Festival 'jam' packed with music

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WEST DOVER — Grateful Dead-influenced musicians from all over the Northeast are getting together to celebrate the season.

The Dead of Summer Music Festival will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday at One More Time Billiards Parlor and Tavern in West Dover. Bands include Deadgrass, Steal Your Peach Band, Jatoba Duo and Briz.

Set lists from New York-based string band Deadgrass include music written by Grateful Dead guitarist and vocalist Jerry Garcia and his collaborators or covered in different projects.

"We are excited to return to Vermont and really enjoy playing there," said Matt Turk, mandolinist and vocalist for Deadgrass. "No two shows are ever the same so there will be some surprises in song selection and repertoire."

The band released "Roll the Dice" earlier this year and will play selections from it at the festival. The album will be available to purchase.

Massachusetts-based Steal Your Peach Band describes itself as "a celebration of the jamband tradition," which started as a homage to shows in which the Dead and The Allman Brother Band shared the bill. The "arrangements are experiments, as the band easily flows from the familiar to the obscure, moving from standards like 'Jessica' into deep cuts like 'Dark Star,' or possibly 'Not Fade Away' into 'Back Where It All Began,'" according to stealyourpeach.com.

Guitarist and singer Jason Scaggs said he will be joined by upright bassist Jeff Richardson, playing songs from their local bands Jatoba and Big Empty. Jatoba describes its music as "groove grass" — a mixture of bluegrass, folk and psychedelic music.

Asked whether any Grateful Dead tunes will be in the set, Scaggs said, "Absolutely!"

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He also will run sound for the festival.

Briz, a New Jersey-based musician, will bring his Neil Young tribute show to the festival.

The organizer has been eying One More Time as a venue for one of his shows for some time now.

"I always wanted to a show there," said Joe Levy, owner of Whirlygig Music, a music booking and marketing company. "I've done The Dead of Winter before with Mount Snow so I thought, let's do The Dead of Summer."

Levy talked with One More Time's owner and general manager about the prospect and they were both on board. He said the site has a big tent, plenty of a space and a restaurant.

"It's a pretty inexpensive afternoon to see three bands," Levy said, noting that a variety of draft beers and barbecue food will be available as well as selections from the restaurant's regular menu. "It should be a fun day."

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $25 or ahead of time for $20 for general admission or $45 for VIP, which includes barbecue food and a camping spot, at deadofsummer.bpt.me. If VIP passes do not sell out before the show, they will be available at the door. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Windham County Humane Society.

The event is sponsored by Whirlygig Music, Deerfield Valley Real Estate, One More Time, Ratu's Liquor & Market, Sticky Finger's Bakery and Wilcox Ice Cream. Some sponsors will be on-site vendors.

Reach staff writer Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com, at @CMaysBR on Twitter and 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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