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Surviving Grateful Dead Members to Headline Jerry Garcia Tribute Show

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There’s a glimmer of hope for those who don’t have tickets to the Grateful Dead reunion shows and don’t have the funds for hefty scalper fees. The band’s surviving members are gathering for a another concert, this one honoring their fallen leader Jerry Garcia.

Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir will headline an all-star cast for Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia, which will be held on May 14 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. Tickets go on sale at 10AM ET on March 13 through or at 877-4FLY-TIX.

Also on the bill are Jorma Kaukonen, former Grateful Dead collaborator Bruce Hornsby and Garcia musical partner David Grisman, groups heavily influenced by the Dead like Widespread Panic and moe. and other acts, including Eric Church, Los Lobos, Jimmy Cliff and Buddy Miller.

Lesh will perform with his band Communion as well, while Kreutzmann will also lead Billy and the Kids. Don Was will front a backing group and serve as the event’s music director. “Jerry made us fall in love with the possibilities of music,” Was said in a press release announcing the show. “Getting to play his songs with these artists is a dream realized for all of us.”

Garcia founded the Grateful Dead 50 years ago and led the band until his death in 1995. He will also be honored with induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June, along with longtime writing partner Robert Hunter.

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