You can celebrate the Grateful Dead’s 50 years of music with friends and fans in Danbury on Friday, July 3, when Ives Concert Park offers a simulcast of that night’s concert from Soldier Field in Chicago.
The concert will be shown on a jumbo screen at the concert park, on the westside campus of Western Connecticut State University. It’s part of an event at the Danbury park called “Forever Grateful” — an outdoor music festival with live performances by Grateful Dead tribute bands throughout the afternoon and evening. There also will be exhibitors, food and beverages. Gates open at 3 p.m.
The Grateful Dead’s four original members, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, are reuniting to play five final “Fare Thee Well” shows. They will be joined by Phish’s Trey Anastasio, as well as Jeff Chimenti and Bruce Hornsby, according to a WCSU news release.
Phyllis Cortese, executive director of the concert park, said Ives is teaming up for this celebration with Cathy Moore, a longtime Dead fan who is also owner of Promotions In Motion, a special events marketing and production company in Danbury. “We are excited to build this event with Ives Concert Park,” said Moore, in the release.
The tribute bands will play prior to the main simulcast performance by the Grateful Dead, which will be projected on the jumbo screen at 8 p.m. Among them will be: Shakedown, Bobby Paltauf Band, Father Nelson & the Backsliders, Symphonic Bodega and Red Planet. Fans can expect dancing and jamming in true Grateful Dead style.
“Forever Grateful” tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Children 10 and under are free. For tickets, go to https://forevergrateful.evenbrite.com. For more information, visit www.ivesconcertpark.com.