This Grateful Dead Hat, in New York Mets colors commemorates their six shows at Madison Square Garden in 1990. The late summer of 1990 was a difficult period for the Grateful Dead family, having lost the brilliant keyboardist Brent Mydland to the demons that plagued him. Vince Welnick, formerly of the Tubes, joined the band full time on keyboards, and Bruce Hornsby showed up with his grand piano, turning these shows into a real Madison Square Garden party.
The New-York Historical Society presents the rock & roll world of Bill Graham (1931–1991), one of the most influential concert promoters of all time. Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution explores the life and work of the legendary music impresario who worked with the biggest names in rock music. Showcasing more than 300 objects—including rock memorabilia, photographs, and concert posters with a site-specific installation of “The Joshua Light Show,” the trailblazing liquid light show conceived in 1967 by multimedia artist Joshua White that served as a psychedelic backdrop to Graham’s concert productions in New York. On view February 14 – August 23, 2020.