Hello Readers! This week we celebrate the birthday of the late and great Jerry Garcia, who was, and still is, an undeniable inspiration for many people across the world.  There are many great performances and events to choose from this week, many of which pay respect to Jerry and his music.  Here is what’s up this week.

Photo of “Twerkapod” collab by Josh Timmermans

Gather all your friends and make your way to Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio for the much anticipated 9th annual Werk Out Music and Arts Festival. Party down with The Werks, Umphrey’s McGee, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Lettuce, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Papadosio, and several other big hitters in the jam band scene.  Show up to the fest as early as Wednesday, August 1st at 6 p.m. (with an early entry pass).  Music is scheduled to begin at 4p.m. Thursday.  Three-day general admission is set at $180 with tent camping included in the ticket price.  If you’d like to set up camp next to your car, expect to pay another $110. Family friendly camping areas are available; if you choose to pitch a tent there please respect the other families.  If you have any extra school supplies, or would like to go and purchase some to bring to the event, there is a school supply drive taking place at the festival and any donations would be much appreciated.  Enjoy group yoga Friday and Saturday morning in the art gallery, gain some knowledge at some of the workshops being offered at Illumiknation Station, stroll through the curated art gallery hosted by The Jamwich and enjoy being outdoors this year at The Werk Out.

This weekend marks the 32nd Annual Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash at Trip’s Farm at the Sunshine Day Dream Memorial Park in Terra Alta, West Virginia.  Enjoy 23 unique acts playing 28 sets of music including Grateful Dead tributes, bluegrass, funk, jazz, and folk music.  The festival also offers a children’s magic show, live art, yoga workshops, guided mediation and much more. Get your tickets in advance for $55, $75 at the gate. If you want to arrive early, bring an extra $10. Be kind, take only memories, and leave only footprints this year at the 32nd annual Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash.

A critically acclaimed festival in the heart of Asheville, NC, LEAF, is holding its annual “LEAF Downtown” event this weekend.  The event takes place at Pack Square Park August 3-4, with live music, roaming artists, drum and song circles, art workshops, and tons of family friendly fun for all ages.  Musical guests include soul singer Maggie Koerner, who has sung with the likes of Galactic; Redleg Husky, Maceo Parker, and hip-hop legend Grandmaster Flash.

If you’d like to pay homage to the counterculture icon who inspired much of scene that we enjoy today, consider checking out these events and performances: Dark Star Orchestra  at Saranac Brewery in Utica, NY(07/31), Buffalo Canalside in Buffalo, NY(08/01), Frontier Field in Rochester, NY(08/03), Stateside Amphiteatre in Jay, VT(08/04) and Bald Point Park in East Providence, RI(08/05), Jerry’s Birthday Bash at The 8×10 in Baltimore, MD(08/01), Dead Alliance Buffalo at DBGB’s in Buffalo, NY(08/02), John Kadlecik at The Soundry in Baltimore, MD(08/02), and The Hamilton in Washington, DC(08/03), or Jerry Garcia Birthday Celebration at Gypsy Sally’s in Washington, DC(08/04).  You can also celebrate at Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash at Salvage Station in Asheville, NC (08/01), and Reckoning at Charleston Pour House in Charleston, SC (08/01).



07/31 – 08/04 – Pickin’ In Parsons Bluegrass Festival – Parsons, WV

08/02-04 – The Werk Out – Thornville, OH

08/02-05 – A Bear’s Picnic Family Reunion – Blain, PA

08/03-04 – Flood City – Johnstown, PA

08/03-05 – The 32nd Annual Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash – Terra Alta, WV

08/03-04 – LEAF Downtown AVL – Asheville, NC

08/03-05 – Healing Waters Family Reunion – Capon Bridge, WV




07/30 – Black Masala – Woodlands Tavern – Columbus, OH

07/30 – Gary Clark Jr. – The Pines Theatre – Northampton, MA


07/31 – Brit Floyd – Artpark – Lewiston, NY

07/31 – Dark Star Orchestra – Saranac Brewery – Utica, NY

07/31 – The Revivalists – The Chicken Box – Nantucket, MA


08/01 – Gary Clark Jr. – Paper Mill Island Amphitheatre – Baldwinsville, NY

08/01 – Brit Floyd – The Paramount – Huntington, NY

08/01 – Keller Williams – Garcia’s at Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY

08/01 – The Revivalists – The Chicken Box – Nantucket, MA

08/01 – Jerry’s Birthday Bash – The 8×10 – Baltimore, MD

08/01 – Portugal. The Man – Artpark – Lewistown, NY

08/01 – Reckoning – Charleston Pour House – Charleston, DC

08/01 – Parliament Funkadelic – The Ardmore Music Hall – Philadelphia, PA

08/01 – The Mantras – The Soundry – Columbia, MD


08/02 – Gary Clark Jr. – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom – Hampton Beach, NH

08/02 – Brit Floyd – Union Bank & Trust Pavilion – Portsmouth, VA

08/02 – Dark Star Orchestra – Buffalo Canalside – Buffalo, NY

08/02 – Keller Williams – Garcia’s at Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY

08/02 – Dead Alliance Buffalo – DBGB’s – Buffalo, NY

08/02 – John Kadlecik – The Soundry – Columbia, MD

08/02 – Zach Deputy – The Boulevard Tavern – Charleston, WV

08/02 – Pink Talking Phish – Rocks Off Concert Cruise – New York, NY

08/02 – BadBadNotGood – Prospect Park Bandshell – Brooklyn, NY

08/02 – Parliament Funkadelic – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC

08/02 – Nahko and Medicine for the People – The Mill & Mine – Knoxville, TN

08/02 – West King String Band – Charleston Pour House – Charleston, SC


08/03 – Dark Star Orchestra – Frontier Field – Rochester, NY

08/03 – The Revivalists – Boarding House Park – Lowell, MA

08/03 – John Kadlecik – The Hamilton – Washington, DC

08/03 – Splintered Sunlight – Ardmore Music Hall – Philadelphia, PA

08/03 – Gratefully Yours – Space Ballroom – Hamden, CT

08/03 – The Mantras – Gypsy Sally’s – Washington, DC

08/03 – Megan Jean & The KFB – Dante’s Bar – Frostburg, MD

08/03 – Runa – Bright Box Theatre – Winchester, VA

08/03 – Nahko and Medicine for the People – Highland Brewing Company – Asheville, NC


08/04 – Better off Dead: Jerry Garcia Birthday Celebration – Gypsy Sally’s – Washington, DC

08/04 – Dark Star Orchestra – Stateside Amphitheatre – Jay, VT

08/04 – The Revivalists – L.L. Bean Discovery Park – Freeport, ME

08/04 – Zach Deputy – Westfield River Brewing Company – Southwick, MA

08/04 – Pink Talking Phish – Fiddlehead Brewing Company – Shelburne, BY

08/04 – Bela Fleck – Murmrr Ballroom – Brooklyn, NY

08/04 – Nahko and Medicine for the People – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN

08/04 – The Grass is Dead/The Dead Reckoning – Martin’s Downtown – Roanoke, VA

08/04 – The Festy Presents: Sons of Bill – The Jefferson Theatre – Charlottesville, VA


08/05 – The Revivalists – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom – Hampton Beach, NH

08/05 – Dark Star Orchestra – Bold Point Park – East Providence, RI

08/05 – Galactic – The Warehouse at Fairfield Theatre Company – Fairfield, CT

08/05 – RIVVRS w/ Paul McDonald – Gypsy Sally’s – Washington, DC

08/05 – Nahko and Medicine for the People – Headliners Music Hall – Lousville, KY