Wednesday, October 2, 2019

An Underrated Maine Show, Portland, May 13, 1979 My 7th Show in 10 Days (Finals In the Middle)




This was the first show ever in Portland, Maine.And also the first show in Maine since April 1971. By May 1979 the Dead had already played 15 of their 22 ever shows in sister city Portland, Oregon.   This one on May 13, 1979 was the first of eight in Portland, Maine. I only saw the first two before moving to Berkeley 19 months later.

This was the last night of the short ten night first tour with Brent. I saw 6 of these 7, 7 of the 9 on the tour.

I went to 6 dead shows in 7 days, took my finals and then saw one more in Portland at the end. I managed to get all HHs (HH=A at Bowdoin). Crazy. Im pretty sure I only smoked weed and did not trip during this trip.  I almost got arrested only one outside Hampton.
This ended my 22nd shows all on east coast
My next 3 would be in Sacramento and Oakland.
There is a pretty hot Sugaree that opens this show and a cool Take A Step Back, always a favorite for me.  Usually for the time Jack Straw closed set one. The show is not considered top shelf (see 5/7,8,9 for the tours best according to Deadbase polling)

We did get Maine's first Scar Fire and a really nice Estimated He's Gone Truckin Nobodys Fault Jam.
Enjoy





SET 1
Sugaree
Take A Step Back
Mama Tried >
Mexicali Blues
Jack-A-Roe
It's All Over Now
Candyman
El Paso
Row Jimmy
Jack Straw
SET 2
Scarlet Begonias >
Fire On The Mountain
Estimated Prophet >
He's Gone >
Truckin' >
Nobody's Fault Jam>
Drums >
Space >
Wharf Rat >
Around & Around
ENCORE
U.S. Blues

Lewiston is not interested in the Dead on May 12, 1979


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