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Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia honored by Capitol Theatre with opening of new bar
Legendary jam band The Grateful Dead often played the Capitol Theatre in the 1970s, and late frontman Jerry Garcia was a fan of the Port Chester venue, praising it as a theater that was "set up pretty groovy all around for music." Now The Cap is returning the favor, paying tribute to Garcia by naming its new bar in his honor.
The theater’s new bar, located in the lobby, opened Thursday and has been christened “Garcia’s.” The bar’s decor reflects the rock star it is named for, featuring rare photos, artwork and equipment. The watering hole will be open seven days a week and will host live music, kicking off with three nights of performances by Reid Genauer and Friends.
“Garcia’s” is also the first bar to be officially associated with the Jerry Garcia family, and his daughter Trixie said in a press release that “we chose to launch this idea at the Capitol because of its long and illustrious history with the Grateful Dead and the jam scene.”
"More than any one artist, Jerry Garcia evokes the spirit of The Cap," theatre owner Peter Shapiro added in the press release. "We're thrilled that we were able to collaborate with his family to enable visitors to feel his presence every night."
Garcia’s offers craft beers, wines and spirits with a focus on local producers, and will host concerts from up-and-coming artists on nights the theater is closed.
The Capitol Theatre was a prime destination for top rock acts in the 1970s, hosting Janis Joplin and Pink Floyd among others. Bob Dylan, The Roots and Matchbox Twenty are among the luminaries to have graced the stage at the theater since it reopened in September 2012, along with two of Garcia’s Grateful Dead bandmates, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, who recently had a nine-show run with their group Furthur at the Cap last month.