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WSLR’s 11th Annual“Very Merry Jerry Day” at Fogartyville in Sarasota, FL

WSLR’s 11th Annual“Very Merry Jerry Day” at Fogartyville in Sarasota, FL

| Laura Bell Adams |

Break out the tie-dye and hula hoops for WSLR’s annual celebration of Jerry Garcia on Sunday, November 3rd from 4:30-9pm at Fogartyville.

Playing guitar and singing for his band, The Grateful Dead, as well as several others, Garcia took his hippie movement from the 60’s into the 90’s, inspiring the following of millions of long-haired, tie-dye t-shirted, carefree “Deadheads.” Musicians honoring the Dead this year will be Experimental Farm Road, the Stillhouse Shakers and Ship of Fools.



Very Merry Jerry Day at Fogartyville in Sarasota, FLA Psychedelic folk band for all occasions, Experimental Farm Road takes the 60’s to heart with their vintage covers and throwback originals. The band was formed in the summer of ‘17 by Zeena Brown, Miranda Becker and Sabrina McClenithan.

The Stillhouse Shakers are a String Band based in the Tampa Bay area. They strive to authentically represent the music of America’s past while blending their own unique styles into a high-energy show, filled with history, hilarity and a wide variety of Fiddle Tunes, Folk Songs, Blues, Ballads and Breakdowns. The band is comprised of three young, award-winning musicians who come from all over the country — Tyler Nall from Florida on Fiddle, Camden Pugh from Tennessee on Banjo, and Holly Foss from Minnesota on Guitar. The three long time friends formed the band in 2015, and since then they have relentlessly performed their music at festivals, farms, bars, breweries, weddings and many other venues throughout Florida, as well as many other states throughout the Southeast.

Ship of Fools is the most popular Grateful Dead Tribute band in the area. Formed in 2012 in Sarasota, Florida, Ship of Fools features soaring leads, driving rhythm and tight harmonies. The band performs improvisational rock and blues, blending folk, bluegrass, reggae, and traditional American music in a dynamic mix.


4pm – doors open

4:30pm – Experimental Farm Road

5:30pm – Ship of Fools

6:30pm – The Stillhouse Shakers

7:30pm – Ship of Fools

Jamming and dancing are “grate”-ly encouraged! Food will be provided by the Chef Richard’s Kumquat Kitchen. This is a family-friendly event, with kids’ activities and local vendors tabling. Attendees can bring t-shirts, socks, etc. for tie-dying, but no coolers please.

Come out and help us recreate the mood and celebrate the music of the Grateful Dead. Tickets are $12 for WSLR members and $15 for the general public; half-price for students and free for children under 12. Tickets are available at For more information call WSLR at 941-894-6469.


WSLR/Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center
525 Kumquat Court
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 894-6469

Photo courtesy of Rob Demperio, LumpyPixels Graphics.


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