Acoustic and improvisational music will return to the summer festival circuit this summer with the launch of the inaugural JamGrass 2002 tour. The run will feature the David Grisman Quintet, the Sam B

Acoustic and improvisational music will return to the summer festival circuit this summer with the launch of the inaugural JamGrass 2002 tour. The run will feature the David Grisman Quintet, the Sam Bush Band, Peter Rowan & Tony Rice, the John Cowan Band, and the Yonder Mountain String Band. Select stops will also feature Leo Kottke and Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna), while a total of 11 dates will boast the Dark Star Orchestra performing rare acoustic sets along with its typical electric show.

The tour will kick off July 18 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md., a show that will also feature the String Cheese Incident. The tour itinerary currently lists 24 dates, set to close Sept. 22 at Jones Beach in Wantagh, N.Y., although more dates will be added, according to organizers. Along the way the tour will join a pair of larger events -- Aug. 10 at Alta, Wyo.'s 15th annual Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival, and Aug. 31 at Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival.

JamGrass 2002 will help to fill a void left by the loss of the once annual H.O.R.D.E. tour, which for seven years combined jam bands with pop and rock acts. That tour last made the summer rounds in 1998 with founding act Blues Traveler, Barenaked Ladies, Ben Harper, Gov't Mule, Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise, and Alana Davis on all dates. Smashing Pumpkins, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Paula Cole, Fastball, and others joined for a handful of shows.

"Electric jam bands have been growing in popularity, but the acoustic-oriented artists didn't have an appropriate vehicle to showcase their world-class talents," Paul Lohr, executive VP of tour promoter Buddy Lee Attractions, said in a statement.

Here are the JamGrass 2002 tour dates:

July 18: Columbia, Md. (Merriweather Post Pavilion)
July 20: Shelburne, Vt. (Shelburne Museum)
July 21: Gilford, N.H. (Meadowbrook Farms Musical Arts Center)
Aug. 2: Cincinnati (Riverbend Amphitheatre)
Aug. 3: Columbus, Ohio (Promo West Pavilion)
Aug. 4: Pittsburgh (Amphitheatre @ Station Square)
Aug. 9: Park City, Utah (Deer Valley Amphitheatre)
Aug. 10: Alta, Wyo. (Grand Targhee Festival)
Aug. 11: Denver (City Lights Pavilion)
Aug. 16: Noblesville, Ind. (Verizon Music Center)
Aug. 17: East Troy, Wis. (Alpine Valley Amphitheatre)
Aug. 18: Cleveland (Tower City Amphitheatre)
Aug. 22: Phoenix (Celebrity Theater)
Aug. 24: San Rafael, Calif. (Marin Lagoon Park)
Aug. 25: Saratoga, Calif. (Mountain Winery)
Aug. 29: Silverton, Ore. (Oregon Garden)
Aug. 31: Seattle (Bumbershoot Festival)
Sept. 6: St. Paul, Minn. (venue TBA)
Sept. 7: Kansas City, Mo. (Starlight Theater)
Sept. 8: St. Louis (UMB Bank Pavilion)
Sept. 10: Nashville (Ryman Auditorium)
Sept. 20: Boston (FleetBoston Pavilion)
Sept. 21: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center)
Sept. 22: Wantagh, N.Y. (Jones Beach)