All-Star Cast Of Musicians Presents ‘Jubilee – A Celebration Of Jerry Garcia’ In LA: Photos & Videos


Photos by: Steph Port

Jubilee – A Celebration Of Jerry Garcia :: 3.30.18
:: The Theatre At Ace Hotel :: Los Angeles

An impressive and diverse cast of musicians came together at The Theatre At Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on Friday night for Jubilee – A Celebration Of Jerry Garcia. The concert was presented by The Bluegrass Situation, Goldenvoice and the Jerry Garcia Family with Annabelle and Trixie Garcia among those in attendance. Proceeds from the show benefited the Rex Foundation, the Jerry Garcia Foundation and the Center For Biological Diversity. Ed Helms opened the evening with a welcome speech about Jerry and his legacy.

The house band for Jubilee featured Benmont Tench of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers on keyboards, multi-instrumentalist Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek, guitarist Tyler Chester and drummer Jay Bellerose. Performers would lead the house band on songs Jerry both wrote and loved over the course of two sets. Josh Ritter, Jamie Drake and Sara Watkins teamed for “Dire Wolf,” while Sam Bush and Sara Watkins went on to lead “Shady Grove.” Willie Watson was featured on “Jack-A-Roe.” MC Taylor, a.k.a. Hiss Golden Messenger was one of the stars of the night as he belted out “Loser” and “China Doll.” The former also featured Bemmont’s Heartbreakers band mate Mike Campbell who praised Jerry ahead of “Loser.” Mike Campbell also shined on “Deal” sung by Jason Sinay.

Youngster Billy Strings sang “To Lay Me Down” during the first set. The concert also saw David Hidalgo of Los Lobos pair up with Stephen Malkmus to lead the house band on “Bertha” with Malkmus fronting “I’ve Been All Around This World” after Banditos’ “New Speedway Boogie.” Friday’s first set concluded with Amos Lee performing “Black Muddy River” and a “Sugaree” that also featured Mike Campbell, among others.

Margo Price showed off her drumming skills while singing “Casey Jones” at the start of the second set. Then, Ritter stepped up for “Louis Collins.” After the aforementioned versions of “China Doll” and “Deal,” Billy Strings paired up with Sam Bush, Chris Funk of The Decemberists, Sara Watkins and Molly Tuttle for “The Legend Of The Johnson Boys.” Billy and Molly went on to lead the house band on “Long Lonesome Road.” From there, Hidalgo and Bush fronted “Evangeline,” Price stepped back into the spotlight for “Friend Of The Devil,” while Sean and Sara sang “Brokedown Palace” and Jamie Drake led “Ripple.” The evening’s performers returned to the stage during Ripple and stayed for a raucous “Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad” finale. Photographer Steph Port was on hand to capture the action:


[Margo Price – Casey Jones | Captured by rb1229]

[Amos Lee – Black Muddy River | Captured by Paul Giza]

[Hiss Golden Messenger – Loser | Captured by rb1229]

[Amos Lee – Sugaree | Captured by rb1229]

[Stephen Malkmus – I’ve Been All Around This World | Captured by Paul Giza]

[Finale – GDTRFB | Captured by Paul Giza]