Grateful Dead

Utica Memorial Auditorium - January 14, 1979

Utica Memorial Auditorium

January 14, 1979

Utica, NY US

Average: 3.1 (7 votes)

Set List:

Cold Rain and Snow
New Minglewood Blues
Dire Wolf
Me and My Uncle
Big River
They Love Each Other
Looks Like Rain
Brown Eyed Women
It's All Over Now
Lazy Lightnin'

I Need a Miracle
Good Lovin'
Stagger Lee
Estimated Prophet
Eyes of the World
Iko Iko
The Other One
Black Peter
Around and Around

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MattMan's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007
Cold Rain and Snow

Sunday afternoon, cold and rainy
winter in New York State.
The auditorium was small,
one of those WPA hockey arenas
that are in every city in the Northeast.
It was warm and dry inside,
and all my friends were there.

We went in the Vegamatic,
orange like rust going sixty.

The show started slowly.
The same songs, the same order.
I've heard this before.
A first set like all others.

Then the warm-up over,
they shifted gears
picked up the pace and
swept us off our feet
dancing flying.

Now it's time to leave.
No more rain, just snow.
half a foot and more.

We had to push the Vega
up a hill around a corner,
ice and wind,
with a cliff on the side.

Just you behind the wheel,
three young men,
now all pushing fifty,
pushing and slipping
the wheels spinning
time away.

Joined: Jun 13 2007
Cold Rain and Snow

Hitchhiked to this show on one of the coldest days I can remember. Had friends drop me off on the highway the night before. Lost a tent pole, couldn't set up the tent in the woods, froze all night. Spent most of the show with my feel still numb. (But happy!) Big plaque in the foyer of the hall dedicated to Elvis, who died just eight days before he was scheduled to appear there. (Uh... a somewhat dubious honor for the town!)


Joined: Jun 19 2007

Of all the drum solos and duets I heard over the years the one they played this night was absolutely superb. Actually, it was astounding.

Joined: Jun 5 2007
This show had a strange vibe

This Sunday show was originally scheduled to be in November, and for me, it was the day before I had to register for second semester at Syracuse. The arena seemed to be empty... I recall walking right up to the stage and watching Jerry and Donna grinning at each other during Cold Rain And Snow...

One side note: My friend (Steve Menzer) and I saw Phil Lesh in the back of his limo with the light on, heading to the arena perhaps an hour or so before the show started...On the way back, we saw our friend Steve Miller on the side of the road getting towed out.

Joined: Nov 10 2007
Cold Cold Cold

A snowy night in lovely Utica - what else needs to be said? The show was OK and my shrooms were better, but the ride home around the Sacandaga Reservior was miserable. No encore and they kicked Keith and Donna out of the band about a week later. They kinda mailed in this show, but who could blame them? The best part was seeing all our crew there........

Joined: Jan 13 2009
Cold Rain And Snow

Drove up that snowy day in a 68 ford van, with Ron Brain the bartnder from Brothers in Willy Park And his dog. we broke down on the thruway on the way home and Ron fixed the van with a paperclip and some duct tape. We Push started it in the snow that night, each of us taking turns hoding the dog to keep warm.
The show was electric, i tripping my ass of on blotter. It was the highest I ever was for a show. Great Eyes of the world.
Saw Dave goldy there...yea

CosmicChrispy's picture
Joined: Mar 28 2009
Utica 79

We drove up from Ossining. I remember it being a general admission show and there being a crush at the door, but a deadhead crush, not too harsh. We met a bunch of buddies scattered around upstate at different colleges. This was my second show, the first being a sunny day at Giants Stadium. Quite a change. My chemical makeup that night made it a great show for me. The ride home, with snow flying towards the car was fierce to say the least.

Joined: Jan 10 2009
Swingin from Bingo

A snowy weekend - we did Philly on Friday and Utica on Sunday - god rest the soul of Peter Cordisco - this was the beginning of his DeadHead trip that would take him to 'frisco - we had done MSG the weekend before - Utica was "intimate" and cozy inside - cold, rain, & snow outside - a wild ride back to binghamton thru the snow - first time I heard iko - no encore ! at this point in my 'head history (7 shows) the only encore I had heard was johnny b goode - wake up to find out that you are the eyes of the world

dstache's picture
Joined: Sep 10 2007

Not a bad show, better than the prior show in Philadelphia, but nothing much here, no highlights, no great jams or solos. Bob's subjecting us to his learning on the job slide guitar early on and Iko sounds like a rehearsal (admittedly it often does). The jam in Estimated is interesting in that it foreshadows Eyes early on, and is like a nice long intro to Eyes. It should also be noted that apparently (according to the Archive at least) there is only one circulating recording for this show. I grade it, nak300.wiley-miller.18460, as AUD B+. Decent show, 6/10

Joined: Jul 15 2008
Ticket stub

Anyone have a copy of their ticket from this show? Trying to verify the promoter, a pic or scan would be great!



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Utica Memorial Auditorium - January 14, 1979