FOR THE FIRST AND LAST TIME: Grateful Shred & Circles Around The Sun 2024 Tour at Duling Hall on May 13th!

Grateful Shred & Circles Around The Sun 2024 Tour

meet Circles Around the sun

Originally formed from an idea that concert impresario Peter Shapiro had about commissioning original set-break music at the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary concerts (“Fare Thee Well”), Circles Around The Sun is a first-of-its-kind band that has continued to trail-blaze the instrumental cosmic disco space for nearly a decade, shapeshifting through several iterations. Not just spiritually but actually and tangibly linked to Grateful Dead history, the band’s music shares shelf space with post-rock, surf-rock, jazz-funk, and good old-fashioned psychedelia, while their recorded output has included collaborations with such diverse luminaries as Joe Russo, Billy Strings and Mikaela Davis. Original instrumentals form the bedrock of CATS’ live show, taking fans on a whole different journey every time.


After a meteoric rise from obscurity to a national touring band, Los Angeles-based GratefulShred has made the most of its time in the spotlight. The lineup, featuring Dan Horne and Austin McCutchen alongside keyboardist Adam MacDougall woke the Grateful Dead cosmos with aunique laid-back harmony driven sound. The band literally went from playing the ShakedownStreet vendor area prior to Dead and Company shows to touring the United States.

The moment that sent the band’s popularity soaring is the “Busted at the Bowl” video, aYouTube video that features Shred members starting an impromptu set in the parking lot of theHollywood Bowl before a Dead and Company show in 2017. They don’t get too far beforedrawing so much attention that the police shut them down. Instantly creating Shred-cred, thiswas a bit of good fortune that doesn’t get past McCutchen. “We’ve been dealt some pretty goodcards,” he states. “It’s been cool to roll with it and push forward and continually make stuffhappen. Things have gone ourway. Even that video happened magically. It was put together atthe last minute, and boom!”

The thing is, Grateful Shred manage to channel that elusive Dead vibe: wide-open guitar tones,effortless three-part vocal harmonies, choogling beats, and yes, plenty of tripped out, Shreddedsolos. The look, the sound, the atmosphere. It’s uncanny. Far from being a historical re-enactment, Grateful Shred’s laissez faire vibe infuses the band with a gentle spirit, warmth, and(dare we say it) authenticity. From theirkiller merch game to their eminently watchable YouTube channel, they’re clearly having a rad time and spreading the love. Strangely enough, ina world overflowing with wax museum nostalgia and Deadly sentimentalism, we need the Shred,now more than ever.

Doors – 6:30pm | Show – 7:30pm

Listen to Grateful Shred & Circles Around The Sun on Spotify to get a sneak peek of what you’ll be seeing on May 13th live at Duling Hall!

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Our friends at Saltine Restaurant serve a food menu from doors to showtime and provide a full bar with signature cocktails throughout the entire event.

Duling Hall is an Independent Venue that welcomes all music lovers.