Formed in 1992, Splintered Sunlight has been captivating audiences with their authentic tribute to The Grateful Dead for over fifteen years. The band has built a faithful following of deadheads and non-heads by using an approach that respects the improvisational traditions of The Dead, while exploring what can happen when individual band members bring their unique influences and interpretations into the mix.
They’re a band beyond description…
From their base in Philadelphia, PA, the band has become a permanent fixture on the Mid-Atlantic region's live music scene, playing rock clubs, theaters and summer festivals. Splintered Sunlight shows feature unique setlists as the band strives to create a special musical experience for the audience every time they take the stage. The band pulls from a list of well over 200 songs which includes songs from The Grateful Dead as well as artists from many musical styles and genres. Deadheads will say they love Splintered because "You can close your eyes and it sounds so much like The Grateful Dead". Fans of all music get hooked by Splintered's stage energy and their diverse musical selections, including originals.
Everybody's playing in the Heart of Gold band...
Splintered Sunlight and it's members have performed with former members of the Grateful Dead, including Bob Weir, Donna Godchaux, Tom Constanten and Vince Welnick. The band has also shared the stage with Dead-related acts such as Matt Kelly of Kingfish, Merle Saunders, Melvin Seals, Jorma Kaukonen and Jerfferson Starship, Steve Kimock, Jimmy Herring, Mark Karan and JP, Warren Haynes, Otiel Burbridge, Dave Nelson and NRPS among others. Splintered has maintained a regular weekly residency at Brownie's 23 East in Ardmore, PA and has hosted Brownie's Tie-Dyed Thursday since 1996!
Splintered Sunlight has been honored to take the stage at some of the Mid-Atlantic's favorite music venues, including
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts - Philadelphia, PA
The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
Sellersville Theater - Sellersville, PA
Musikfest, Bethlehem, PA
The Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
The House of Blues, Atlantic City, NJ
Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe, PA
We used to play for silver, now we play for life...
Here's what some of the people we've worked with have to say about their experience:
"You guys have always been so generous, giving up your own money to help others! It was always great to work with Splintered Sunlight. "
Joe Rufo - Brownies 23 East, Ardmore, PA.
The most fun I have as a club owner is when Splintered Sunlight plays at my venue. I look forward to each time they play here 'cause I know I'm going to have a great time. They pay great tribute to the Grateful Dead when they play."
Abigail Janssens - The 8 x 10, Baltimore, MD
Nothin’ left to do but smile, smile, smile…
Splintered Sunlight is approaching their third decade of live performance. That kind of staying power comes from the family atmosphere that has developed among the band and their fan-base. Whether it's the heads that saw The Grateful Dead in their heyday, or today's young jamband fans, Splintered aims to satisfy both and deliver a genuine musical experience. The next time you see a Splintered show, we dare you not to smile!