Established in 2017 to Explore Unique Interpretations of GRATEFUL DEAD Music

April 8-11, 2021

Ventura County, CA

Skull & Roses

Skull & Roses is a three and a half day music festival which celebrates the music and community that formed around iconic American rock band The Grateful Dead.

The Music

Skull & Roses 2020 will feature performances from Billy and the Kids (Bill Kreutzmann, Tom Hamilton, Aaron Magner, and Reed Mathis), Oteil & Friends (Oteil Burbridge, Eric Krasno, JM Kimock, Jason Crosby, Lamar Williams Jr.), Voodoo Dead (Steve Kimock, Jeff Chimenti, Jackie Greene, George Porter Jr., and JM Kimock), Melvin Seals & JGB, Jackie Greene, Keller Williams' Grateful Grass, Circles Around The Sun, Ghost Light, Grateful Shred, David Nelson Band, Stu Allen & Mars Hotel, Midnight North and many more. S&R features three jam-packed days with live music all day long Friday to Sunday, plus a kickoff party featuring Stu Allen & Mars Hotel and Rooster Conspiracy. 

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GA Plus Intimate Performances, Interviews, & More

Skull & Roses GA Plus pass holders will have exclusive opportunities throughout the weekend to attend intimate performances, rare interviews, and more in Hunter's Lodge, a comfy, indoor space located just outside the arena.

GA Plus Performances Include:

Intimate Performances by Steve Kimock, Jackie Greene, John Kadlecik, Grahame Lesh & Elliot Peck, Holly Bowling, Doobie Decibel System feat. Jason Crosby and Roger McNamee & more. 

Interviews with Oteil Burbridge, Steve Parish, Melvin Seals, Dennis McNally, Jay Blakesberg, Roger McNamee & more.

Slideshow "Between The Dark and Light", The Grateful Dead photography by Jay Blakesberg. 

Learn more about GA Plus by Clicking Here and be sure to grab your GA Plus passes for Skull & Roses -- they will sell out! 

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Food and Drink

The Skull & Roses menu of offerings are reflective of the vibrant culinary scene of Ventura and beyond. S&R Vendors include local breweries and restauranteurs. Check back in February for 2020 Food and Beverage options!

High Time Lounge

Our GA Plus guests have access to their very own lounge space right inside the arena, including sun-sheltered lounge seating with views of both S&R stages, VIP cash-bar access, air-conditioned restrooms, and complimentary water. The High Time Lounge is a great way to enjoy Skull and Roses with your crew.

Beer Garden Featuring Flying Embers, Relix, HeadCount, and The Exhibit

Located towards the back of the arena at Skull & Roses, but with a great view of the big stage is the S&R Beer Garden featuring our festival bars, activations from Flying Embers Organic Hard Kombucha, Relix, HeadCount, and The Exhibit where Jay Blakesberg will feature rare photos of the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia and more! 

Crack open a cold one, enjoy some festival eats at our picnic tables, and take in all the action! 

Shakedown Street

There's plenty shakin' on shakedown street. Explore vendors who have traveled from near and far to join us at Skull & Roses. Shakedown Street is located just a few steps away from all the action outside the main arena, you just gotta poke around.


Explore the full Merch line for Skull & Roses 2020 at the Merch Tent and all of the gear from the bands you love. The Merch Tent opens right before gates each day.

Silent Auction Benefiting Backline

Backline is the hub for music industry professionals and their families to quickly and easily access mental health and wellness resources. Skull & Roses is thrilled to support Backline through a Silent Auction with our friends at Go Charity. Stop by the Backline tent located inside the arena to support this incredible cause. 

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Mobile Charging Lockers

Why stress about losing your ID, dancing with a full backpack, or carrying around new merch? Keep your items safe and secure throughout the weekend — and your phone fully charged — by renting a locker at Skull & Roses! 

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