Dark Star Jubilee To Take Over Legend Valley This Weekend

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The second annual Dark Star Jubilee will have Grateful Dead fans reveling in the three-day music festival filled with three performances by Dark Star Orchestra and bands featuring original members of the Grateful Dead.

Not a Dead fan? Well, there’s plenty of variety of musical talent on the bill for this weekend’s gathering at Legend Valley in Thornville.

The Jubilee will kick off on Friday and the event is a "sister" festival to the much larger All Good Music Festival held at Legend Valley in July.

According to Dave Weissman, spokesman for the two festivals, Dark Star Jubilee held its inaugural event during Labor Day weekend last year. He said the event’s organizers decided to move this year’s festival to the beginning of the summer music festival season.

This year’s lineup includes three performances by Dark Star Orchestra. The band has performed over 2,200 shows of recreated historic Grateful Dead sets, as well as original set lists of Dead songs.

Also on the bill is the Mickey Hart Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, The Wailers, The New Orleans Suspects (featuring Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of Little Feat), Melvin Seals & JGB, The Werks, Greensky Bluegrass, Donna Jean Godchaux Band featuring Jeff Mattson, The Pimps of Joytime, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and many more.

"It’s a pretty dynamic lineup," Weissman said.

According to Weissman, tickets for Dark Star Jubilee will be available for purchase at the gate.

Legend Valley is located in Thornville in Perry County. For information about Dark Star Jubilee, visit www.darkstarjubilee.com.