Stella Blue’s Band has announced the third Free Dead in the Park concert to benefit Riverkeeper, presented exclusively by RISE cannabis dispensary. The event is scheduled to take place at Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park in New York City at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17. 

Following in the footsteps of the Grateful Dead over 50 years ago, Stella Blue’s Band will take the same stage as the legendary San Francisco jamband to deliver two sets of music and raise awareness and funds to help clean up the Hudson River.

“We want to use this wonderful music as a force of good, whether it’s lighting people’s souls with the sounds of the Grateful Dead or turning their attention to Riverkeeper and the work we need to do to ensure the health of the Hudson,” said Steve Liesman, Stella Blue’s Band rhythmic guitarist, member of Riverkeeper’s board and the senior economics reporter for CNBC.

Free Dead in the Park began in 2018 when a fan of the band acquired a $25 permit for Stella Blue’s Band to play at the bandshell and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead’s monumental May 5, 1968, free concert with Jefferson Airplane and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Since then, it has become a significant fundraising event for Riverkeeper. 

The event is supported by the Garcia family, the management company for the late Jerry Garcia, Friends of Free Dead, the Morgan Le Fay Foundation and The Capitol Theatre. 

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