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A local celebration of Jerry & The Dead. Music, arts, food & more!

Come on Down!

The 3rd annual Grateville Dead celebration will be held at the Brown Forman Amphitheater on Friday July 28th through Saturday July 29th with after parties and Camping @ Turners on the River. 

FEATURING: Louisville’s finest artists, musicians, brewers, food trucks, and our city’s own version of Shakedown.

 

“Everything you can imagine is real”

 Pablo Picasso

In 2015 local Louisville entrepreneur and producer Dennie Humphrey and co-founder Ashley Angel produced the very first Grateville Dead Tribute in honor of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead on Garcia’s birthday August 1.

After leaving Abbey Road on the River several weeks before when Ashley said, “Why isn’t there a Grateful Dead on the River?” prompting Humphrey, who also co-founded the GonzoFest music festival at Waterfront Park and had experience putting the events together.[5]

Including talents like Tyrone Cotton, Screamin’ John, Hot Iron Skillet, Phiasco and the Louisville Merry Pranksters, the event was an unexpected success, drawing a large crowd of over 2,000 people to the Brown Forman Amphitheater in Louisville’s scenic Waterfront Park despite a very small advertising campaign and little planning.

From conception to opening day was only thirty days and the organizers didn’t expect a large turnout. The event gained local notability and the founders vowed a second year with more festivity.

The event returned in 2016[6] and again in 2017,[7] with the addition of all-night camping.