By Maxim Mower
The celebration will be part-festival, part-vacation in the mould of Luke Bryan's hugely popular Crash My Playa, with a number of previous Grateful Dead and Dead & Company band-members due to perform at the Moon Palace Resort on January 12-15.
Dead Ahead Festival 2024 will consist of a range of collaborations and covers, including performances from Grateful Dead band-mates, Bobby Weir and Mickey Hart, along with members of the spin-off group, Dead & Company, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge.
Also confirmed as part of the festival's first ever line-up is Don Was & Jay Lane, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Rick Mitarotonda, Orebolo, LP Giobbi, Sierra Hull, Brittney Spencer, Jaime Wyatt.
In addition, Oteil & Friends and Lettuce will be teaming up to deliver a celebration of The Jerry Garcia Band, which produced iconic 70s hits such as ‘Rubin and Cherise’ and ‘Gomorrah’.
Attendees will be excited to hear Sturgill Simpson taking the stage for a rare performance, with the Kentucky maverick having stayed relatively quiet on the musical front since the release of his widely acclaimed 2021 project, The Ballad of Dood & Juanita.