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Jerry Day at McLaren Park today

If you're going, and that would be a good thing, the organizers have sent out a bulletin that BART is doing various repairs that will cause Balboa Park, Glen Park and Daly City stations to be closed today. So while normally it would be a great option to take BART, today not so much. Check the Jerry Day site for more. (Jerryday.org)

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Almost too shy to love him. He was shy, real. That's why we loved him. He said that the audience was like a flower. All shy with heads down. A while after stranger met stranger our heads would relax and start to raise up smiling like a flower blooming.

Still missing the man. <3

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Jerry Garcia & John Mayer - Red Gibson SG

originally posted at sunshinedaydreamers.com by Ozark Matt

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–photo by Jim Laverty

Jerry Garcia playing his red Gibson SG with partially obscured American flag sticker during an outdoor concert in the quadrangle of Washington University Saint Louis on April 17, 1969. Wearing the away jersey of the Montreal Canadians sans front logo, Jerry played songs like ‘Morning Dew’ to a crowd of college kids on the same guitar that laid down the classic album ‘Live Dead’. Gibson originally chose the SG model (solid guitar) to represent Les Paul before he rejected the style for his iconic namesake as both guitars quickly solidified their position in Rock history.

The same night the Grateful Dead played Washington University Saint Louis in the spring of 1969 and Jerry chose to wear the Montreal Canadians red away hockey jersey, the Montreal Canadians were playing the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Playoffs; a Stanley Cup Playoff post season they would eventually win. Did Jerry magic aide Les Habs in hoisting Lord Stanley’s appointed trophy of the NHL’s annual champions? Maybe, except that night the Canadians lost at the Garden 5 – 0, but they went on to, strangely enough, sweep the St. Louis Blues and finish their winning season in the Blue Note’s old barn and once great rock venue The Arena two weeks later.

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The photograph Jim Laverty captured of Jerry playing the red Gibson SG, a guitar he often played from 1968 through 1970 (including Woodstock), is notable in its candor and proximity of subject. This particular image shows Jerry in a buoyant moment on-stage at a college where the R.O.T.C. building was occupied and eventually burned to the ground as Nixon began implementing his “secret” solution to Vietnam by dropping more bombs on neighboring Cambodia than all the ordinance used on Germany in the last war that mattered. He seems quite at home playing in a hockey jersey during turbulent times, times needing music and bands like the Grateful Dead.

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–photo by Ozark Matt

John Mayer playing his red 2013 issue ‘1961 Les Paul Tribute’ Gibson SG during ‘St. Stephen’ in Noblesville, Indiana at the famed outdoor amphitheater Klipsch Music Center on June 17, 2016. Mayer played his red Gibson SG one song the entire tour.

John Mayer’s two primary guitars on tour are his golden PRS Super Eagle, usually reserved for first set and encore performances, and his brilliant Blue Eagle by PRS, played during Dead & Company’s second set portions of their live shows, but for one song the entire tour, in a gesture to even further enhance the performance of St. Stephen, he chose an iconic guitar outside of his regular Dead & Company instrument lineup.

Made of mahogany with a fret-board of rosewood, the guitar cut through the summer evening air like a sonic laser as the crowd’s energy peaked.

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-photo by Ozark Matt

The high-gloss Heritage Cherry finish with hand sprayed nitro-cellulose beamed in the glow of rock concert lights as the Tune-o-matic bridge, Sideways Vibrato, and vintage style tuners with pearloid buttons popped and sparkled in celebration of finally contributing onstage. A red electric guitar was a unicorn caught wild on summer tour, frozen forever in radiant time.

videos highlighting Jerry’s Red Gibson SG

-Ozark Matt

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Still miss Jerry....

sorry was a double post...

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I was working as a shrink at an area hospital, 10:20am est, a hippie chick co worker of mine got on the elevator with me, she simply said....Jerry's dead, we didnt speak further. She got out on her floor, me on mine...was in shock all day, saw Ratdog at Shea's Buffalo Theatre that night....somber to say the least....was so pissed that Bobby would play, angry at myself for going....

the He's Gone was special though....I'm glad I went...

I miss Jerry!!!!

The music never stops!!!!!!!!

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I was supposed to have lunch with a PR guy

so I didn't go in to the office, but as soon as I started the car, they were playing sad Dead tunes on the radio, and the news was not far behind.

After giving it some thought, I decided to drive over to the peninsula anyway, only to arrive at my lunch date's office to find that he was not there, because his wife was giving birth to their latest kid.

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8/9/95

I was pitching baseballs to 5 kids on a ball diamond in Ely, MN when a guy drove by in a pick-up, and yelled out the window, "Hey, Jerry died..." 21 years later, we all miss him dearly.

R.I.P. Jerry

Today's Grateful Dead history feature on SiriusXM is from 9/3/72 (He's Gone > The Other One) ironically my 1st show! How about that?!

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Days Between

Today is the 27th anniversary of my first show. I feel proud to celebrate it and Jerry in the Days Between. Right in the middle!

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Hippy B-Day Jerry & Thank You!

Some cool post from your fans:
Your NO#1 fan Dawn Gaudio,
He sang in the cracked and reedy voice that made him sometimes sound on the verge of tears. His idea of stagecraft was to stand stock-still and utter not a word to the delirious multitudes who adored him. And yet he was a riveting figure onstage, a benevolent Buddha whose face beamed with merriment and sometimes sorrow as crystalline notes floated and soared and burst from the custom-made guitar that he seemed to play not with his hands, but his heart.
"For me," Garcia once said about the music he performed for over 30 years as leader of the Grateful Dead, "it's always emotional."

"Grateful words from Ron Yates. (~);-)
"He had the unique ability get out of his own way, to some how channel the collective energy of the audience and turn it into such beautiful music, which would drive the audience into creating the energy that he would...and on and on, it was a dynamo
Definition: DYNAMO
A dynamo is an electrical generator that produces direct current with the use of a commutator.
He was the communicator/commutator and he knew that the music played the band...and the band, were like a shoal of fish, like a flock of birds, like a swarm of bees and he would play with them, around them, through them, it was magic and the ones who really took that journey with him...they know what I'm talking about and they don't need to be told to 'shut up and dance' they just did....and MAN was it fun and beautiful and BOY do we miss HIM!!?"

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