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Very Jerry 8: All-Star Tribute to Jerry Garcia hosted by Stu Allen

Pre-Show VIP Dinner at 7pm,
featuring an acoustic set by Eric Thompson and David Nelson

Dance hall doors open at 8 pm / Event at 8:30 pm

Tickets are $25 Day of Show / $20 Advance / $75-$1,000 Sliding Scale for VIP Dinner and Pre-Show

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The eighth annual Ashkenaz celebration of Jerry Garcia’s birthday, “Very Jerry 8”, is upon us, featuring an array of the Bay’s best Dead/Jerry interpreters and improvisers!




This year also features a pre-show VIP dinner by Jeff "da Chef Rosen, featuring a special acoustic performance of Jerry's pre-Dead days with Eric Thompson and David Nelson of the Black Mountain Boys.

VIP Dinner tickets are $75 - $1,000 sliding scale, to raise funds for live music at Ashkenaz! 

The eighth annual Ashkenaz celebration of Jerry Garcia’s birthday, “Very Jerry 8,” is upon us!   The “Skeletons from the Closet: A Silent Auction for Deadheads” raised $2,500 towards our $10k goal last year, and we're excited to bring it back for this year's benefit. 

So now we're calling all Deadheads – we need your stash! Perhaps there is some nugget or treasure you are ready to part with in support of Ashkenaz? Books, LPs, concert posters, and other gems and paraphernalia are welcome! Or, perhaps you are a musician who can offer a service for auction, or know a business owner you can approach about a gift certificate? Items can be dropped off at any Grateful Dead Night between now and August 29, or contact Ashkenaz to arrange an alternate dropoff or pickup. Donations are tax-deductible and will help keep your local Dead Night community center keepin’ on! 

If you have any items for the auction, please contact

Jerome John Garcia would have turned 76 on August 1. Although his body is gone, the Grateful Dead guitarist’s spirit and music have never been more alive. That spirit is the heart of tonight’s tribute, celebrating Garcia the composer and performer, as soloists, duos, and bands perform separately and in kaleidoscopic combinations, acoustic and electric, and both at once, in this community benefit for Ashkenaz.

Although Jerry Garcia never played at Ashkenaz, his music has a long history with the venue. Since the ’90s Ashkenaz has hosted Grateful Dead Nights, featuring a plethora of musicians who worked with him over the decades, as well as bands that pay homage to the music of Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dead, and scores of acts who follow in their footsteps.