By Greg Klein
The Daily Star
---- — Concerts at Doubleday Field will go “Furthur” this summer, literally.
The Cooperstown Village Board of Trustees unanimously approved a contract on Monday with Magic City Productions of Endicott to bring Furthur, the Grateful Dead legacy band, to Doubleday Field at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 14.
“This is very exciting,” Mayor Jeff Katz said. “It has been a couple of years since we have had a show. We’re really happy about it.
“Furthur is the most successful of the Grateful Dead successors,” he continued. “There have been various other splinter groups, but they have gotten great reviews.”
Original Grateful Dead members Bob Weir on guitars/vocals, and Phil Lesh on bass/vocals, are also the founding members of Furthur, which formed in 2009. Other members are Jeff Chimenti, John Kadlecik, Joe Russo, Sunshine Becker and Jeff Pehrson.
Weir and Lesh have also toured as The Other Ones and The Dead since lead singer Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995.
“Of all the trustees, I seem be to be the most excited about it,” new trustee Bruce Maxson said. “I have seen them play before. They are very good.”
Fan club sales for the show took place this week. Public sales start at 10 a.m. Friday. All tickets are general admission and cost $53. They can be purchased at the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, by calling (888) 512-show or online at www.frontgatetickets.com.
The concert is one of only two upstate performances by Further this year, according to co-promoter Stuart Green. The other show will be at CMAC at Canandaigua, also in the summer.
Doubleday Field last hosted a major concert in 2010 when country band Sugarland played.