Friday, July 3 –

Forever Grateful

3 p.m. gates / 3 p.m. event

Tickets: $20 Advance/ $25 At Gate

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Grateful Dead. Live simulcast from Chicago, the first night of the three-day Fare Thee Well Concerts.

Prior to the Dead taking center stage on the jumbo screen at 8 p.m., fans will enjoy music by several grateful Dead tribute bands, as well as food, beverages, exhibitors and in true Dead show style, a whole lotta dancin’!

For fans of the Dead or for those who have never been to a Dead show but were always curious, Forever Grateful is your last opportunity to actually see the Dead (as broadcast live from Chicago) while experiencing the true vibe of a show.

This is a general admission event, all on the lawn at Ives. Gates open at 3 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. No food, beverages or coolers may be brought into the venue. There will be food and beverages available for purchase on-site.

The Grateful Dead simulcast will continue live from Chicago until 1 a.m. on Saturday July 4, on the Ives jumbo screen. However, due to a City of Danbury sound ordinance, we must minimize sound levels by 11 p.m. Patrons are welcome to enjoy the entire simulcast at Ives with a reduced volume level to observe city code compliance.

Advance tickets are $20 for adults, plus fees, and free for children under 10. Get tickets at Tickets will be $25 at the gate.

Tribute band schedule:

3 – 3:30 PM – The Red Planet (30 min.)
3:45 – 4:15 PM – Symphonic Bodega (30 min.)
4:30 – 5:10 PM – Father Nelson & The Backsliders (40 min.)
5:30 – 6:10 PM – Bobby Paltauf Band (40 min.)
6:30 – 7:30 PM – Shakedown (60 min.)




is a Connecticut-based band that has been performing their unique version of a Grateful Dead Concert since 1987. Shakedown features wonderful three-part harmonies, varied and interesting jams that reflect the band members’ special chemistry and they are first & foremost a “dance band.” A loyal following of fans has blossomed over the years. Shakedown has been performing regularly at Toad’s Place in New Haven since 1995 and at almost every major music venue in Southern New England including yearly main stage performances at The Strange Creek Campout and The Wormtown Music Festival. Shakedown fans know that they can always expect a high energy show from the band. From “Truckin” to “Touch of Grey” expect to “dance till ya drop.”


Bobby Paltauf

The Bobby Paltauf Band was founded by an incredible young talent: 15-year-old Bobby Paultauf. A guitarist and singer, he has performed with some of the most notable musicians in the industry, including Buddy Guy, Ivan Neviile’s Dumpstaphunk, The Meter Man, The Revivalists, DJ Logic, Twiddle, America, Kung Fu, Deep Banana Blackout, Jen Durkin, Andrew Gromiller, Anders Osborne, Stanton Moore, Papa Mali, Rob Mercurio, John Medeski, Lucky Peterson, The New Mastersounds and more.


Father Nelson

Father Nelson and the Backsliders is a band that amazes audiences with an astounding list of songs to choose from, ranging from rock to blues,funk, country and R & B. However, they are especially known for their excellent renditions of songs by the Grateful Dead, Jimmy Hendrix, Carlos Santana and so much more. Such talent has made Father Nelson and the Backsliders one of the most entertaining bands in the tri-state area.


Symphonic bodega

Formed in 2012 and led by Bridgeport guitarist/composer Christopher Cavaliere, Symphonic Bodega is an experimental art rock band. Expanding upon a neighborhood of sounds that harmonize rock, surf, funk, free jazz, classical and film score, Symphonic Bodega is a collective multi-genre group. Symphonic Bodega has supported national touring acts such as Psychedelic Soul Band, The Stepkids and Math Rock Trio Perhaps. Cavaliere composed the score to Bridgeport Theater Company’s original rock musical “Suburban Decay,” which featured Symphonic Bodega as pit ensemble.


Red Planet

The Red Planet does a straight-up, no-nonsense acoustic (sometimes electric) jam that covers a variety of classic tunes from The Dead, Dylan and The Band to Johnny Cash and other roots-based, countryfied, Americana-type standards. Their laid-back, sittin’-on-the front porch, let’s-have-fun attitude gives way to tightly worked out performances, rich with interwoven instrumental unity, guitar pyrotechnics, vocal harmony, group dynamics and flat-out enthusiasm — all delivered with a genuine working-for-the people, non-showbiz kinda presence. It’s hard not to have a good old time, hangin’ out when they do their thing.

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