Skull & Roses Festival Returns to Venutra Fairgrounds in April 2018


Skull and Roses is a celebration of community, a community generated by the music of the Grateful Dead.  Our music.
    Somebody asked Uncle John what being a Dead Head was all about.  He smiled and said, “When you want to be fully alive, an individual but also tied at the heart within a rich, vibrant family, somebody who wants to have a lot of fun and probably dance, too – then you’re a Dead Head.”  

Skull and Roses at the Ventura County Fairgrounds April 6, 7, & 8, 2018 

Snuggled up to the blue Pacific Ocean in that funky bowl full of memories that many thousand Dead Heads can still feel, taste, and remember, there’s going to be a veritable Grateful Dead garden.

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The music will run from Friday through Sunday, with various bands presenting a wide set of interpretations of Grateful Dead music.  The headliners —unique for such a situation—will play full shows on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings.  Performances will not overlap.

2018 Skull & Roses Line-Up
The Golden Gate Wingmen feat. John Kadlecik (Furthur, Dark Star Orchestra), Jeff Chimenti (RatDog, Dead & Co.), Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green, Billy and the Kids) Jay Lane (RatDog).
Stu Allen (Phil Lesh, JGB) and Mars Hotel
Melvin Seals and JGB


David Gans

Roosevelt Collier

Shred is Dead


Grateful Bluegrass Boys

Shaky Feelin’

Jerry’s Middle Finger (honoring the Jerry Garcia Band).

Tickets will be available in three phases: Early Bird: beginning today and running through January 29 — $69 for a three day camping & music pass.  Outrageous Deal! – 50% off.  January 30 – February 26:  On Sale One: $83.97, 40% off.  On Sale Two:  February 27 to April 2: $97.97, 30% off.   At the Door:     $139.95.  There will also be one and two-day tickets in varying permutations.

RVs will be welcome, but there will be no RV power hookups – camping will be as it was with the Grateful Dead.
The “Shakedown Street” market will be represented in ways you never dreamed of – clothing, mind-body-spirit, artisan goods, and memorabilia will be available.  There will also be vending from cars and blankets in the campground.  The Food Court will feature many cuisines; we promise that your stomach and taste buds will be happy. Adult beverages, too.

The music of the Grateful Dead wasn’t just assorted songs – it became a full, detailed language, one that musicians can speak and Dead Heads can dance to.  It was so fertile that it generated an entire subculture, one that shows no signs of flagging.  The question before us is how the language will carry on into the next generation.  Skull and Roses will present the language largely in the day time, in the rhythm of the earth that is the bowl at Ventura.

The spirit of the Grateful Dead doesn’t just endure; it thrives.  And in April it will blossom.

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