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Florida RV Park Remembers Jerry Garcia

August 2, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

Even in death, Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia maintains a following of young and old fans that rivals that of Elvis Presley.

And on Sunday (Aug. 1), “Deadheads” from across the nation came to Sarasota, Fla., and Sun-N-Fun RV Park to pay tribute to the guitarist and band that transcended music for an entire generation, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported.

Residents gathered at Sun-N-Fun RV Park to hear their favorite Grateful Dead tunes. Sunday’s concert was part of a weeklong celebration around the world for Garcia, who died Aug. 9, 1995, after spending 30 years in the group.

Mark Binder, programmer for WSLR 96.5, said the event is a big fundraiser for the community radio station, which dedicates a portion of its Monday programming to the iconic American rock band.

“I like to tell people they ruined my life,” said Binder, smiling about the band he has followed since 1972.

Sarasota resident Kurt Rowe, 50, wore a giant Grateful Dead hat his mother made for him in 1978. Rowe has been to dozens of Grateful Dead concerts, and even followed the group along a West Coast tour.

That tie-dyed culture rubbed off on his 15-year-old daughter, Genevieve, who grew up surrounded by the music.

Five local bands performed hits from the group, which has inspired a Sirius XM Radio channel and an ice cream flavor named after Garcia.

“They have a way of massing energy,” said a 60-year-old Sarasota resident who goes by the name Baba Trips.

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