Jerry Garcia's Birthday Bash/Brew Glass 4
Sunshine Daydream Music Festival Campground | Terra Alta, WV | August 14-17, 2003

Two Nights with Yonder Mountain String Band plus Blues Traveler, Rusted Root, Warren Haynes, ekoostik hookah, Derek Trucks Band, Garaj Mahal, The Wild Magnolias, Splintered Sunlight, Juggling Suns, Nomadic Design, The Shantee, Hackensaw Boys, Johnny Staats and the Delivery Boys, Davisson Bros. Band, Plaid Iguana Project, The Ordinary Way, Mr. Nimbus, The Bubba Quintet, NEXUS, Jelloman, and the Legendary Rick Beatty.

What happens when Sunshine Daydream rolls its best festivals into one long strange weekend of musical mayhem? You get Blues Traveler, Yonder Mountain String Band, Rusted Root, Warren Haynes, ekoostik hookah and the Derek Trucks Band all tearing up the same stage for three days. It’s two great tastes that taste great together when the Jerry Garcia’s Birthday Bash meets up with Brew Glass 4 to bring the sounds of joyous music back to the hills.

About the acts:

By Charlie Russo
A New York-based blues-rock quartet formed in 1988 by singer/harmonica player John Popper, guitarist Chan Kinchla, bassist Bobby Sheehan, and drummer Brendan Hill, Blues Traveler was part of a revival of the extended jamming style of '60s and '70s groups like the Grateful Dead and Led Zeppelin. Signed to A&M, they released their first album, Blues Traveler, in May 1990 and followed it with Travelers & Thieves in September 1991. In April 1993, Blues Traveler released its third album, Save His Soul, which became its first to make the Top 100. Blues Traveler's aptly named fourth album, Four, released in September 1994, at first looked like a sales disappointment, but it rebounded in 1995 when "Run-Around," a single taken from it, became the group's first chart hit. "Run-Around" became one of the biggest singles of 1995, spending nearly a full year on the charts and sending four into quintuple platinum status.

Taking bluegrass where it has never been before, Yonder Mountain String Band has, in just two years, accomplished what many bands dream of achieving in a lifetime. Expanding upon traditional bluegrass arrangements and ballad-oriented songs, the banjo, guitar, upright bass and mandolin quartet is known for its high-energy, creatively improvisational shows. Yonder Mountain refers to its fast-picking brand of bluegrass as "drive without drums." The sound appeals not only to traditional bluegrass aficionados, but to acoustic music, jam-band and rock ‘n’ roll lovers as well. Whether plugged in, or gathered around a single microphone, these four let it rip, creating dance friendly and stunning performances.

Rusted Root adopted a hard-touring way, its polyrhythmic multi-culti rock and soul picking up devotees like a junkyard magnet as the band swept across the nation. In 1990, they self-released a CD, Cruel Sun. The disc attracted Mercury Records which signed the band and released When I Woke (1994). Two more records (Remember in 1996 and the self-titled third in 1998), three EPs (Evil Ways, Live, and Airplane), a home video (Rusted Root Live) and miscellaneous film and TV soundtrack credits (Twister, Mathilda, Home For the Holidays, Party of Five, Homicide and the animated feature Ice Age) followed. The band’s latest release, Welcome To My Party, is the icing.

You wouldn’t know it from listening to Warren Haynes's work as a solo artist, as a member of the Allman Brothers Band, and frontman of Gov’t Mule, but there was a time when he didn't play guitar. He says, "I didn’t get my first guitar until I was 12. My oldest brother had an acoustic guitar, and I would bang on it and try to play." Warren currently is a member of the Allman Brothers Band and Phil Lesh & Friends in addition to being the lead guitarist and vocalist for Gov't Mule. You can also hear Warren on the newest releases from Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise, Corrosion of Conformity, and Everlast.

About Sunshine Daydream:

Throughout its four-year stay in Terra Alta, Sunshine Daydream has made community a top priority. Not just settling into the area, but enhancing it. In 2001 the music facility and its patrons rallied to raise more than $5,000 for a local family that lost its home to fire, and consistently incorporated food drives into its festivals to help the hungry in Preston County. Hookah Fans For Food will be collecting dry goods throughout the weekend to be distributed in Preston County. Please help our neighbors.

The weekend will be rounded out with a host of upcoming regional acts to get the barn floor thumping and a friendly family atmosphere (complete with food and merchandise vending) that has quickly made Sunshine Daydream a favorite destination for music fans from the Atlantic to the Mississippi.

Sunshine Daydreams is honored to carry on the tradition of improvisational rock ‘n’ roll in a family setting that fosters community and kindness.

Tickets are $68 in advance, $80 at the gate. Price includes camping and parking. Tickets are on sale now at 800.594.TIXX (8499) or

Help Sunshine Daydreams Save The Barn.

[Published on: 7/21/03]

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