May, 13 2022 | 9:00 pm
312 South Ave Springfield, Missouri 65806
GRATEFUL DEAD EXPERIENCE : THE SCHWAG at ERNIE BIGGS
Ages : 21+
Doors : 8 p.m.
Showtime : 9 p.m.
Tickets : $10
THE SCHWAG BIO:
The Schwag is a band of musicians dedicated to carrying on the vibe and music of the legendary Grateful Dead. Founded in 1991, The Schwag has performed over 3000 concerts all over the United States. This group averages 150 shows a year and has a working song list of over 200 songs from the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band catalog.
The Schwag has had the privilege of playing with a long list of legendary musicians over the years. For a span of four years, band leader Jimmy Tebeau toured the country as the bass player for JGB (Jerry Garcia Band). The Schwag has opened for many notable acts including String Cheese Incident, Marshall Tucker Band, Leftover Salmon, Sammy Hagar, Little Feat, and Railroad Earth. Some of the guest musicians that have played with The Schwag over the years include Chuck Berry, Bill Nershi from String Cheese Incident, Drew Emmitt and Vince Herman from Leftover Salmon, Butch Trucks from The Allman Brothers Band, Fred Tacket from Little Feat, Mike Gordon from Phish, Doug Wimbish of Living Colour, and Vince Welnick from The Grateful Dead. Honorary band members for full Schwag shows include Merl Saunders, Melvin Seals, Johnnie Johnson, Jason & Travis & Kang from String Cheese Incident, and Devon Allman (Gregg’s son.)
For many years, The Schwag has hosted its own “Schwagstock” music festivals, drawing crowds of thousands together several times per summer to enjoy shows from acts such as George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Keller Williams, Big Brother & the Holding Company, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and yes, The Schwag. Schwagstock is coming up on its 50th event, and there are no signs that the band is going to stop producing these festivals anytime soon.
The Schwag is now celebrating its 31st anniversary. The band has seen different stages, different crowds, and even different lineups, but there is a continuous theme of dedication to the job of creating a memorable experience at every show. Current band members include Jimmy Tebeau on Bass Guitar & Vocals, Mike Belaska on Guitar & Vocals, Robert “Frisbee” Coleman on Keyboards & Vocals, and Dave Clark on Drums. The Schwag band is now stronger than ever and is on a perpetual tour performing a different show every night of high energy organic interpretations of the Grateful Dead’s music.