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Grateful Fest

Melvin Seals and the Jerry Garcia Band headline this weekend’s tribute to all things Dead, channeling the spirit of the legendary jam band’s frontman himself. Rusted Root snags the top billing for night two, so there’s clearly a nice heft to this weekend’s festivities. Plus, of course, it’s the Fourth of July, so you’ll have an awesome fireworks show peppering the musical offerings, which include: Ted Riser & Friends, Into the Blue, David Gans, Willie Mac, The Jimiller Band, Aliver Hall and Cornmeal. All of that adds up to an excellent holiday weekend getaway anchored by the spirit of the Grateful Dead. This may not be the only Dead-related tribute event in Northeast Ohio all year (seriously, there are a whole bunch), but it’s surely the most comprehensive. The music starts at 3 p.m. today and he fest continues through Sunday. Wear flowers in your hair. (Sandy)

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