Robert Hunter

Legendary Grateful Dead Lyricist

Legendary Grateful Dead lyricist to play Kirby Center
Robert Hunter brings rare tour to Wilkes-Barre

Don't miss a rare and intimate evening with a legendary singer, lyricist, novelist and poet.  It was announced today that Robert Hunter, best known for his work with the Grateful Dead, will visit the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 2 at 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased at the Kirby Center Box Office, online at or by phone at (570) 826-1100.  A special Kirby Member Pre-Sale begins this Wednesday, April 30 at 10:00 a.m.

Although he played bass and mandolin and sang vocals, Hunter always considered himself a writer, and found his musical stride toward the end of the 1960s.  A few years after meeting legendary Grateful Dead front man Jerry Garcia, Hunter volunteered to be a test subject in government experiments with LSD and later wrote songs while under the drug’s influence. One such song was the first he wrote for the Grateful Dead, "China Cat Sunflower/The Eleven."

In 1967, Hunter officially joined the band, chiefly as a lyricist, and quickly penned the classic "Dark Star."  Hunter's songs and influence were so strong that over the years, Garcia often referred to him as the member of the band who never appeared on stage.

The songwriting collaboration between Garcia and Hunter thrived through the end of the 1960s and into the next decade, with such memorable songs as "Friend of the Devil," "Truckin'" (which contains the line that many consider emblematic of the band itself: "What a long, strange trip it's been"), "Ripple" and "Sugar Magnolia," all in 1970.  He would also be responsible for the lyrics in the Dead's "comeback" song, 1987's "Touch of Grey," which would be the band's only commercial hit.

When the Grateful Dead disbanded in 1995, Hunter continued to write for other musicians, including former member of the band Mickey Hart, Bob Dylan and Bruce Hornsby, while also writing songs as a solo artist. 

As a co-writer of the majority of Grateful Dead songs, when the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, Hunter was inducted as well, the only nonperforming artist to receive such an honor.

In 2013, Hunter was graciously awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting at the Americana Music Honors & Awards

Ticket Prices: $67.00 (limited Gold Circle), $41.00 and $31.00, plus fees


Event Details


Jul 30, 2014 @ 7:30 PM
Doors open at 6:00 PM

Ticket Prices

plus fees

Tickets Go On Sale

May 2, 2014

Additional Details:

Kirby Member Pre Sale Wednesday, April 30 at 10:00 a.m.
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