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Splintered Sunlight plays Grateful Dead Christmas show in Jim Thorpe on Dec. 18

Splintered Sunlight plays Grateful Dead Christmas show in Jim Thorpe on Dec. 18
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From a press release:

There was no way that the teenaged Butchy Sochorow would miss the final concert of his first tour with the Grateful Dead, his favorite musical tribe. It was one of many examples of Deadication for Sochorow, who attended more than 200 shows by the Grateful Dead from 1984-1995, the year the band disbanded after Jerry Garcia died.

Sochorow and his Splintered Sunlight mates will perform a Grateful Dead Holiday Show on Friday, Dec. 18 at the Mauch Chunk Opera House (14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe), where a couple of years ago they recreated a Dead Halloween gig from 1980, which is preserved in a free download on the Opera House website. The show begins at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and available on the Opera House website, by visiting SoundCheck Records (23 Broadway, Jim Thorpe) from 10 a.m.-9 p.m., or by calling them at 570-325-4009. Tickets are also available by calling 570-325-0249. The facility is open from noon-5 p.m. on show days, and tickets are available for most shows at the door at showtime.

For 20 years, Sochorow been sparking Garcia’s spirit with measured and spacious instrumentals and earthy, ethereal vocals. His uncanniness has earned him the nickname “Asian Jerry.”

Splintered Sunlight is every bit the equal of the various bigger-name Dead bands. From its authentic two-drumset lineup, to Butchy Sochorow’s soaring lead guitar and naturally dead-on Jerry-like voice, to Dan Leyden’s rhythms and Bob Weir vocals, Splintered can do it all in a big way. They’re musically superb, imaginative, and always changing setlists.

The audience can expect a sprinkling of relative Dead rarities. Expect a few Christmas tunes dosed with Dead soul. Expect a surprising non-Dead cover or two from a band that has snuck in the last three tracks of “Abbey Road” and Stevie Wonder’s “Boogie on Reggae Woman.”