As a Bellarmine alum, musician, and lifelong Deadhead, I wanted to commend the staff on the Grateful Dead/Knight’s Hall piece in this latest edition of Bellarmine Magazine [Summer 2019]. Fantastic. It connected with me on a personal level. I was not even around when they played this show, of course, but when I began listening to their music, and then started playing their music live in a cover band while enrolled at Bellarmine, there was a certain kind of pride and surrealism about this little-known fact. “The Grateful Dead played Bellarmine? What?!?” Something only “true” Deadheads around Louisville were keenly aware of, and talked about with the same wonder. And this was a show only three years into what would eventually be a fifty-year career. It’s just all so very cool to me. And now that my niece attends Bellarmine, the connection lives on through her.
I was also wondering (hoping) if the concert poster that was reprinted in the article as a full page is available to be shared? In my home, I have taken to collecting, framing and hanging concert posters for every genre of music you can imagine—some original, some reprints. When I saw this poster, I thought it would be a perfect addition given the show and my school!
Chris Gadansky ’97
Chris: What a great idea. Find a downloadable image that you can print in black-and-white here or color here. We’d also love to hear from whoever designed the original black-and-white flier so that we can give you props. —Editor