Friday, July 13, 2018

My First California Show: Sacramento, CA June 28, 1979

When I was a teenager, California was a Prophet on the Burning Shore.  I was up in New England.  But that would all soon change.
Step one, get a Marin County girlfriend
Step two, remember that my Mom's brother lived in Novato
Step three, go to California for the first time in June 1979 for ten weeks
Step four, see a bunch of club shows with Jerry and Merl
Step five, see three Grateful Dead shows in California

So, I was working in the Lonely Financial Zone, by the sea at Deans and Homer and was able to take a late afternoon bus up to Sacramento on Thursday June 28 after reading about the show in the Pink Section a week or two before.   Had to go.

I remember easily getting a ticket at the box office, and that the building really wasn't too full. It was so low key compared to places like Hartford, Binghamton, and Boston.

This was a fun show, albeit a little rusty compared to my earlier East Coast experiences. Nice little Don't Ease opens, Peggy-O and Its All Over Now shine and The Music Never Stopped closed set one.
The highlight of the show is the Scarlet>Fire and Playin in the Band>Shakedown predrums.
I did have to hitch home to Marin after the show and go to work the next day in the City.

Don't Ease Me In, Minglewood Blues, They Love Each Other, Mama Tried-> Mexicali Blues, Peggy-O, It's All Over Now, Stagger Lee, Passenger, Loser, The Music Never Stopped Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain, Samson & Delilah, Ship of Fools, Playin' In The Band-> Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> Not Fade Away-> Black Peter-> Around & Around, E: U.S. Blues

Friday, July 6, 2018

The Epitome of The Grateful Dead Experience, Hartford, May 10, 1980

Jeff Fishman, in his review, in The Taping Compendium, called this shows the The Epitome of The Grateful Dead Experience. Jeff felt that the first set sucked and the second set was incredible.  I think Jeff was half-right. Because the first set of this show is great as well making this one of the most underrated shows of 1980. Listen here

Where it really gets special is the Seven Songs before drums and Space. Note there is only a SBD of set two  China Rider still rather new in the Brent era opens before 1980 versatile workhorse Feel Like A Stranger seques into a rare predrum Comes a Time leading to Estimated>He's Gone>Uncle John's Band.  All of these can be heard on this page. 

I missed this show after seeing 7 during the May 1979 tour as I was (gasp) becoming a responsible student and I only got to see Portland, Maine the next night, 25 miles from my college.