4848 Festival Adds Legion Of Mary Tribute Featuring Melvin Seals & JGB And Karl Denson
The 2020 4848 Festival lineup has been finalized with the addition of “Legion Of Melvin.” Featuring Melvin Seals & JGB and Karl Denson, the new ensemble will pay tribute to Jerry Garcia’s Legion Of Mary project during the festival, which will be held at Snowshoe Mountain Resort in Snowshoe, West Virginia July 9 – 11.
Legion of Mary consisted of Garcia, keyboardist Merl Saunders, bassist John Kahn, multi-instrumentalist Martin Fierro and drummer Ron Tutt. The group was active from December 1974 through July 1975, after which time Jerry Garcia focused his non-Grateful Dead activity on the Jerry Garcia Band. Fierro played saxophone and flute in Legion Of Mary, making Denson the perfect addition to Seals’ group for the Legion Of Mary tribute at this year’s 4848 Festival.