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Dream Bowl, Vallejo, CA, February 22, 1969


From what I’ve read online, the Dream Bowl in Vallejo, California was a dance hall which was hugely popular through the 40’s and 50’s, and by the 60’s was starting to lose some of said popularity. Several psychedelic 60’s bands booked a run of gigs early in 1969, including Santana, It’s a Beautiful Day, and the Grateful Dead themselves, who had two shows on February 21 and 22.

I think late 60’s-era Dead is some of my favorite, and this show is a great example of why. They were not even 5 years together as a band, but they played with the air of a group that was already pretty tuned into each other. The Dream Bowl shows took place right around the time the Dead were recording for their first live album, Live/Dead, and a lot of the songs on that album appear in this show, including “Dark Star,” as well as “St. Stephen,” “The Eleven,” and “Turn On Your Lovelight,” all of which appear in set 2 of this show, which we featured in this week’s installment of The Dead Zone. Please enjoy below.

Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO: August 12, 1987

A rockin’ good show from Red Rocks in this week’s episode of The Dead Zone. For this week’s installment on JEMP Radio, we gave you all of Set 2, a bright, solid rocker all the way. The band sounded tight from “China/Rider” straight through “Lovelight.” “Drums/Space” was ample, but not extensive, and we got a… Continue Reading

The Ark, Boston, MA: April 23, 1969

One of the things I love most about the Grateful Dead is when non-fans ask, “How can you listen to the same song so many times?” My answer varies, but most often, it’s a variation of, “It’s NOT the same song.” Depending on which version of any given song you listen to, you may get… Continue Reading

The Palladium, Hollywood, CA: August 6, 1971

Another California show, this classic from 1971 was another widely traded audience tape that has since seen several soundboard and matrix versions crop up at archive.org. So stellar a show from that summer, that it was released as part of the Road Trips series a while back, but as is so often the case, it’s… Continue Reading

Fillmore East, New York, NY: February 11, 1970

If you’re not familiar with this show, I almost don’t want to tell you what you’ll hear, lest it would ruin the surprise. If you’re anything like me and my other audiophile friends, you’ve probably had those late-night-weirdness conversations that have begun, “You know who I’d have loved to see jam together?” Followed by hours… Continue Reading