Gulfstream Park Racetrack - December 29, 1968
December 29, 1968
Miami Pop Festival
My very first show. More like a short set that they dragged out, the promoters were trying to push bands on and off the stage as fast as they could. The Mothers of Invention were running late on the main stage so we wandered over to the second stage to see the 'Hippy Band from San Fran' and were blown away. Right then and there, the bus came by and I got on, that's where it all began................
My first Dead encounter and I was impressed. This was east coast Monterey in many ways.
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A strong The Eleven segues into one of the best ever versions of The Other One, with Jerry ripping one crazed, high-energy lick after another! It's unlike any other version I've heard.
what can I say? I was waiting for Zappa and Hendrix
To me they seemed to play one song forever.
I wish I could go back in time as I think probably most of us do.
And the road goes on forever....
Visiting Miami at 15 years old I saw an advertisment for the Miami Pop Festival at Gulfstream Race Track, what a lineup of music! One of the bands I had heard of on Trinity College radio was called the Grateful Dead, I had bought their 1st album and really enjoyed it so I was excited to see them as well as many others. They played in the meadow, not on the main stage, but were so amazing, energetic, and fresh- I was converted from that day on. It has been a life changing journey of over 40 years.
Lovelight, Dark Star > St.Stephen > The Eleven > Cryptical Envelopment > Drums > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment > Feedback > We Bid You Goodnight
Age 19 on Xmas break from college. Ashamed to admit I was more psyched to see Steppenwolf. Thankfully the Dead came on after them on the #2 stage and I have had my musical priorities in tact ever since. They were great that afternoon, particularly The Eleven and The Other One. I distinctly recall a clean shaven Jerry who was stomping his feet during the show ... May it never end and always be!