On their first show, on New Year’s Eve 2015, the members of The Dead Reckoning found their crowd. It was meant to be a one-night-only gig, but the Roanoke Valley’s legion of Grateful Dead fans responded strongly, and this act of Southwest Virginia all-star musicians has been laying down the jams ever since.
On Saturday, the act takes its show to Bedford County, for a post-Independence Day event called U.S. Blues: The Dead Reckoning Family Cookout. The title references a shuffling number that is a Deadhead favorite. “Wave that flag / wave it wide and high / Summertime done come and gone, oh my,” Jerry Garcia led the band in singing.
This time out, summer is just getting started. And The Dead Reckoning will wave its flag with other musical guests, vendors, the Wake & Bacon food truck and craft beer. On-site camping is available at Sedalia Center, the Bedford County venue where it’s all happening.
Joining the headliner is another Roanoke band, Chupacabras, which pulls musical hijinx of the surf-rock and Afrobeat variety. Richmond group Kendall Street Company, which has also built a Roanoke audience, rounds out the bill.