March 7, 2016
Nashville, TN – (March 7, 2016) – This summer marks the return of the much-anticipated Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration featuring Warren Haynes. The highly acclaimed fourth tour has just added two new dates in New York City and New Jersey to the previously announced seven performances. Curated by the Garcia family, the celebration will feature Garcia and lyricist Robert Hunter’s timeless original compositions and interpretations of songs that became standards at Jerry Garcia Band and Grateful Dead concerts. The groundbreaking collaboration of renowned orchestras and Grammy-winning singer/guitarist Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule) continues to shine new light on the music and cultural significance of Jerry Garcia.
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This year, Haynes will be joined for the first time by revered long-time Jerry Garcia Band vocalist Jaclyn LaBranch. LaBranch was an integral part of the latter era Jerry Garcia band and helped define their signature sound by injecting her angelic gospel and soul inspired vocals. The Symphonic Celebration band also includes bassist Lincoln Schleifer, drummer Jeff Sipe and vocalist Jasmine Muhammad.
On this year’s tour, Haynes will return to the stage with Jerry Garcia’s signature guitar known to fans worldwide as the “Wolf “ (http://jerrygarcia.com/guitars/#wolf). Wolf was the first of Garcia’s iconic custom guitars designed by Doug Irwin. Haynes has proven to be one of the finest interpreters of Garcia’s music through his work with Phil Lesh & Friends and The Dead. “I’m looking forward to this summer’s symphony shows and continuing to explore the music of Jerry Garcia in such a beautiful and unique way,“ says Haynes. “It’s going to be very special having Jackie with us this summer and hearing her voice again on many of the songs she sang with Jerry.”
The Tanglewood performance in Lenox, MA with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops will mark the fourth collaboration, which includes two prior sold out performances at Boston’s Symphony Hall and a historic 2013 performance at Tanglewood. This will also be the third performance with the Colorado Symphony at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. 2016 marks first time collaborations with the Nashville Symphony (June 23), Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (June 24) and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic (August 6), as well as the tour’s much anticipated first performance in New York City.
See a full list of tour dates below
About Jerry Garcia:
Jerry Garcia (1942-1995) created an unparalleled legacy across the American landscape, most notably in his role as a founding member, singer, songwriter and lead guitarist of the Grateful Dead. Garcia’s unmistakable guitar tone enchanted multitudes of “Deadheads” throughout the band’s 30-year career and beyond. His work with the Jerry Garcia Band, Old and in the Way, Legion of Mary, Garcia/Grisman and projects with Merl Saunders only scratch at the surface of his musical influences as he set out to master the Great American Songbook. Unequivocally devoted to the craft of music, Garcia continues to inspire future generations through the body of work he has left behind and his creative spirit.
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About Warren Haynes:
Grammy Award-winning artist Warren Haynes is a member of three of the greatest live groups in rock history: The Allman Brothers Band, The Dead and his own Gov’t Mule, which has sold more than two million song downloads from their own MuleTracks web site. Haynes, named as one of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” by Rolling Stone, has also released three solo albums and performed or recorded with such artists as Phil Lesh & Friends, James Hetfield, Bob Dylan, John Lee Hooker, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Dave Matthews, Kid Rock and B.B. King.