Jerry Garcia Tribute Concerts Set for October 14-15

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Jerry Garcia Dear Jerry CoverUpdate (September 4): “Dear Jerry: Let’s Play 2,” two concert events honoring Jerry Garcia, will take place Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15, in the Maryland/Washington, D.C./Virginia metropolitan area. The lineups for the new shows, which continue where the initial 2015  celebration left off, will feature the following lineups:

“Dear Jerry: Let’s Play 2” kicks off Friday, October 14, at Washington, DC’s DAR Constitution Hall with an evening of performances highlighting material famously played by Garcia throughout his  three-decade career. “Jerry Uncovered: Exploring Jerry Garcia Through the JGB Songbook” will showcase Garcia’s range of styles, spanning rock to R&B, bluegrass to blues, with Grammy Award-winning guitarist/vocalist Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule, the Allman Brothers Band, the Dead) and Grammy-winning producer Don Was serving as Music Directors, along with a lineup that includes Alison Krauss, Jamey Johnson, John Medeski, Raymond Weber, and more to be announced.

Night two of “Dear Jerry: Let’s Play 2” will be “This Is 30! A full performance of a classic Jerry Garcia Band show from October 1986 & more,” featuring the Avett Brothers and very special guest Warren Haynes on lead guitar and vocals. Slated for Saturday, October 15, at Fairfax, VA’s EagleBank Arena at George Mason University, “This Is 30!” will recreate a classic Jerry Garcia Band show from October 1986 as well as other Garcia classics.

Tickets are available here and here.

A two-and-a-half-hour concert film and companion audio release, Dear Jerry: Celebrating The Music of Jerry Garcia, is being released October 14, 2016 in multiple formats by Rounder Records. The concert, which took place on May 14, 2015, at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, featured nearly 20 artists interpreting Garcia’s music.

Dear Jerry, created and produced by Blackbird Presents and the Jerry Garcia Family, will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, CD and digital download. The program spotlights artists from the worlds of rock, folk, R&B, reggae, bluegrass, and country paying tribute to the late Grateful Dead figurehead, who died 21 years ago, on August 9, 1995.

Related: Remembering Jerry Garcia


Phil Lesh performing at the Dear Jerry concert (Photo: Joshua Timmermans for Rounder Records)

The 150-minute concert film and audio recordings feature performances by four surviving former Dead members in various configurations—Phil Lesh & Communion, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann’s Billy & the Kids and Mickey Hart—plus Eric Church, Jimmy Cliff, the Disco Biscuits, Peter Frampton, David Grisman, Jorma Kaukonen, Los Lobos, Buddy Miller, moe., O.A.R., Grace Potter, Allen Toussaint, Trampled By Turtles, Widespread Panic, and Yonder Mountain String Band.

Presented in HD with Dolby 5.1 surround stereo, the concert film and audio recordings include such Garcia classics as “Touch of Grey,” “Friend of The Devil,” “Sugaree,” “Uncle John’s Band,” “St. Stephen,” “The Wheel,” and many more.

Here’s the official Dear Jerry trailer…

Dear Jerry: Celebrating The Music of Jerry Garcia was created and produced by Keith Wortman of Blackbird Presents and music director Don Was, who presided over the house band, which included Buddy Miller, Audley Freed, Sam Bush, Raymond Weber, Matthew Rollings, Russell Pahl and Regina, Freda and Ann McCrary. Special appearances included Matt Burr, Benny Yurco and Barry Mitterhoff.

Dear Jerry Track List:

The Wheel / Uncle John’s Band – Phil Lesh & Communion
Get Out Of My Life Woman – Allen Toussaint
Shady Grove – David Grisman
(I’m A) Road Runner – Peter Frampton
Deal – Buddy Miller
Sugaree – Jorma Kaukonen
The Harder They Come – Jimmy Cliff, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann
Fire On The Mountain – Jimmy Cliff, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann
Help On The Way/Slipknot/Franklin’s Tower – Bill Kreutzmann’s Billy & The Kids
Scarlet Begonias / I Know You Rider – The Disco Biscuits, Bill Kreutzmann’s Billy & The Kids
Loser – moe.
St. Stephen – O.A.R.
Bertha – Los Lobos & Bob Weir
Brown-Eyed Women – Trampled By Turtles
Shakedown Street – Yonder Mountain String Band
Friend Of The Devil – Bob Weir & Grace Potter
Tennessee Jed – Eric Church
Morning Dew – Widespread Panic
Touch of Grey – Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann
Ripple – Full Ensemble

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