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Talent is more common than cooperation. Amazing things happen when musicians cooperate. Unifying people through music is the overarching mission.

The journey started around 1994, with a guitar and a Grateful Dead fake book. Playing Dead tunes was always a way to commune with like minded musicians in backyard jams, but it wasn't until much later that it became a way to entertain an audience.  

Around 2011, the Golden Harvest shop jams were weekly open jams, hosted by Dan, and sponsored by Golden Harvest. There were a few folks who were there nearly every time, and they broke off to form a band. The name Greenhouse seemed appropriate for a band that was started in the back of a garden supply warehouse. They put a together a playlist of popular classic rock and country covers with a few of Dan's originals and took Greenhouse out to play shows in Stockton, Lodi, and surrounding areas.

Greenhouse was good at music but even better at the business of music. The San Joaquin Valley is full of talent, and there are some amazing bands doing shows that don't seem to be well attended. All those bands seemed to share the characteristic of playing too often for the same audience. When Greenhouse got offered several gigs in the same month and location, the band decided that hiring different openers would help keep the show fresh week to week, and help bands and audiences connect. It was a very successful idea.

Greenhouse was hired so frequently in the area, that they began adding other acts to the bill at every show. For several seasons, Greenhouse hosted the Tuesday Musical Variety Show at the Whisky Barrel, in Stockton. Each show would include a set from Greenhouse, as well as sets from at least two other groups. Eventually the group had repeatedly hosted for most of the active talent in the area, had helped bands and venue owners connect, and had seen the benefit of exchanging audiences with so many bands.

In December of 2013, Greenhouse took a hiatus, and Grateful Dead tribute band Hardly Deadly was born from a few casual Dead jams.

In 2014, Greenhouse was still playing frequently, and Hardly Deadly had begun to tighten up and put a set together.

In 2015, Greenhouse had slowed down, but Hardly Deadly was adding new songs to the playlist, and new towns and venues to the calendar.

By 2016, Hardly Deadly was returning to favored venues, joining festivals, and supporting many of the well known artists in the Dead tribute world.

By 2017, Hardly Deadly was digging deep into the Grateful Dead's playlist, and traveling frequently. Back in Stockton, Dan was hosting an open mic when Dragons With Matches popped in for a jam. They play Dead, and they came ready to go. The chemistry drove it together, and Dan joined the Dragons.

By 2018, Hardly Deadly had performed nearly all of the Grateful Dead authored songs for heads around the state, and still had never once played the same show twice. Dragons With Matches was becoming a local favorite with it's more JGB influenced sound.

Hardly Deadly had changed members over the years. By late 2018, Hardly Deadly had been 14 different full members, and had over 40 guest performers.

Hardly Deadly co-founder Stanly Raquel had handed the torch to Kyle Hoffman in 2016. Stanly and Dan would still meet up for jams at Red's, a downtown Stockton coffee shop. The acoustic guitar duo became known as Stanly Dan. In 2018, Stanly Dan became Mudville Dead, which was a rotating crew of musicians backing Stanly Dan as an electric band..

In late 2019, Kyle, Dan, and long time Hardly Deadly bassman Jim Hall played Hardly Deadly's last gig. In a similar format to Stanly Dan, Kyle and Dan continued playing as a duo, going by the name of The Licorice Theory. While Mudville Dead focuses on the Dead's rocking early 70's material, The Licorice Theory's playlist ranges from those early rocking blues to the complex and layered compositions of the Grateful Dead's later productions.

In 2019Mudville Dead assembled all star jams for the monthly Grateful Thursday series. Stanly & Dan had invited David Molina to play bass, and Dax Compise to play drums, as frequent guests. By 2020, the duo plus Dax and David had put in some practice, and decided to make Mudville Dead a 4 piece.

Mudville Dead and The Licorice Theory are currently active, and available for your events.

Magicactus is the trio of Dan, Gijs Muizelaar(b), and Patrick Crog(d). Look for more from Magicactus soon.

In 2020, Dan founded the Stockton Jam Club. The club members gather monthly at a private location for a meeting and a jam. The mission of the club is to establish and encourage a culture of mutual benefit between musicians, venue owners, production professionals, and music fans. 

Talent is more common than cooperation. Amazing things happen when musicians cooperate. Unifying people through music is the overarching mission.