Tamalpais Research Institute

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Tamalpais Research Institute, also known as TRI Studios, is a virtual music venue in San Rafael, California; it is the brainchild of guitarist Bob Weir, formerly of The Grateful Dead. TRI is a state-of-the-art multimedia performance studio, designed for broadcasting live high definition (HD) video and audio streams directly over the internet.[1][2]


On Tuesday, June 7, 2011, Furthur performed live at Tamalpais Research Institute.[3] The event, billed as Furthur Experiments at TRI, was broadcast in real time over the internet in HD video with stereo sound and was available to those who ordered the pay-per-view event for $19.95. The performance included 13 songs (counting Terrapin Suite as one song), had no break, and lasted about two-and-a-half hours, beginning 6:00PM PDT. The performance was also simulcast for free in New York's Brooklyn Bowl ("BOWLcast"). While the performance was well received by fans, several had trouble viewing the event due to technical difficulties related to server/website load balancing software (subsequently corrected).[4] As a result, TRI Studios rebroadcast the entire concert as a continuous loop stream from June 10, 2011 at 12:00 Noon until June 12, 2011 at 6:00 PM PDT, and made it accessible to those who had originally paid for the event.[5]

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Bob Weir plans to regularly host and broadcast performances by various musicians at TRI.

Prior to the Furthur webcast, TRI Studios has been used for rehearsal sessions by Journey in February, 2011, Scaring the Children (featuring Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman and Jay Lane) with Jackie Greene in April, 2011, and for the First Fusion collaboration between Bob Weir and the Marin Symphony, which premiered on May 7, 2011 at the Marin Center.

The first webcast from TRI, which was free, occurred on Friday, May 13, 2011 and was appropriately dubbed TRIday the 13th with "Bob Weir and Friends", featuring Bob Weir, Jay Lane, Jeff Chimenti, Rob Wasserman, Steve Kimock, Robin Sylvester, and a four-piece horn section (Marco D'Ambrosio and Jim Radseth on trumpet, Art Austin on clarinet, and Zach Spellman on tuba).[6]

The second pay-per-view event, which cost $10, featured Slightly Stoopid and was broadcast on September 13, 2011[7] (with free rebroadcast from September 17, 2011 at 6 :00 PM until September 18, 2011 at 6:00 PM PDT, as well as a full refund to those who purchased the event, to compensate for technical difficulties during the live broadcast), and featured special guests Bob Weir, Ivan Neville and Ian Neville (of Dumpstaphunk), Karl D of Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, and Don Carlos Reggae.[8][9][10]

Following this, a free webcast was broadcast, featuring Chickenfoot, billed as Chickenfoot Presents III, on the release date of their album, Chickenfoot III, on September 27, 2011 at 6:00 PM PDT (free rebroadcast September 28, 2011 at 12:00 PDT).[11]

On October 18, 19, and 20, 2011, The Fall Risk rehearsed and recorded at TRI, but did not webcast, and intend to release video of the sessions.[12]

On October 21 at 7:00 PM PDT, during their annual three-day "Communion in the Redwoods" gathering in Big Sur, CA, Communion artists Matthew and the Atlas, The David Mayfield Parade, and Lauren Shera performed a free live webcast from TRI (rebroadcast on October 22 at 12:00 PM PDT).[13]

On November 21, 2011 at 6:30 PM PST, TRI hosted a free webcast headlining Planet of the Abts (POA), featuring drummer Matt Abts and bassist Jorgen Carlsson of Gov’t Mule, and guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist T-Bone Andersson; Las Vegas funk/rock band Moksha opened for POA.[14]

On December 21, 2011, TRI hosted a Psychedelic Christmas "present", featuring Scaring the Children for a three song free webcast at 6:00 PM PST and 9:00 PM PST.[15]

On December 23, 2011, TRI rebroadcast, without charge, the June 7, 2011 Furthur event, Furthur Experiments at TRI, rebilled as The Night Before the Night Before Christmas, at 4:00 PM PST and 7:00 PM PST.[16]

On December 25, 2011, TRI announced that RatDog will reunite for a free webcast on January 25, 2012 at 5:00 PM PST.[17]

On August 9, 2012, God Street Wine performed their album $1.99 Romances in its entirety in a live webcast from TRI Studios. After a brief set break, they played several more songs with Bob Weir and vocalist Shana Morrison. That set was later released in audio and video formats as a part of GSW's 25th Anniversary Boxed Set.

In 2013, Rock supergroup Hard Working Americans featuring Dave Schools, Todd Snider and Neal Casal recorded their debut album Hard Working Americans at TRI. There was no webcast.[18]


  1. ^ "Bob Weir's Tamalpais Research Institute". jambands.com. March 21, 2011. Retrieved September 18, 2011.
  2. ^ "About TRI Studios". TRIStudios.com. July 2, 2011. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
  3. ^ Selvin, Joel (June 7, 2011). "Grateful Dead's Bob Weir debuts TRI Studios on Web". SFGate. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  4. ^ "TRI Facebook page: Dennis "Wiz" Leonard's comments re: load balancing". facebook.com. June 15, 2011. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
  5. ^ "Furthur Experiments at Bob Weir's TRI Studios". jambands.com. June 8, 2011. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
  6. ^ Curtis, Tyler (May 13, 2011). "Review: Bob Weir & Friends — TRIDay the 13th — TRI Studios — 5/13/11". Shakedown Blog. Retrieved November 16, 2011.
  7. ^ Welte, Jim (September 13, 2011). "Weir's Studio Hosts Slightly Stoopid Webcast". Mill Valley Patch. Retrieved September 24, 2011.
  8. ^ "Bob Weir's TRI Studios Hosts Slightly Stoopid and Guests". JamBase. August 25, 2011. Retrieved September 18, 2011.
  9. ^ "Bob Weir, Karl Denson and Tommy Chong with Slightly Stoopid: Free Webcast Encore on Saturday". jambands.com. September 16, 2011. Retrieved September 18, 2011.
  10. ^ "Slightly Stoopid Webcast from Bob Weir's TRI Studios 9/17". JamBase. September 16, 2011. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  11. ^ "Chickenfoot from Bob Weir's TRI". jambands.com. September 6, 2011. Retrieved September 18, 2011.
  12. ^ "The Fall Risk rehearse and record at Bob Weir's TRI Studios". TheFallRisk. October 22, 2011. Archived from the original on April 25, 2012. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  13. ^ "Free Live Webcast Performance at TRI Studios Oct 21st". Communion.co.uk. October 21, 2011. Archived from the original on December 13, 2011. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  14. ^ "Planet of the Abts: Live from TRI". jambands.com. November 9, 2011. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  15. ^ "Bob Weir's Psychedelic Christmas Present Tonight". jambands.com. December 21, 2011. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
  16. ^ "The Night Before The Night Before Christmas with Furthur (and Scaring The Children Christmas Special)". jambands.com. December 16, 2011. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
  17. ^ "RatDog to Reunite at TRI Studios". jambands.com. December 25, 2011. Retrieved December 25, 2011.
  18. ^ "Hard Working Americans website".

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