About the JAM

Jerry Jam is the North East’s best loved music festival, celebrating the life of Jerry Garcia and the music of the Grateful Dead.


Jerry Jam began in 1996 as a small gathering of friends paying tribute to the life of Jerry Garcia and the music of the Grateful Dead.  After 5 years the gathering had outgrown the Barn where it began, in Bethlehem, NH.  It seemed that maybe the Jam had run its course.  That’s when the power and passion of community rose up!  Friends of the founder offered their larger properties to keep the vibe alive.

This is when Jerry Jam began its transformation from a very small, one-day gathering of 50 or so friend, to a full-on, multi-day music festival, now with over 2,000 kind souls attending.  We believe it is our humble beginnings and slow growth that make our festival unique.  We have capped our attendance at 2,500 to to maintain that “down-home”, grass roots, organic atmosphere.

We strive to keep Jerry Jam family friendly.  All of the organizers have children that have grown up with Jerry Jam.  To maintain this atmosphere we ask attendees not to overindulge!  This is a BYOB event, but we have very low tolerance for un-family-friendly behavior.  Let the MUSIC be the drug!  Seriously!!  Our motto has always been “Kind Minds ~ Good Times.”  We believe that a kind, positive neighbor-helping-neighbor attitude is the reason our festival gets great press and reviews.  So PLEASE, if you come to our festival, respect your neighbor and respect our number one priority of maintaining a safe, secure, and family friendly environment.

In 2013, Jerry Jam rose to new heights.  We were honored that Melvin Seals and JGB wanted to come to our little festival!!! In 2014 we were thrilled to welcome back Melvin and JGB, and we added a day to the event.  Jerry Jam 2016 will again be a four day festival, opening Thursday 7/21 and continuing through Sunday 7/24.

As always, we are pleased to offer your favorite food and craft vendors, and our wonderful Kids Tent!!

Kind Minds and Good Times!!!


22 thoughts on “About the JAM

  1. I have a stupid question. While I understand this is a tribute event to the Dead, will the band performing at the event be covering other artists at all or playing original music???????


    • Hey Shawn, we have lots of different bands. Several of them are Grateful Dead/Jerry Garcia tribute bands, and there is a lot of GD music, but there’s other kinds of music and original music as well. Something for everyone.


  2. My wife and I will be traveling in New England with our 37′ motor home, and would love to take my Jerry doll to this event. Before I purchase tickets, is there any problem with this size RV?


    • RV passes will be the same as last year- $50 for small RVs under 22′ and $75 for large RVs 22’+. RV passes will go on sale with the regular early bird presale tickets- look for them in January.


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