Best Jam Band - 2007
For more than 30 years, Jake's Leg has performed the music of the Grateful Dead across St. Louis. That's longer than the Dead themselves were together, which says something about the longevity of their music and the dedication of the fellows in Jake's Leg. The five-piece purposefully avoids being a straight tribute act there are no Jerry Garcia stick-on beards here (though give keyboardist Bill Noltkamper a leather vest and he could make a passable Pigpen). Instead, the band reconfigures the Dead's songbook through its own lens, continually reshaping the well-known jams and deep album cuts. Jake's Leg plays out at least three times a week, performing both electric and acoustic sets wherever young and old Deadheads gather to bask in the warm rays of improvisational rock & roll.