Grateful Dead

Grateful Dead Meet Up At The Movies 2013: "Sunshine Daydream"

On a blistering summer day in 1972, the Grateful Dead took the stage on the grounds of the Oregon Country Fair in Veneta, Ore. for what would become one of the most legendary concerts of the band’s storied history. Join us this summer when we screen the previously unreleased concert film “Sunshine Daydream” as part of our now annual Grateful Dead Meet Up At The Movies.

Originally shot on 16mm film and painstakingly restored to HD resolution, "Sunshine Daydream" captures the band at the height of their powers (fresh off the Europe ’72 tour) and at the epicenter of the counterculture movement. Special features include never-before-seen footage of the concert day as well as recently recorded interviews with key participants from the time such as Ken Babbs, Sam Cutler, Wavy Gravy and Carolyn "Mountain Girl" Garcia, who provide insight on how the community came together for this special event to help raise money to keep the local town’s Springfield Creamery afloat. This extraordinary screening also shines a spotlight on some mighty fine tunes, with a playlist containing all new Stereo and 5.1 Audio mixes done by Jeffrey Norman at TRI Studios in San Rafael, Calif. and mastered by Grammy® winning engineer David Glasser at Air Show Mastering in Boulder, Colorado, with tape transfer and restoration by Plangent Processes.

"Sunshine Daydream" will only be playing on the silver screen for one night! Come along and connect with Dead Heads in your neighborhood on Thursday, August 1 at 7:30 p.m. local time.

Tickets are now available at

Look and listen: "China Cat Sunflower" from "Sunshine Daydream":


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cactuswax's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007

PLEASE schedule an encore showing! Missed this at the last second due to a family emergency. Next week? Pretty please??

The Weve's picture
Joined: Feb 16 2010
SSDD movie

Nice to see this on the big screen. I'd have to say this is a big improvement over the VHS and DVD-R's that have been going 'round for years. The music also sounded great, we'll enjoy listening the the complete show. I was hoping that the '65-6 Acid Test black & white footage would've been omitted, this stuff is everywhere on Kesey's videos. Surprised they didn't have Jerry pushing the broom.

greysoul's picture
Joined: Aug 22 2007
@ DardenA

Courtenay Tie Dye, I believe.

Sweet, sweet "Bird Song"!

Joined: Mar 7 2009

Where did you see it? I was in Redwood City, CA, and I thought the sound was great (if a bit loud). The audience in our theater was sparse but appreciative. You probably should ask for a refund; it sounds like what you experienced was a localized problem.

Joined: Jun 5 2007
Andy Coe Band @Laserium

Yes! That was lots of fun!! Took a while for the laser duo to dial it in, but once they did it was fabulous. Second set Dark Star part 2 was particularly trippy.

Joined: Nov 10 2010
Sound was a huge letdown

I never complain on this site (and rarely post). I'm grateful for all the releases. But the sound at the theater was horrible. The drums were completely out of time with the rest of the band. There was a huge delay between the drums and the band. The surround sound was really watery, and after the first song, I was almost ready to leave.

I was really looking forward to 2+ hours of amazing '72 Dead, loud, clear and pumping, in a theater on a big screen.

The showing sounded nothing like the preview on this site. Even old versions on YouTube sound better. I know there's a difference between stereo and 5.1 or surround sound, but the showing was a huge waste of money.

My wife and I stuck it out, but I had to leave during Sing Me Back Home, it was too painful. When we got home I played my wife the preview of China Cat and she was amazed at the difference.

I'm almost ready to ask Fathom for a refund. We blew $36 on a hugely sub-par audio experience.

Never again. I'll spend the money on the DVD for any future releases.

Joined: Aug 1 2013
TieDye commercial/preview before Sunshine Daydream

Does anybody remember the name of the TieDye company that was previewing before the start of the film? Thanks!

Gr8fuljess's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007
Sunshime Daydream

I'll be seeing it in Oahu with a shipmate :)

Dead Ahead's picture
Joined: Jul 20 2007
Danville, CA

Going with my wife. The first and only time I've seen the movie was in 1973 when it screened at Stanford.

Zomby D Wulf's picture
Joined: Jun 9 2007
sunshine daydream

Will be at the cinema 14 at capitol mall olympia, wa for the show tonight, gonna show my grandson how we partied then.


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