“Fare Thee Well” was said to be the last of the “Core Four’s” performances this year, and in the frenzy of mail orders and online ticket sales, we all forgot that there are about four months between 4th of July weekend and now for some amazing things to happen, and what do ya know? Blackbird Music Group is producing “Dear Jerry,” a tribute to Jerry Garcia, at Merriweather Post Pavilion on May 14th. The lineup features Lesh’s outfit Communion, Kreutzmann’s Billy and the Kids, Bruce Hornsby, Eric Church, Buddy Miller, David Grisman, Greensky Bluegrass, Moe., Los Lobos, O.A.R., Railroad Earth, Widespread Panic, the Disco Biscuits, Yonder Mountain String Band, Trampled By Turtles, Jimmy Cliff, Jorma Kaukonen, Stu Allen, Grahame Lesh, Ross James, Alex Koford and Jason Crosby, with more to be announced!
“’Jerry gave his heart, soul, and music to his band mates, fellow musicians, and to millions of fans around the world,’ Keith Wortman, the show’s creator and executive producer, said in a statement. ‘Whether playing in the Grateful Dead, his acoustic and bluegrass bands or his beloved Jerry Garcia Band, his songs made us happy just to be alive.’” – Rolling Stone
Partial proceeds will benefit The Rex Foundation, a well-known charity in the Grateful Dead culture. “The Rex Foundation aims to help secure a healthy environment, promote individuality in the arts, provide support to critical and necessary social services, assist others less fortunate than ourselves, protect the rights of indigenous people and ensure their cultural survival, build a stronger community, and educate children and adults everywhere.” Check out more about TRF here.
Tickets go on sale Friday, March 13th at noon ET via Ticketfly. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Merriweather Post Pavilion box office or at the 9:30 Club box office in Washington D.C.