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Let Me Sing Your Blues Away: Celebrating Jerry Garcia This Weekend

Mark Miller

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August 9, 2015, marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Jerome John “Jerry” Garcia, groundbreaking lead guitarist, co-founder of The Grateful Dead, author of dozens of memorable songs and one of the great American musical icons of any era. All Summer long, we’ve seen and heard commemorations of Garcia’s legacy, and it’s coming to a head this Sunday, known as the end of the “Days Between,” a term taken from a Dead song denoting the week-plus commemoration of Jerry’s birthday (August 1, 1942) until the anniversary of his death on the 9th.

Here are some very Jerry happenings you can attend in person or check out online between now and August 9.

Chicago
JERRY GARCIA TRIBUTE SHOW WITH MR. BLOTTO at The Cubby Bear on August 9.  Party and honor Jerry directly across the street from Wrigley Field with one of Chicago’s most popular Dead cover bands. www.cubbybear.com

San Francisco
SF GIANTS GRATEFUL DEAD NIGHT AT&T PARK. August 13 is the Giants annual Jerry/Dead tribute night featuring special events and Dead music played between innings of the Giants/Nationals game. mlb.com

Anywhere
JERRYGARCIA.COM “ALL THE YEARS COMBINE: CELEBRATING JERRY GARCIA IN PICTURE – This week the official Jerry site is featuring an online photo gallery tribute that visually represents Jerry’s life with a new iconic photo released each day through August 9.

Jupiter, FL
Guanabana’s “The Days Between” in Jupiter, FL will host the “Grateful Gathering” on August 8 and with cover bands and reflections on Jerry’s life and times.

Patchogue, NY
Jerry Jam 9 will be held August 8-9 in Fireman’s Park; https://www.facebook.com/events/399073746956626/

Atlanta
2nd Annual End of Days Between: A Jerry Garcia Celebration at the Red Light Cafe features five bands to reflect the diversity of Garcia’s musical styles. http://redlightcafe.com

Myrtle Beach, SC
11th ANNUAL JERRY FEST will be held at the Boathouse Waterway in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

And if you’re a Deadhead across the pond…

SUMMER SHAKEDOWN 2015 features Dead cover bands on August 15 in the birthplace of The Beatles, Liverpool, UK
Summer Shakedown Returns 15, August 2015 – The Melwood Beer Company; melwoodbeer.co.uk

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