ROB WOLFSON - GUITAR & VOCALS
Rob Wolfson was inspired to take up the guitar at 9 yrs old in 1964 when The Beatles came to the USA and turned the music world upside down. By the late 60’s Rob was already playing in bands with his friends and learning to play like his early heroes Eric Clapton, Jerry Garcia, Jorma Kaukonen, Jimi Hendrix and the many other “progressive rock” guitarists emerging at the time. In 1969 Rob got to see concerts by both the Grateful Dead and the Jefferson Airplane and was floored not only by the individual musicians, but also by the exploratory spirit of their music. This led to an increased interest in jazz and much else, but the music of San Francisco in the late 60’s (and beyond) has always held a special place.
Rob has continued to perform in many bands over the years, most notably the powerful and innovative Joe Gallant & Illuminati orchestra. During the heyday of the Wetlands Preserve club in NY, Rob was asked to curate the Dead Center All-Stars, that periodically brought together different combinations of the best musicians from the Grateful Dead / Jam Band scene. The DCAS was revived several years ago and continues to this day.
Rob has shared the stage with many notable musicians including Merle Saunders, Vassar Clements, Levon Helm, John Molo, Maggie Roche, Vince Welnick, Michael Falzarano, Buddy Cage, Hubert Sumlin, Pete Sears, Tom Constanten, Steve Kimock, DJ Logic, Tony Trischka and many others.