Show Report: 4-5-2018, The Wild Buffalo

wild-buffalo-posterWhat a night!!!

We had SO much fun at our April 5th show, with kindred spirits, Seattle’s The High Council, at the Wild Buffalo in Bellingham.

We kicked off the evening with two hours of our usual good ol’ Grateful Dead tunes (see our Shows page for the setlist), feeding off of the energy of our fellow Deadheads, dancing and singing along.

Every time we play, we feel the Dead’s legacy, always inspiring us, helping us recreate the magic — of music merged with community — that made such a deep impression on us.

Ahead of time, via discussions with The High Council, we schemed up a surprise that, we were told by many folks later, was one of the biggest highlights of the night.


We kicked off the last song in our set, Eyes of the World, jamming on the intro, and playing the first verse and chorus. Then, during the jam between the chorus and the 2nd verse, The High Council joined us onstage. Together, we played the 2nd verse and chorus, jammed a little longer, and then we left the stage while The High Council played the 3rd verse/chorus, finished off the song with a wonderful jam, and segued, without stopping, into the first song of their 2-hour set.

SUCH a blast!

The High Council then kept the music going nearly non-stop, absolutely stunning jams exploring a variety of genres, and adding two more Grateful Dead tunes to the evening: Deal, and a smokin’ Viola Lee Blues.


Next up: May 5th, our return to The Corner Pub, Bow, WA for Cinco de Mayo!

Hope to see you soon!

Spring & Summer Shows!

Wow! We are SO behind in posting news, mainly because we’re so busy with all of the news that’s happening!

First, a report from our most recent show.

March 24, 2018 – The Brown Lantern, Anacortes, WA

Gator-yellow-transparent-backgroundA very special thanks to the folks at The Brown Lantern Ale House, who treated us so generously, and to all who shared the evening of Grateful Dead music with us.

There was a lot of love in the room, from friends old and new, and we look forward to returning to the Brown Lantern when we can.

Meanwhile, we posted the setlist on our Shows page.

More Spring & Summer Shows

All the details are on our calendar on the Shows page, but here’s a simple list. (hint, hint: we’re gloriously busy!)

  • April 5th, The Wild Buffalo, Bellingham, WA
  • May 5th, The Corner Pub, Bow, WA
  • May 28, Private Party
  • July 6th, Boundary Bay Brewery, Bellingham, WA
  • July 28th, Private Party
  • August 4th, 2nd Annual Sunshine Daydream Music & Art Festival, Masquerade Wine Co. / Illuminati Brewing, Bellingham, WA
  • August 25th, The Corner Pub (Outdoors!), Bow, WA
  • September 8th, H2O, Anacortes, WA

Hope to see you soon!

Much Love At The Corner Pub!

corner-pub-psychedelicHow much do we love The Corner Pub in Bow, WA, and all of the wonderful folks who were with us there this past Saturday night?

A whole helluva lot!

The magic of that evening was nothing less than a collaboration between us — the band — and everyone else in the room.

When our microphones cut out on our opening song, Casey Jones, everyone filled in the gaps. When the dancers danced and voices sang along and the smiles gleamed, there was an ecstatic charge in the air.

As we mentioned on our Facebook page, we deeply relate to the sentiment expressed in this photo:


The quote — from Sam Cutler, former road manager for the Grateful Dead, featured in the wonderful documentary film Long Strange Trip — was Cutler’s description of the Dead’s self-defined ethos. They cared not at all for stardom and acclaim. Music was a holy pursuit, as Jerry Garcia says in the film, and Dead shows were the product of the entire community: band, crew, and Deadheads.

We embrace that ethos, we’re so grateful for the community that we’ve become a part of, and we look forward to bringing that community to The Brown Lantern in Anacortes, WA on March 24th.

Hope to see you there!



Winter and Spring and Summer Shows, Oh My!

Sleepy Alligators are waking up!

We’ll always post our upcoming gigs on our Shows page and our Facebook page, but it’s certainly worthy of our News page to shout out that we’ve got a show coming up soon and more in the works.



The Corner Pub in Bow, WA is best summed up by what’s in the About section of their Facebook page:

In the middle of nowhere on your way to somewhere. Great value on great food and drinks! Horseshoe pits, putt putt golf in our beautiful beer garden!

That first sentence could easily be a line in a Grateful Dead song, so we’re VERY excited about this show!


No specifics yet, but definitely another show in the works.

Better yet, we’re promising no songs repeated from our February show, so why not come to both?! 🙂

Spring & Summer

The Sleepy Alligators train will be in full steam come Spring and Summer, with more indoor and then, of course, lovely outdoor shows as the rain takes a break, so stay tuned!

Gators in the Pig House!

This July 1st show, at Schweinhaus Biergarten, one of Bellingham’s gems, especially in the summer, should be a VERY good time!


Beer, sausages, pretzels, cornhole, and good old Grateful Dead tunes!

We can all pretend we’re on the legendary Europe 1972 tour!

Also, check out our Shows page for other upcoming gigs.

Sleepy Alligators News: May 2017

18320877_656816134509021_7757466093290249545_oHey there, friends!

We’ve been having a blast getting ready for spring and summer shows, working up some songs we haven’t played before, and keeping the long, strange trip rolling along!

Our first show of the year…

5/21: Spring Family Fest

You know an elementary school is cool when their PTA chooses a Grateful Dead cover band to play at one of their fundraisers!

We’re excited to be participating in the Sunnyland Elementary PTA‘s Spring Family Fest at Boundary Bay Brewery on May 21st. At this all-ages (naturally) event, there will be more entertainment, as well as the great food and craft brew that the beer garden is known for.

8/5: 1st Annual Sunshine Daydream Music & Art Festival
Sleepy Alligators + Masquerade Wine Co. + Illuminati Brewing + Arts&Crafts = FUN!

This one’s a ways off and still in the early planning stages, but we are stoked to have been contacted by vinter/brewer Bill Kimmerly, who, in addition to making wine and beer, formerly traveled the world, attending over 250 Grateful Dead shows!

Well, courtesy of Bill, we’ll be bringing the music of the Grateful Dead to the 1st Annual Sunshine Daydream Music & Art Festival.

When: Saturday, August 5, 2017*, 2:00pm to 10:00pm
Where: Masquerade Wine Company / Illuminati Brewing, 3950 Hammer Drive, Bellingham, WA 98226 (map)
What: locally-crafted wine and beer, music, arts&crafts vendors, and more!

(* The date is deeply significant! The Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia was born on August 1, 1942 and died on August 9, 1995, and ever since his death, Deadheads celebrate Jerry’s life and music every year from August 1st through August 9th, known as “The Days Between,” with the name taken from Jerry’s and Robert Hunter’s last great composition.)

We’re incredibly excited to be a part of this inaugural event!

More details to come!

Sunshine daydream
Walk you in the tall trees
Going where the wind goes
Blooming like a red rose
Breathing more freely
Light out singing
I’ll walk you in the morning sunshine
Sunshine daydream

~from “Sugar Magnolia” – Weir/Hunter, 1970

Sleepy Alligators News: March 2017

IMG_0188Despite our having shared no news for the last few months, Sleepy Alligators have decidedly not been hibernating!

Announcing New Gator: Jose Jimenez
Back in December, we said farewell to our founding drummer, OLar Maksin.

OLar made enormous contributions to the band in our formative first year, helping bring the project to life, going deep with his study of a body of music that he had not previously been very familiar with, and helping to craft the Sleepy Alligators vibe.

We are very grateful for OLar’s hard work and enthusiasm, we wish him well in his future endeavors, and we will always honor him as a founding Gator.

Meanwhile, we’re incredibly excited to welcome Jose Jimenez to the band. Jose has been drumming since he was 10-years old, and counts the Grateful Dead as one of his earliest influences. He’s known Sleepy Alligators keyboardist Orion Lackey since middle school, and brings great energy and passion with him.

Elizabeth Park Summer Concert Series: August 10th
As we announced on our Facebook Page, we’re honored to have been selected as one of only nine bands — out of 40 that applied — to perform as part of the Elizabeth Park Summer Concert Series. A summer evening, one of Bellingham’s beautiful parks, food trucks, family, friends, community and live music … it doesn’t get much better than that!

Since the Grateful Dead’s free concerts in the park were iconic and a HUGE part of their early legend, we look forward to recreating some of that spirit and vibe this August!

Bellingham Bay Brewery Fryday Fish Fry: August 11th
For the second summer in a row, we’ll be bringing an evening of Grateful Dead music to the always awesome Boundary Bay Brewery beer garden.

We love the all-ages picnic vibe, always appreciate the yummy fish & chips, and of course the legendary Boundary Bay craft brew will be flowing!

August is a ways off, we recognize that, we’re working on booking some other gigs for the spring, so we’ll keep you posted!

Playing, playing in the band.
Daybreak, daybreak on the land.

Sleepy Alligators @ #GivingTuesday

#givingtuesdayWhile we were deeply disappointed, having been duped into canceling our last gig by what was supposed to be an historic and very dangerous typhoon, Sleepy Alligators are getting right back on the horse!

We are honored to have been invited to participate in this year’s #GivingTuesday event:

  • When: Tuesday, November 29th, 8pm-12:00am
  • Where: Wild Buffalo House Of Music: 208 West Holly Street, Bellingham, WA 98225
  • Admission: $5+ suggested donation at door OR bring 2+ cans of food which we will then donate to the Bellingham Food Bank. No one will be turned away (21+), but everybody can give something, even if it’s your positive energy and smile…a million drops make a huge splash.

From the organizers:

#GivingTuesday was started in 2012 as an alternative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. A day to give to local non-profits and support your community’s future.

We will be holding an auction/raffle with all proceeds going to Camp Fire Samish and Camp Kirby (Samish Island, WA) to provide camp scholarships and fund essential programs for local youth.

Come on out, friends, for a good time and great cause!

Sleepy Alligators Waking Up!

imageIt’s been a long, fruitful incubation period, and now Sleepy Alligators are about to wake up!

We’ve been having a great time coalescing as a band, building up a repertoire of about 30 songs, and exploring the high wire of group improvisation.

Our first gig will be:

It’s time for Bellingham’s Deadheads and jam band fans to wake up too, so put on your tie-dye and your dancing shoes, come enjoy a locally-crafted beer, yummy fish fry, and the music of the good ol’ Grateful Dead!