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Festival celebrates Jerry Garcia

The popular DeadBeats star in the eighth annual Jerry Bash Festival this Friday and Saturday at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center on the San Juan Ridge.

The festival celebrates the late Jerry Garcia, who was the Grateful Dead’s lead singer/guitarist. The DeadBeats, a Grateful Dead cover band, holds the annual festival the beginning of August in honor of Garcia’s birthday.

As is festival tradition, the DeadBeats will be joined by Nevada County acts during the two-night event. The group has an acoustic set Friday and an electric set Saturday.



Friday’s line-up includes Paul Kamm (also a DeadBeats member) and Eleanore MacDonald with The Little Band which is Mikail Graham on guitar and Albert Vasquez on percussion. Also that night, the DeadBeat’s Tom Menig debuts his band Caravan. The new blues/funky band includes Heather Wilbourn on lead and harmony vocals, Melanie Wilbourn on harmony vocals and lead guitar, Menig on violin and mandolin, Robbie Kopp on drums, Shawn Williams on harmonica/hand drums and Joe Shultz on bass, joined by guest Matt Allard on organ.

On Saturday, Blue Shadows will open with funky R&B/blues dance songs for the DeadBeats. Blue Shadows is Gene Stuart on saxophone, Jim Bratt on guitar and bass, Scott Rogers on guitar and bass, and the DeadBeats Gary Campus on drums.




Based out of Nevada County, the DeadBeats are Menig on lead guitar and vocals, Kamm on rhythm guitar and vocals, Martin Holland on bass, Glenn Tucker on keyboards, Campus on drums and Pete Philis on drums.

The festival also includes a light show by Liquid Light Productions and food and drink vendors.

Optional off-site camping at Malakoff Diggins State Park is available by calling 265-2740 or (800) 444-PARK or checking http://www.reserveamerica.com on the Web.

KNOW AND GO:

WHAT: Eighth annual Jerry Bash Festival

WHEN: Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, 17894 Tyler Foote Road on the San Juan Ridge

ADMISSION: $15 per night and $25 for two nights in advance, $17 per night and $30 for two nights at the door, and free for children 12 and under. Advance tickets at Herb Shop Records, BriarPatch Market and Cherry Records.

INFORMATION: 265-2826


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