Sunday, March 28, 2010

Details announced for Furthur Festival @ Mountain Aire

After initially announcing its intentions to hold a festival this spring, Furthur has released advanced details concerning venue, artist lineup and activities for the first ever Furthur Festival @ Mountain Aire.

The festival is scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30, at the historic Calaveras County Fairgrounds in the Angeles Camp, CA. The event will include three days of "music, mountains and magic" on four stages. The lineup will feature two nights of Furthur, with performances by Electric Hot Tuna, Jackie Greene, Galactic, Larry Campbell & Jemimah Puddleduck, The Mother Hips, The Waybacks, Common Rotation w/ Dan Bern, Carney, Maiden Lane and Blue Light River.

There will also be plenty of other fun activities, including special late night shows (including a late-night all-star super jam on Friday), organic food and drink, special Grateful Dead memorabilia and an exhibit featuring instruments and artwork with unreleased music selected by archivist David Lemieux.

While I am sure the festival will be an event to remember, considering the beautiful location in the Sierra foothills, the lineup, aside from the two-nights of Furthur and the all-star super jam, is a little weak in the eyes of this Head. While I love Jackie Greene, Galactic and Hot Tuna, a number of other acts including The Waybacks, Carney, Maiden Lane and Blue Light River are bands most have probably never heard of and most likely won't be the deciding factor in anyone's decision of whether or not to attend the festival. But I am sure two-nights of Furthur and three days of camping in the beautiful Sierra foothills will be enough for those who are on the fence to make the trip out to Mountain Aire. If I wasn't stuck in upstate New York, you could bet I would be there.

Tickets go on sale March 22 at 9 a.m. For more information visit

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