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Jerry Garcia lives with New Riders of The Purple Sage tribute Panama Dead


Ronnie Penque is bringing a timeless groove to the Asbury Park Boardwalk.

Since 2005, Penque a Bergen County native who lives in Barnegat has been the bassist of New Riders of the Purple Sage, an Americana country rock outfit co-founded by legendary Grateful Dead singer and guitarist Jerry Garcia.

New Riders originally featured Garcia's Grateful Dead bandmates Phil Lesh on bass  MORE HERE

Grateful Web Article

Panama Dead is back in Town...

 Ronnie Penque of The New Riders of the Purple Sage brings us his new project Panama Dead. Panama Dead is a tribute to the music of the classic New Riders of the Purple Sage. Panama Dead plays all the classic NRPS songs like Henry, Last Lonely Eagle, Glendale Train, Panama Red and many more. The band is: Ronnie Penque on bass guitar and lead vocals, Mike Flynn on lead guitar and vocals, Wayne Wilson on pedal steel guitar, Kevin Johnson on drums and Jeff Pearlman on keyboards and vocals. If you like New Riders you will love this high energy NRPS Tribute show. MORE HERE

The Sandpaper Article

Panama Dead, New Riders tribute band, to debut in Tuckerton

Aug 08, 2018

 The convoluted web of Grateful Dead offshoot bands is about to stretch its silken threads into Tuckerton, Aug. 18 at the Lizzie Rose Music Room. The new Grateful Dead-inspired group set to debut? Panama Dead, a New Riders of the Purple Sage tribute  MORE HERE


WBJB 90.5 Panama Dead -Radio Interview

February 6. 2019

Ronnie and Kevin of Panama Dead recently stopped by to play a couple of songs and have a live in-studio chat with Stu Coogan. 90.5 The Night WBJB Brookdale Public Radio 

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Alex Biese, Asbury Park Press Friday Feb. 1, 2019


Fan Reviews


Laurie Lorella Tisi-Mcgreevey  recommends Ronnie Penque's "Panama Dead". 

February 3, 2019

Had a blast last nite at Still Partners! band was amazing. Can't wait to see them again!


Donald Mayer  recommends Ronnie Penque's "Panama Dead".

November 20, 2018 ·  

if you like or love NRPS, you'll LOVE Panama Dead! Everyone in the band is top notch musician & the vocals are almost eery on how true to the originals. They definitely cover all the bases for true lovers of GREAT live music


Brian Meyer  recommends Ronnie Penque's "Panama Dead".

August 19, 2018 · 

Great band all 5- musicians are real tight playing together great vocals great playing wish they played all night long I would definitely be back listening to the guys play also great name for the band Panama Dead