Music festival scheduled for Aug. 6 in Fairport Harbor will honor Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia – News-Herald

For the second year in a row, the birthday of a rock ‘n’ roll legend will be commemorated in Fairport Harbor with an event featuring live music by an array of bands.

The Live at the Lighthouse Music Festival series features Jerry Garcia’s August 6 birthday celebration.

Garcia, the well-known singer and guitarist of the Grateful Dead, died in 1995. He would have turned 80 this year.

This musical tribute to Garcia will take place at the Lighthouse Amphitheater, an outdoor venue just north of the Fairport Harbor Marine Museum and Lighthouse at 129 Second St.

Admission is free and visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to use on the grass between the historic lighthouse and the amphitheater stage that serves as a seating area.

Live at the Lighthouse also features food trucks, a beer tent, and craft and artisan vendors. The event is organized and sponsored by the association Fairport Harbor Arts and Culture Alliance.

Music for Jerry Garcia’s Birthday Celebration starts at 2 p.m. and runs for eight hours on August 6.

The event’s headline band, The Stolen Faces, hail from the musical home of Nashville, Tennessee. But northeast Ohio is also well represented with two bands playing at the start of Jerry Garcia’s birthday celebration.

The Rustbelt Ragtops kick off the festival with a half-hour performance at 2 p.m., followed by Grav, who play from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“Grav, along with The Rustbelt Ragtops, are some of the young guys around the area who are picking up the torch and keeping American rock ‘n’ roll alive on the North Shore,” said Chris Pinta, co-chairman of the Fairport. Port Arts and Culture Alliance. “Grav has been on hiatus for eight months and is ready to reunite with his ever-growing fanbase. Having these two bands kick off the show is the perfect way for Jerry’s birthday bash to go from 2 p.m. the night.

After Grav finishes his set at 4 p.m., audiences can expect music from Sunshine Daydream from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Dupree’s Dead Band, which plays between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. The Stolen Faces will wrap up the musical extravaganza with a show from 8:30-10am.

Papa Bear will also provide music between sets.

Jerry Garcia’s birthday celebration will mark the second and final music festival in the 2022 Live at the Lighthouse series. This year’s program kicked off with Reggae in the Harbor on July 9th.

These same themes were also highlighted at the two Live at the Lighthouse festivals in 2021.

Fans who attended the 2022 edition of Reggae in the Harbor and are returning for Jerry Garcia’s birthday celebration on August 6 will once again enjoy seeing bands perform on a larger, elevated stage.

“The stage was such an amazing upgrade to the Live at the Lighthouse experience that we decided to bring it back for the final festival of 2022,” Pinta said.

One change organizers will be implementing at the festival, after Reggae in the Harbour, will be moving the liquor tent and vendors closer to the main entrance, “to make it more convenient for guests and improve the festival experience. “, noted Pinta.

“After all the excitement of Reggae in the Harbour, we also had more volunteers joining the team that will be focusing on directions and parking at the August 6 event,” he said. he declares.

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