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Grateful Dead Festival Returns to Danbury

The Forever Grateful music festival returns to Ives Concert Park in Danbury on August 10 (5-10:30pm) and August 11 (1 to 10:30pm). The festival celebrates the music of Grateful Dead, Phish, Jerry Garcia Band, Allman Brothers and Bob Marley in addition to featuring original music, funk and jams continuously performed across two main stages.

As a long-time fan of the Grateful Dead, Cathy Moore, owner of Promotions in Motion, a special events marketing and production company in Danbury, produced and launched the inaugural festival in 2015 in celebration of the band’s 50th anniversary. 

This year’s lineup starts on Friday with performances by The Brotherhood, Union Rail and Uncle Ebenezer (Phish). The night wraps up in tribute to the Dead with Stella Blues Band. Saturday is packed with continuous music with the day’s lineup including Atom Family Band, Brothers Grove, Red Hots Trio, The Native Heads, Legion of Jerry (Jerry Garcia Band), Inbassa & Friends (Bob Marley), Jen Durkin & the Business, and Brothers of the Road (Allman Brothers). Shakedown (Grateful Dead) closes out the
festival on Saturday night, which has become a Forever Grateful tradition. 

Tickets are $15 in advance for Friday or $25 at the door, and $25 in advance for Saturday or $35 at the door. VIP tickets are $70, which includes entrance to both days plus food, beverage and VIP seating. The event is general admission and will be held rain or shine. Kids 12 and under get in for free.

For more information and tickets, visit ForeverGratefulFest.com. Location: Ives Concert Park, 43 Lake Ave Ext, Danbury. See ad, page 17. 

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