Music And Cultural Icon Jerry Garcia To Be Honored At Concert Event Of A Lifetime

March 5, 2015 – On Thursday, May 14, an extraordinary collection of music stars will come together at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD, for the concert event of a lifetime, DEAR JERRY: CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF JERRY GARCIA, to honor one of the most influential musicians and cultural icons of our time. The concert event will feature performances by: Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann’s Billy & the Kids, Bob Weir, Bruce Hornsby, Buddy Miller, David Grisman, Eric Church, Greensky Bluegrass, Jimmy Cliff, Jorma Kaukonen, Los Lobos, moe., O.A.R., Railroad Earth, The Disco Biscuits, Trampled By Turtles, Widespread Panic, Yonder Mountain String Band and Communion featuring Phil Lesh, Stu Allen, Grahame Lesh, Ross James, Alex Koford, and Jason Crosby. Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets go on sale Friday March 13 at 12pm ET via or by phone at 877-4FLY-TIX. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Merriweather Post Pavilion Box Office. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Tuesday, March 10th at 10am ET through Thursday, March 12th at 10pm. For more information visit The Merriweather Post Pavilion parking lot will open at 3:30pm. Doors will be at 5:30pm and the show will begin at 7pm.

Keith Wortman is the creator and executive producer of the show. Grammy Award-winner Don Was serves as music director, and will lead an all-star band backing the performers at this incomparable concert event taping. Was and Wortman recently teamed to produce large-scale concert events, music releases, and broadcast specials honoring music icons such as Johnny Cash, Levon Helm, Dr. John, Gregg Allman, Mavis Staples and Emmylou Harris amongst others. DEAR JERRY: CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF JERRY GARCIA will be filmed and recorded for multi-platform distribution throughout traditional and digital media. The event will be co-produced by the Jerry Garcia family.

“It’s exciting to have so many phenomenal artists performing in this special musical tribute to my dad, Jerry Garcia!” says Trixie Garcia. “DEAR JERRY: CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF JERRY GARCIA speaks volumes to Jerry’s lasting influence in the ears and hearts of his fans and fellow musicians. Join us in celebrating the legacy that inspired so many.”

“Jerry gave his heart, soul, and music to his band mates, fellow musicians, and to millions of fans around the world,” said Wortman. “Whether playing in the Grateful Dead, his acoustic and bluegrass bands or his beloved Jerry Garcia Band, his songs made us happy just to be alive. As all of us in the extended Grateful Dead family embark on celebrating 50 years of their music, I can’t think of a more fitting way to kick-off the festivities than by honoring Jerry and his songs at this extraordinary event. I am privileged and humbled to be working with these artists to deliver such a special event to the fans — it will be unforgettable.”

“Jerry made us fall in love with the possibilities of music,” said Was. “Getting to play his songs with these artists is a dream realized for all of us.”


About Jerry Garcia:
Jerry Garcia (1942-1995) created an unparalleled legacy across the American landscape, most notably in his role as a founding member, singer, songwriter and lead guitarist of the Grateful Dead. Garcia’s unmistakable guitar tone enchanted multitudes of “Deadheads” throughout the band’s 30-year career and beyond. His work with the Jerry Garcia Band, Old and in the Way, Legion of Mary, Garcia/Grisman and projects with Merl Saunders only scratch at the surface of his musical influences as he set out to master the Great American Songbook. In June of 2015, Garcia and Robert Hunter’s collaborative partnership will be recognized with an induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Unequivocally devoted to the craft of music, Garcia continues to inspire future generations through the body of work he has left behind and his creative spirit.

About Blackbird Production Partners:
Blackbird Production Partners is the worldwide leader in the creation and production of once-in-a-lifetime concert events, broadcast series & specials, and music releases. Blackbird’s projects feature major music stars across all genres and demographics. Keith Wortman is the CEO of Blackbird Production Partners. More info about Blackbird.

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