There should never be a shortage of GD music. JRad is def a hot ticket, most of there shows are sold out. I never thought of it like that either, them being a competitor to DSO. I guess it's fair to say. Honestly I don't think I would go outta my way to see JRad again. Unless it's at a festival or at the Capitol or Brooklyn and I have a itch for some live Dead music. (Which is pretty much all the time). Well I heard good things about JRad , I checked out two nights in a row and that's that. I gave my musical opinion already but They are certainly not binge worthy and they dont tour even close to the amount DSO does. Dark star is the reincarnation of the GD and the best live Grateful Dead music out there.
Dead and and company is a whole other ballgame. I do enjoy them a lot as I've seen them around 8 or so times and traveled a little bit for them also. Dead and co show on Sunday night might have hurt sales at Peekskill but anyone who was at DSO got a wonderful show, at a beautiful venue, plenty of space to dance and everyone still beaming with joy from the absolute monster show at Albany.
Dead and co is Bob, Mickey and Billy. (And John, Oteil and Jeff of course ) but the 3 main guys, They get all the respect they deserve and I'll support them as well. Just the same as I would Phil and friends. These guys are legends, veterans, founding fathers of what we love. JRad probably shouldn't even be in the same conversations as Dead and co or DSO.
I stated earlier JRad was fun and it had its moments and it wasn't bad by any means, just not totally sold on them. Just my opinion, not bashing them at all.
The bottom line is, As JJ said and I do agree, the more Grateful Dead music the better.