BAND

Bearly Dead is an all-star cast of players with deep roots in the New England jam & festival scene. While the band plays all of The Grateful Dead classics, they also dive into an extended catalog, which may include any song that any member of the Dead ever performed. With over 230 songs in rotation and new material being added all the time, Bearly Dead performs wildly different set lists every night and ensures that each show is a unique experience. With no designated “Jerry” or “Bobby”, this band is able to breathe new life into songs with their fresh, high-energy approach to them. Bearly Dead is a setlist-nerd’s dream!!!

Founded during an intense snowstorm in April 2015, Bearly Dead played its first show at Church of Boston, marking the beginning of its hallowed Wednesday Night Residency. In September of that year, Church was sold and the band found a new home on Wednesday nights at Thunder Road in Somerville. Since then, Bearly Dead has been nominated twice for the Boston Music Award’s “Live Music Residency of the Year,” and has burst onto the scene as New England’s premier Grateful Dead tribute band. The band has had the opportunity to play at some of Massachusetts’ most prestigious venues, including The Paradise Rock Club and The Worcester Palladium, as well as headlining turns at The House of Blues Boston, The Sinclair, and The Middle East Downstairs. Bearly Dead has also become a staple in the New England festival scene with appearances at Disc Jam, Wild Woods, Luna Light, Wormtown, Yasgur Road Reunion, Great North, Kind Mind Campout, and many more.

Bearly Dead’s Wednesday Night Residency at Thunder Road has continued unabated every week since its inception in September 2015. The phrase “Never Miss A Wednesday Show” has become ubiquitous around Boston...and you really never know what might happen! Thunder Road is now a beacon to all musicians on Wednesday nights to come join in the fun, with notable appearances by Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), Paul Wolstencroft (Slightly Stoopid), Steve Molitz (Particle/Phil Lesh & Friends), Kebbi Williams (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Rob Compa (Dopapod), Hayley Jane (Hayley Jane & The Primates), Johnny Trama (Dub Apocalypse), and Gary Backstrom (Gary Backstrom Band); and a surprise appearance by Jerry Garcia’s “Wolf” guitar in 2018 on Jerry Garcia’s birthday! There is no better place to be on a Wednesday night in Boston than at Thunder Road!


TYLER BROOKS | drums/vocals

Tyler Brooks is a professional musician based out of Boston, MA. He has performed and recorded internationally, and is a founding member of Bearly Dead.

BRIAN SAYERS | drums

Brian Sayers has been a professional drummer for over 20 years. He has performed and toured both nationally and internationally.

 

BRENDAN TOMMANEY | percussion

Brendan Tommaney graduated from New England Conservatory of Music with a performance degree in Jazz Studies. He studied with Fred Buda, Bob Moses, Cecil McBee, Danilo Perez, Sa Davis, and Richie Flores. Brendan began his professional career performing with various artists throughout New England and the East Coast and was a founding member of the highly acclaimed Rocket Band. Brendan currently performs regularly with Bearly Dead as well as with local groups on the Northeast music scene.

DAVE BECKER | bass/vocals

Dave Becker is a multi-instrumentalist who has been a part of Boston's music scene since arriving in 2009. He has performed with number of different bands and artists in various roles. Becker has been Bearly Dead's bass player since June 2015, providing energetic and dynamic bass lines, powerful and passionate vocals, and countless hair flips. Becker has also contributed guitar, pedal steel, harmonica, and keyboards to the band’s performances over the years.

 

JEFF VETSTEIN | guitar/vocals

Jeff Vetstein has been a guitarist/vocalist on the Boston music scene stretching back 20 years. He brings an element of authenticity to the band, having grown up playing the Grateful Dead’s music. Jeff taught himself to play with an acoustic guitar and a copy of The Grateful Dead Anthology.

NICK SWIFT | guitar/vocals

Nick Swift is a guitarist/vocalist who brings an improvisatory flair to Bearly Dead. He is also the band’s resident stats nerd who maintains the band's various spreadsheets.

 

MILT REDER | guitar/vocals

Milt Reder is a guitarist/composer/producer who has performed throughout America and Europe since the 1970s. He is currently very active on the Boston live music scene, where he has appeared in some of the region’s most popular bands, as well as producing music for film and television at his studio, Rear Window, in Brookline, MA.

MICHAEL BUTLER | vocals

Michael Butler, a well-known man of mystery, has been performing various styles of music with musicians from many different scenes for many years. He is also known as a radio personality, having interviewed a who’s who in music today.

 

JUSTIN LOPES | Hammond Organ/keyboards

 

Justin Lopes is a Hammond organist, pianist, and keyboard player. He plays with several of New England’s most popular bands, and performs over 200 shows a year throughout the United States.

 

BEARLY DEAD HAS HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY WITH MANY FINE MUSICIANS OVER THE YEARS

 

Aidan Pagnani

Freddy & The Yetis

Guitar

Amer Saab

Mystical Misfits

Keyboards

Andrew Johanson

 

Keyboards

Ben Atkind

Goose

Drums

Ben Fairbank

Richard James and the Name Changers

Guitar

Ben Hoadley

Richard James and the Name Changers

Bass

Ben Shea

 

Harmonica

Brian Epstein

Playing Dead

Drums

Bruce Landolt

 

Drums

Caroline Killoh

Fennario

Keyboards

Carolyn Pender

Rainbow Full of Sound

Vocals

Craig Holland

Strange Machines

Bass

Dan Crea

The Garcia Project

Bass

Dan Peck

Bob Sled

Bass

Dani Battat

Eggy

Keyboards

Dave Brunyak

Pink Talking Fish

Guitar

Dean Cassell

Four Piece Suit

Bass

Dennis Angelo

The New Motif

Guitar

Ed Mann

Frank Zappa

Percussion

Eric Gould

Pink Talking Fish

Bass

Fran McConville

Lady Lupine

Guitar

Gary Backstrom

Gary Backstrom Band

Guitar

Greg Luttrell

 

Guitar

Hayley Jane

Hayley Jane & The Primates

Vocals

Holly Bowling

 

Keyboards

Ian Meat Miller

Spiritual Rez

Drums

Ira Kittrell

SYM

Harmonica

James Owens

 

Vocals

Jeremy Esposito

 

Drums

Jimbo Harris

Playing Dead

Guitar

John Frazee

Uncle Johnny's Band

Drums

Johnny Trama

Dub Apocalypse/B3 Kings

Guitar

Jordan Giangreco

The Breakfast

Keyboards

Josh Carter 

Hayley Jane & The Primates

Bass

Josh Dobbs

Dead Set

Keyboards

Justin Hancock

Hayley Jane & The Primates

Guitar

Justin Mazer

Ryan Montbleau

Guitar

Kebbi Williams

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Saxophone

Keir Anzelmo

Don't Let Go

Guitar

Kevin D'Angelo

 

Drums

Kurt Hammond

 

Guitar

Lee Neckritz

Lee Ross/The Hornitz

Saxophone

Leeroy Brown

Alligator Wine

Keyboards

Liz Biggar

 

Vocals

Lowell Wurster

Lucid

Harp/Percussion

Luke Bemand

lespecial

Bass

Mark Munzer

Playing Dead

Keyboards

Matt Dolliver

Swimmer

Saxophone

Matthew Stubbs

The Charlie Musselwhite Band

Guitar

Matt Wayne

 

Saxophone

Michael Goodman

Eggy

Bass

Michelangelo Carruba

Turkuaz

Drums

Mike Campbell

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Guitar

Nicole Henley

Terrafunk

Vocals

Parker McQueeney

 

Keyboards

Paul Wolstencroft

Slightly Stoopid

Keyboards

Quinn Carson

Spiritual Rez

Trombone

Rae Irelan

The Moves Collective

Mandolin/Vocals

Richard James

Pink Talking Fish

Keyboards

Rick Mitarotonda

Goose

Guitar

Rick Schiffman

August First

Guitar

Riley Stockwell

Background Orcs

Guitar

Rob Compa

Dopapod

Guitar

Robbie Wulfsohn

Ripe

Vocals

Russell Chudnofsky

Tim Gearan Band

Guitar

Ryan Clausen

Hayley Jane & The Primates

Drums

Ryan Dempsey

Twiddle

Keyboards

Ryan Duchene

 

Guitar

Sam Small

 

Banjo

Sampson Hellerman

Ripe

Drums

Steve Molitz

Particle

Keyboards

Tim Norton

The Moves Collective

Guitar/Vocals

Tory Geismer

Ripe

Guitar

Trevor Sohnen

 

Pedal Steel

Zack Burwick

Pink Talking Fish

Drums