychedelic rock band The Grateful Dead. Although the project has yet to be titled, Amir Bar-Lev is already set to direct the film, which will cover the entire span of the band’s career from 1965-1995. Biographer/archivist David Lemieux will be lending a hand to The Tillman Story director, who hopes to have the film ready by the time we reach the Grateful Dead’s 50th Anniversary. The documentary will include lots of archival footage and interviews with late band members Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, plus additional footage from surviving band members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and Phil Lesh. The Grateful Dead were formed in Palo Alto, California in 1965 and became well known for their psychedelic sound of rock, folk, and reggae fusion. Scorsese, himself, is well known for covering rock n’ roll icons. His last rock project was the George Harrison documentary Living in the Material World, but he has also covered groups like Bob Dylan, The Band and The Rolling Stones. We’ll keep an eye out for more news on this project. Scorsese is currently working on an upcoming rock n’ roll project for HBO featuring Olivia Wilde from a screenplay by Terence Winter (The Sopranos, The Wolf of Wall Street), so it will really fall to director Bar-Lev to get the project rolling, but we’ll keep an eye out for more news.
Mark, whom is mostly a political artist, has designed some incredible art out of American currency. While Mark works on a variety of other projects, including: writing, collage, and bookmaking, his work with currency is what sets him apart. What he does is absolutely unique; no one else purposely destroys money at a rate he does, yet making it visually stunning to look at. This little teaser video sucks you into Mark’s life, leaving you wanting more.