Concerts, like dimly lit chandeliers, are more impressive outdoors and are more enchanting when adorned with strategically placed glow sticks. Let your light shine with this GrouponLive deal to the Dark Star Jubilee 2012 at Legend Valley. For $144, you get a Rising Star VIP Experience ticket package for Friday, August 31, to Sunday, September 2 (up to a $240.74 value, including all fees). Kids 12 and younger are regularly admitted for free. The Rising Star VIP Experience package includes:
- One three-day festival pass
- Private entrance to the festival grounds
- Camping near your vehicle
- Close proximity to the stage
- Private showers and portable toilets
- A gift bag
The Dead live at Dark Star Jubilee 2012, a three-day lineup of bluegrass and jam bands that feature three re-creations of vintage Grateful Dead concerts by the Dark Star Orchestra. On tour since first forming in 1997, Dark Star Orchestra has performed more than 2,000 shows, virtually every one an exact replica of a concert in the Dead's 30-year history, down to the set list, the instrumentation, and the setup of the stage. Former members of that storied ensemble will also be in attendance fronting their own bands. Saturday sees the Donna Jean Godchaux Band with Jeff Mattson on the side stage and the Mickey Hart Band closing the main stage with rhythmic gusto, and Sunday's show spotlights the 7 Walkers, featuring Bill Kreutzmann.
Though echoes of Jerry Garcia resonate throughout the festival, a healthy seasoning of bluegrass, funk, and reggae keeps the weekend popping with surprises. Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk closes Friday night with the son and nephew of The Neville Brothers blasting an in-your-face funk that gets booty and brain a-jittering, and one-man jam band Keller Williams opens for Dark Star Orchestra on Saturday, turning endless loops into intricate rhythms that nearly threaten to outshine his blistering guitar skills. Jefferson Airplane founding member Jorma Kaukonen also solos on Saturday, and The Infamous Stringdusters take the stage on Sunday, unspooling an Appalachian weave of fiddle, mandolin, and guitar in distinctly modern compositions.