February 16th: A Dose Of The Dead @ The Capitol Theatre
THE CAPITOL THEATRE PRESENTS UNRELEASED 1971 GRATEFUL DEAD CONCERT IN ITS ENTIRETY FEB 16 WITH FULL LIGHT SHOW
“A DOSE OF THE DEAD: 1 LEGENDARY NIGHT AT THE CAPITOL THEATRE IN PORT CHESTER, NEW YORK” TO FEATURE ADDITIONAL UNRELEASED MUSIC CURATED BY ARCHIVIST DAVID LEMIEUX
If you missed the Grateful Dead in their heyday at the Capitol Theatre, where they performed 18 times in 1970-71 alone, The Cap is giving you another chance to experience an all-out Dead dance party. On Saturday Feb 16, the rock palace will present a complete, unreleased concert recorded live at the theatre in 1971, played in its entirety through the Cap’s state-of-the-art D&B sound system at full-concert-volume and accompanied by visual effects from the theatre’s concert lighting rig.
“It’s no secret that the Grateful Dead loved playing at the Capitol Theatre,” says the band’s archivist David Lemieux. “The show, from 2/24/71, the final Grateful Dead show at the Capitol, and the last show of a six night run, features many recently-debuted songs (“Bertha,” “Loser,” “Greatest Story Ever Told,” “Playing In The Band,” “Deal,” and “Bird Song”), as well as a Pigpen-centric batch of great music, including “I’m A King Bee,” “Good Lovin’,” and “Lovelight,” with these latter two clocking in at nearly 20 minutes each.”
The show was mixed from the original 16-track analog master tapes recorded at the Cap for the Skull & Roses album, although none of this show was included on the album. Following the concert, the theatre will play a greatest unreleased hits “mixtape” assembled by Lemieux, drawn directly from the vault’s master tapes and from a recently discovered batch of tapes from 1969-70.
Happy Birthday Neal Cassady
If my memory serves me well tickets were 4.50 and 5.50 for the Capitol Theater back in 1970 and 71. The february 71 shows sold out in no time. When my buddies and I got to the Capitol that cold december morn (pre dawn) there were already 40 to 50 heads ahead in line. I read that Blair J.was there also that morning. My seat for 2/18/71 was fouth row in front of Jerry. By the way anyone remember that crazy guy in the third row that night who striped naked and got lewd. Jerry just kept playing and watched it go down and then the ushers picked him up pulled his skivies and pants back up and hauled him away. Crazy shit but it really happened. That aside, those shows may have been the best run I of GD I ever went to.I went all nights except one. I missed the bomb scare night when they emptied the theater out to the streets, combed the joint then let everyone back in. Oh well can't see it all. Wild and highly creative times. 70-72 my favorite eras. Have fun any of you going next week.
> P.S. Only $8-$10 to get in, are you kidding?
I'd pay $8-10 for a live HQ audio stream.
I saw Phil and Friends there on the last fall tour-it is a wonderful place to see a show-the new owner put a lot of time, thought(and money) into the venue to bring it back and Port Chester is a cool town. They know how to run a Dead show there-no hassles-no sweat.
I wish I lived a little bit closer...
I hope someone that is able to go will be kind enough to give us a full report on the experience (and the contents of the mixtape played at the end)...
P.S. Only $8-$10 to get in, are you kidding? I wonder if we'll see an 'AUD' of this...