Circles Around The Sun — composed of Chris Robinson Brotherhood guitarist Neal Casal and keyboardist Adam MacDougall, bassist Dan Horne, and drummer Mark Levy — has been making waves since their inception. Originally tasked with developing the intermission music for the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary Fare Thee Well shows, live performances of the group’s groovy and twisted takes on well-loved Grateful Dead numbers have been highly sought out following Circles Around The Sun’s live debut at Lockn’ Festival last August. However, such performances are relatively rare given the steady touring schedules of Circles’ members — the ensemble convened in 2016 following Lockn’ for a string of dates over Thanksgiving weekend, as well as during June of this year for a four-night run across Colorado.With relatively few shows under their belt, one might think that the Grateful Dead side project is still growing into itself. However, this is not the case by any means. Their shows are tantalizing and showcase a group that’s extremely in-tune with one another and the music, making for quite the treat for those able to catch their rare performances. Circles Around The Sun proved this during their past Colorado run in June, when the group played an after-show at the Boulder Theatre following the first night of Dead & Company’s two-night run at CU Boulder’s Folsom Field. Circles’ after-party on June 9th served as the perfect way to keep the celebration of the Grateful Dead going that night, as the quartet drifted through favorites off their 2016 release, Interludes for the Dead.What’s exceptional about the group’s music is their Twilight Zone-esque renditions of classic Grateful Dead numbers. Circles Around The Sun’s psychedelic numbers as studio recordings are already exceptional, but in a live performance setting, the numbers really take on a life of their own when given full space to breathe. Meandering but not aimless, faint wisps of familiar Grateful Dead riffs echo in and out, slightly permutated from the originals to give each song a hazy, dream-like quality. For the Dead & Company aftershow, this characteristic was amplified. From the set-opening “Sharlotta’s Magnolia’s,” listeners were given intertwining tastes of “Sugar Magnolia,” “Scarlet Begonias,” and “They Love Each Other,” ultimately creating a sound unique unto itself. You can watch the full Circles Around The Sun performance from June 9th in Boulder below.Setlist: Circles Around The Sun | Boulder Theatre | Boulder, CO | 6/9/2017Set: Ginger Says, Scarlotta’s Magnolias, Saturday’s Children, Hallucinate A Solution, Kasey’s Bones, Space Wheel, Gilbert’s GrooveEncore: Farewell Franklins [Video: wakeup2findout]Luckily, if you haven’t been able to catch Circles Around the Sun in person yet, you will still have an opportunity to see the mesmerizing quartet. After their Phish Baker’s Dozen after-party on July 22nd at New York City’s Gramercy Theatre sold-out in record time, the group added a pre-party at Brooklyn Bowl the next day to keep up with the demand of eager fans. Circles Around The Sun’s Brooklyn Bowl pre-party is set for July 23rd at 1 p.m. with tickets available here. Also, don’t forget to check out the other Live For Live Music’s official Baker’s Dozen late night shows has in the works this summer!