This summer marks the return of the much-anticipated Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration featuring Warren Haynes. The highly acclaimed fourth tour has just added two new dates in New York City and New Jersey to the previously announced seven performances. Curated by the Garcia family, the celebration will feature Garcia and lyricist Robert Hunter’s timeless original compositions and interpretations of songs that became standards at Jerry Garcia Band and Grateful Dead concerts. The groundbreaking collaboration of renowned orchestras and Grammy-winning singer/guitarist Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule) continues to shine new light on the music and cultural significance of Jerry Garcia.
This year, Haynes will be joined for the first time by revered long-time Jerry Garcia Band vocalist Jaclyn LaBranch. LaBranch was an integral part of the latter era Jerry Garcia band and helped define their signature sound by injecting her angelic gospel and soul inspired vocals. The Symphonic Celebration band also includes bassist Lincoln Schleifer, drummer Jeff Sipe and vocalist Jasmine Muhammad.
On this year’s tour, Haynes will return to the stage with Jerry Garcia’s signature guitar known to fans worldwide as the “Wolf“ (http://jerrygarcia.com/guitars/#wolf). Wolf was the first of Garcia’s iconic custom guitars designed by Doug Irwin. Haynes has proven to be one of the finest interpreters of Garcia’s music through his work with Phil Lesh & Friends and The Dead. "I’m looking forward to this summer’s symphony shows and continuing to explore the music of Jerry Garcia in such a beautiful and unique way,“ says Haynes. “It’s going to be very special having Jackie with us this summer and hearing her voice again on many of the songs she sang with Jerry."
The Tanglewood performance in Lenox, MA with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops will mark the fourth collaboration, which includes two prior sold out performances at Boston’s Symphony Hall and a historic 2013 performance at Tanglewood. This will also be the third performance with the Colorado Symphony at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. 2016 marks first time collaborations with the Nashville Symphony (June 23), Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (June 24) and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic (August 6), as well as the tour’s much anticipated first performance in New York City.
Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration featuring Warren Haynes – Tour Dates
June 23 – Nashville, TN – Schermerhorn Symphony Center
With the Nashville Symphony
June 24 – Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheatre
With the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
June 26 – Highland Park, IL – Ravinia Festival
With the Ravinia Festival Orchestra
July 1 – Lenox, MA – Tanglewood Music Center
With the Boston Pops and Conductor Keith Lockhart
August 1 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
With The Colorado Symphony
August 4 – Canandaigua, NY – CMAC Performing Arts Center
August 6 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center For The Arts
With the Hudson Valley Philharmonic
August 7 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
August 8 – New York, NY – Summerstage In Central Park