Grateful Dead for Kids feat. Ed Hough’s Dead Collective returns Oct. 2

We are thrilled to bring back our most popular Saturday Morning Tunes show to one of our favorite venues, Ed Hough’s Dead Collective at Power Plant Live!

Grateful Dead for Kids featuring Ed Hough’s Dead Collective comes to Power Plant Live Oct. 2.

Ed Hough puts together some of the best touring musicians on the jam band scene. Past lineups have included guitarists Cris Jacobs and Tim Pruitt, bassist David Markowitz, keyboardist Mookie Siegel and more. This show is presented by Race Pace Bicycles.

We will be revealing the members of this show’s lineup every couple weeks between now and the show.

This is an outdoor show, in Power Plant Live’s plaza, which has a partly covered stage area and tons of room to spread out and dance. Even so, in light of the uptick in Covid numbers, we will be limiting the capacity to less than half of what Power Plant Live’s plaza typically holds, just to be safe.

We hope to see you, your kids (and maybe your parents?) at Power Plant Live Oct. 2.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the music starts at 10 a.m. at Power Plant Live, 34 Market Place in Baltimore.

Made possible in part by Garrison Forest SchoolWhiting-Turner Contracting CompanyLumina Solar, (cool) progeny and Clipper City Capital of Ameriprise Financial.

Artwork by the Baltimore children’s book author and illustrator Kevin Sherry.

Meet the musicians:

Sunny Trippel (singer)

Singer Sunny Trippel (Photo by Nicholas Fitanides aka Phrazz)

Whether getting tapped by Pink Talking Fish to sing “The Great Gig In The Sky”, or by John Kadlecik to sing spot-on versions of Grateful Dead songs, Sunny’s versatility is inspiring.

Having just successfully debuted her new original project “Walking In The Air” at The Kennedy Center this summer, Sunny will be in the studio recording an album forthcoming in 2022. She also leads Sunny Trippel’s Friends Unlimited, a group that features many of the best musicians in the DMV. Rudi Greenberg of The Washington Post wrote that the members of that outfit are the “Murderer’s Row” of D.C. bands.

As music director for SPARC (Specially Adapted Resource Clubs), Sunny has worked for over a decade with adults with lifelong disabilities. With an emphasis on philanthropy and social causes, Sunny has earned her spot as a beloved member of the D.C. music community.

Some of the artists Sunny has performed with include Roosevelt Collier, Sanjay Mishra, John “Papa” Gros, Ron Holloway Band, members of Tedeschi Trucks Band, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and countless touring Grateful Dead tribute bands.”


Ed Hough (drums, vocals)

Drummer & singer Ed Hough

Ed’s roots go deep in Baltimore’s Americana and jam band scenes, where he is among the most influential but also unassuming players. Whether singing and drumming (no easy feat) or playing guitar, Ed has a knack for bringing together some of the scenes’ best musicians. Almost 20 years ago, Ed co-founded an acoustic band called Smooth Kentucky, featuring an up-and-coming guitarist named Cris Jacobs, and later, a prodigious violin player named Patrick McAvinue. Cris’ other group, the Bridge (of which Ed also joined in from time to time), became one of Baltimore’s most popular bands, and Patrick would pursue a successful music career in Nashville. All along, Ed shared his love of the Grateful Dead by playing tribute shows with various lineups of musicians. Among them were players like keyboardist Mookie Siegel, who had toured with Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir and bassist Phil Lesh, and Cris Jacobs, who would go on to perform with Phil Lesh.


Cris Jacobs (guitar, vocals)

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Cris Jacobs

As the singer and guitarist in the Bridge, one of Baltimore’s most popular Americana/jam bands of the past two decades – and later as a solo artist – Cris Jacobs has left a lasting impact on Baltimore’s music scene. Cris’ guitarwork and songwriting have earned respect from the scions of roots, jam and soul music, from Ivan Neville (son of Aaron Neville) to Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead. A longtime friend, bandmate and collaborator with Ed Hough, Cris has released three solo albums and performs regularly solo and with his ace band in and around the mid-Atlantic.


Tim Pruitt (guitar, vocals)

Guitarist Tim Pruitt

A veteran of the Baltimore and DC music scenes for more than three decades, Tim has performed and recorded with New Potato Caboose, The Stone Hill All-stars, Arty Hill and the Long Gone Daddys, Smooth Kentucky, and Frankentractor.

John Butte (bass)

John Butte handles Bass and Bob Weir & Pigpen’s vocals for GD tribute band Better Off Dead. He also leads Butte and Friends – a Tedeschi Trucks-esque horn-fused ensemble.  He’s an elementary school band director as well – getting kids started right!

Kirk Kness (keyboards)

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(Photos of Sunny Trippel by Nicholas Fitanides (Phrazz) and Nate Payne)


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