We're now less than a week away from our first Grateful Garcia Gathering, which will be held July 30 - August 2 in beautiful Black River Falls, Wisconsin. This isn't just another summer festival: it's a major part of the Deadhead/kind folks lifestyle that will celebrate and pay tribute to the life, art, and music of Jerry Garcia on his 62nd birthday. "The 3Gs" will shake down at the beautiful NCN-North Campgrounds, which feature 60-plus acres of magnificent surroundings, a five-acre spring fed lake with sandy beaches, modern bathroom facilities with showers, and other luxurious accommodations. Campers and RV's are welcome. Campers will be able to have campfires at each individual campsite. There will be many vendors, a friendly atmosphere, and an excellent musical lineup of 18 bands influenced by the music Jerry Garcia!

Festival attendees will be able to dance and shake their bones to the sounds of Boney Fingers, Waterband, The Jones Gang, Day Old Bread, Groovulous Glove, The Northern Pines, Eternity, The Green Situation, Floydian Slip, Bed, The Northern Lights, The Form, Minglewood, Strange Neighbors, Grateful Gary & Friends, and more. Singer/songwriter Drew Scott is MC for The 3Gs. Drew has been known in the past to open for Merl Saunders while on tour. In addition, we'll have a few very special appearances with the Dancing Bears!

The Grateful Garcia Gathering wouldn't be complete without a musical cohort and personal friend of Jerry's to be part of the festivities. Melvin Seals, longtime vocalist and organist of the Jerry Garcia Band and JGB, will headline the 3Gs on August 1. As a very special treat, Dark Star Orchestra guitarist John Kadlecik will join Melvin Seals & JGB on stage this full-moon weekend of love, harmony, music, and peace!

In addition, we are very pleased to have PHIX performing at The 3Gs, helping satisfy the musical cravings of all our Phish phans. Both PHIX guitarist Paul Murin and DSO guitarist/vocalist John Kadlecik have been known to sit in with Melvin Seals. This will be a gathering to shake your bones to, so don't miss the bus!

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[Published on: 7/26/04]

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