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Grateful Dead Reunion in Alpine Valley

An August 2002 trip to Milwaukee by camera-gal

Quote: What a long strange trip it was to travel so far to see one of the legendary bands of the century.

Grateful Dead Reunion in Alpine Valley

Overview

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The pilgramage to see the remaining members of the Grateful Dead play is comparable to a cult following. This was my first "Grateful Dead" concert experience. Because I'd been to see Phish play so many times, I thought the "Terrapin Station" festival would be comparable. It was, at the worst, disappointing. At the best--enlightening.

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Since the Alpine Valley amphitheatre is southwest of Milwaukee, you'll probably need transportation of your own. For this concert, it wouldn't have been out of the ordinary to arrive in a VW bus. Most cars were full of gear from traveling such a long distance to make the concert.

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Campground

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Hotel

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Who knew there were NINE Yogi Bear Jellystone Campgrounds just in Wisconsin?! Not in the entire world, but NINE in Wisconsin. Well, we didn't and we ended up going to the wrong one--Wisconsin Dells. Which turns out to be, oh, two hours away from the one we had reservations at. So, be careful if you want to stay here because you might look on the internet and go to the wrong one. As far as how this one rates, I wouldn't stay here again. I much prefer state campgrounds to private ones. This one being a private one, there was not much security. Things got a little out of hand on Saturday night. It could have been because there was a Grateful Dead show this weekend. We could distinctly hear...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on August 13, 2002

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Campground
8425 State Road 38
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53108
(262) 835-2565

Terrapin Station

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Attraction

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Can you sum up the biggest reunion concert in history? The remaining members of the Grateful Dead, the Other Ones, converged on the town of East Troy August 3rd and 4th, 2002. This was the first time they played since the death of frontman Jerry Garcia. The festival nearly didn't happen because local residents were afraid 200,000 dead heads would show up. When the Dead last played Alpine Valley, people were wandering through yards and camping out along the road. The festival was a success. Seventy thousand people gathered for those two days--peacefully. This was mostly because no one was allowed into the parking area without showing a ticket. Rules were strict. No outside vendin...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 23, 2002

Terrapin Station
Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53120
(262) 642-4400