Grateful Dead

Hartford Civic Center - April 3, 1988

Hartford Civic Center

April 03, 1988

Hartford, CT US

Average: 3.5 (13 votes)

Set List:

Promised Land
Greatest Story Ever Told
Little Red Rooster
Cold Rain and Snow
Stuck Inside of Mobile
Box of Rain
Don't Ease Me In

Playin' in the Band
Crazy Fingers
Franklin's Tower
Man Smart/Woman Smarter
Gimme Some Lovin'
Black Peter
Turn on Your Love Light

Baby Blue

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Attendees of this show

brezit, kbw66, Doug Lago, garypedmonds, curieye, tommurdough, jingbee1967, TeleSpacePharm, RANGER15, jtopping, crunchyfrog, Jackstrawdavect, SPAC84, scottocs, surfdude67, rymo, Capt Chowdah, DUPES DIAMOND BLUES, dantian, Oxford 88, Jackstraw1963, jbass77bc, madbonger618, eeegs, hightimer, M.Laurentus, hockey_john, v32, ai6pg, gdharlow, LongHammer6, DanSeth, Snaggletooth_, jeepster, ramblinrose1103, andychatfield, chungasrevenge, hitmeister, njlostsailor, Phinnegan, Zog, juddh1, djgratefullydeadicated, borncrosseyed22, hippydiver, Tufnel, Geodye420, ChinaRider77, mountainjack, heatheranne.johnson, NB_Dude, shug9, thismikebenz, skharvey, Nikon Harry, ArtVandalay, Jotasulli, moogirl, East Coast Head Out West, broken_angel, chyams, lotsofgreensmiles, Mr.Palmer, clowncianz, Marwil, kjn70, kjmcdonagh, Leggs4, shannycreek, darkstarcrashes, lazy, picc, zeekbythecreek12345, morning_drew, mojoman, rodiebluez1, Mr.Natural, johnnytreeman, Mud, swa, Rolokid, bobjewellconnecticut, thatch, slowmo1968, stroukoa, KevinShanks, jsginbull, TomBanjo1969, Uncle-Dave, foreverahead, Morganic, mugwa, deadredhead, micah68, jlawless, zebadya, jcjoesammax, cbchess, Rickyspill, liberty525, JCheskin, US BLUES 1970, Dan the Dog, cozchaz09, sugarmag68, La Gloria, deadinpcbfla., QuestionAuthority, alovours13, terrapintom, scorpm64, 10.000Mic_Johnson, comes a time, Disco Stu, ellis d, Cosmic_Harley, Mister_Charlie, Old School Chuck, photoleon, hjleddy, berger0621, emama, Deadercize 4 Life - formerly Bob Quinton, mzackim, Beamers, JHoler, powderjunky, shaw-, bgall, SNUMON,, m23, kenrock, shakedave, mbl, Brunfus, MooseARow, flach77, Ruttco, meeaj, lemond, Sweet William, Savage, chooch1, wmgunn, atleastimenjoingtheride, Phaldo, ladnarc, gravedigger7, jsomoza, dandrscll, deadheadfrom76, TERRAPINEYES, tjazzbo, Gtarjohn, saratogajude, Lynnzie, Max Creek, uconnjhd, darkstar70, clutch_cargo, greendad, jim d, Sugar Magnolia, Peppermint Patty, thecrowtoldme, voodoonola, NNJDEADHEAD68, TommyHolland, sitirose, Thepman, photos63, The_Music_Danced_Me, Birdsong1969NJ, aikox2, bobbyb, sigephead, Glenith, skunjelefeti, lamarred664, free2liv64, tattoohippy, shwack, beandog22, jbatt, Jackie Treehorn, aliceDmillionair, jellohead, HappyCat1970, WaywardBill, Get Weird, BoSoxMatt, Denali, Brother Esau, doctorspacebass, Upstate NY, Shov39, Dashoesoff, Bettylou, PatrickJP07, 2nd Generation DeadHead North Carolina, funkygoodpants, Wharfrat1963, ticket lee, Cosmic.Wimpout, tmorgspa, AlanSheckter, Sleepy Monkey, twilaq1, wheels69, Mr.Skjellyfetti, bigbob, jgaito, Duude,, estimatedprofits, romp711, HONDO, Peachy, theleven, hamal, Ricky0, AoxoA, gr8fljer, JGonlygirlie, rebel61aka goin2hlnabuckt, paddy25, Babuyaya, geriskids83, MIKIO_56, ramblonrose, BULLHEADEDDOGS, jobyallwaysdead, AndieIsAlthea, SocietysPliers, walkindadog, loulazz, GratefulGigi, lisainpotown, HowardH, UncleBruce1971, jozeppy, croc, tourdog12, MoonshineCito, GDfan4ever, jeffreygoodman, logstirl, tommygutt, DFBWM, Longnook, BlondeJim, ironsideny, lperyer, andrewmyers, Josef, powdrhnd, mary-sunshine, JReve, bportabello, JJammm, catchmohl, Esau, luvsupreem, melloslo, jbirdme, Stephen S Sharkey, david515, garciagirl,, boffo the chimp, AnnieRoses, gregp123, Big Boss Man, ez2lovu, crushedbyadwarf, aquanee, Telefunken USA, Josh, jerryskid, moosilauke, wharfrat8199, slicae611, JeffN, AikoBearzly, chichester, kevnshellie, barongsong, DEADFRK, Mike Edwards, ynot13, shackt, EstellaBlue, ripple7, Symmetry, shugamag, DrDarkStar, Terrapin_Tommy, GARCIAHEAD, dougiebay, asperling, Bootleg Bob, riggertoo, Cosmiccharlie, bonz713, captnbadass, Cookbitch, gratefulron, batcavejoe, midgeid, nipper, levitonjl, chrish, ramble_on_schroedes, judyc7, SkookS, cdmallar, walstib3, FootBear, skrletbegonia, jillstraw, TomK, philfan13, cking1225, Raff, johnlo, jaycap, paulb, PsillyJim, Grateful1313, tcerneskie, Maliz, WalpoleChinaCat, trg11167, DaffyDuff, Krispy, jonesgang, Jack-A-Moe, ratdog58, serafin, taperchef, Jack_Straw, skioa, David L., avarose325, musicrama, Nude Eel, boxorain62, TigerTrance, B42, Lovejoy, ratskrad, pantagruel, Bozo Bus, jims, other1, 2pigpen


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Joined: Jun 14 2007
not a great run

The Playin' > Crazy Fingers> Franklin's sequence might have been the highlight of the 3-night run although LL Rain on the 4th was pretty intense.

Not a lot of great moments in these 3 shows.

This was the run that put the band on Double Secret Probation with the city of Hartford. Among other things, the city was not happy about all the overtime they had to pay police officers for keeping an eye on all the Deadheads camping in Bushnell Park on Easter Sunday. Not that there was a lot of trouble but there was SO MANY of us - they kinda freaked out.

Joined: Jun 21 2007

The worst show I ever went to, hands down, and the only one I left early. Jerry's voice was trashed and he tossed the mic during Black Peter. It was painful to witness.

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Joined: Jun 5 2007
My first and worst

I recently celebrated my 20th anniversary to my this, my first show by downloading and listening to it for the first time. It was as bad as i remembered. The crazy fingers has to be one of the worst sung ever. After the show i remember describing Jerry's voice as sounding like gravel falling on sheet metal. About sums it up. And yes he did toss the mic during black peter. Luckily for me the next show i saw was 9-16-88 MSG which converted me for life.
"Music is the best" - FZ

Joined: Jul 1 2007
Download it

First of three nights...Jerry's voice was froggy from a cold and try as he might, this not he could not compensate with his playing what he could not do with his voice...

Download the show:
Disc One
Disc Two

dig it: The Good Ol' Grateful Dead Blog

Joined: Nov 3 2008

It was Easter, maybe Jerry had too many "peeps".

Joined: Jun 5 2007

Horrid ride from Philly to Hartford. Bad vibes outside when we got there. Saw kids chased down by cops over and over again. Once inside my stressed out tour buddy was rude to the kids whose seats HE commandeered. Just not good stuff all around and the fact that Jerry was sick and his voice indescribably bad just sapped all of the energ out of the show for me. I never went back to Hartford again.


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Hartford Civic Center - April 3, 1988