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>Eyes 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