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The longest active running Grateful Dead tribute in NY state and maybe the longest going tribute band in the cdountry as it …stands. The legacy continues. The band has played with many acts and musicians throughout the years including: Tom Constanten, Melvin Seals, Merl Saunders, Keller Williams, Rob Wasserman, Savoy Truffle, Bela Fleck, Max Creek, Willie Waldman, Donna The Buffalo, One World Tribe and many others
The members of Sonic Garden have devoted over twenty five years of their existence to: mastering the repertoire of the lege…ndary Grateful Dead, discerning and employing the use of the Dead’s improvisational skills and techniques, utilizing their unique show format and bringing the sound and the spirit of the band’s concerts to their own live shows in and around Buffalo, New York. The members of Sonic Garden deliver each performance with sincerity, affection, and expertise which has led the band to play a significant role in the development and sustenance of Western New York’s ‘Deadhead’ community, over the years. Sonic Garden has been a local Buffalo tradition since 1988. The band has experienced many personnel changes throughout the years which have included many very special people. The band has recently experienced a resurgence allowing them to illustrate and sustain a high level of professionalism and musicianship. After the death of Jerry Garcia in 1995, The Grateful Dead ended their decades of shows and touring, leaving their fans with only memories, bootleg cassette recordings, cable-TV documentaries, and cover bands to fill the void. Sonic Garden, already a well-established example of the latter, continues bringing to their audience the excitement, variety, and spontaneity of The Dead’s original concerts. Sonic Garden’s efforts have also paid off, as increasing numbers of young people, many learning about this music for the first time in their lives, now have a chance to experience the live renditions of The Dead’s music firsthand, and to connect with the spirit and culture of its attendant and devoted community of fans.