Bill Kreutzmann, Grateful Dead Drummer, Joins Street Musician In San Francisco (And No One Noticed)

04/07/2015 02:13 am ET | Updated Apr 07, 2015

Tickets to the sold-out Grateful Dead concerts in Chicago this summer are fetching thousands of dollars online, but one member of the band played briefly for free in public on Sunday in front of a crowd of almost no one.

A video posted on Facebook shows Bill Kreutzmann, drummer and a member of the Dead since the band began in Palo Alto, California, in 1965, joining a street musician outside the Ferry Terminal Building in San Francisco.

The musician appears to be John F. King II, who's known for drumming on garbage cans and other found objects. Kreutzmann posted the clip showing himself performing "undercover" in front of a decidedly smaller crowd than the ones he'll face in Chicago.

In fact, it seems as if no one noticed at all:

Remember parking lot drum circles? I do. (And I'll still join in, undercover... even after Sunday brunches in San Francisco.)

Kreutzmann has been busy of late. His tell-all book, "Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead" will be released in May. And of course, in July he'll take the stage in the Windy City with his old bandmates for what's being billed as the Grateful Dead's final concerts.

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