Cover Rock Fest confirms original member of the Grateful Dead |

Cover Rock Fest confirms original member of the Grateful Dead

Former Grateful Dead member and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame keyboardist Tom Constanten, back row second from left, is pictured with the Grateful Dead in 1969. Constanten will perform with Shakedown Street at Cover Rock Festival in Avon in June.

If you go …

What: Cover Rock Festival.


Saturday, June 25

Noon — Back to The Garden 1969 (Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker and more)

2 p.m. — Creedence Revived (Creedence Clearwater Revival)

4 p.m. — Caravanserai (Santana)

6 p.m. — The Original Shakedown Street, featuring Grateful Dead and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Tom Constanten (Grateful Dead)

8 p.m. — The Who Show (The Who)

Sunday, June 26

Noon — Surprise guest

2 p.m. — 4x20 (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young)

4 p.m. — The THE BAND Band (The Band)

6 p.m. — Purple Haze (Jimi Hendrix)

Where: Avon Performance Pavilion at Harry A. Nottingham Park, 1 W. Benchmark Road, Avon.

Cost: Two-day general admission is $94.89, and a two-day VIP pass, with shaded areas, fire pits and twice-a-day happy hour with free beer and appetizers, is $200.39.

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AVON — Cover Rock Festival on Thursday confirmed that former Grateful Dead member and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Tom Constanten would perform with Colorado’s own Shakedown Street, along with Dave Herbert, lead guitar and vocals in JGB, in celebration of Shakedown Street’s 30th anniversary. The festival takes place June 25 and 26 at the Avon Performance Pavilion at Harry A. Nottingham Park in Avon.

Avoiding Keyboard Curse

The pairing of this legend with the Dead tribute band seems kismet in creating one psychedelic “Summer of Love” weekend. Constanten joined the Grateful Dead tour back in November 1968 as advisor and keyboardist until early 1970, when he amicably departed from the band feeling he was under-amplified.

He didn’t know it then, but in doing so, he expertly avoided the curse of the Dead keyboard set and, instead, went on to appear on upwards of 40 albums and was inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. Adding to his impressive involvement in music history, Constanten also performed with the Dead to more than half a million people at the 1969 Woodstock Art & Music Festival.

Formed in 1987, The Original Shakedown Street is one of the longest-running Grateful Dead tribute bands in the world and embodies the Dead’s spirit of improvisation and discovery while maintaining an intimacy and open harmony with its audience. The band has shared the stage with Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo, Jerry Jeff Walker and Melvin Seals of the Jerry Garcia Band.

Two-day general admission and VIP tickets are available on the festival website, All festivalgoers will also have access to four food trucks, “The Wandering Mad Man” human karaoke machine, outdoor games, a kids’ lunar landing zone to entertain little ones at the festival and special photo booth opportunities with Volkswagen buses to commemorate their experience at the festival.

The 21-and-older VIP passes include twice-a-day happy hour, free beer and appetizers, a backstage deck with views of the Vail Valley and Beaver Creek Mountain, keepsake VIP backstage stickers, special kim-cut guitar pick laminate and shaded retreat with firepits and seating.

Cover Rock will also be hosting a free poster art exhibit, featuring artists from around North America. The exhibition will run throughout the duration of the festival and is free to attendees. Learn more on the festival website, or follow Cover Rock Festival on Facebook or Twitter.

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