Grateful Dead

Sonoma Harmony Festival Offers Special Tribute to Garcia and Owsley

For more than three decades, Sonoma County’s Harmony Festival has attracted folks from all over the West to the city of Santa Rosa, about an hour north of San Francisco, for an event that brings together a wide variety of musical attractions from different genres in conjunction with various booths, exhibits and workshops dealing with, as their logo states: “Music, Art, Ecology, Healthy Living, Spirituality.” It’s a good-vibes event that draws a great cross-section of people young and old to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.

For this year’s 33rd annual Harmony Festival — which runs June 10, 11 and 12—such top acts as Primus, the Flaming Lips,Michael Franti & Spearhead, Railroad Earth, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals and many more will appear on five stages over the course of three days and nights. The festival’s Harmony After Dark is a beloved late-night tradition there, too, and this year, in addition to a Saturday Night Techno-Tribal Community Dance, the Harmony Festival is putting on a very special after-hours concert on Friday, June 10, called “A Tribute to the Life of Owsley ‘Bear’ Stanley and the Musical Spirit of Jerry Garcia,” featuring performers Steve Kimock, the David Nelson Band,Jesse McReynolds, members of Railroad Earth and Moonalice. The show will be held in Harmony Hall on the festival grounds.

We’ve been raving for months about Jesse McReynolds and the Nelson Band and their wonderful interpretations of Grateful Dead songs. Well, this concert will give you plenty of those in addition to the magical presence of Steve Kimock and the others (Moonalice is like an all-star band in itself) interpreting Dead tunes and generally getting psychedelic on us for a few hours. Should be a great concert!

In the Harmony Festival tradition, the visual arts grab just as much spotlight as the sonic, and Harmony Hall will overflow with Rock Art by TRPS; live art and installations by Tribe 13 featuring original art by Jerry Garcia, Owsley Stanley, Rick Griffin, Alton Kelley, Stanley Mouse, The Merry Pranksters, Alex Gray, Mati Klarwein, Martina Hoffman, and more; a collection of Original Blotter Art curated by Shady Backflash and Rick McCloud; live painting by Stanley Mouse and Mark Henson; visuals by Jonathan Singer; and ambience and interactive “experientials” by Johnny Dwork and Peak Experience Productions.

Access to this Late Night attraction is included with Harmony Festival Three Day Plus, Whole Festival or VIP ticket, OR a separate Friday Night Ticket ($45 online in advance), which includes all of the other Late Night concerts and after-hours attractions.

For more on the Harmony Festival, including ticket info, go here.

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heh

thanks Mayans!

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The Mayans have

decided to temporarily reverse entropy so plan on living another year, for good or ill.

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FESTIVAL~PARTY!

12-21-2012 Just another day, just like any other day thats ever been. HEY You all are invited to the END of TIME PARTY, from 12-12-2012 ~1-2-2013, It will be happening everywhere & anywhere You are at, on planet EARTH! Plan on it, the LAST big blowout on planet EARTH! Everyone will be there! The CREATOR up in Heaven, for whatever it was worth, thought he'd have a big old party, & call it Planet EARTH!

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yes, that would be nice

I won't be able to make that one.But there's a beautiful place in the Rogue-Siskiyou Nat. Forest at 5,000 ft. called "Bear Camp" where I'll have a little tribute to them both this summer.

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Tribute to Bear

Won't it be nice if this was recorded & put out as a benefit CD for the Rex Foundation like "The Wheel"? They can always use the money & I'd LOVE to buy one.

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my festival days are behind me

to say nothing of my late-night days, but I gotta say, having seen Jesse McReynolds with David Nelson et al. in December, you youngsters check this out. You will not regret it!

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