This third annual Ashkenaz celebration of Jerry Garcia’s birthday features a one-time-only, all-star Bay Area cast of players from David Gans and Sycamore Slough String Band to David Nelson (of New Riders of the Purple Sage) to the Waybacks’ James Nash and guitar wizard Henry Kaiser.
Jerome John Garcia would have turned 71 on August 1. Although his body is gone, Jerry Garcia’s spirit and music have never been more alive. That spirit is the heart of “Very Jerry III: It All Rolls Into One.” The night celebrates Garcia the composer and performer, as soloists, duos, and bands perform separately and in kaleidoscopic combinations, acoustic and electric, and both at once, in this community benefit for Ashkenaz.
In addition to Nelson, Gans, SSSB, Nash, and Kaiser, musicians will include (solo and in various combinations) fast-rising singer-guitarist-violinist Jason Crosby (who has worked with everyone from Bob Weir and Phil Lesh to Susan Tedeschi and Carlos Santana), singer-guitarist Jeff Pehrson (of Furthur and the Fall Risk) with Fall Risk bandmates, singer Jenny Kerr (slide guitar, banjo) and Phil Milner (guitarist and Ratdog tech), innovative guitarist Shawn Persinger (Prester John), Bob Bralove, and Joe Burke. Plus the house band with Eddie Berman, Steve Kirk, Dave Jess, and J Raoul Brody.
Although Jerry Garcia never played at Ashkenaz, the venue has a long history with Garcia’s music. Since the ’90s Ashkenaz has hosted Grateful Dead Nights and has featured a plethora of musicians who worked with Garcia over the decades, as well as bands that pay homage to the music of Garcia, the Grateful Dead, and scores of acts who follow in their footsteps.
Very Jerry III is a Community Benefit Night to raise funds for Ashkenaz. Beginning with a salute to Bob Dylan’s 70th birthday in May 2011, musicians have donated their time and talents in a creative and inspiring series of tributes, every few months honoring a different music great and supporting the nonprofit local institution that is Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center.
When & Where
Ashkenaz is the East Bay's home to world music & dance... established 1973; nonprofit since 1997. We are always all ages! Kids 12 & under are admitted free unless otherwise noted.
All of our online ticket sales are will call. We will have a list of ticket buyers at the door; you do not need to bring a printout of your ticket/order confirmation.
Doors open 30 minutes before showtime, or 30 minutes before the dance lesson if there is one, unless otherwise noted.
Ashkenaz's Café opens when doors open and offers beer (draft and bottled), wine, kombucha, juices, sodas, coffee and tea, and snacks and light meals (all vegetarian, mostly organic).