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Grateful Dead Music Celebration Returns to Danbury

The Forever Grateful music festival returns to the Ives Concert Park in Danbury on August 20 from 1 to 10:30pm. The festival celebrates the music of the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia Band, Allman Brothers and Bob Marley with live performances on the main stage by Shakedown, Cats Under the Stars, Brothers of the Road, Terrapin and Ras Spective. The day-long festival boasts 10 bands on two stages plus food, beer and vendors.

The event’s second stage will host local musical talent such as Jen Durkin and the Bizness, featuring members of Deep Banana Blackout, Union Rail, The Native Heads & Friends, Father Nelson and the Backsliders, Phoenix Tree and MSM Band. Comedian Pat Oates and other performers will be on stage throughout the day as well.

A long-time fan of the Grateful Dead, Cathy Moore, owner of Danbury-based Promotions In Motion special events marketing and production company, produced and launched the inaugural festival in 2015 in celebration of The Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary. After that successful foray, in 2016 the festival returns at double the size.

“We are excited to once again to be partnering with Ives Concert Park. This year, we not only have the music of The Grateful Dead performed by local artists, but we’ve included the Allman Brothers, Jerry Garcia Band and Bob Marley into the mix, which makes for one serious day of music, dancin’ and jams, all in Grateful Dead style. We wouldn’t have it any other way,” says Moore.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. There are limited VIP tickets for $45, Kids under 12 are free.

For more event information, visit ForeverGratefulFest.com. To order tickets, visit Eventbrite.com/e/2nd-Annual-Forever-Grateful-Music-Festival-Tickets-26453546269. Location: Ives Concert Park, 43 Lake Ave Extension, Danbury.

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