Garcia said “We were great for seconds on end.” I was lucky to see Jerry play for about 1,000,000 seconds exactly. Thanks for your 1,000,000 views here . Dave Davis wrote this blog for 500 posts and 5 years from 2015 to 2019. Contact me at twitter @gratefulseconds

Sunday, June 30, 2019

JGB's After Midnight>Eleanor Rigby>After Midnight Reigns Supreme in Oswego February 17, 1980

JGB Brought It This Cold Night in Upstate New York with After Midnight and an Eleanor Rigby sandwich and also Positively Fourth Street, Catfish John, Deal, Let It Rock, It Takes Alot to Laugh
and the show was endless. As is the Student Newspaper Coverage of the Show. I'd see the show nine nights later with Rick Sullivan (who I still talk to 40 years later!) from the front row at the Ocean State in Providence  and see Tiger Rose, Promontory Rider with Robert Hunter in the JGB, but I'd trade it for this show. Heres 2-17-80   According to JGMF, this show brought the Band a cool $10,000.

Note that Dead wordsmith supreme Howard Weiner devotes Chapter 4 of his Positively Garcia book about this show, calling it one of the best Garcia Band shows ever (4th!) and since you really should support Dead writers, I'll only give you a snapshot of his writing below. Just buy his books!

Also please thank Keith Gatto for recording this show. It's a wonderful audience.

This is flac encoded & tagged version of shnid: 9017

Jerry Garcia Band
Laker Hall, SUNY Oswego
February 17, 1980

MAC(taped by Keith Gatto Nak 300s>Sony TC-D5)>DAT>CD>WAV>SHN.

Disc One
1. /Melody
3. /How Sweet
4. /Catfish John
5. Deal
6. /Positively 4th Street

Disc Two
1. That's Alright Mama
-set 2-
2. /Money Honey
3. Sittin' in Limbo
4. Let it Rock
5. After Midnight >
6. Eleanor Rigby >
7. After Midnight

Disc Three
1. Train to Cry
2. Harder they Come

And here is the wonderful coverage in the Oswegonian

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Weather Report>US Blues takes 50 Minutes And The Set-Long Sugar Magnolia Sandwich is Invented Show on June 28, 1974

The Wall of Sound played havoc with the Grateful Dead's 1974 summer show 45 years ago due to the sheer time to take apart, transport and reassemble the speakers.

It is appropriate then, on a couple fronts, that this three-disc set concludes a near thirty minutes of untitled jam immediately preceded by a quarter hour of rhythm guitarist Bob Weir's "Weather Report Suite."    (you can listen above)

You can take 50 minutes of set two between Sugar Magnolia and Sunshine Daydream and simply write Weather Report>US Blues. But the > in the middle is a once-only highlight of the Grateful Dead's entire career.

Obv the Dead loved Massachusetts in June (or anytime). But this is my favorite Mass Dead ever.
Boston Globe, 12-31-1998

Mps of the show are:
1st Sugar Sunshine split
12/10/1973 Charlotte Sugar Magnolia > Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad [5:44] > Sunshine Daydream [3:50]

1st full set Sugar Sunshine split.   This split was also popular at Boston shows with 3 of the first 6 at Boston shows

Sugar Magnolia [6:00] > Scarlet Begonias [8:35] ; Big River [4:48] ; To Lay Me Down [7:43] ; Me And My Uncle [2:37] ; Row Jimmy [8:01] ; Weather Report Suite Prelude [1:16] > Weather Report Suite Part 1 [4:09] > Let It Grow [10:11] > Space > Mind Left Body Jam > Jam [27:39] > U.S. Blues [8:30] ; The Promised Land [3:00] > Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad [8:16] > Sunshine Daydream [3:37]   (from

Thursday, June 6, 2019

RIP Dr. John

RIP Dr. John

On a cold Palo Alto January 10 night at Sophie's in 1976 when James Booker came up from New Orleans to replace Nicky Hopkins in the Jerry Garcia Band, JGB played Right Place, Wrong Time, which was Dr John's biggest hit (billboard #9, US charts)

On an April 7, 1972 bootleg from Syracuse New York, Dr John and band played a wicked Wang Dang Doodle as its penultimate tune. The Dead were in London.

He also played with John Kahn and Jerry at the beacon on April 21, 1982