Graciously Departed formed from a group of musicians who wanted to put together a Grateful Dead Tribute act for a music festival the same summer the Grateful Dead were celebrating their 50th year as a band. The festival performance was a success and so they booked more shows and kept performing. After a few lineup changes and adopting the name Graciously Departed the band became a successful regional act playing small theaters, brewing companies and festivals. The group is currently is comprised of Erica Hegland (Keyboard and Vocals), Jamie Werner (Guitar and Vocals), Aaron Walker (Drums), Kidd Deckard (Drums), Chris Lee (Lead Guitar) Jim Johnson (Bass). Now Booking for Fall 2018 and 2019.