29 May, 2015 - RollingStone.com
The only thing that sold out faster than tickets to the Grateful Dead's three farewell shows in Chicago were the city's available hotel rooms for the July 4th weekend. Thankfully, Airbnb has helped alleviate the lack of lodging for Deadheads by teaming with Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann for a contest where one Airbnb lodger and their guest can win VIP tickets to the Fare Thee Well gigs.
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"Wherever the Grateful Dead went – be it Chicago, New York, Detroit, or any other typical city involved in a typical daydream – we were surrounded by Deadheads," Kreutzmann said in a statement. "Not just fans; real community. Local Deadheads would host traveling Deadheads, and as the tour continued onward, the hosts would become the visitors. I get a little bit of that now, myself, as both an Airbnb host and as a frequent traveler."
The contest is running now through June 18th at Airbnb.com/dead50, where entrants are asked to explain why they – in 150 words are less – should have the honor of witnessing the Dead's final shows as Kreutzmann's guest. Three more winning entries will receive passes to all three Fare Thee Well shows.
"I love seeing that tradition continue, both within and beyond the Deadhead community, and I love seeing it extend out to the world community," Kreutzmann added. "So of course I feel a kinship with all the other Airbnb hosts who are traveling to Chicago for Fare Thee Well or who call it their home. It's just another manifestation of the true spirit of the Grateful Dead."
In addition to the Chicago shows, the Grateful Dead will also head to their native Bay Area for a pair of farewell gigs at Santa Clara, California's Levi's Stadium on June 27th and 28th. For Deadheads who can't make the long strange journey to there or the Windy City, there's always pay-per-view.
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