June Lake Jam Fest, the annual fundraising event for the June Lake Loop Performing Arts Association (JLLOOPPAA) has announced the lineup for their much-lauded boutique music festival. The jam band festival, in its eighth year and dubbed “Flying High Edition'', takes place in Gull Lake Park in June Lake, CA from September 8th through the 10th.

We are so excited to return to the beautiful Mare Island Waterfront for another all-day LIVE DEAD Days Between celebration on Sunday August 6th from 1 till 9 or 9:30. Featuring CUBENSIS: The Grateful Dead Experience with a VERY SPECIAL GUEST (2 sets), GRATEFUL BRASS by Jazz Mafia, THE ALLIGATORS Pigpen Experience, LOVIN’ DEAD and LOVE MISCHIEF. With food trucks, drinks, local artisan vendors, new Burning Man sculpture exhibit. Featuring waterfront views on the Napa River and plenty of shade under newly renovated historic Coal Sheds. All Ages.

THIS WEEKEND, we are super excited to be hosting the SKULL & ROSES BAY AREA WARMUP PARTIES! Featuring CUBENSIS: The Grateful Dead Experience (since 1987) and THE ALLIGATORS high-octane Pigpen Tribute. This Friday night 3/31 we are in the East Bay at Toot’s Tavern in Crockett and Saturday 4/1 we head north to the HopMonk Sebastopol to take over The Abbey! It isn’t too late to secure your discount advance tickets.

NO FOOLIN— The Skull & Roses Bay Area Warm-Up weekend continues on Saturday April 1st as CUBENSIS & THE ALLIGATORS make their way to Hopmonk Sebastopol for the one more Saturday night of good ol’ Grateful Dead to melt your worries away, put a smile on your face and then steal it right off your head.

Sheryl Crow gets it – the beach life, that is. “All I wanna do is have some fun, until the sun comes up over Santa Monica Boulevard,” Crow sang on Sunday during a twilight set on the sand at Redondo Beach, just 15 miles south of the oceanfront Santa Monica Pier. One of the BeachLife Festival’s high-profile performers who first made waves toward prominence in the late ‘80s/early ‘90s, Crow shared top billing with Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer, Stone Temple Pilots, 311, and the Steve Miller Band (who’s first hit was in 1968).

The third day of the fourth Skull and Roses Festival saw the biggest crowds ever and record warm temperatures. A strong onshore wind helped mediate temperatures. When the Alligators rotated onstage just after 4 pm, the fairgrounds were packed with music fans. The band was actually created initially as a one-off to perform at the festival. According to promoter Dennis McNally, “The Gators came into being because Chris, the promoter of Skull and Roses, had a problem—and a vision.

TICKETS on sale now for a very Grateful evening with Cubensis, America’s longest-lived Grateful Dead Tribute Band making a rare trip to NorCal, PLUS Skull & Roses Festival House Band The Alligators- A high energy chompin’ tribute to the Pigpen Era of the Grateful Dead. Get your dance on, gather with good peeps in Sugartown and get ready for the best Skull & Roses Fest EVER this April 7-10 in Ventura. Setbreak giveaway, vendors TBA.

An eclectic beach-focused lineup of more than 55 top music artists across the spectrum of rock, indie, jam, reggae, and more has been announced for the 3rd edition of BeachLife Festival, Los Angeles County’s only coastal three-day immersive experience uniquely celebrating beach culture. Held May 13-15, 2022, Southern California’s premier live music, art, and culinary experience takes place on the picturesque waterfront in Redondo Beach, CA.

Late-night “Afterparty” performances have been announced for the BeachLife Festival. Among the late-night music purveyors of particular interest to Grateful Web readers include renowned Southern California bands Cubensis and The Higgs. On Saturday, The Higgs, whose mission is “Melting faces. Blowing minds. Cerebral jams for the masses,” will jam out post-fest at Samba By the Sea on the waterfront in the Redondo Beach Marina, just a few steps away from the festival site.

Andy Logan is a Dead Head who recognizes (along with the rest of us!) that Dead music is our common heritage and a nurturing source of love for us all.  Wanting to support that, and having a collection of guitars, he began to lend and sometimes give special instruments to gifted players who didn’t have the means to acquire them on their own.  This came to include not only first-quality examples of the types of guitars that Garcia and Weir had played, but then instruments built for them, as well as instruments Jerry owned, most famously “Alligator,” his axe from the era of Europe ’

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