Shapiro’s New Social Media Network Links Hardcore Music Fans – Like Deadheads

by Peter Wendel
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According to the international news agency AFP, Peter Shapiro, the guy who brought us The Grateful Dead’s “Fare Thee Well” shows last year, has a new project up and running – a social media platform that lets “music lovers trade insights on shows, swap news stories and browse through a database that already has some five million past concerts.”

The freshly minted platform is aptly named, and according to AFP, “the initial audience on Fans is highly weighted to the Dead and other jam bands.” We’ll drink to that, Pete!

Shapiro founder Peter Shapiro

Here’s more about Fans’ audience from the AFP article dated August 30, 2016:

As of Tuesday morning, less than a week after the site’s launch, the Grateful Dead and Phish — the jam band often seen as the Dead’s successors — each had more than 12,000 fans.

Shapiro is banking on the new platform becoming “a go-to site for fans that will complement Facebook and other platforms.”

Check out The Grateful Dead section of the site here. The Phish section is here.

Peter Wendel is a journalist and PR consultant. He's attended hundreds of concerts and festivals, including the Peach, Mountain Jam, the All Good and Lockn'. He's ridden legendary Grateful Dead runs from Ventura County Fairgrounds to Irvine Meadows (CA) from the Nassau Coliseum (NY) to the Boston Garden (MA). Peter is a former U.S. Marine who – after running into trouble with every last one of his commanding officers – received an honorable discharge and a direct order never to return. Born in California and raised in New Jersey, Peter lived in Boston and Joshua Tree (CA) before settling in the nation's capital. Find him on tour at