The Dead of Summer Music Festival

410 Hunter Park Rd, Manchester, VT 05255, USA




 2 days of music and camping in the Green Mountains of Vermont. 

This rain or shine event will take place at Hunter Park on 35 beautiful acres nestled in the Green Mountains of Manchester Vermont

Live Music, Vendors, Food and Craft Beer, Family/Kid Friendly, RV Camping and Tent Camping

Gates Open at 9:00 am Friday July 7th 

Festival site clears at 10 am Sunday July 9th 

Kids 10 and under are free, all children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 


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2023 Line Up 


Melvin Seals has been a powerful presence in the music industry for over 30 years with a long-established reputation as a performer, recording artist and producer. Melvin is most revered for his powerful, high-spirited, Hammond B-3 organ, and keyboards in the Jerry Garcia Band. Melvin spun his B-3 magic with the Jerry Garcia Band for 18 years and in doing so helped pioneer and define what has now become "Jam Band Music". From blues to funk to rock to jazz, Melvin Seals serves up a tasty mix with a little R&B and gospel thrown in to spice things up. Melvin Seals and JGB  are Melvin Seals - Hammond B3 Organ, Keyboards & Vocals, John Kadlecik - Electric Guitar & Lead Vocals, John-Paul McLean - Bass and Jeremy Hoenig - Drums



Pink Talking Fish is a Hybrid Tribute Fusion Act that takes the music from three of the world's most beloved bands and creates a special treat for fans of the music.
Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish are all more than just bands... they are Phenomenons. Their creations have artistically inspired people and their mindblowing live performances have brought people together to form a special sense of community around the love for their favorite band. Pink Talking Fish features Eric Gould on bass, Richard James on keyboards, Zack Burwick on drums and Cal Kehoe on guitar.  

Steely Dead is a musical hybrid of the Grateful Dead and Steely Dan. Sonic worlds collide, between the structure, arrangement and precision studio recordings of rock legends Steely Dan, cross-pollinated with the Grateful Dead’s free-flowing, melodic improvisation and masterful song segues. Steely Dead merges these major concepts together while infusing the influence unto each band. Steely Dead is committed to the nuance of both bands while remaining playful with jam segues between songs, and delivering a unique musical blend.




Damn The Torpedos offer a complete Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers concert experience. Whether performing note for note renditions of the studio recordings or engaging the audience with actual live versions of Petty's performances, patrons and can be assured the band  delivers the awe factor every time!


Bearly Dead is an all-star cast of players with deep roots in the New England jam & festival scene. While the band plays all of The Grateful Dead classics, they also dive into an extended catalog, which may include any song that any member of the Dead ever performed. With over 230 songs in rotation and new material being added all the time, Bearly Dead performs wildly different set lists every night and ensures that each show is a unique experience.


Live your fantasy and embrace the stranger side of life with Bella’s Bartok. A band known for raucous theatrical performances and an outspoken political message of finding hope in a world beset by cruel uncertainty. With utter joy, they seamlessly blend a rich cacophony of sound and soul into their music with influences ranging from Punk to Folk and Pop to Americana.  Let your freak flag fly high, fiercely and free, throw your societal inhibitions to the wayside and seek comfort in the warm sonic embrace of Bella’s Bartok. We are the night and you are bound to boogie. 



Dead Man’s Waltz is a six piece group that explores and celebrates the music of The Grateful Dead and The Allman Brothers Band and The Band. With two powerhouse drummers DMW echoes the line-ups while effortlessly interweaving the grooves and jams of all three iconic bands creating a unique musical experience. Dead Man’s Waltz is an all star collective comprised of seasoned, like minded professional musicians. DMW’s line-up mirrors those of both The Dead and The Allmans as well as later line-ups of The Band. Dead Man’s Waltz features “Rev” Tor Krautter (Rev Tor Band) on guitar and vocals, Tom Major (Entrain) on drums, Andrew Costa (Stone Revival Band) on keys, Jeremy Walz (Soul Sky) on guitar and vocals, Jeff Prescott (Rasinhead) on drums and vocals, and Brian O’Connell (Uncle Sammy, Gordon Stone Band) on bass and vocals. 



Hayley Jane  pulls inspiration from a variety of styles, including 60's and 70's rock, pop, musical theater, folk, blues, soul, psychedelic, funk and bluegrass. Just as varied are the many ways she can captivate an audience. Whether the concentrated potency of her solo acoustic performance, the explosive energy + movement of her full band shows, or one of her theatrical performances, she always brings the charisma, humor + passion to move an audience. Hayley will be joined by her new band at  Dead of Summer.  



Deadgrass, a string band adventure through Jerry Garcia’s musical world. Formed by Matt Turk and C Lanzbom the band includes Bassist Dave Richards, banjo player Boo Reiners and fiddler Kensuke Shoji complete this fine group of seasoned pros exploring the life works of Jerry Garcia. Deadgrass will be returning to Dead of Summer for the 3rd time, this year they will dive deep into selections from Old and In The Way and more..


New York's Clare Maloney is one of the most distinctive, powerful and emotive voices in rock & roll today.  The internationally renowned singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has shared the stage with members of The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Starship, Allman Brothers Band, Hall & Oates, Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and more. Since 2018, Clare has been the vocalist for The Englishtown Project and more recently, she has toured nationally as a guitarist and vocalist with The Airplane Family and Deadgrass. Clare Maloney & The Great Adventure formed in 2021 and released their self-produced debut, Daybreaker, on December 9th 2022.  Relix magazine called their first single "a stunning debut" and praised the album for its "brilliant vocals, rocking band and polished songwriting."  The band features a rotating cast of adventurers including Nate DeBrine, Nathan Graham (Midnight North, Phil Lesh), Larry Cook (Tony Trischka, Joshua Hedley), Caleb Estey (Steve Forbert), Russ Gottlieb (Brummy Brothers, Deadgrass), C Lanzbom (Soulfarm, Deadgrass) and Damian Calcagne (Andy Falco, Railroad Earth). 



Saints & Liars is a five-piece Americana band from Southern Vermont, blending their own variants of Country, Folk, Bluegrass, and Rock n Roll. Known as “Vermont’s Roadhouse Roots Band”, having thrived in such venues throughout New England since 2012, the group is blessed to have found themselves on festival stages like WinterWonderGrass and Eastbound Throwdown over the years.

In addition to teaming-up on stage with amazingly talented folks like Pappy Biondo (Cabinet), Andy Falco (Infamous Stringdusters), Charlie Rose (Elephant Revival) and many others, Saints & Liars has opened shows for distinguished acts such as Greensky Bluegrass, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, Ghost of Paul Revere, and The Mallett Brothers Band.



 Misty Blues, 2019 International Blues Challenge finalist, is led by lead singer/band founder Gina Coleman. The band is based out of Berkshire County, Massachusetts playing original and traditional blues with hints of jazz, soul, funk and tent revival gospel since 1999. The band has recorded with Charles Neville and Joe Louis Walker, and opened for contemporary blues artists like Tab Benoit, Room Full Of Blues, John Primer, Albert Cummings and Michael Powers. 


ARUKAH is a three-piece Massachusetts-based original Jamband that has quickly gained  a loyal and ever expanding following in New England since starting in June of 2021. A certified super group made up of musicians from various well-established bands, an Arukah show features top-shelf musicianship showcased in jaw-dropping solos, multitudes of grooves.With a wild and high energy performance style, an Arukah show is a fun and uplifting experience that is not to be missed.