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Grateville Dead 2016 Wanderings

“Reach out your hand if your cup be empty
If your cup is full may it be again
Let it be known there is a fountain
That was not made by the hands of men…

…Ripple in still water
When there is no pebble tossed
Nor wind to blow.”

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GrateVille Dead

GrateVille Dead is a Local celebration for Jerry Garcia’s Birthday and the Music of the Grateful Dead. Its a gathering of musicians, music lovers, artist and families to celebrate the Music

On August first 2015, I witnessed magic occur on the banks of the Ohio river. Joy, celebration and jubilation were in the air as Louisville came together to celebrate love, community, and the Grateful Dead. Grateville Dead was a get down with such a natural organic feel, I had almost forgotten the time and effort that had gone into preparing it.

It was a beautiful day to be a Deadhead in Louisville, Kentucky as some of the finest musicians in the land offered up their interpretations of the songs that helped forge my life and love. I walked away with a smile on my face tears in my eyes, and pride in my heart. This was my home…
It couldn’t have happened anywhere else.

It took everyone involved, from the children spinning on front of the stage, the vendors offering their wares and food, the volunteers, the fans, and Dennie and Ashley, whose vision came to life. I watched the birth of an annual event that I look forward to being a part of, in one form or another, for many years to come.

-Casey Brinley

Move over Abbey Road … GrateVille Dead is the new tribute festival in town It’s been 50 years since the Grateful Dead first formed in San Francisco by rock pioneers Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Ron McKernan, Phil Lesh and Bill Kreutzmann. While the band doesn’t have immediate ties to Louisville, other than playing here throughout the years, it hasn’t stopped local Deadheads from planning a festival tribute that’ll be held at Waterfront Park on Saturday, Aug. 1, which, fittingly, would have been Garcia’s 73rd birthday. It’s no surprise that Monkey Wrench owner Dennie Humphrey is one of the organizers (along with Ashley Angel) of GrateVille Dead, as he’s been live-streaming Dead concerts on the bar’s rooftop this month. Humphrey tells Insider he first got into the Dead when he found a cassette tape of What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been in 1991. “I heard this root sound, and the similarities took me back to the bluegrass side of my family in Hardin County,” he says. “From there, I realized Jerry played banjo on the side. There it was — bluegrass music. It brought me back home through music. This music opened my mind and heart.” READ ON INSIDER LOUISVILLE



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As I passed through the gates of GrateVille Dead, I was immediately impressed by its set up. Vendors, food trucks and beer tents lined the main walk just behind the stage. 

I was greeted by the sounds of The Merry Pranksters covering “Not Fade Away”. As I turned toward the amphitheater, on my left, I was surprised to see how busy that concert area was in spite of how early and hot it was. Kids and adults alike were dancing to the sounds of the Dead.

As the afternoon sun set, more and more people filled the amphitheater, filling it to capacity by the time The Rumpke Mountain Boys started their set.

Humphrey and Angel found the perfect location to host GrateVille Dead, Brown-Forman Amphitheater. It provided cool breezes from the Ohio river, a beautiful backdrop of the Big Four Bridge, and plenty of grass seating.

However, everyone was there for the music, and it did not disappoint.


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