Briar Patch Amphitheater

Briar Patch Amphitheater

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Iowa's annual celebration of Jerry Garcia and the anniversary of Briar Patch Amphitheater, August 10, 11 featuring Winterland on Friday night and The Schwag on Saturday night. Dead Line String Band and Fancy Pants will also play Saturday. Primitive camping included. BYOB. Kids under 12 free.


The Schwag

The Schwag is a band of musicians dedicated to carrying on the vibe and music of the legendary Grateful Dead. Founded in 1991  The Schwag has performed over 3000 concerts all over the United States.  This group averages 150 shows a year and has a working songlist of over  200 songs from the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band catalog. For  four years band leader Jimmy Tebeau also toured the country as the bass  player for JGB (Jerry Garcia Band). The Schwag has opened for many  noteable acts including String Cheese Incident, Marshall Tucker Band,  Leftover Salmon, Sammy Hagar, Little Feat, and Railroad Earth. For many  years The Schwag hosted its own Schwagstock music festivals drawing  crowds of an average of 5000 people per event several times per summer.  The band owned the venue Camp Zoe in Missouri where the festivals were  hosted. Some of the bands opening for The Schwag at these festivals were  George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Keller Williams, Big  Brother & the Holding Company, and New Riders of the Purple Sage.  Some of the guest musicians to play with The Schwag over the years  include Chuck Berry, Bill Nershi from String Cheese Incident, Drew  Emmitt and Vince Herman from Leftover Salmon, Butch Trucks from The  Allman Brothers Band, Fred Tacket from Little Feat, Mike Gordon from  Phish, and Vince Welnick from The Grateful Dead. Honorary band members  for full Schwag shows include Merl Saunders, Melvin Seals, Johnnie  Johnson, Jason & Travis & Kang from String Cheese Incident, and  Devon Allman (Gregg’s son.) From May of 2013 to May of 2014, The Schwag  was primarily on hiatus, as lead singer Jimmy Tebeau served time in  federal prison in Yankton, South Dakota for a music/drug related crime.  The Schwag band is now stronger than ever on a perpetual tour performing  a different show every night of high energy organic interpretations of  the Grateful Dead.






Specializing in the Grateful Dead’s catalog and sound from 1969 through  the late 1970s, Winterland pulls you back in time to a place where the  Dead’s rhythm and blues, folk and  country roots were still deeply embedded in their music even as they  explored the wild and experimental outer reaches of psychedelic rock.  More importantly, though, Winterland channels the music of the Grateful  Dead with uncanny authenticity, a sublime fidelity to the Dead’s  musicianship, tonality and, in particular, emotional relationship with  the audience. Walk into any given Winterland show and witness firsthand:  every face is radiant, reflecting the elation of sharing — with the  band and with each other — the pure, innovative, beautifully complex  music of the Dead. This interconnectedness, which breaks down the  barriers between people and music and allows everyone to become  collaborators in an elusive web of fleeting, living art, represents an  essential unity of musical experience. In other words, what Winterland  has attained has proven to be a microcosm of the feat that the Grateful  Dead of the late ‘60s to the late ‘70s achieved and escalated to a  full-fledged cultural phenomenon. It is a thing of subtle and wily  magic, not to be missed. 


Band Members

Byron Stevens- bass/vocals
Nick Vasquez- keyboards/vocals
Stacy Webster- lead guitar/vocals
Jon Wilson, James Robinson- drums
Kevin Wulf- guitar/awesomeness
Sarah Nevins- vocals
Nate Finestead- vocals, keys, guitar
Chad Scott- drums
Matt Williams- drums

Dead Line String Band

Formed in 2014, Dead Line String Band are influenced by the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia, bluegrass and jamgrass. These influences are evident in the material they cover, the style they play and their songwriting. As the house band for the Briar Patch, DLSB appreciates and encompasses the spirit carried from the Grateful Dead to contemporary music festivals. Dead Line String Band will be showcasing their original music in an opening set for The Schwag on Saturday, August 11. Their compositions are a compelling tour of their uniquely American experiences on and off the bus.

Band members

Charlie Formaro: banjo and dobro

Nick Loffredo: mandolin and vocals

Ryan Moffitt: guitar and vocals

Bob Rice: bass and vocals