March 14, 1981
Set List:Feel Like a Stranger
Me and My Uncle
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Greatest Story Ever Told
Ship of Fools
Saint of Circumstance
The Other One
I Need a Miracle
One More Saturday Night
Attendees of this show
My very first show! I never looked back, and went on to 50+ more! 'Miracle' stands out in my memory as a good one.
This was also my first show. Great Saturday night fun with my deadhead sister and all of my best friends and four way windowpane. Followed by all-night dead partying at the Deke house. First set Peggy-O (my favorite song at the time) was a treat the boys played just for me. Second set Stella Blue was a great winddown, with blue lights and soft breezes. Kicked off a mini-spring tour for me, with shows at New Haven, Providence, Nassau, and more.
accidently lost count of the squares I ate. lost my sh-t BIG TIME! intermission felt like I was in an alien airport. saw coloured threads of light streaming from the dancers...it was fun to weave psychedelic tapestries with them. Stella Blue was..er stellar! also the most potent Sugaree I ever saw in approximately 125 shows. second song of the night and in my opinion ...The PEAK!
The bus came buy and we all got on. This night I think the majority of folks tripped and it was a zoo, but in a good fun prankster way. Great first set that was long and offered many treats, but a killer China>Rider, which would become a staple of the many great shows the Dead would play in Hartford, really got the place realing.The Dead understood many new fans had arrived and the second set schooled us "newbies" in those well traveled adventures. Stella was amazing and then wow an eruption of I Need A Miracle>Bertha> Good Lovin, it blew that new roof off the building and was a tip of the hat to the late 70's which was way cool and a blast. We all danced like there was no tomorrow. Saturday Nite had Bobby rocking us out one more time, another early 70's treat.
At the time I enjoyed the first set more than the second set. My expectations were a bit high condisering the dead were about to embark on a european excursion. Second set song selection was weak but the execution of those songs made me play tapes of this show over and over for years to come. Another fun Saturday night in the center of the constitution state. After the show went to the Holiday Inn up the block. Someone pulled the fire alarm and the hotel emptied out into the Hartford night. It was fun mingling with high happy heads and pissed off tourists in their PJs. I must be getting old because I don't come across that type of spontaneous fun anymore....
Also want to mention this was my first show. I was just beginning to understand the whole scene. We hung out with some heads at a nearby college before the show who were playing an audience tape of the previous nights show in Utica.
I remember thinking how incredibly cool it was to be doing that.
I didn't really understand the immensity of it all until my second show later that year in Providence.