Returns to California’s Legendary Ventura County Fairgrounds with Elevated Experiences and Expansive All-Star including Original Drummer in Long-Awaited Return of Billy & the Kids and Much More Ventura, CA

(November 12, 2019) is a multi-day festival which celebrates the music and community that formed around iconic American rock band the . It returns for its 4th and best installment so far at the holy grail of the West Coast Grateful Dead scene, the Ventura County Fairgrounds (California), from April 2-5, 2020.

This year, for the first time, an original member of the Grateful Dead – drummer – will appear as one of the festival headliners, sharing the long-awaited return of his side project Billy & the Kids.

The event has also evolved from bands exclusively performing music of the Grateful Dead and , to now include those that have been inspired and influenced by their timeless music, including many original acts such as , Circles Around the Sun, Light, , , , and multi-instrumentalist .

Skull & Roses has also expanded to four days, beginning with a Thursday night (April 2).

Kick-Off Party featuring and Mars Hotel and a rare performance by featuring , , and .

Friday to Sunday the music will run daily from 11:00am to midnight, and until 7:00pm on Sunday on two alternating stages.

In addition to Billy & the Kids, headliners also include the second Skull & Roses appearance by , and the festival debut of , ’s (The Other Ones) unique project which debuted for three sold out during the 2015 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and have only performed a handful of times outside of with slightly varied lineups that explore the Dead’s expansive live catalog with a nod to New Orleans.

Kreutzmann will be joined by “The Kids” Tom (), (The ), and ().

Burbridge, who performs with , will be accompanied by (), John Morgan Kimock (), Jason (Terrapin ) and more.

Kimock’s also features (), Jr (The ), , and JM Kimock ().

While continuous music will take place on two stages all day long, there will also be new spaces for festival goers to explore including an expanded ‘Shakedown Street’ vending area, an all day and night general store, Shady Grove where people can relax and cool off, and Franklin’s Tower, a large indoor lounge with chairs, couches, and full-service bars.

Plus a gallery of photos to view and purchase by photographer and posters by Dennis Larkins, and others.

Skull & Roses is also introducing a new ticket category, GA Plus, for 500 fans which will offer many great perks including access into the High Time Lounge, a large tent with great views of both stages, furniture, full-service bars, reserved bleacher seating adjacent to the stages, and air-conditioned bathrooms.

GA Plus members will have exclusive access to their own section of Franklin’s Tower, which will feature intimate musical performances, meet & greets, and even admittance to interviews with some of the musicians by Grateful Dead extended family members Steve Parish and Dennis McNally.

Skull & Roses is offering many new lodging options this year including hotel rooms at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach and Ventura Beach Marriott, RV and tent camping at the nearby Ventura Beach RV Park, and home rentals through our partnership with Vrbo.

Don’t miss this celebration April 2-5 with friends, family and the community where you can expect “strangers stopping strangers just to shake their hand.” Tier 1 tickets will go on sale Friday, November 15th at 10:00am PST starting at $199 while supplies last for General Admission and $399 for GA Plus, also while supplies last.

More information and details can be found at:

Skull & Roses 2020

Billy & the Kids

Voodoo Dead

Jackie Greene
’ Grateful Grass
Circles Around the Sun


Jerry’s Middle Finger
Harrington’s Merry Pranksters


’s Shred Is Dead

Featuring Dave A’Bear


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