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    10,000 Lakes? Gathering of the Vibes? Grateful Fest? If you've been to these or any others among the growing number of summer fests, tell us what's great about them!

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  • May 20, 2022 - 7:44am
    Robertbob59
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    New Unheard Great Music

    @Pitz Quattrone that's a Great Idea ...Lot of great Artist that need to be Heard and are Pushed Aside by Weaker mainstream Garbage . ya can't even go to these new millennial shows . to many nonsense Bands music . ya have to wait for a Solid group to play .
    The Glory Days of Jerry Garcia are Gone .

  • May 8, 2022 - 4:35pm
    nappyrags
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    staying home is best

    for me cuz I'm old and tire easily...plus, I have great memories of festivals from over 50 years ago...

  • May 8, 2022 - 1:48pm
    Lagerandgospel
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    Dark Star Jubilee can’t be…

    Dark Star Jubilee can’t be beat

  • May 6, 2022 - 1:58pm
    Pitz Quattrone…
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    My favorite summer festival…

    My favorite summer festival is one that features incredibly unique, professional, unsigned, independent artists that truly need a high-quality exposure event to boost their careers to a level so they can earn a decent living performing and recording their musical visions. Not sure that one exists? If it does, please let me know who I can reach out to in order to be considered for a performance slot.

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    Watkins Glen, '72. The…

    Watkins Glen, '72. The unexpected Friday night sound check was some of the sweetest most laid back jam I've ever heard the band do. Lots of fun despite being quite unprepared. Spent Friday night sleeping in the trunk of a car! Right up there with Barton Hall '77. I was tripping heavily for that and couldn't be sure that it was really as good as it sounded until I heard a recording of it later.

  • June 18, 2021 - 6:30am
    GADEADHEAD
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    Bourbon and Beyond

    Bourbon & Beyond Louisville, Ky. Has had some hidden gym's in recent years and plenty of bourbon and food. This is more of a main stream music festival but it always sprinkles in some good bluegrass (Billy Strings, and Infamous Stringdusters to name a few) John Mayer, Robert Plant, promise of The Real, Margo Price and others have given the festival some character.

  • April 29, 2021 - 10:16am
    1stshow70878
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    Telluride Bluegrass

    The Telluride Bluegrass festival is still going strong 40+ years and although bigger and better than ever it still has that down low small town vibe. Cheers!

  • April 28, 2021 - 10:16am
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    I can't stand festivals! There's more than one band and sometimes more than one stage. The time spent going between stages as well as the short sets each band plays is not for me. I would much rather go to a Grateful Dead concert and get nothing but the good ol' Grateful Dead. This also applies to other acts that I might want to see.

  • April 27, 2021 - 12:06pm
    Strider 808808
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    Powwow Highway

    Taos Pueblo Powwow (New Mexico), United Tribes Powwow (Bismarck, North Dakota)
    8/27/72 Veneta was a great time.

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    https://www.briggsfarm.com/…

    https://www.briggsfarm.com/ Briggs Farm Blues Festival

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It no longer happens, but my favorite festival fo all time was the Rooney Fest. I was lucky enough to be able to go for about 10 years in a row...This was in Deposit, NY (Upstate)... I would love to hear from anyone about this festival, as it was like a big Family Reunion of Freinds and Kind people dancing and getting muddy for 3 days - It always rained! I have not touched base with many in a long time... It was an old-time bluegrass/jam band festival. Once you got off of the road to the festival it was all private land and 'Johnny Law' was not allowed on the premises. Now I live in Big Rapids, Michigan and I think the festival of choice is Dunegrass, previously posted, DSO and Grisman.
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"There Ain't Nothing Like A Grateful Garcia Gathering", and ONLY ONE day to go, the bus is up and running again! Its next stop will be the Grateful Garcia Gathering 2007 being held once again on August 2 - August 5. The 3G's will celebrate and pay tribute to the life, art, and music of legendary guitarist Jerry Garcia on what would be his 65th Birthday. This music and camping festival will once again take place at the picturesque Camp NCN Campground located in beautiful Black River Falls, Wisconsin. The campground features 60-plus acres of brilliant surroundings with tall trees that shade your camp site. For your fishing, swimming, and water sports pleasures we have a five-acre natural spring fed lake with sandy beaches, modern bathroom facilities with showers, and other luxurious accommodations. Campers will be able to have campfires at each individual campsite and firewood is available at the campground! There will be plenty of awesome vendors on-site for you to check out, a kind and friendly atmosphere, and a stellar musical lineup for all to enjoy! In addition, there is going to be BEER, WATER, SODA, CHERRY GARICA ICE CREAM, a memorabilia "Jerry Garcia Shrine" near the main stage. All attendees are encouraged to bring pictures, candles, ticket stubs, tie-dyes, old posters with Jerry's signature, any and all related items related to Jerry Garcia, or the Grateful Dead! You can place it at the shrine for all to enjoy! Festival attendees will be able to enjoy the sounds of local and regional bands who were influenced or inspired by The Grateful Dead such as, Rootstand, Chinese Fingertrap, Boney Fingers, Baghdad Scuba Review, Bowser, One Eyed Jack, Grateful Beth & The Volunteers, Jana Holland, Covert Operations, Space Quakers, Macyn Taylor, The Northwoods Band, The Weavils, Downer's Grove, The Wandering Foolz, The High Strung String Band, Bar Tab Band, Run Side Down, CedarTown Boys, The Yokanizu Project, The Orin Project, and many more! We are also opening a second stage for more live music to fill the air! All these bands will all be performing their own original tunes, plus a few covers of The Grateful Dead and the Jerry Garcia Band. All this, in tribute and honoring of Jerry Garcia, which will also mark the 12th Anniversary of his untimely passing. Singer/Songwriter Bear, will emcee and perform in between set-ups and take-downs of the performers, and may invite up special guest! In addition, there will be a very special fireworks display (weather and drought conditions permitting) for this exciting weekend of camping, music, friendships, harmony and love! The real thrill of the Grateful Garcia Gathering is the return of Melvin Seals & JGB for TWO NIGHTS! David Kemper (original drummer of the Jerry Garcia Band) will be joining Melvin Seals & JGB. The 3G's just wouldn't be complete without a musical cohort and true friend of Jerry's to be part of these wonderful festivities. Melvin Seals and David Kemper are longtime friends of Jerry Garcia. The vision of the Grateful Garcia Gathering is to keep the spirit of Jerry Garcia's music alive by bringing the music and the Deadhead fans together as family! Opening for Melvin Seals & JGB (For Two Nights) is the Grateful Dead's Donna Jean Godchaux, Mookie Siegel of the David Nelson Band (and formerly a member of both Phil & Friends and Ratdog), Wendy Lanter of Hope in Time, and Jeff Mattson, Tom Circosta, Klyph Black and Dave Diamond, all of the Zen Tricksters, now create music together as "Donna Jean and The Tricksters." MoonAlice is a powerful and talented bunch of musicians many of you have seen and heard jamming throughout jamband scene! This new band will open be opening for "Donna Jean and The Tricksters," featuring Roger & Ann McNamee (The Flying Other Brothers), Barry Sless (pedal steel and lead guitarist from the David Nelson Band, Phil Lesh and Friends, Kingfish, Cowboy Jazz, The Rowan Brothers (Peter, Lorin & Chris), Pete Sears (Rod Stewart, Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna, John Lee Hooker, Steve Kimock, Jerry Garcia), G.E. Smith ( click link http://www.greenmirror.com/gebio.html ), Jimmy Sanchez (Dr. John, Roy Rogers, Bonnie Raitt, Maria Muldaur, Tom Waits, Boz Scaggs). Lots of musical talent in this band! Boris Garcia (For Two Nights) will be opening for "MoonAlice." Here's what Dennis McNally (Bob Weir and Ratdog publicist) had to say about Boris Garcia: "During my 25 years with Grateful Dead Productions, I listened to a lot of jamming, both electric and acoustic. Recently, though I still work with Bob Weir, I've been approached by a fair number of bands to help them, and have usually not been moved enough by the music to say yes - until I heard Boris Garcia. They fuse a bluegrass/country/folk sound with a jazzy rock improvisation mode and really excellent songwriting. Some say it reminds them of Tom Petty, others of old Byrds. Either way, I like them, and want to share them with my larger family. So here y'are!" Early Bird Special Weekend Passes for the Grateful Garcia Gathering are on sale on-line NOW at www.GratefulGarciaGathering.com. Ticket Price: $70 before July 31st $80 Day of Show. ~All Ages~ 12 years old and under free with parent! Artists Performing: Melvin Seals & JGB (featuring original Jerry Garcia Band members "Melvin Seals", and "David Kemper") - The Grateful Dead's Donna Jean and The Tricksters (featuring Mookie Siegel of David Nelson Band; formerly Phil & Friends, RatDog), - MoonAlice (featuring Roger & Ann McNamee formerly of the Flying Other Brothers), Barry Sless (of the David Nelson Band-Phil & Friends), G.E.Smith,( SNL, Bob Dylan), and Pete Sears (formerly of Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna), with drummer Jimmy Sanchez, - Boris Garcia - Rootstand - One-Eyed Jack - Baghdad Scuba Review - Bowser - The Northwoods Band, Covert Operations - Chinese Fingertrap - Macyn Taylor - The Orin Project - The Weavils - Grateful Beth & The Volunteers - Bar Tab Band - Jana Holland - Space Quakers - The High Strung String Band - Downer's Grove - The Wandering Fools - The Yokanizu Project - MC Bear - The Weavils - The Cedar Town Boys- and more! 1 DAY LEFT TO GET YOUR ON-LINE TICKETS: Festival Website: http://GratefulGarciaGathering.com "Welcome all you Deadheads, Hippies, and kind folks to this Grateful place, where Garcia fans will be Gathering! www.GratefulGarciaGathering.com www.Myspace.com/GratefulGarciaGathering
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After 4 long years of memories, camping, music, and friendships made in Black River Falls Wisconsin, the long strange trip is over for the Grateful Garcia Gathering.The venue in Black River Falls will no longer be holding music festivals after this summer is over. The new home for the Grateful Garcia Gathering is now hosted at Legend Valley ( www.LegendValley.net ), just 20 minutes East of Columbus Ohio! Legend Valley's (formerly Buckeye Lake Music Center in Ohio) owner Steve Trickle has been in contact with the organizers of the Grateful Garcia Gathering - Tim Sundog Corcoran and Anthony Lee, since last January about the possibility's of holding it at Legend Valley, a place where the Grateful Dead performed June 11th 1993. Steve said, "This would be the natural setting for the Grateful Garcia Gathering to be held each summer". The agreement was made by a mere handshake, and a smile! The 3G's is always set to date in between Jerry Garcia's birthday August 1st, and his untimely passing of August 9th. The Grateful Garcia Gathering is scheduled for the weekend of July 31st - August 2nd 2008. Legend Valley is Ohio's #1 camping, music outdoor amphitheater. Its also home to Hookahville, Cabin Fever Festival, and Built to Last. Many great artists have graced the stages at Legend Valley such as The Grateful Dead, Ratdog, Bruce Hornsby, David Grisman, Arlo Guthrie, Ekoostik Hookah, Blue Travelers, Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, AC/DC, Waylon Jennings, just to name a few! "Welcome all you Deadheads, Hippies, and kind folks to this Grateful place, where Garcia fans will be Gathering! www.GratefulGarciaGathering.com www.Myspace.com/GratefulGarciaGathering
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As some of you may already know, during the RatDog set, the actions of some maniac at the Gathering on Saturday night resulted in a Bridgeport, Ct., police officer being injured...The following is a mailing address, as well as eMail for you to send some healing Vibes to that man who was just trying to do his job: Deputy Police Chief James Honis Bridgeport Police Deparment 300 Congress St Bridgeport, CT 06604 honisj0@ci.bridgeport.ct.us
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I'll take the NOT STRICTLY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL in Golden Gate Park every Oct. It's grown to cover 3 days and stages. In the past few years they've had hundreds of acts including:Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Joan Baez, Ricky Skaggs, Bob Weir and The Waybacks, Dolly Parton, Billy Bragg, Doc Watson, Hot Tuna and many others. It's a great scene (gets a little overwhelming when 20,000 people hit one stage to see Dolly Parton or Willie at once, in a space meant for a lot less) and it's ENTIRELY FREE> First week in Oct. this year. See you in San Fran.
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..It is on 5 stages. One very small (GE Smith), one medium (Rosanne Cash) and 3 very big (Willie).
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I went to this festival 4 years in a row, with the exception of this past year (sadly). All I can say is that this festival has never let me down. It is great. The vibe is by far the chillest "heady" experience around. The staff and audience alike are really cool. It doesn't always get the "biggest" acts, but I think that is part of what makes it sweet. Firstly, you are likely to see bands that you might not normally see, but love. Secondly, it helps keep it getting blown out and huge. It is also in a great location in the California Sierras. Simply put, a wonderful time!
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did I spell that right? Labor Day in Ohio? who's going, besides me?
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grateful fest rocks-went from 2000 to 2003-the shower's up by the front gate, shhhh!-always a great line up-go a day early & stay a day late to avoid the overzealous types w/the flashing lights in garrettsville-NLQP's gotten a little off w/the cleveland thug types, lets get some Family there for it to be the place it's meant to be-maybe even some of the old WC?
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my faves are gathering of the vibes and nelson ledges love the vibes been doin that since forever just got to nelson ledges this past summer and swam in that quarrya and it was great as was the music at both festivals
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we love you rex foundation aside from doing the charity thing you guys have been part of supporting and exanding the music scene in that you get some really, really great shows together . your participation i.e., presence at all others is also very cool as you all help convert the partying,musical energy into cash that is needed to get all of the good stuff that you do done.so KUDOS to you all and keep on truckin!!!!!!!!!!
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THERE AIN'T NOTHING LIKE A GRATEFUL GARCIA GATHERING, AND WE ARE GOING TO BE CELEBRATING OUR 5TH ANNIVERSARY AT LEGEND VALLEY! (formerly Buckeye Lake Music Center) OHIO JULY 31ST, AUGUST 1ST, & AUGUST 2ND 2008" ((( THANKS TO STEVE TRICKLE AND HIS HUGE FAMILY))) *NEWS* The new home for the Grateful Garcia Gathering is now at Legend Valley, just 20 minutes East of Columbus Ohio! We are totally excited about this great move to Legend Valley just for the fact that the Grateful Dead actually graced the venue with a few performances: Legend Valley (formerly Buckeye Lake Music Center)-June 25, 1988, Legend Valley (formerly Buckeye Lake Music Center)-June 9, 1991, Legend Valley (formerly Buckeye Lake Music Center)-July 1, 1992, Legend Valley (formerly Buckeye Lake Music Center)-June 11, 1993, Legend Valley (formerly Buckeye Lake Music Center)-July 29, 1994, plus, Bob Weir and Ratdog performed 7 years ago (May 26th 2000) to a smiling crowd of over 15,000 fans! For those of you who have never visited Legend Valley, let me advice you on something. The parking lot/s are fields. Deadbase claims Legend Valley holds around 40,000 festival goers. We feel it holds more! Legend Valley's (formerly Buckeye Lake Music Center in Ohio) owner Steve Trickle, has been in contact with the organizers of the Grateful Garcia Gathering since last January 2007 about the possibility's of holding the Grateful Garcia Gathering at Legend Valley, a place where the Grateful Dead performed many times before in past years. This would be the natural setting for the Grateful Garcia Gathering to be held each summer. The agreement was made by a mere handshake, and a smile! The 3G's is always set to date on the weekends between Jerry Garcia's birthday August 1st, and his untimely passing of August 9th. The Grateful Garcia Gathering is scheduled for Jerry Garcia's birthday weekend of July 31st - August 2nd 2008. Legend Valley is Ohio's NUMBER 1 camping, and music outdoor amphitheater. Its also been home to Hookahville, Cabin Fever Festival, and Built to Last festies. Many great artists have graced the stages at Legend Valley such as The Grateful Dead, Ratdog, Bruce Hornsby, David Grisman, Arlo Guthrie, Ekoostik Hookah, Blue Travelers, Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, AC/DC, Waylon Jennings, just to name a few! Finding your way to the Valley is pretty easy. Legend Valley Concert Venue and Campground is located just off I-70 in Thornville Ohio, about 25 miles east of downtown Columbus, Ohio. Driving time from some major cities like: New York City: 8.5 hours. Pittsburgh: PA: 3 hours. Chicago, IL: 6 hours. Washington DC: 6 hours. Cleveland, OH: 2.5 hours. Cincinnati, OH: 2.5 hours. Detroit, MI: 4 hours. Columbus, OH: 20 minutes. All of us are united to help keep the spirit of Jerry Garcia alive forever! The Deadhead community is still strong as its ever been. Thus, the music of Jerry Garcia, The Grateful Dead (and all of the suriving members), and the Jerry Garcia Band (and all of the surving members) will never be forgotten! It will be our target goal, to invite each surving member/s of the Grateful Dead and/or the Jerry Garcia Band to perform with their band at some point in the future, on our main stage. They were there for us, and now, we're here for them!!! ~The 3G's Staff~ Early Bird Tickets for the Grateful Garcia Gathering go on sale January 1st 2008. The 3G's is growing each summer, and as it does, its getting more exciting! Plus, the 3G's has always been about Jerry Garcia's music, art, fans, and his spirit! We hope you'll join us year after year! http://www.GratefulGarciaGathering.com http://www.Myspace.com/GratefulGarciaGathering http://www.LegendValley.net 2008 BANDS CONFIRMED: Image "Melvin Seals & JGB" -Two Nights Stu Allen, Marty Holland, David Kemper (original drummer of Jerry Garcia Band) http://www.jgbband.com "Jackie Greene" (played w/Phil and Friends last tour) http://www.jackie-greene.com "Moonalice" -Two Nights Barry Sless, G.E.Smith, Petes Sears, Roger McNamee, Ann McNamee, Jimmy Sanchez http://www.moonaliceband.com "Donna Jean and the Tricksters" -Two Nights http://www.donnajeanandthetricksters.com "New Riders of the Purple Sage" David Nelson, Buddy Cage, Michael Falzarano, Ronnie Penques, and Johnny Markowski http://www.thenewriders.com http://www.nrpsmusic.com "BoomBox" -Two Nights Zion and Russ http://www.thisisboombox.com "Waterband" http://www.Waterband.com "Splintered Sunlight" http://www.splinteredsunlight.com "Baghdad SCUBA Review" http://www.baghdadscubareview.com "Covert Operations" http://www.covertopsband.com "Professor Louie & The Crowmatix" http://www.woodstockrecords.com "Grateful Beth & The Volunteers" http://www.myspace.com/GratefulBeth "Back Home" http://www.myspace.com/backhomeband and more bands to be confirmed coming soon! ~~We'll get by with a little help from our friends~~ www.GratefulGarciaGathering.com www.Myspace.com/GratefulGarciaGathering
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I moved to Missouri from the desert in Ca., I was surrounded by famous artists who just did not jam around town. Although I did hear a garage band practicing down the street from my house one night, only to discover it was the Beach Boys playing a private party.But I'm sorry some parts of this summer in the midwest were just too darn hot. But these I enjoyed and recommend. Dogstock in Kansas, 4 stages for 4 days unbelievable # of bands new and old. Zoe (schwagstock) south central missouri an awesome experience Mushroom festival central missouri new event that was good last year and should be better this year. All had good music, good campin, good people, and reasonable prices. I have stopped attending the cattle drives of the money grubbers. older and slower, but still havin fun. watchin the rivers roll on and on. missin all those who've gone on before. I'll wait to hear the jam, when I go through that door. yet I imagine the combinations as I go through my chores. Take care everyone.
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The One Family Gathering will be a three day unity gathering near Christmas Valley, Oregon. The festival intends to unify a variety of cultures from many other peaceful gatherings. It will manifest as a weekend long event encompassing barter fairs, music festivals, parties, and reggae shows, surrounded by a free camping area. This event has a focus slightly different from other festivals. We will provide a large, secure vendor section inside the event in addition to hosting two stages: a "party" tent with nonstop djs, hosted by DJ4NORML crew and the main "Quetzalcoatl" stage. Both stages will have a dynamic array of musicians performing twenty-four hours a day throughout the event. Featured musicians will include Minimal Control, Deep Sleep Narcotics Company, Dj Reazen, Earth DescenDance, Jack Burton, Ceraphim, Jimmy Rigga, Pressure Suit, Square Wail, Miss Dra, Doughboy, DJ Eff, Timmy, Miss Min.D, Aquarius, Mechanize, DJ Manatea, DJ Owns, Electrick Avenue, Ben Inya, Richie Rich, DJ Kai, Owtbrake, Kid Amiga, Stylus, Aerel, James Renegade, DJ Harlo, Brandon Plank, Full On, Gabriel, Sighnyde, Hara Isis, Quickster, Rambo DJ, Just John, Dash Exp, Tremor, Durbin, The Dub What?, Blister Agent, Ambience, Ben's Jazz Kit, Bijhan, Cosmos Worth, Daphine, Eric Fridrich, Fiddlin Big Al, HannaH*s Field, Herbert Friendly Trio, Hippinshlog, Jahson Ites, Essential I, Dj Sticky Huckelberry, Jensen, Joel Blackstone, Katy Turner, Laurianne, Matt Zeltzer, Naugahyde Nights, Norman Baker, Pirex, Puget Sound System, Rat City Ruckus, Renegade Minstrels, SpiritMoon, The Repair, The Ronz, Tommy Dean, Tyler Spencer Solo Didjeridu, Wehrwolve, Midnight Ramblers, Dag, Basin and Range, Serious De Witness, Jah Shiloh, Singing Bear, John Butler Project, and First Name Michael; with more groups signing up daily. Set in the high desert, One Family Gathering promises to entertain with over 90 music performances, a barter fair, a rave, an eco-village, a beer garden, exceptional food vendors, and much more. Tickets can be purchased through "Brown Paper Tickets": http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/25829 http://www.onefamilygathering.org/ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ "Hey OSAMA! SHOOT over the DEAD PRESIDENTs, I have the BOMB LSD, JIHAD!" - MOHAMMAD Get noticed fast, with Gener
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I tried to tell everybody but I could not get across Beside a local jamband festival called Come Together Music Festival near Toronto, the other festivals I've been to have been: Terrapin Station: A Grateful Dead Family Reunion in '02 Mid-Atlantic Music Experience in summer '03 Phish's It Festival, also in '03 moe.down a few years (2, 4 and 5 I think...can't find line-ups though) Bonnaroo '04 They were all really good, esp. Bonnaroo, one of the moe.downs, It and Terrapin Station. I found weather played a big part. moe.down the weather went both ways. It and Mid-Atlantic had shit weather at times. Bonnaroo was bad (rain, wind and/or thunder) about half the time. The music was usually good, sometimes awesome, sometimes tired or slow. Oh yeah, that's another thing. You need your sleep or rest, 'cause the drive, the walking, shopping/Shakedown and eating can take a bit more out of you than you think after a while. If you got the energy festivals are usually a blast, and pretty well organized, as well. You don't have to think too much, you just have to deal with road bumps here and there. Everyone's friendly and psyched. Big fun. I hope to go to Mountain Jam, Bonnaroo, either High Sierra or Rothbury, and !0klf. There are so many good bands. I've been hospitalized/recovering from surgery for about three years. I really dug dancing to the String Cheese Incident. That's a bit of a blow. Looking forward to hanging out with kind brothers and sisters.
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I tried to tell everybody but I could not get across Oh yeah, I forgot about Gathering of the Vibes this year. For sure.
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this year we will be hitting GOTV (first time for us in the ct location), all good, evolve 2012 in NJ (was fun last year, their first time) as well as bunch of phil and ratdog shows and a few dso thrown in the mix muffin www.creativemuffin.com
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Hey Kids, here's more scoop... ORIGINAL JEFFERSON AIRPLANE MEMBERS LAND IN ASTORIA OREGON Jefferson Airplane Originator Marty Balin will perform with members from the original band, who have not played publicly together since 1965. The historic event in Astoria, Oregon will bring together vocalist Signe Anderson (now Signe Ettlin), bassist Bob Harvey, and percussionist Jerry Peloquin reuniting with the man who started it all, Marty Balin. Their set will morph into a "family band" featuring members from the Jefferson Starship and the seldom seen Great Society, the band where Grace Slick began her singing and writing career. Darby Slick, Craig Chaquico, Slick Aguilar, and keyboardist Barry Flast will all be in the "family". Other performers will be announced, while surprise guests will not. The three day festival ticket includes parking, camping, music, and access to gourmet organic food concessions, has much more than a reunion of a lifetime planned. The spacious meadow, outlined by lush woodlands, also brings Country Joe McDonald, the Great Society, the Holy Modal Rounders, the Freak Mountain Ramblers, Alice Stuart, David & Linda LaFlamme and their band (four band members have 25 to forty years in the band) playing the music of It's a Beautiful Day, Marty Balin Band, Craig Chaquico Band, and much more. Information and ticket sales can be found at: http://www.concertforbigred.org When: August 22,23,24 Where: Clatsop Co. Fairgrounds, Astoria, Oregon What: Benefit for the Net Loft Arts Center and Lady of Honor Signe Ettlin Other headlining bands will be announced soon! ---- For those who wanna know, Bingo, Alexa Wiley, Jessica Stiles Band, Supertrout are also going to be on the program. We are still trying to snag more Dead related folks. Teddy Deane will be coming down for the show, by the way. His new Red Newt Records CD, So Far So Good, is finally here (the release party was up in Friday Harbor, on San Juan Island, a couple weeks ago). Gordo (who is the lead conspirator behind this) is trying to snag some truly major headliners, too. Early tickets should be a bargain. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Spanish Jam
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Next weekend in Cumberland, MDAnyone gonna be there? Great lineup, awesome location & Grisman! www.delfest.com Del McCoury Band - appearing throughout the weekend Vince Gill Dierks Bentley Keller Williams and The Keels David Grisman Bluegrass Experience Sam Bush Abigail Washburn & The Sparrow Quartet featuring Bela Fleck David Bromberg Band with Special Guest the Angel Band Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile Railroad Earth Emmitt-Nershi Band Great American Taxi featuring Vince Herman Jon Fishman - DelFest artist-at-large Steep Canyon Rangers Adrienne Young The Lee Boys Dre's Rude Awakening Ronnie Reno and The Reno Tradition Ronnie Bowman - DelFest artist-at-large Dan Paisley & The Southern Grass Mike Garris & Area 51 Davisson Brothers Band Deep Fried Pickle Project @~~~~~~~>~~~~~~>~~~~~~~~~>~~ When you want that groove that invokes dreams, close your eyes and focus on the dream not the groove
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Casey! What a lineup! I'm going to be on the wrong coast, but my advice is, do not miss Vince Gill. Not pyrotechnic exactly, just a darn good musician and by all accounts a sweet guy. I've never heard this officially, but I've heard that back in the day his playing caused Mark Knopfler to invite him to join Dire Straits. For whatever reason, he stuck with country... (I recommend to the general attention his duet with Dolly Parton on "I Will Always Love You," which of course Dolly wrote. First time I heard it on the radio I had to pull the car over to listen and find out what it was. It's on an apparently so-so Dolly album, but you can get it from iTunes.)
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wow, i would've never expected to go out of my way for vince gill. I definitely will now, apparently he's bringing out his bluegrass band for this show...a rare treat. I'll give a report @~~~~~~~>~~~~~~>~~~~~~~~~>~~ When you want that groove that invokes dreams, close your eyes and focus on the dream not the groove
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Thursday 7 August * Anthony John Clarke * Whapweasel * The Gathering * John Tams & Barry Coope * Supergrass Friday 8 August * The Family Mahone * Peggy & Pj Wright * 3 Daft Monkeys * Bbc Radio 2 Yfa Winners: Siobhan Miller & Jeana Leslie * Stackridge * Paul Brady & His Band * Joe Brown & His Band Featuring Special Guest - Dave Edmunds * Levellers Saturday 9 August * Richard Digance * Lark Rise To Candleford * Legend (Bob Marley Tribute) * The Muffinmen Featuring Jimmy Carl Black * Julie Fowlis Band * Midge Ure * Fairport Convention - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Spanish Jam
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Hey now Deadheads, Hippies and Kind Folks, DON'T MISS THIS REAL GOOD TIME THIS SUMMER!!! We welcome you to the Grateful Garcia Gathering 2008 at beautiful Legend Valley (formerly Buckeye Lake Music Center) in Ohio! This venue can hold 50,000 of your kindest friends! Come hear some of your favorite bands from the midwest performing on TWO stages (NOT IN A SHED) with lighting, projection screens, and a sound system that will BLOW YOUR SOCKS OFF!

Tickets are on sale now. Its going to be a WOOT!

Dates are July 31st, August 1st Jerry Garcia's Birthday, and August 2nd. So tell me, how many friends can you fit into your car?

The 3G's Will Shine With You, SO DON'T MISS THE BUS!

ARTIST INCLUDED: Jackie Greene, 2 Nites Melvin Seals & JGB, Donna Jean and The Tricksters, Moonalice w/ Barry Sless, G.E.Smith, Petes Sears, Roger McNamee, Ann McNamee, Jimmy Sanchez. David Gans, New Riders of the Purple Sage- NRPS w/ David Nelson, Buddy Cage, Michael Falzarano, Ronnie Penques, and Johnny Markowski, BoomBox, Waterband, Splintered Sunlight, Baghdad Scuba Review, Covert Operations, Professor Louie & The Crowmatix, Grateful Beth, Lyle, JiMiller Band, In the Dark, Fire Dancers,and MORE!

www.GratefulGarciaGathering.com www.Myspace.com/GratefulGarciaGathering

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MICKEY HART BAND was simply outstanding last night!!! The Other One> Scarlet Begonias> Fire on the Mountain > GDTRFB was transendent. TOO was a wonderful ride and I wept at the wonderful Scarlet and this suite was grin and dance inducing throughout. It really was beyond words, such fine new tunes and tremendous renditions of favorites. Mickey has assembled such a fantastic group of musicians (don't ever miss Kimock!! and such sweet vocals and ensemble play) and this show ranks as one of the best post GD shows I have been lucky enough to witness. And then they treated us to an encore of Pappa was a Rollin' Stone that would make the Temptations proud. 10k is unbeatable for the vibe, the venue, line-up, and times with new and old friends, brothers and sons. This is alread a classic and we get Phil & Friends tomorrow night! I am so grateful!!! So that is the news from the northlands.
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Phil & Friends on Saturday night- Perfect cool Minnesota evening with a little breeze, and they start around the time that the sun is setting. Then take a break and come roaring back with the light show and so much more!!!! Glorious and majestic interplay between great players at the top of their art. I believe this is accurate for Phil's seltlist, but after that 10 hour drive home yesterday, I maybe a bit muddled, but here goes: 1st Set: Shakedown Street, Alabama Getaway, Ball & Chain, New Minglewood Blues, BIODTL, Althea, Cosmic Charlie (Scofield & Campbell absolutly ripped it up on Althea and went wild on Cosmic!!!! ) 2nd Set: Casey Jones (at double time speed), Jam > Don't Let Me Down > Eyes of the World> Jam > Wheels on Fire >Mason's Children, Viola Lee Blues >Deal >Viola Lee Blues >Bertha > Viola Lee Blues reprise. E: Tom Thumbs Blues John Scofield sat in for the first set, but he was the only guest that night. (Teresa Williams was not there @ 10k). I thought Phil looked energized (he was grinning up a storm), as the band jammed well and they teased us constantly (china cat tease, TOO tease, Wheel tease, Mr. Charlie tease, etc. etc.) during those wonderful jams. I gotta say that I truly enjoy this version of Phil & Friends. Greene, Campell, Molitz, and Molo were charging right out of the gate! (Wasn't there a rider tease in there as well, or am I having a flashback of '77?) Anyway, ladies and gentlemen, please give a listen to their version of "Don't Let Me Down", it was a wonderful surprise of a John Lennon song with perfect vocals from the boys. Exceptional!! Also, I would have LOVED to see Kimock sit in, especially in that second half. Kimock's stratospheric guitarwork with Mickey Hart Band (on Thursday) was transportive, and the MHB's version of Sugaree was stellar (Kimock had some amp problems during the first 3 songs or so, but then got it 'just exactly perfect'). And his playing was so expansive, textured, atmospheric runs, and just downright tasty (shit, I ran out of adjectives). Jen Durkin and George Porter's vocals were wonderful (and his bass playing was the BOMB, er as my boys would say). Hollingsworth, Reyes, and the master of the talking drum Sikiru Adepoju completed Mickey's palate of colors that day. I was just excited to see both Phil and Mickey having so much fun, playing so well, and surrounded by musicians that they are inspired by and they want to play with. In my opinion both the new and old blood there, enhanced the whole show and there was fine improvisation, musicianship, exploration, heart and soul, all those qualities that drew me to the Dead back in the early '70s. I saw both bands pushing it, taking chances, not playing it safe, either in song selection or in their performance. Phil and Mickey both looked like they were having the time of their lives. And I was along for the ride. Big time. BUT I suppose if Master Kimock had graced the stage with Phil that second half, it might have just cracked the spacetime continuum and that could have then erupted with a new crater (in my mind) at the 10,000 lakefest venue, which might have endangered us all. Or maybe the boys are saving that for next time? Ahhhh, next time!! (Homer Simpson voice and saliva drool).
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In a word, ROTHBURY!!! That's where it's at. Those who went this year know it's the best festival ever, and those who didn't, please don't go next year.
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Just got back from vibes and wow!!!! phil's saturday night show was amazing!!!! cumberland went on forever and when you thought they were heading into another direction, they came back in.... it was just amazing! so much else, but phil made me shiver and shake my bones!!! muffin www.creativemuffin.com
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for sure Rothbury, new festival started of very well. First year and already loaded with great performers. -Phil Lesh and Friends -Mickey Hart -Trey Anastasio -Dave Matthew's Band -John Mayer -Taj Mahal -Dweezel Zappa -Jakob Dylan -Tea Leaf Green -Sam Bean - Yonder Mountain and a bunch of others i cant remember
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Newport this year kicked butt: Richie Havens Jim James of My Morning Jacket Trey Anastasio Stephen & Damian Marley Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings The Black Crowes Jimmy Buffett Levon Helm w/ Larry Campbell and friends and horns Son Volt Avnett Bros Calexico Cowboy Junkies Jakob Dylan others Great venue too - beautiful. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * -enjoyin' the ride
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The Best Fest... Camp Creek... Been There Every Year since '94'
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Glastonbury was an incredible festival this year! some of the stuff I checked out... Jimmy Cliff Buddy Guy Neil Diamond The Verve Leonard Cohen ...there were stacks of other bands. There was all the crazy stuff with Amy Winehouse punching a fan in the audience, Pete Doherty not being too wasted to play. The latest newer up and coming English bands. James Blunt actually sounding like he was playing from the heart instead of being a wanna be pop boy like he sounds like on his albums. Lots of surprising stuff. Like the way the English don't waive their drug use around quite so openly as Americans, same with dealing, couldn't see it happening very easily, unlike US festivals. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Are you kind?"
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What's up guys, I just wanted to give everyone a heads up about the inaugural Chicago Bluegrass & Blues festival, this 11/22 at the historic Congress Theater, all benefiting the Saving Tiny Hearts Societies fight against the country's most common birth defect. www.cbgbfestival.com The first 10 folks that hit me up at michael.raspatello@gmail.com will get a pair of tickets mailed to them. We're excited for you to help us spread the word about this righteous endeavor
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GratefulFest in Ohion is always a great time!
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The Schwag are a Grateful Dead tribute band and they truly keep the vibe alive with their summerlong festivals in the heart of the Ozarks (salem-ish, MO) They have been playing for about 18 years and truly embody the passion and spirit The Dead started...True torch-bearers. JGB has played there, as have the members of String Cheese Incident..they have a wide array of music, from Reggae to Bluegrass, and everything in between...along with a bunch of vendors, great prices on food, their own store with all of the necessities and much more, etc...All of this on a breathtaking campground with thousands of beautiful, kynd, likeminded Heads. visit: www.theschwag.com for audio samples, pics, chat forum (including live show downloads for free) more importantly, visit: Camp ZOE (Schwagstock) -pugdog420
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mkay, I've only been to one venue... 10klf, only missed one year to date, but I would find it hard to top.Excellent camping, hardly ever a line more than 1-2 people (usually none) for either a beer or to use the restroom, and the last couple years had killer lineups. If there was a gripe, it would be the cold showers. Putting a couple of picnic tables by the food vendors wouldn't kill them either.
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10th July in deepest Kent - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Spanish Jam
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SICK ass little festival grounds up in MN, check it out they usually have 3 or 4 festivals there a year! Harvest fest being the craziest!
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I went to Wakarusa in 05, 06 and 07 and except for the heat and chiggars had a ball. Yarmony Grass at Copper Mtn. last August was cold - it snowed one night - but I stayed comfortable and it was a ripping weekend of music. This is a String Cheese family event, with all those guys plus Keller, RRE, Cornmeal, HBR, Greensky... awesome fun in the Colorado mountains. They also do an eletronica thing in June - Sonic Bloom Festival - with folks like STS9, EOTO, Pnuma... Looks worth checking out if you're into the space. Gonna try Desert Rocks this year and planning on some great times.
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I believe last year they said NELSONS LEDGES QUARREY PARK was said to be one of the best venues there was. Check out there web site at NLQP.com.Phatmoye
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usuallly i go to only 1 festival a summer. used to go to more a couple years back but, you know. now i really only go to the all good festival on marvins mountaintop in masontown west virginia. last summers headliners were phil n friends, govt mule, widespread panic, and dark star i believe. its always hot as hell in the day, cold in the night, and rainy on sunday. the people are usually awesme...except security was crappy last year. i even wrote them a big bad letter. oh yeah, 3 stages, no overlapping sets...
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GRATEFUL FEST by far is the BEST!!!!!!!! NELSONS LEDGES is the best site there is in Ohio. I go there every year (since im only 40 min. away) This will be my 10th time there, been goin since 1999. DARK STAR ORCHESTRA head lines for it and last year was the most heads ive ever seen there. If anyone is reading this ill be campin in the MEADOWS like the past years. I know I know alot of your faces there and look forward to seeing all of you there over the 4th of July weekend this year. Check out my pictures of nelsons ledges, theres 30 ft. cliffs you can jump off and swimmin and all sorts of neat things. OH YEAH!!! I almost 4got, EVAN ( the owner of the ledges ) is 1 of the coolest people on the face of this earth. I love you evan!!! Thanks 4 all the buetiful memories bro., hope to see you this year sittin in on a song or two with DSO Phatmoye
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Taking place in Eureka County, Nevada. 2009 Hempfest will be on private property at theNevada NORML Ranch. 5 Days 150 Bands on 165 Acres. April 15th to 20th. Free Camping~Still booking bands (www.wwconcerts.com) and still openings for Vendors and Volunteers. (www.myspace.com/nevadanormal) for information and sign-up. Nevada has passed new medical marijuana laws and there will be numerous guest speakers. Three stages and lots of camping spaces on private property. Close to Eureka, Nevada, about 80 miles NE of Reno, Nevada.....Be There or Be Square.
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Wakarusa has moved to the beautiful Arkansas Ozarks, after a 5 year run in Lawrence KS. It should be the first weekend in June.
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is the dead hitting any festivals thi summer?