The Grateful Dead Hour

Sundays, 11pm - Midnight
  • Hosted by David Gans

A weekly audio journal of the tie-dyed musical world of America's best-loved band. Host David Gans dusts off classic tapes from the band's own archives along with studio outtakes, exclusive concert performances, plus interviews and information about the band and its members. Just like a Dead show... only 3 hours shorter.

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WCBE is looking forward to hosting Melvin Seals & JGB Live From Studio A during the Global Village!  

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A founding member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and former lyricist for the Grateful Dead, John Perry Barlow, has died at the age of 70, according to a statement issued by the Foundation.

WCBE is looking forward to hosting a stripped down version of Umphrey's McGee featuring Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger Live From Studio A!  

Dangermuffin will return to WCBE to perform Live From Studio A in advance of the show that night with Grassinine and Jesse Henry in a benefit for Kirk Horn at Woodland's Tavern!

Tune in for live music and conversation on 90.5FM Columbus, 106.3FM Newark and on line at!


The funky soul outfit Formula 5 will perform Live From Studio A on Wednesday, March 22nd! 

The six piece powerhouse Big Something will join us Live From Studio A during the Global Village

Stay tuned for a live session today with the Hackensaw Boys and a chance to win tickets for tonight's show at

Tune in for a stripped down version of TWIDDLE on the Global Village in advance of their two night run in Columbus at Woodland's Tavern! You'll also have more chances to win tickets! It's all waiting for you on 90.5FM Columbus, 106.3FM Newark and on line at!

WCBE is looking forward to the return of Steve Kimock to perform Live From Studio A on Friday, April 1st!

Tune in for a live session with Jahman Brahman as they return to WCBE and the Global Village to play a few songs in advance of their show on Saturday March, 12th at the Park Street Saloon!

Tune in for live music, conversation and a chance to win tickets to the show!

Note: NPR's audio for First Listens comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify playlist at the bottom of the page.

You either get The Grateful Dead or you don't, to the point where it's virtually impossible to explain. So why bother?

The Werks will return to WCBE to play Live From Studio A and feature some songs from their new release Inside A Dream.

Tune in for a mix of Psychedelic, Dance, Jam, Funk and Rock during the Global Village!

It's live music and conversation and it's all waiting for you on 90.5FM Columbus, 106.3FM Newark and on line at!


The Infamous Stringdusters, the bluegrass outfit originally from Charlottesville, VA., will perform a few songs live during the Global Village

They'll perform that night at the Park Street Saloon with The Larry Keel Experience and Rumpke Mountain Boys

Warren Haynes, the driving force behind Gov't Mule, will return to WCBE during the Global Village for a live session ahead of the show that night at The Newport Music Hall with ChessBoxer and Gill Landry

WCBE proudly presents the return of southern rockers Gov't Mule to The LC Pavilion with special guest John Scofield, the Ohio born jazz-rock guitarist and composer.

The psychedelic, roots-rock band Moonalice will be making a stop by WCBE to play a few songs for us during the Global Village!

First Listen: Phish, 'Fuego'

Jun 16, 2014

Whether you know its work or just its reputation, you've probably already made up your mind about Phish. Maybe you love the band and its music, maybe you can't stand them, or maybe you liked them and have since moved on to other things. Phish is one of the most dynamic and celebrated live acts in all of music, with a loyal community any artist would envy, but it's also divisive. This is a band that inspires passion with its multipart compositions, meandering improvisations, playful (often nonsensical) lyrics and unwavering positivity.

Keller Williams & More Than A Little will be playing a few songs for us during the Global Village before they head on over to The Dark Star Jubilee at Legend Valley!

The same week that Neil Young introduced his Pono music player designed to spark a huge boost in audio fidelity, I listened for the first time to a recording of a Grateful Dead concert I attended almost 40 years ago. And I realized that passions about good-sounding music go through cycles. Today, the lo-fi medium is MP3s through earbuds.

WCBE Presents Yonder Mountain String Band
Dorothy St. Claire Photography

Yonder Mountain String Band will return to Columbus and The LC Pavilion on Fri. Feb. 14, 2014. 

WCBE proudly presents Chicago's progressive rock group Umphrey's McGee Friday, January 31st at The LC Pavilion

WCBE proudly presents Keller Williams on his "What The Funk" tour with the funky group More Than A Little. 

Rumpke Mountain Boys along with David Gans will perform live during the Global Village ahead of their show that night at Woodland's Tavern

Mickey Hart will visit WCBE and The Global Village for a chat ahead of his show that night at Woodland's Tavern! 

Vernon Webb Photography

Probably best know as a longtime member of the Jerry Garcia Band, Melvin Seals & JGB will return to Columbus for a show at Woodland's Tavern! 

WCBE proudly presents the Mickey Hart Band on Wednesday September 25th @ Woodland's Tavern

Al Schnier & Vinnie Amico who play in the premier jamband, moe., also perform with the new, progressive string band, Floodwood, hailing from Upstate, NY. They'll play a few songs live for us during the Global Village ahead of their show that night at Woodland's Tavern!

The annual music & camping event features over 40 bands with no overlapping sets, held July 18-21 at Legend Valley Concert Venue & Campground!

WCBE Presents Keller Williams and Lotus together on Saturday Feb. 2nd at The Newport Music Hall.  Keller's latest CD Pick features The Travelin' McCourys.  Lotus will be coming out with their brand new one Build on Feb. 13th.  Tune in for a chance to win tickets for this upcoming show on WCBE!

Warren Haynes of Gov't Mule will be backed up by The Lee Boys live during the Global Village!