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April 8-11, 2021

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Circles Around The Sun

Circles Around The Sun's unconventional origin is defined by a serendipitous twist of fate. Acclaimed guitarist Neal Casal was asked to record a handful of Grateful Dead-influenced instrumentals to be played during the set breaks at The Dead’s “Fare Thee Well” concerts in 2015. To accomplish the task, Casal would recruit keyboardist Adam MacDougall, bassist Dan Horne and drummer Mark Levy to join him in the studio. That was supposed to be the extent of it. Fast forward to the recordings being played over the stadium's PA at the shows. The response from the audience was uniformly resounding, quite literally blowing up the internet with questions as to where this magical music came from and ultimately pleas for more.

To appease the demand, Circles Around The Sun released those recordings as their debut album, 'Interludes for the Dead.' It was followed by several acclaimed live performances. Again, the response was so positive, and the band was having so much fun making music together, that they decided to keep going. Indeed, the chemistry of the four musicians was instant and undeniable.

Circles Around the Sun—often shortened to CATS—returned to the studio in 2018 to record the double album, ‘Let It Wander,’ offering seven focused performances filled with imaginative musical turns and electrifying improvisation. Rolling Stone wrote: "'Let It Wander' is a set of even deeper spells that thread suggestions of Little Feat–style grooves and Bernie Worrell's percolating synthesizers in Parliament-Funkadelic through the German mid-Seventies space travel of Tangerine Dream and the offbeat churn of the Dead's "Estimated Prophet.'"

More tours followed, including sold out headline shows across the country, support dates playing theaters with Greensky Bluegrass and high profile festival appearances. The band recorded an EP with drummer Joe Russo, as well as, a follow up full-length album with producer Jim Scott. With their future appearing brighter than ever, fate once again intervened. This time it wouldn't be as kind. Co-founder/guitarist Neal Casal unexpectedly passed away in August 2019, leaving the band's future in question. After much soul-searching, the surviving members decided to carry on to keep Neal's spirit alive and honor what he'd created.

With a slate of tour dates scheduled for the foreseeable future and plans being made for an early 2020 release of the band's final studio recordings with Casal, fans can count on many more revolutions around the bright, burning star as fate continues to play its hand for Circles Around The Sun.

Friday 3rd April 2020

7:15 PM Circles Around The Sun Main Stage
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SKULL & ROSES IV is OFFICIALLY RESCHEDULED for APRIL 8–11, 2021

Dear Dead Heads,

Many worlds we’ve come …

We at Deluxe and SKULL & ROSES are sending continual positive vibrations to each and every one of you, your families & friends during this bizarre and unusual time. We hope you are safe and healthy and making your way thru this disaster with as little disruption as possible. We’re all in this together!

Naturally, we are all disappointed not to be together this weekend, but we have several very positive developments that should hopefully brighten your outlook…

SKULL & ROSES IV is OFFICIALLY RESCHEDULED for APRIL 8–11, 2021

Mark your calendars, we’re officially rescheduled to approximately the same time next year. We felt it best to take a full year off to allow the virus to run its course, rather than trying to force an earlier date that may also be negatively affected. ***If you plan to join us, you don’t need to do anything. Your ticket will be honored even if ticket prices increase in the future.***

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