March 27, 2019 gatorwine

Pigpen Tribute Act The Alligators Chomp their Way into the Scene – By John Holloway


Published on March 27, 2019

What if Pigpen was never shy? Would the Grateful Dead have taken a completely
different turn if Ron McKernan emerged from behind the keys to front the original
blues-fueled band? The Alligators frontman Pete “Pen” Carona gives his best “over-
the-top” attempt at this possibility.

A couple weeks ago my soon-to-be-wife (I hate saying fiancee) Meghan and I drove
up to Ventura to catch The Alligators at the Golden China Restaurant. I have been
doing advance work for the upcoming third annual Skull & Roses Festival being held
at Ventura County Fairgrounds. Friend and publicist Dennis McNally suggested I
sample some of the music of the festival’s house band (who happen to be The
Alligators this year.)