Furthur Fest Finds New Life As So Many Roads

Ex-Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir brings Ratdog, Rusted Root, Karl Denson on tour.

As promised, the Furthur Festival will return this year, though this time around organizer Bob Weir is calling it So Many Roads, with his band Ratdog, Rusted Root and Karl Denson's Tiny Universe filling the bill.

The 18-date tour kicks off August 10 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and runs through September 3 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Prior to So Many Roads, ex-Grateful Dead guitarist Weir and Ratdog will play seven dates with Phil Lesh & Friends (see "Grateful Dead Members Go On The Road").

Weir decided against using the Furthur moniker for this outing, since Dead percussionist Mickey Hart and keyboardist Bruce Hornsby — both of whom played with Weir and Lesh on the 1998 Furthur Festival — are unavailable this summer, according to a Grateful Dead Productions spokesperson.

Percussion-heavy rockers Rusted Root are in the studio working on their fifth album, the follow-up to their self-titled 1998 effort. The genre-defying Karl Denson's Tiny Universe just released Dance Lesson #2, which features appearances by DJ Logic, jazz guitarist Charlie Hunter and bassist Chris Wood of Medeski, Martin & Wood. Progressive bluegrass picker Keller Williams will also join the tour.

So Many Roads tour dates, according to the tour's publicist:

  • 8/10 - Scranton, PA @ Coors Light Amphitheatre at Montage Mountain

  • 8/11 - Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Six Flags Performing Arts Center

  • 8/12 - Burgettstown, PA @ Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake

  • 8/14 - Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six Concert Pavilion

  • 8/15 - Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach Amphitheatre

  • 8/17 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center

  • 8/18 - Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center at the Waterfront

  • 8/19 - Burlington, VT @ Champlain Valley Fairgrounds

  • 8/21 - Cleveland, OH @ Nautica Stage

  • 8/22 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center

  • 8/23 - Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center

  • 8/24 - East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre

  • 8/26 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

  • 8/28 - Chula Vista, CA @ Coors Amphitheatre

  • 8/29 - Universal City, CA @ Universal Amphitheatre

  • 8/31 - Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre

  • 9/2 - Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot Festival

  • 9/3 - Sun Valley, ID @ Elkhorn Resort & Amphitheatre