Dead & Company may have wrapped up their 2018 summer tour last week with a pair of shows at Boulder, Colorado’s Folsom Field, but other cities around the country aren’t quite ready to put their tie-die away for the summer just yet. Deadheads in Chicago will be able to keep on spinning well into the summer months, as the city’s famous baseball club, the Chicago Cubs, have announced their first ever Grateful Dead Night for when the team takes on the New York Mets on Monday, Aug. 27, JamBase reports.
According to the Cubs’ website, fans who purchase a ticket to the Aug. 27 game will receive a customized Grateful Dead-themed team cap. Fans can also get to Wrigley Field early that afternoon, as Grateful Dead music will be played by local jam band Mr. Blotto at the venue’s Gallagher Way entertainment plaza located outside of the Stadium. An image of the Dead-themed hats can be seen below and will feature the famous marching bears that have come to represent the weird and wild world of the Grateful Dead universe.
A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be going to the Rex Foundation, named after one of the band’s longtime equipment managers, Rex Jackson.
Music fans in Chicago know the history of the Grateful Dead very well. The city was where the band played their last ever show back on July 9, 1995, as Jerry Garcia would pass away just two months later. It was also where the surviving members of the famous jam band reunited with Phish’s Trey Anastasio as part of the Fare Thee Well concerts at Soldier Field back in 2015. Dead & Company also performed at Wrigley Field for a pair of concerts last summer. The pro-shot video of the band opening up one of their Wrigley Fieldsets with “Shakedown Street” can be watched in full above.
Speaking of Phish, the equally famous jam band just started their own summer run on the west coast of the U.S. earlier this week. Tickets to select shows on their North American summer tour are on sale nw, and can be purchased by clicking here.