I had one question as I was pulling into Bean Blossom, Indiana for this year’s John Hartford Memorial Festival. “Can they keep the spirit of this thing alive with continued success?” There is something different and special happening in this event, and we all know what happens when beautiful special things really take off and become tremendously successful. I didn’t doubt that I was about to take part in something truly good, but I was – let’s say worried. I don’t want to see this festival lose its way.
The 6th annual Spread The Word Festival, showcased some of Colorado’s most diverse and eclectic talent, spanning from ferociously fast picking and heavy-hitting bass decibels, to smooth funky jams and everything in between. Spread across five stages, Denver’s Fox Street Compound morphed into a psychedelic playground for fans to enjoy artists, food trucks and tunes galore.
Ardmore Music Hall will host a massive 2-night fundraiser and concert event on June 8th and 9th with iconic social activist and “official clown” of the Grateful Dead, Wavy Gravy, as the guest of honor and a star studded lineup of musicians to celebrate the music of the Grateful Dead and much more. Unlimited Devotion: A Rex Foundation fundraiser will include performances by Steve Kimock, Eric Krasno, John Kadlecik, Jeff Austin, Tom Hamilton, Holly Bowling and many more.
Spread the Word Music Festival is pleased to announce its sixth annual extravaganza, featuring Colorado’s best up-and-coming bands/DJs across five stages. This three-day festival will take place in downtown Denver, CO from Friday May 11th – Sunday May 13th, 2018 at Fox St. Compound. Music lovers of all types will appreciate the variance throughout the festival with styles ranging from jam, funk, bluegrass, reggae, electronic, rock, and every kind of fusion in between.
Spread The Word Fest 2018 Lineup:
"Festival Family". You see the term used in practically all fest promo, and here at John Hartford Memorial Festival we are proud to live it, with you. Hopefully by now you have attended JHMF, maybe even all previous 7 years. We are a family friendly, kid friendly, dog friendly, jam friendly, just plain friendly festival and we strive to reach the right number of folks for your maximum comfort.
The Travelin' McCourys started a very special string of shows called 'The Grateful Ball' in 2016. The show consists of a set of music from The Jeff Austin Band, a set of music from The Travelin' McCourys and then a set with both bands playing all Grateful Dead songs. While the band initially only planned to do one run, the success of the shows and demand from fans across the country made them rethink and plan a few more shows, this time on the West Coast.
In keeping with our John Hartford inspired genre busting tradition, JHMF 7 wants you to grab someone you love and join us for a spectacular Bluegrass/Jam band retro grass-rock event as the Travelin’ McCourys and the Jeff Austin Band will team up for their “Grateful Ball”! Each band will play a set and then come together for a set of Grateful Dead songs
Last year in the early fall, Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California announced the impressive billing of Dawg Day Afternoon. Amongst exciting performances from bluegrass giants like Jerry Douglas and Del McCoury Band, David Grisman’s Sextet was featured as headliner. The event went smashingly. The talent was top notch, and the gorgeous Weill Hall at Green Music Center provided diverse experiences for patrons.