In Focus: Gratefully Yours meet Van Gogh in Schenectady

Schenectady has hosted the Van Gogh Experience for nearly a year now, and while the exhibit itself is worth a visit, the art of the master painter was brought to new levels with the music of the Grateful Dead. Thanks to Sugar Productions and Exhibition Hub Entertainment, Gratefully Yours performed on Saturday, March 4th at the Schenectady Armory in a room lit up with the art of Vincent Van Gogh.

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A packed house of fans experienced a surreal audio/visual delight, as the main room of the Van Gogh Experience – where for over an hour, attendees see a career retrospective of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings, brought to life with 3D animation of his work. Add in a full two hours of Gratefully Yours performing Grateful Dead songs, and the pairing was as perfect as could be.

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Hearing the “Sunshine Daydream” portion of “Sugar Magnolia” hitting just as the walls were lit up with images of “View of Arles with Irises” and an added sun rising over the sky made for quite the pairing. While “Dark Star” and “Starry Night” did not sync up, there were moment of pure bliss that could not be anticipated as the walls continued to change and the songs progressed.

Gratefully Yours – Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience – Schenectady Armory – March 4, 2023

Setlist: One More Saturday Night, Casey Jones, China Cat Sunflower> I Know You Rider > The Music Never Stopped>Bird Song> Truckin’> Eyes of the World> Scarlet Begonias> St. Stephen> The Other One> Space> Franklin’s Tower> The End, Sugar Magnolia> St. Stephen> The Wheel> Sunshine Daydream, Shining Star> Not Fade Away

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