Melvin SealsPhoto: David GansThis weekend sees the return of Northern Kentucky’s Cripple Creek Music Festival, a daylong outdoor concert that features touring and local acts and raises money for a good cause. The idea for the festival sprung from the formation of the nonprofit Winning With ALS, which Tom Miller established in the wake of his own ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) diagnosis in 2015. Created to assist young children who have parents with the disease, Miller also wanted to do something unique as a fundraiser, so he and his group of volunteers launched the festival last year and brought in popular Rock/Soul/Funk touring outfit Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe to headline the inaugural Cripple Creek event.

This year’s fest has another Jam-band-scene favorite as a headliner — singer/keyboardist Melvin Seals, who worked extensively with the Jerry Garcia Band. Seals and his JGB crew will be playing with another Grateful Dead affiliate, John Kadlecik, the guitarist for elite Dead tribute ensemble Dark Star Orchestra who also played with Bob Weir and Phil Lesh in the band Furthur. The rest of the 2019 Cripple Creek festival’s lineup includes Brooklyn Soul Rock group Revel In Dimes and Lexington, Kentucky Blues Rock quintet Magnolia Boulevard, plus area acts like Trauma Illinois, Blue Moon Soup and Casey Campbell, the Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle singer/drummer who is currently readying a new solo album, One for the Folks Back Home, for early next year.

Check the full lineup/schedule below:

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2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. $36. DCCH Fairgrounds, 75 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell.