Barbara Lawlor, Nederland. The Grateful Dead, a legendary American rock band, was formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California during the counterculture movement of the 1960s.
The Second Nederland Grateful Dead Tribal Stomp was formed in 2017 at 8 p.m. Saturday, December 9 at the Rocky Mountain Oyster Bar.
Mike Massa, owner of Accounting Specialist in Nederland, aka: No Account Mike, is responsible for creating the event in Nederland.
Mike became a fan of the Grateful Dead decades ago and was an original Deadhead, a group of fans who followed the Dead as they went on tour across the country. The Rolling Stone Magazine listed the Dead as 57th in the Greatest Artists of All Time list. In 1994, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They have sold more than 35 million albums worldwide.
In his years of forming Accounting Specialists, Mike grew upset that he couldn’t listen to his favorite Grateful Dead albums. He began a collection that he kept in a large closet in his office, which was located in the Happy Trails building. He soon came up with RadioFree Ned.
His goal on Saturday was to raise money for KGNU, Boulder County Community Public Radio found at 93.7, Nederland. His other goal was to help locals evolve into Dead Heads, so he personally picked out what he considers to be the best Grateful songs and invited everyone to come dance with him. Just a mountain man sharing what he loves with his friends.
The night consisted of two sets; one beginning at 8 p.m. and one beginning at 10 p.m. The original Dead Heads showed up at 8 to dance and remember; the following generation was there by 10, to make some memories.
Mike made sure he picked the best songs and he also promised a high quality imported sound system and audio engineer.
There was no cover charge for the event, but donations to support KGNU were accepted.
Mike broadcasts a five-hour semi-annual “Grateful Dead Rare Tape Special” on KGNU.
(Originally published in the December 14, 2017 print edition of The Mountain-Ear.)