August 16, 1987
"Beer Barrel Polka" tuning before "Far From Me" - double start for "Brokedown" - FM broadcast KOTO - Olatunji and the Drums of Passion opened
Set List:Mississippi Half-Step
Little Red Rooster
Far From Me
West L.A. Fadeaway
Big Railroad Blues
When Push Comes to Shove
Samson and Delilah
The Other One
Touch of Grey
Attendees of this show
Two days of lovely but lazy shows in a very small venue.
Check out tapes of the encore. Jerry starts Brokedown Palace with the wrong lyric, leaving the rest of the band baffled. They press on for a couple more lines until they just crash and burn, leading Jerry to say, "Wait a minute... we're in the wrong key... this is all fucked up! It's the altitude, you know?" or words to that effect...
did anyone else dance down the street after this show with Bill Graham, Mickey and Baba Olatunji and band? great fun....
It was funny! - and perhaps not the first time I remebered this happening... a strange sort of deja vu... well, maybe it was the altitude!
8/16/87 was the day of Harmonic Convergence.
I thought that it had to do with the planets or stars....
Not quite! Here's the official story!
The period in history known as Harmonic Convergence was defined by Jose Arguelles as: “the point at which the counter-spin of history finally comes to a momentary halt, and the still imperceptible spin of post-history commences.” It was the fulfillment of the prophecy of Quetzalcoatl, known as the Thirteen Heavens and Nine Hells. The prophecy stated that following the ninth hell, humanity would know and experience an unprecedented New Age of Peace. The Hell cycle ended on August 16, 1987; the Harmonic Convergence began on August 17. Thus began the projected twenty-five year culmination of the 5,125 year Great Cycle of History, as well as the 26,000-year cycle of evolution, both slated to end in 2012.
I heard that Baba Olatungie held an early morning chant to celebrate the Convergence for a couple hundred lucky folks.
Unfortunately, I was probably waking up a few miles away in a very cold tent next to a really cold river at about the same time!
Fun Show - (except Push should have been Shakedown)Brokedown cracked us all up!
Definately goes down as the laziest Dead show of all time. But, it fit the scene perfectly. The smallest venue I ever got to see the band in. It was so beautiful & totally laid back. After the show a local reggae band played at the Fly Me To The Moon Saloon, Mickey & Baba both came.
i was at this show.i was standing up against this fence when it started shakeing,then it fell over and all of us heads started climeing over and running.horse rangers all over started chasing us, one was on my tail.i ran like hell up the incline as fast as i could, made sharp right deep into croud and zig zaged.lost ranger! the first of a couple of exp. to follow! wow, i still can remember details...
I WAS AT THIS SHOW,I WAS...is actully park city utah,not town park in co. its been a long time ago man,fogy memory....
I was a tad oxygen deprived but I didn't remember any hostile horse rangers!
Such a unique GD/JG moment.
The YouTube video of JG f'n up the Brokedown beginning is priceless.
That band has gotten thru colossal train wrecks, as we know, and thats all good.
It's so funny to see/hear how they/JG just had to can it cuz there was no getting back on track.
Once you start singing in another key, it's sooo hard to change to the new one. Especially since the beginning of Brokedown has a real less than typical chord progression.
For those who haven't seen the clip;
couldn't find it. darn!!!
oh well... Happy Jerry Week ya'll
It may seem important to note that Brokedown palace 'brokedown' and that was funny to see, but the best was the procession up the street after the second 'afternoon show' when Jerry Garcia himself was spotted in a white van headed up main street after the Mickey Hart Drum Parade...