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Cosmic Charlie raises the Dead

Article Published: Aug. 26, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Cosmic Charlie raises the Dead

Grateful Dead cover band Cosmic Charlie returns to the Boone Saloon Aug. 26.

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They're hot. Literally.

After all, Cosmic Charlie was the band playing the night the Boone Saloon burned.

"We've proven that we can play and not have the place burn down," Michael Wegner laughed.
To say they are deadheads is an understatement.

"We play the music of the Grateful Dead," he said. "It's pretty much what we do."

Think jamming. Think improvisation. Think all things grippingly Garcia.

Together for 10 years, the deadies bring their own improvisation to the songs and have earned national recognition for their double drum jamming.

"Like the Dead, we never play the song the same way," Wegner said.

It started on a whim in Athens, Ga.

"It was really meant to be a one night thing," he said. "We did a Jerry Garcia birthday show back in 1999, and it was kind of too enjoyable to not do again."

Now the band has played more than 400 shows and isn't planning to slow any time soon.
After all, the nation needs more Dead.

"Here it's more under the radar, but you go out West, and mainstream radio stations are playing Grateful Dead music," Wegner said.

And, here in Boone, they've found one of those rare places where the Dead live.
"It's always fun to come back," he said.

For Wegner, a lifelong Deadhead, it's encouraging to have so many deadies rise for a night.

"In high school, I was introduced to the Grateful Dead," he said. "It was almost like ... they were kind of my musician's tutorial."

And now they're his career.

And they can be your passion Thursday, Aug. 26, at the Boone Saloon (489 W. King St.). Expect a $10 cover charge.

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