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Spirit of Grateful Dead lives at Legend Valley

August 30, 2012
Times Leader

THORNVILLE, Ohio - The spirit of the Grateful Dead will be alive and well at Legend Valley this Labor Day Weekend when Dark Star Orchestra plays host to the first Dark Star Jubilee - featuring many special guests, including original members of the Grateful Dead.

The big event will take place this Friday through Sunday, Aug. 31 through Sept. 3, at Legend Valley (formerly the Buckeye Lake Music Center), located just off Interstate 70 about 20 minutes east of Columbus. The festival will debut at the very site in Ohio that was home to some of the most legendary Grateful Dead concerts in the band's storied history.

Not just a Grateful Dead tribute band, Dark Star Orchestra has been entertaining fans for many years and has established itself as the nation's premier band when it comes to bringing the Grateful Dead's musical experience to life. On stage, Dark Star Orchestra - or DSO - recreates epic Dead shows of the past, staying true not only to the set lists but also the jubilant vibe and unmistakable magic of the scene that generations of "Deadheads" continue to fondly embrace.

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The Dark Star Jubilee will be a multi-day, multi-stage festival offering performances by more than 20 bands performing a total of nearly 40 hours of great music. In addition to three nights of performances by Dark Star Orchestra, the festival will feature performances by Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart with his band, Bill Kreutzmann with 7 Walkers and Donna Jean Godchaux with her band, featuring Jeff Mattson.

Also performing will be Keller Williams, Jorma Kaukonen (of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna fame), The Infamous Stringdusters, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Great American Taxi, Donna the Buffalo, Boombox, Perpetual Groove, Cornmeal (two sets), Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, David Gans, Jahman Brahman, The Spikedrivers, Rumpke Mountain Boys (two sets), The Ragbirds, Folkadelics, The Floorwalkers, The Ark Band, Matt Reynolds and more.

There will be nearly 40 hours of live musical performances with no overlapping sets. Camping will be available inside the venue in close proximity to the stages, and this will be a bring-your-own-beverage event, with coolers permitted inside. There will also be plenty of unique food and artisan vendors on site.

This is an all-ages event, and children 12 and under will be admitted for free with a paid adult. All Dark Star Orchestra Jubilee tickets are available now at Jubilee will have designated camping areas for anyone with special accessibility needs, as well as families and those wishing for a quiet camping area. Three nights of general admission camping are included in the ticket price, where the camping will be within the concert venue and separate from parking.??Complete information is available at



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