Credit: Gregg RothPeter Frampton is among the latest artists to join the lineup of the upcoming tribute concert honoring late Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia that take place Thursday, May 14, at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. Allen Toussaint and Grace Potter also have been added to the bill of the star-studded event, dubbed Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia.

As previously reported, the show will feature performances by all of The Grateful Dead’s core surviving members — singer/guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh and drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart. Other announced performers include Hot Tuna/ex-Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, one-time Dead keyboardist Bruce Hornsby, reggae great Jimmy Cliff, Los Lobos, frequent Garcia collaborator David Grisman, Widespread Panic, country star Eric Church and many more.

Lesh and Bill Kreutzmann are listed as performing with their respective side projects, Communion and Billy & the Kids, at the show. Billy & the Kids also will headline an official pre-party event on May 13 at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. Unnamed special guests also will take part in the club show.

Acclaimed producer and bassist Don Was will serve as the Dear Jerry concert’s music director, and will lead a house band made up of various respected musicians. Was is co-producing the event with Keith Wortman and the Garcia family. Was and Wortman previously partnered to put together other similar tribute concerts saluting such artists as Gregg Allman, Johnny Cash, Levon Helm, Dr. John, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Mavis Staples.

Dear Jerry will be recorded and filmed for future release on a variety of platforms. A portion of the proceeds raised by the concert will go to the Rex Foundation a non-profit charity established by the Grateful Dead and the band’s friends. For more information about the show, visit

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