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North Texas band Forgotten Space pays tribute to the Grateful Dead. Cover bands are taking over Industrial Street during a daylong festival on Sunday.
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Free festival celebrates the music of pioneering rockers

The organizers of the Industrial Street International Pop Festival call the tribute band extravaganza “Geezerpalooza.”

Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead would be 71 this year. Duane Allman would be 67 (and surviving brother Greg Allman is 66). Neil Young turns 68 next month, and David Bowie is 66.

There’s a twinge of injustice in associating the art of all of the above with geezerhood — a euphemism for declining skill and increasing general irritation with innovation. But a look at Sunday’s bill — which celebrates the likes of the Allman Brothers Band, the Dead, Neil Young and others — renders the sting of the word “geezer” with but a twinge.

Dan’s Silverleaf will have barely recovered from a Saturday night given over to Denton’s vigorous and un-geezerly indie rock, folk and alt-country luminaries the Hope Trust and Danny Rush before tumbling pell-mell into a Sunday full of the music of the cultural revolution.

A full day of tribute bands will tickle the groove things of locals who came of age as the Dead reached cult status and Young penned some of his most influential work.

The fest starts at 1 p.m. and wraps up at 7 p.m. The lineup features Psycho Pony, a tribute band covering Neil Young & Crazy Horse; Bob Dylan fanboys the Buick Six; the Almost Brothers standing in for the Allman Brothers Band; Remain in Light covering the Talking Heads; and Forgotten Space honoring the Dead.

The show is free, and is scheduled to run outside of Dan’s on Industrial Street. If it rains, the festival will move inside Dan’s, at 103 Industrial St.

— Lucinda Breeding


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