Once again we’ve gone to unsurpassed lengths to create the most prestigious, exclusive and extravagant festival experience possible! We are so excited for this year’s line up. This will be the 4th Annual Grateful Festival, and it keeps getting bigger and better! We’ll be back again at our new venue, Fort Tuthill Fairgrounds. The outdoor and indoor grounds are massive, with room for everyone to dance, party together, hide in the shade or have your own space. We have some returning favorites as well as some new bands this year.
We’re kicking things off in grand style with a Friday May 26th welcome show, featuring the one and only Electric Waste Band from Ocean Beach, CA. They’ve been rocking the S. Cali area since 1989! This is their first time ever playing in Flagstaff, and they’re so good, we’ll have them play twice!
To start our Saturday we are honored to have live Grateful Dead Yoga! We are lucky to have Craig Yarbrough playing both days performing songs off his new CD as Kali Ray Torres guides us through live Hatha yoga, channeling our inner force and energy. Kali Ray Torres has trained extensively in many healing forms. Craig is a classical guitar master and blew everyone away in 2022! We are super excited for Cubensis, it will be their first time playing Flagstaff and Grateful Festival. Their headlining set on the Tiger Stage will be 2 hours of amazing Dead! They’ve been blowing peoples minds since 1987! We have Phoenix favorites Xtra Ticket Saturday night on the Wolf Stage. You know it will be rocking! Another 1st timer, Dave A’Bear’s A Very Jerry Band will be showing us how they do JGB in Colorado! Such an all star band. After that Electric Waste Band will be back with more great music for their second show! Also new to GF23, Detroit Lightning out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. You do not want to miss this jamming set! Las Vegas legends Catfish John are back again this year, the sure bet is catching them rocking. One more for the must see list, Prescott JRAD, a non stop improvisational wonder. Do not miss the afternoon set from Flagstaff’s own Flagship of Fools, they always tear it up!
We start Sunday again doing yoga with Kali and Craig, to get us ready for a full adventure ahead. We have blues explosion Pigg Ben & Dead Ass, tearing up that early 70’s GD with a heavy hint of SRV and Band of Gypsies! Another new face to GF23 are The Storytellers from S. Cali. They are the new “go to” band playing all the festivals and SW. People are still talking about their June Lake Jam Fest set! Since we will have Cali’s prodigal son Nate LaPointe still here, he’ll be debuting a special duo set, with TBA. A Sunday classic set with The Harvest, they always bring the party! Tucson legends Legion of Mario will be melting faces Sunday on the Tiger Stage. Close your eyes for a moment as Mario and the band take you to that special place. We are glad to welcome back Let it Grow from Albuquerque. They blew us away in 2021 and will be closing down the Wolf Stage! The Sunday headliner on the Tiger Stage is Colorado’s best new band, Steely Dead! You will hear Steely Dan and Dead tunes mashed to perfection, they killed it last year!
All the bands are stoked to be jamming with us in Flagstaff. Special sets, special guests and twists on what you thought you knew! Fresh Air, Gorgeous Mountains, another epic Grateful Festival awaits.