SKULL & ROSES Invites Fans to Explore Unique Interpretations of Grateful Dead Music

Grateful Dead fans: SKULL & ROSES has got you! Set to take place April 7-10 in Ventura California, the music festival is serving up some not-to-be-missed celebrations of the godfathers of jam including Phil Lesh & Friends featuring Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh along with guitarist/vocalist Stu Allen (Melvin Seals & JGB/Jerry Garcia Band), guitarist/vocalist Grahame Lesh (Terrapin Family Band/Midnight North), multi-instrumentalist Jason Crosby (Robert Randolph & The Family Band/Susan Tedeschi Band), and drummer John Molo (Bruce Hornsby & The Range/The Other Ones).


Phil Lesh – Brian Hensley Photography

Fans can also bask in the return of Oteil & Friends for their second appearance at SKULL & ROSES headed up by bassist Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company) and featuring legendary talents keyboardist Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band/Melvin Seals & JGB), guitarist extraordinare Eric Krasno (Soulive/Lettuce), jazz guitarist Tom Guarna (Blood Sweat & Tears), and drummer Peter Lavezzoli (Melvin Seals & JGB/Phil Lesh & Friends).


Oteil Burbridge. Photo Credit: David Lee

Other highlights include “The Reckoning,” a special acoustic performance honoring the 1981 Grateful Dead live double album of the same name. The lineup includes Dark Star Orchestra members guitarists Rob Eaton and John Kadlecik, keyboardist Rob Barraco, and bassist Skip Vangelas. Dark Star Orchestra will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead’s illustrious 1972 European tour with a recreation of London’s Wembley Empire Pool show, which falls 50 years to the day on Friday, April 8 at SKULL & ROSES.


Dark Star Orchestra – David Lee / Gypsyshooter

Attendees can also browse the “DUSTY STRINGS” exhibit featuring ten stage-played Grateful Dead guitars. This incredible collection has been made possible by the enthusiasm and generosity of the owners of these precious artifacts: Andy Logan, Jason Scheuner, Nate Bidner, David Meerman Scott, and the Grateful Guitars Foundation.


Of course, what would a Grateful Dead centric festival be without theme nights? SKULL & ROSES invites fans to dress up and celebrate legendary Grateful Dead holiday runs and channel the band’s 1978 Egypt shows with daily themed parades and more. Theme nights include “Egyptian Nights” on Thursday, April 7, “Chinese New Year” on Friday, April 8, and “New Year’s Eve” on Saturday, April 9.


But wait! There’s more! 27 more bands, all celebrating The Grateful Dead! Time to head on down to Shakedown Street!


Tickets are available via the SKULL & ROSES official website. For more information, click on the links below. 











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