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Better Off Dead NC

Rank #54 US Raleigh, NC Rock / Grateful Dead / Jam Band


  • Chris O'Hara Bass, Vocals
  • Rich Guitar
  • Whitney Vocals
  • Brant Keyboard
  • Chrystal Vocals
  • Adam Drums
  • Jonas Guitar
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Bio: A love of the music,philosophy and spirit of the Grateful Dead was the basis of the formation of the band in 2008. We have had changes in the line up ever since we began but believe our current roster is the best since we started.

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  • Tue

    May 27

    Raleigh, NC, US | 9:00pm

    Raleigh, NC, US
    Tue May 27 9:00pm
  • Sat

    May 24

    Raleigh, NC, US | 5:30pm
    Southland Ballroom
    Raleigh, NC, US
    Sat May 24 5:30pm


    Come support the benefit for William Earl Mace!!!!!

  • 2013

    Dec 21

    Raleigh, NC, US | 8:00pm

    Raleigh, NC, US
    Sat Dec 21, 2013 8:00pm


    Details TBA

  • 2013

    Oct 26

    New Bern, NC, US | 5:00pm

    New Bern, NC, US
    Sat Oct 26, 2013 5:00pm
  • 2013

    Sep 14

    Raleigh, NC, US | 8:00pm

    Raleigh, NC, US
    Sat Sep 14, 2013 8:00pm


    The Grateful Floyd Show returns to Raleigh with Better Off Dead and Breathe. Presented by Uncle John's Bands. Breathe originated from a mutual love and respect for the music of Pink Floyd. It was a Facebook post celebrating the 35th anniversary of “Animals” in January of 2012 that planted a seed and got the ball rolling between friends and acquaintances Chris O’Hara, Todd Gunsher, Eric Kelly, and Luis Rodriguez. Each one of them individually had always had the idea and desire to be able to perform “Animals” in its entirety. There had always been Pink Floyd tribute bands, but none of the members of Breathe could think of one who approached Pink Floyd’s material from a whole album performance perspective. Several rehearsals, one gig later, and with the addition of keyboardist Dan McCarrin, the full Breathe lineup was complete. A love of the music, philosophy and spirit of the Grateful Dead was the basis of the formation of the band in 2008. They have had changes in the line up ever since we began but believe our current roster is the best since they started. Whitney Pearsall, lead vocalist, is one of the original members of the band. Music has been a huge part of her life. She was an entertainer at a very early age. She has been the featured vocalist in bands in Maryland and North Carolina. Rich Saltz, one of the guitar players, is also one of the original members of the band. He draws on his love of the music of the Grateful Dead, having seen over 150 shows. Jerry Garcia’s influence is easily evidenced in his playing style. Jonas McAlarney is a seasoned player who has appeared in many bands in North Carolina. He was formerly a member of They’re Only Mostly Dead. His talent adds to the intricate mix and sound that the band produces. Brant Kay plays keyboards and shares the lead vocal responsibilities. He is also an accomplished guitar player. He has played in bands in Virginia, California, New Mexico, and North Carolina. He grew up with the music of the Grateful Dead in his family and it continues to be a vital part of his being. Adam Rcokwell has been playing drums with the band for about a year. He has been involved in many projects in the Triangle. He brings a sense of spirit and reckless abandon to the mix. We don’t need two drummers when we have an octopus behind the kit. Chris O’Hara is on his second tour with the band. The are no holds barred when he is playing. He has been a member of a number of bands in North Carolina. Chrystal Dail Leonard joined the band about a year ago to add her vocals to the mix. Her love of the music shines through when she shares her golden tones with us. The band’s goal is not to present note by note recreations of what the Grateful Dead produced but to pay homage to the music that has affected us deeply.

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  • Reverend Ruth (Artist) Reverend Ruth
    Excitement, fun, and musicality - youse guys rock!
  • Squier Red & The Blues Band (Artist) Squier Red & The Blu...
    Visited your YouTube site also, totally AWESOME MUSIC! You Rock The NC scene big time!
  • The Bamfs (Artist) The Bamfs
    We have nothing but love for this band, especially Rich!!!
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