On August 1st, Jerry Garcia would be turning 75 years old. Five dynamic acts come will come together at historic Club Passim, joining musicians and fans around the world to celebrate and remember the legacy of Jerry Garcia as a songwriter, guitarist, and roots music explorer– with the Grateful Dead and beyond.
JEFFREY PEPPER RODGERS, grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine, will perform with his duo partner Wendy Sassafras Ramsay. Rodgers interviewed both Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir and is the author of a Homespun video series teaching acoustic arrangements of Grateful Dead songs.
CELIA WOODSMITH is a Grammy– nominated singer and songwriter known for her work in the bluegrass band Della Mae. She will be accompanied by guitarist Chris Hersh, her bandmate in the roots-rock band Say Darling.
GREG KLYMA is a prolific songwriter, multi– instrumentalist, and seasoned performer. His birth date puts him squarely in the middle of generation X, but Klyma is an old-school troubadour.
RYAN FITZSIMMONS, in the words of Boston’s Red Line Roots, is “a brutal force of nature on acoustic guitar. Often breaking multiple strings during a performance, he plays with a fire and fierceness that cannot be tamed, or faked for that matter. There is no doubt that Ryan is as enticing a musician as they come.”
SPOTTED TIGER is the Boston– based band led by violist Laurence Scudder and guitarist Erik White, of the Brothers McCann. Together they play an eclectic mix of originals and hand-picked covers.
The mission of Passim is to provide truly exceptional and interactive live musical experiences for both per-formers and audiences, to nurture artists at all stages of their career, and to build a vibrant music commu-nity. We do so through our legendary listening venue, music school, artist grants and outreach programs. As a nonprofit since 1994, Passim carries on the heritage of our predecessors-the historic Club 47 (1958—1968) and for-profit Passim (1969—1994). We cultivate a diverse mix of musical traditions, where the emphasis is on the relationship between performers and audience and teachers and students. Located in Harvard Square, Passim serves Cambridge and the broader region by featuring local, national and international artists. Our ultimate goal is to help the performance arts flourish and thereby enrich the lives of members of our community. For a complete schedule, visit www.passim.org