Mountain Winery | Saratoga, California
Jam bands are taking over Saratago, and fans are ecstatic! Billy & the Kids, a project by Grateful Dead’s Bill Kruetzman and Jose Russ’s Almost Dead’s Tom Hamilton, is set to conquer the nation this fall and make numerous stops across major territories! On Tuesday, 31st October 2023, they head towards Saratoga, California, for a one-night jam fest called the Daze of the Dead! Fans can look forward to an incredible setlist packed with iconic covers of Grateful Dead, The Beatles, Jerry Garcia, and Al Green, among others! This illustrious lineup, also comprising Tea Leaf Green’s Reed Mathis and Disco Biscuits’ Aron Magner, is set to light up at the Mountain Winery! If you’re a fan of excellent rock music, this is your opportunity to catch some great tunes from classic rock bands and more! Enjoy the band’s excellent musicianship, immense talent, and tight sets by scoring tickets now through the Get Tickets link!
Billy & the Kids was originally known as Bill Kreutzmann’s Locknstep Allstars. This was when the band was invited to perform at the 2014 Lockn’ Festival. It was the first time that Kreutzman and company got together, so they ended up having the most generic name. The group banded together to help fill out a vacant slot supposedly for Bob Weir & RatDog. Luckily, former bandmate Kreutzmann brought in Tom Hamilton, multi-instrumentalist Oteil Burbridge, and esteemed guitarist Steve Kimock to light up the festival on that day.
That same year, Kreutzman turned this act into a full-fledged band with Reed Mathis and renamed it Billy & the Kids. They toured the United States and performed many hits from Kreutzmann's former band, the Grateful Dead. They also have notably coveted hits from Grateful Dead’s late frontman Jerry Garcia, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Patti Smith, Al Green, and more.
This 2023, Billy & the Kids has a power-packed setlist that includes Grateful Dead’s “Truckin,” “Cumberland Blues,” “Slipknot!,” “Space,” “Foolish Heart,” and many more. The band has been known to change it up with every show and belt out surprise numbers, such as Harry Styles's “Sunflower Vol. 6” and Rob Hunter’s “Liberty. Fans who are keen on seeing this band perform can check out Billy & the Kids during their fall tour. During the announcement of the tour Kreuztmann hinted on bringing “a friend or two” during their performances. This 2023 Billy & the Kids lineup comprises Kruetzmann, Hamilton, Mathis, Magner, Jame Casey, and Jeffrey James Franca.
Bill Kreutzmann is one of America’s most celebrated progressive jam rock drummers in the scene. His incredible talent has powered the legendary band Grateful Dead for three decades. In 1965, Kreutzmann co-founded the Warlocks band with Bob Weir, Jerry Garcia, Dana Morgan Jr., and Rob McKernan. The band was later renamed to the Grateful Dead. In 1967, Kruezman met Mickey Hart, who later joined the band, making it one of the few groups to feature two drummers.
kreutzmann's work with the Grateful Dead has created a massive legacy - with footage of his extended drum duets with Hart still being enjoyed by avid drummers and musician fans today. Since the disbandment of Grateful Dead after Garcia’s passing, Kreuztmann has performed in various bands, including Billy & the Kids.
Catch Billy & the Kids by scoring your tickets to see their show at the Mountain Winery on Tuesday 31st October 2023!