May 25, 1974
5 beat "BIODTL" - "Beer Barrel Polka" tuning before "Sugar Magnolia" - also: Maria Muldaur; Great American String Band; Elvin Bishop - 10:00 AM
Set List:U.S. Blues
Beat it on Down the Line
Brown Eyed Women
Me and My Uncle
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Around and Around
Ship of Fools
Let it Grow
Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad
One More Saturday Night
Attendees of this show
Its like this folks.......we got there late at night and camped on the grass next to the stadium.They hit us with the sprinklers[intentionally,of course]then got in line in the a.m.Past the sign that said "cameras strictly forbidden"[dean]then through the tunnel out onto the field,turn left and wow,yellow umbrellas and speakers.We thought we were gonna play in the super bowl and ya know what?......we did.Ran toward the endzone and got stopped at the 20 yard line.I guess my wh and neverole trip here is to say that the acoustic set not only wouldve burned off the pioneers ears but wouldve blown them out of there covered wagons.A most if not thee most remarkable acheivment in american music history and I want the dead to get credit for it.We will hold this close to our hearts and never let go.....thanks jerry.
As already mentioned, it was a beautiful day in Santa Barbara. First time seeing Maria Muldaur...loved Midnight at the Oasis.
Jerry had shaved. Very cool US Blues to open. Just a great day.
I remember tables set up to the side of the crowd with those square cards depicting the Compliments of Garcia Album cover.
Drool........we tried to reach up to the tables to get those cards and got our hands smacked.Mean people who put those cards out........real meanies!
we missed those cards.....[head hanging down]
A huge banner was drapped at the top of the stadium which read "NO DRUGS". Well, the orange was already in...don't remeber too much about this show except I know I had a great time!
Told my parents I was going to go the mountains in Los Padres National Forest with an old grade school buddy Gary Garcia - Well, it was a LITTLE white lie - I went with Gary to see Jerry! lol
First Dead show.....Temps in the mid-90's with NO breeze coming off the ocean that was right behind UC Campus, weird.....did not expect to see a sound system like that, incredibly cheerful people, friendly & beautiful ladies, people lighting up hooters and sharing....."Wow! This is MY kind of rock 'n roll crowd!" is what I kept saying to my buddy Gary and myself.
And the music? Well, cowboy, these songs were right up my alley. I remember Mexicali Blues, Deal, Scarlet Begonias (the ladies were LOVIN' that one), Me & My Uncle, El Paso (Wha? A Marty Robbins song! Hot Digggidy!) and I was blown away by Big River and the Truckin' jam into other songs.
The next show would be in Los Angeles. Woah, what a DIFFERENT vibe THAT town had towards the Grateful Dead and it was NOT a positive one, see my accountof the awesome 15Oct76 show at the Shrine Auditorium, but's that's another story.....