Grateful Dead photographer Jay Blakesberg joins Tampa's Uncle John's Band at Skipper's Smokehouse

His photography exhibit explores one of rock photojournalism's greatest careers.

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Jay Blakesberg, who'll exhibit at Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa, Florida on November 29, 2018. - Facebook/Jay Blakesberg Photography via Pat Malley
Facebook/Jay Blakesberg Photography via Pat Malley
Jay Blakesberg, who'll exhibit at Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa, Florida on November 29, 2018.

In 1978, Jay Blakesberg photographed the Grateful Dead at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. The rest is history, literally. Less than a decade later, the now 57-year-old photographer became the house photographer at famed Haight Street club The I-Beam. It’s where he shot bands like Jane’s Addiction, the Pixies and Soundgarden, and it’s where Blakesberg launched a career that’s seen him work with a laundry list of rock and roll’s biggest names. He joins Tampa Bay’s longest-running Dead tribute act — Uncle John’s Band — for this concert and photography exhibit which chronicle’s Blakesberg’s long strange trip.

Grateful Dead Nite w/Uncle John’s Band/Jay Blakesberg. Thurs. Nov. 29. 8 p.m. No cover. Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Rd., Tampa. skipperssmokehouse.com.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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