Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band
OriginSan Francisco, California, USA
GenresAcoustic music
Years active1987-88
LabelsGrateful Dead Records
Past membersJerry Garcia
David Nelson
Sandy Rothman
John Kahn
Kenny Kosek
David Kemper

The Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band (JGAB) was a band formed by Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead. They played a number of concerts in 1987 and 1988, and subsequently released two live albums.[1][2]

Band members


Garcia and Rothman had played together in The Black Mountain Boys, a bluegrass band.[3] The JGAB formed in 1987 and made their first public appearance at The Fillmore on March 18, 1987 at a benefit concert for Artist Rights Today.

The JGAB played the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre for a two-week Broadway run, then continued with appearances at The Warfield in San Francisco and the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. Other performances included the Electric on the Eel concert, the Creating a Better Future benefit in Marin County, California, as well as appearances at the Cotati Cabaret (an exclusive club in Sonoma County, California), and the Frost Amphitheater at Stanford University.


Selection of songs performed


  1. ^ "Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band", Grateful Dead Family Discography. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  2. ^ Robbins, Brian (August 1, 2012). "Some Acoustic Jerry Memories with Sandy Rothman and David Nelson", Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  3. ^ Rothman, Sandy. "Jerry Garcia's Musical Roots: The Banjo Years", The Best Of Website. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  4. ^ "Acoustic on the Eel". Grateful Dead Family Discography. Retrieved September 12, 2019.