Grateful Garcia Gathering '08


The Grateful Garcia Gathering '08 continues on its long strange trip, and now the bus is pulling into Legend Valley (formerly Buckeye Lake Music Center) outside Columbus, Ohio. The 3Gs takes place July 31 through August 2, 2008, and will celebrate what would have been legendary guitarist Jerry Garcia's 66th Birthday.

The Grateful Dead actually graced the venue with a few performances when it was called Buckeye Lake Music Center (6/25/88, 7/9/91, 7/1/92, 7/11/93 and 7/29/94, to be exact). Bob Weir and Ratdog performed there in 2000 along with ekoostik Hookah, Deep Banana Blackout, Arlo Guthrie, David Grisman Quintetto).

Artist confirmed for the 2008 gathering include two nights each with Melvin Seals & JGB, Moonalice, BoomBox and Donna Jean Godchaux & the Tricksters featuring all of the Zen Tricksters. Additional performers include Jackie Greene, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Waterband, Splintered Sunlight, JiMiller Band, Professor Louie & The Crowmatix, Covert Operations, Baghdad SCUBA Review, Bowser, Grateful Beth & The Volunteers, Back Home and more.

Early Bird Special Weekend Passes for the 2008 Grateful Garcia Gathering go on sale January 1, 2008 at

[Published on: 12/28/07]

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philhitz Fri 12/28/2007 08:01AM
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a big yay for the move to buckeye lake (oops - legend valley) -- this is awesome!!!!

D-Line star Fri 12/28/2007 08:37AM
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moejoerisin Fri 12/28/2007 08:47AM
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how many times are people going to recycle the 'long strange trip' cliche when talking about the dead or anything related to the dead?

ledisbri starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/28/2007 08:49AM
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1st off... COVERT OPS FUCKIN ROCKS!!!! you have no idea how sick they they are....just you wait! Un-frickin real! They are the tightest shit since Phish and thats no jive turkey talkin!! Straight experience yo!

Now step back a sec and look at the foundation of this festie, melvin seals and jgb, donna and zen tricksters (with rob baracco), jackie greene whos playing with phil, new riders of the purple sage, you dont think this is gonna draw major gravity and others be beatin down the door to play come summer time?

and the music never stops.....

TimCorcoran starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/28/2007 08:49AM
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Be patient, the line-up isn't finished yet. Still waiting confirmation on headliners...

ScIFreak Fri 12/28/2007 09:06AM
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The Dead should headline IMO.... It's been since '04 and it would be nice to see the boys together for this event... Bobby and Phil need to pull there heads out of there asses for sure.....

Deadphishbiscuits Fri 12/28/2007 09:48AM
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Couldnt agree more SCIfreak it would be a hell of a compliment/tribute to this event and they both need to do what you said. Throw in Donna who is going to be there already and right there makes it the highlight of the summer..or at least one of the many. Still looks alright for now need to see who else will be gracing the stage with their presence before i decide to take the drive to the buckeye state enjoy the New Year everybody and a good show to One and All

pinkfloydfan420 starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/28/2007 09:57AM
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ledisbri knows what they're talking about, COVERT OPTS IS AWESOME!!! They can rock so hard, you've never heard a young band play with so much power. They even won a contest to play at 10,000 lakes a few years back. Whenever you get a chance, check Covert out, they're definetly worth it. I may head to this just to check 'em out again!

rufusproject Fri 12/28/2007 10:20AM
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This fest was really fun last year in wisco! One band I'd like to see added to the lineup is CHINESE FINGERTRAP! I had never heard of them until last summer when they kept poppin up everywhere I went. They had killer sets at Wakarusa, 10,000 Lakes and GGG and I've seen them a few times since and they're SICK. The Dead would be amazing but a few more really solid smaller acts would get me out to Ohio too!

RosannaG starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/28/2007 11:38AM
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The Zen Tricksters alone are worth a trip out to Ohio! You gotta hear Jeff Mattson, Tom Circosta, Klyph Black and Dave Diamond live. They blow me away every time! When they play with Donna on vocals, Mookie Siegel is on keyboards and Wendy Lanter is also on vocals. Now if only Phil and Bobby will play together for this gathering, it will truly be heaven.

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andrewq Fri 12/28/2007 07:56PM
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Jimiller starstarstarstarstar Sat 12/29/2007 07:29AM
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The JiMiller Band is excited to be part of this event! Looking forward to playing for you all! If you have any request for what you would like us to play, please email us on our myspace (

See you all at Legend Valley!

Sidney022 starstarstarstarstar Sat 12/29/2007 07:31AM
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This show is going to be amazing and well worth a drive!

Have any of you ever seen Boombox (DJ Russ Randolph and singer/songwriter/guitarist Zion Rock Godchaux)? If not, check them out... ( I saw them last year at GratefulFest at Nelson Ledges and they stole the show! I bought the CD and it has hardly been out of my CD player since! I drove to Columbus from Cleveland for just them!

I have seen JiMiller (formerly of Oroboros) several times and every time I do, it is better than the last and I am more than willing to drive to Columbus for them! If you are a Grateful Dead fan, look them up ( they do all Grateful Dead nights and an all Grateful Dead weekend at Nelson Ledges every summer and its amazing!

Plus, you have Waterband... Dreadlock Dave and John Welton (The Whole Fam Damily) these guys know how to throw down and I have never seen anyone like Dreadlock Dave! These boys love making music and know how to make you feel good!!

Donna Jean is a legacy! She knows more about Grateful Dead than most people and deserves a spot in honoring the man we all love, Mr. Jerry Garcia! Remember, that is what this is all about!?

This festival is about more than who is playing (although the lineup looks solid to me), it is about bringing people together who have a respect for the life and music of a man who touched so many people in so many ways.

As for the people bashing the lineup, you obviously don't get it and don't understand what Jerry Garcia was singing for. Have any of you ever been to a Grateful Dead show? It was about more than the musicians coming out on stage and pouring their heart and soul out to the crowd, it was about a sense of family and a feeling you got when the music started playing...

Most of you have no idea how hard it is to put on a festival... I say thank you Tim Sundog and Legend Valley for allowing us to be part of something bigger than ourselves! Something that will bring like minded people together, if even for a brief moment, to enjoy some GRATE music and hopefully make some wonderful memories that will last a lifetime (just go ask a Deadhead to tell you the story about how they first got turned on to Grateful Dead)! Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right!

I also say thank you to the music makers for sharing your story with me! Jackie Greene, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Waterband, Splintered Sunlight, JiMiller Band, Professor Louie & The Crowmatix, Covert Operations, Baghdad SCUBA Review, Bowser, Grateful Beth & The Volunteers, Back Home, I can't wait to see what you have in store for me!

Think about it. A really great song will outlast all of us... it doesn't end... what will you be remembered for? Jerry Garcia died in 1995, but his memory and words live on... His story isn't over yet, thanks to the musicians and fans he has touched, and because of people like Tim Sundog who work really hard to keep his music alive...

The storyteller makes no choice

soon you will not hear his voice

his job is to shed light

and not to master

Since the end is never told

we pay the teller off in gold

in hopes he will come back

Like I told you, what I said, Steal your face right off your head.

Now he's gone, now he's gone, Lord he's gone, he's gone.

Like a steam locomotive, rollin' down the track

He's gone, gone, nothin's gonna bring him back...He's gone.

But I will be there to honor the man who touched my life...

It may be cliche, but its true just the same... What a long strange trip its been! Mine isn't over yet... Some people just don't get it and thats ok... for those of you who do, I will see you at Legend Valley!

O1Roggae starstar Sat 12/29/2007 08:52AM
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moejoerisin Sat 12/29/2007 09:58AM
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now, now. i've heard the donna bashing before, and i will admit that she sounds pretty haggard nowadays. but what would 'music never stopped' be without her?

there's a baaand out on the highwaaay..

chinacatsunflower1989 starstarstar Sat 12/29/2007 11:32AM
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Donna's straight, but im my opinion, way early seventies are the deads prime years. As far as the festival, im pretty much on the fence, ive gotta find out what the psychoactive substance situation (PSS) is like...

Dallas starstarstar Sat 12/29/2007 01:46PM
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GRATE! We here in Covert Operations are eternally Grateful. Thank you everyone! Thank you Jerry. Thank you Tim. I have read all the comments and would like to shed some light -

Covert has played this "family gathering" (not a festy) for the last 2 years. The first was very good and we were blown away by Melvin and Stu -- this is JGB -- close your eyes and cry -- thats what happens there.

Last year was way better! Not only did JGB kill it - (with Melvin on our organ) but Donna Jean and the Tricksters blew my mind. They stole the show for me. Donna is an awesome singer and front woman in this group -- oh so much soul! (Too many of these jam bands now a days rely on technical ability to wow you and they never tap into the cosmos -- Its all about soul and they have it! She is sexy - VERY NICE! hehe anyway the band is totally pro and playing all original tunes that are so smokin! I was so moved by their performance I am actually trying to line a show up with them here in MI!

GE SMITH is a legend, it was unreal seeing him play! SO SOLID AND PROFESSIONAL!

Then Boombox and Green and SPLINTERED SUNLIGHT (OH MY GOD)...

Lastly - like I said before, this is a family gathering ...there will be no negative energy and there will be no one there who shouldn't be there. This will be the highlight of the year in terms of celebration. This is all about love and positive energy and after you have felt it, you have lived...gratefully :)



Detroit Funk starstarstarstarstar Sat 12/29/2007 04:59PM
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Detroit Funk

I'm not gonna miss this again this year. fuck yeah.

mondo3g Sat 12/29/2007 07:12PM
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The 3G's has really grown. It's still the most laid back fest around.

As volunteer coordinator for this event, I've met most of the festival

goers. I'll ask em if they ever have a problem to look me up. I'm still

waitin after 5 years for someone to voice the first problem.

The Bands and their fans are grate. Bowser, Baghdad Scuba Review, Covert

Operations, MoonAlice, Donna Jean, and My Friends Melvin and Stu at JGB, and of course...Grateful Beth and the Volunteers all return to this years celebration....

and I can't wait to meet the new bands and fans....

If you can't make the 3G's... please make it somewhere that weekend

and celebrate Jerry's memory with music at one of the many festivals

nationwide that weekend.

breadloaf starstarstar Mon 12/31/2007 07:51AM
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I saw Donna Jean perform with the Grateful Dead approximately fifty times in the seventies (and even once sit in when Willie Nelson warmed up the Dead). While there were some truly sublime moments (the call and response with Weir on Estimated Prophet comes to mind, as well as the aforementioned Music Never Stopped), it is a point of historical fact that she very frequently sang off-key; and this in a band with no particularly strong vocalists, although Jerry certainly had his own unique vocal style. Perhaps in a different setting she finds more suitable ranges for her voice- she did always have a nice presence and it is not my intention to demean her- if you were there, you know what I am talking about. I dig what her son is doing with Boombox. Most of all, I just miss Jerry terribly. He was the shit.

nuke_ticketbastard starstarstarstarstar Mon 12/31/2007 10:36AM
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sounds like a blast ! I saw the dead here when it was still buckeye - not sure which of these years it was - violent femmes opened! i do remember they played reuben n cherise , can't remember what else they played , at least not right now... guess i will have to dig that one up...kind of a blur of a memory , my friend gave me some mescaline....

anyhow this sounds like a blast , now i just gotta remember where we camped on the way - it was an excellent campground....then the next day my uncle's truck broke down ( my uncles name is john by the way! )any how some guy with a lucky 13 tattoo fixed the truck in the nearest town and on we went.... its all coming back to me now...

HurdyGurdyMan starstarstarstarstar Mon 12/31/2007 01:52PM
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I don't think I could possibly be any more excited for this event - good music, good food and good people...sounds like a party to me!

johnny11 Tue 1/1/2008 06:59AM
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this should be a great festival by all means. we just need to remember that it's not about the preformers but the music. should be way more fun than Lollapalooza & a hell of a lot cheaper plus there's so many more hippies to jam w/.

Emo starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/2/2008 08:08AM
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Do you even know where you are? Honestly. I guess you gotta be family to get it. Do me a favor and just make it to Bonnaroo. I will enjoy this show on your dime.

blueice3 Wed 1/2/2008 02:14PM
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Are you kidding! That lineup looks amazing! And it will fill out too. Melvin and JGB are so wonderful, and Donna is sounding better then ever with her new band, the Tricksters. If you haven't heard them recently, you have no idea how great this band is! And Boombox is such a terrific group. This fest will be one of the greats of the summer.

andrewk1 starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/2/2008 06:44PM
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cant wait,,,,this festival has been growing and getting a wide array of acts from the grateful dead family bands that have graced the country for all too enjoy. please come and join us in ohio. its going to be one big party, good people and good times, bring your family and friends!

headySetList Thu 1/3/2008 08:11AM
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kirkbrew Thu 1/3/2008 03:12PM
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TimCorcoran starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/3/2008 04:06PM
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KirkBrew, we love you much, and we're so TOTALLY grateful that you won't be going to the 3G's! I'm sure there other festivals you'd rather go see on that weekend! Like it says on the 3G's web site: Please *Do Not* bring pets, nitrous oxide, GLASS BOTTLES, fireworks, firearms, "Bad Attitudes".

nuke_ticketbastard starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/4/2008 05:20AM
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kirkbrew "file that one in the warehouse of shit i don't get" - yeah why don't you put it right next to "laid" because you obviously don't get that either!

johnny11 Fri 1/4/2008 07:01AM
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kirkbrew your profile says your a musician, well it shure shows your an amature all right. The first thing ya need to be a musician is RESPECT. How you gonna bash people who are years ahead of ya? I thought everyone was born w/ at least a little common sense but you've proved that to be a myth, just like Santa and the Easter Bunny.

tonebeach Fri 1/4/2008 11:47AM
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lets get jacked up for JERRY!!!!!!!!

phishdead Sat 1/5/2008 07:29AM
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Damn. Give the 3GS a break. You guys are slamming on it because of a line up.

He is just trying to bring people together for a common cause. Jerry!!! Save the drama for your mamma. It is hard enough putting a fest together let alone juggling this bullshit. Let him do his thing hassle free.


TimCorcoran starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/5/2008 10:16AM
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Brandon, its cool that a few of these folks have interest elsewhere. This line-up is awsome, Jackie Greene, Barry Sless, Mookie, Donna, Pete Sears, G.E.Smith, Melvin Seals and David Kemper, BoomBox, New Riders of the Puple Sage w/David Nelson, ect! More to be added, so hold on bro! The best part is we're at LEGEND VALLEY!!! =)

cliftonhanger420 Mon 1/7/2008 06:40PM
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waketherain Tue 1/8/2008 10:19AM
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gathering of the vibes 2008 is the same weekend!

brokenin Mon 1/14/2008 07:19PM
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Hey cliftonhanger420

“Stuff it man Eat it we don’t have to dignify your miserable heckling do we “

Swift peek thru the line up and my imagination is getting the best of me.

That jam Tim’s tried for so long to sync up is already meshed can’t wait to see what materializes. This gathering keeps getting stronger year after year hope the change in location is the only thing that changes well and that Waterband shows up. lol


jon420 Wed 1/16/2008 12:51PM
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Look Out Ohio, Mad respect for the GGG crew and the Legend Valley Venue! This is going to be out of control. Our friends in Bowser,Covert Operations, Baghdad Scuba Review! 3 great up and coming bands! We have made many friends this past couple years at GGG, and look forward to the energy and good vibes this festival will bestow upon on the good friends and family who join us for this celebration!

bdog1963 Fri 2/29/2008 03:06AM
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Re Covert Ops. Umm... great keyboardist just ok otherwise jmho

festivalqueen starstarstar Wed 4/2/2008 01:02PM
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mad luv to the 3gs fest. gosh, so much bashin goin on for what reason? its called the grateful garcia gathering! helllooow need i say more?

althea_told_me Mon 6/2/2008 06:23AM
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syf Thu 7/3/2008 09:07AM
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drumfreak Sat 7/12/2008 08:22AM
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stafra Thu 7/24/2008 08:57AM
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Went to this last year in Black River Falls, WI!! What an AWESOME event. Looking for a ride from LaX, MSP, MLK area to this years show in Thornville. Look me up. It would be much appretiated ;)

twebs Sun 5/31/2009 10:17PM
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Hey! This band ROCKS MY FREEKING SOCKS OFF!!!!!! communication and energy is the key. the band feeds off of its loyal followers and makes moments become fond memories, and one night is not just another night in one's life. There are things in life that make living feel enjoyable, homey, and in love- this band brings that. Music is sometimes more than just words spoken and rhythms made, Covert Operations brings that to life with smooth harmonies, difficult time signatures that seem strange but so right, and a ride of emotional vibrations that show feelings through the movements of the hands at play and the facial structures of focus. A party was never so fun until you party with the Covert family.