State Bridge celebrates the Grateful Dead with Workingman’s Weekend
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What: Workingman’s Weekend.
Where: State Bridge Riverside Amphitheater, Bond.
When: Friday, Sept. 4, through Sunday, Sept. 6.
Cost: $50 in advance, $60 day of show. Single-day tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show. Prices include camping and shuttle.
More information: Visit http://www.statebridge.com.
BOND — State Bridge is honoring the working class and the Grateful Dead with three days of Grateful Dead music. This Labor Day weekend, the riverside venue is hosting the second annual Workingman’s Weekend, where a wide variety of Colorado musicians will perform all Grateful Dead songs.
“The music of the Grateful Dead has held a special place at State Bridge since long before I arrived,” said State Bridge owner Doug Moog. “Since then, I believe our two biggest turnouts have been for Dark Star Orchestra last summer and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead this May. In the Dead’s 50th year, and our first since our rebirth that lacked Dark Star Orchestra, and having so many great local artists loving this music and conversant in the repertory, it had to be done.”
The weekend was named after “Workingman’s Dead,” the fifth album by the Grateful Dead. The album was originally released in 1970.
“This year, we’re doing the Vail Valley’s tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead,” said Jake Wolf, the event organizer and one of the musicians who will perform multiple times throughout the weekend beginning at 9 p.m. today as part of the Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue. The Revue, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, will also perform on Sunday at 10:30 p.m. to close out the weekend.
“It’ll be a different lineup each time the Revue plays, with top-notch people each time,” Wolf said.
On Saturday, Front Range bluegrass band Coral Creek will perform at 8 p.m., followed by the “Grantful Dead” — Tyler Grant and Grant Farm performing all Grateful Dead tunes. The fun kicks off Sunday with DeadGrass at 11 a.m., with musicians from all the bands, followed by an Open Dead Jam at 2 p.m. and the Uptown Toodeloo String Band at 5:30 p.m. performing acoustic bluegrass versions of Grateful Dead. At 8 p.m., Arthur Lee Land will perform a looped set of all Grateful Dead songs.
“I’ve never seen it, and I’ve heard it’s really cool, so I’m excited for that,” said Wolf, who is hoping to draw folks who aren’t able to attend the sold-out Phish run in Denver this weekend. “People wanted an alternative, and it’s the last weekend of summer, so people like to get out.”
‘SAY GOODBYE TO SUMMER’
With face painting, hula hooping and plenty of sand toys for the sandy “beach” area, the event is very family-friendly, Wolf said. He expects to add to the 500 or so folks who turned out for the inaugural event.
“It looks like we’re going to have a pretty good turnout,” he said. “Camping is free, and they’re running shuttles for free. Plus, there’s discounted lodging. It’s a great weekend of music for not much money.”
“What better way to say goodbye to summer than a weekend at State Bridge on the river? You can’t do it indoors,” Moog said.