Grateful Dead

Merriweather Post Pavilion - June 20, 1983

Merriweather Post Pavilion

June 20, 1983

Columbia, MD US

Average: 4.8 (26 votes)


final "Bob Star" - "Aboriginee dream" rap during "Sugar Magnolia"

Set List:

New Minglewood Blues
They Love Each Other
Little Red Rooster
Hell in a Bucket
Tennessee Jed
My Brother Esau
West L.A. Fadeaway
Music Never Stopped

China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Samson and Delilah
He's Gone
The Other One
Wharf Rat
Sugar Magnolia

Baby Blue

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Attendees of this show

RichIntoTheFuture, operagirl, dubai-escorts-bunnies, Brad125, fleck2, GeoffHarrison, iwuzthere, gbenn52,, trips4larzy, sebimmerlady, pmacsinthehouse, pukegrub, ccklone, doctorjay, Mountaingirl02, RobH, 1979-01-20, lexpost, Jerry Gillespie, vadeadhead, MikeOMikeO, fcbrew, hockey_john, v32, Lionsghost, Paul Dirks, Eastcoast65, The Grog, Quazi, jojomosgo, goodliving, DeadManDo, PalmerEldritch, Gr8ful Ed, ZephyrGirl, chuckebbets, intrepid, pjam, Geodye420, ChinaRider77, deadless, RippleV, mickydf250, WillyB, seltz, tashwolf, jpruitt53, moogirl, Dpwilljr, tcmarbles, Althea Rose, laurence, RedRocksJim, jilleh, hippierob, Esparka, kjmcdonagh, napadeadhead, Ljouwert, Dancin Dave, drc456, BIODTR58, tpenn, stereo_spencer, SidePocket, pitzdidg, downtownbear, andyd8519, Randy779, mdorf, AlaskaDeadHead1, stroukoa, FiremanBrennan, foreverahead, jlawless, redcdiver, Tweety42, sugarmag68, alovours13, RaymondMBrown, ladyalthea, picasso_moon420, Boulderhippy, GTLTBP, misterglen, Heynow from The Well, MONTANAGREEN, nicklas59, pat L, sandwich girl, ajfink12, lonesomejohnnie, docjbf, jrbird419, peaceonearth, CarlaDCArea, st stephen 11, hazenmc, Chiefchip, gairleog, chaoslodge, BornInADesert, BurntDawg, SCDeadhead, Savage, grooveon, Shaugn, Deadathoner, hippie-hugs, deadheadii, deadheadfrom76, SaintSteveg, imagine1979, ruk1nd, tomsned66, kat64, xxuncle johnxx, billytell, biodtl5, dbean, trippy, redeft, free idea, jasia52, tsadler, aikox2, bobbyb, Brooklyn Peach, MICKE527, jlg3rd, grantros, DeadPhotog, sgrmag2564, rami, stellablew, cub, aliceDmillionair, jimi864, gnoodle, BBAILEY, GoldenBear, Carl Adams, dave h, sakparadise, rowroy, planlorr, StaggerLee32, kwoody77, Robert Francis, ticket lee, Sprybert, deadhead83, Nikolai, 143or245, Tigerman, BigDog, playin33041, gwizard, rangerjoe, macdoogle, gr8fulme, teamcram, theleven, birdiewasthere, rgreene, mote patrol, picnic, GR8FLPT, Cass, FingersOfSkill, Hopierose, SocietysPliers, West.August, loulazz, steve73, mrkaos63, JMRDead, GratefulGigi, eclipse, Sluys Guys, HowardH, chinacatcumberland5, Rum Jungle, FlyAwayTooNight, logstirl, tommygutt, old but not dead, Valerie Stevenson, tenecjedhead, terrapin85, andrewmyers, JERRYJEFF G., JurassicBlueberries, CatfishJohn, warphrat, Uncle Jimmie, slidebrain, Superbengoshi, jackerowe, SBurke, hartwerger, raven, wolf, brainman, scaldeddog, sugarmag122, jerryskid3691, jblotter, timitart, Moonshiner, jordanofmn, SC, sugaree_2, wharfrat8199, Dancingnancies, drumzspace, joey-nj, TheDireWolf, UndeJohn, Tbear, dharmagum, RAUCHFEST, wmcgurn, taperdave, legionmary, nalex, Skully, Symmetry, liamrutan, gratefuldoc, gdgroupie, Jim Gore, budculbertson, greggm65, WWTyson, bshawlang, scullroses, ScottL57, jheidt99, batcavejoe, shasty, terrapin58, hot2na, levitonjl, jodoyle, OneGratefulDad, SkookS, mcleary, walstib3, B.A., augwest386, Bobby33914, Tony_S, tk and rebx, Raff, Columbia, mr b, stagger-lee, tcerneskie, htsspaul, LoneStarDead, coleslaw, gd4me, dschpan, philfan61, tcrawford, ricflower, mitchell, marlo, Golden Road, Thom, Zippatron, Duggles, tbsjr65, jergirl61, GRTUD, jcmpbl, Spender, dzemma, Alsflorida, tn2nadoes, aud, izzie


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Columbia's picture
Joined: Jun 10 2007
What can you say about this show!?

What can you say about this show?? All I can say is listen to it! I lived in walking distance to the venue and I had front row seats. What a show...I can never forget or listen to it enough!!!!! PURE ENERGY!!!

rangerjoe's picture
Joined: Sep 19 2007
first show

Unbelievable! As I look back this was why I became a head - I saw many, many after this but this was the best mainly because it was the first. It helps to have a recording so I can really flashback.

lonesomejohnnie's picture
Joined: Jan 13 2009
Looks Like Rain

Never got rained on so much in my life. The highlight was the lighnin strike during the peak of Truckin' then as The Other One got more intense, so did the storm.

rangerjoe's picture
Joined: Sep 19 2007
first trip on the bus

I have always felt there should be a club of the folks who were there (cause if you weren't you wouldn't truly understand) I often think the 100+ shows I went to afterwards were an attempt to capture that again - and many of the songs from that night are and always will be some of my favorites.

Brooklyn Peach's picture
Joined: Jun 20 2008
Best Underwater Dead Show

Best Underwater Dead Show Ever! See my comment misposted on the 21st.

Joined: Aug 20 2009
I have found the concert!!!!

A friend of mine recorded this show and someone stole my cassette copy years back at college. I was compelled to search today for the recording and found this site and am overjoyed to see the comments and memories "flooded" back!!! The rain, the lightning, Truckin dropping out and in, cars under water....I remember being on the top of the hill and swimming in the culvert while looking down on the stage with no cares of lightning all around......most memorable concert ever!!!!!

Joined: Jan 2 2010
What a show

Yes of course the driving wind and rain and then the power went out-I seem to recall it was during the other one (and yes, Truckin' now that I think of it-at of course the most appropriate moment), and it came back on right on the Phil Bomb - blowing the collective minds of everyone-including it seemed the band- the lights and everything perfectly in time with the music. Talk about the music playing the band they musta just kept a goin' through it all. You could definitely tell they were equally moved as the audience. One could feel the electricity everywhere in the air.

I recall lighting a bowl and sending it back into the field to the delight of my new neighbors. and I never saw it again. I did the whole east coast Spring tour from the board and my listening ears were on. Sounded amazing both in, and outside the shed, although outside was another world...what fun!

Joined: Jun 3 2010
It was 27 years ago today ...

I think it rained during the 1st set and then dried off, but during the 2nd set, the rain came down in sheets in a full-blown apocalyptic monsoon.

I was in the pavillion (and feeling lucky about that one, though I'm sure the mud people have the better stories!) Talk about a sensurround experience. Ahead on the stage, the band, who seemed electrified by the storm; behind us, sheer madness; in the sky, the elements of nature seemed to have joined the music, even to the point of being synchronized, or so it seemed. The Wharf Rat bombs were beyond belief. One of the most memorable shows ever.

Dpwilljr's picture
Joined: Oct 20 2010
Worthy of mention

Out of the 128 shows I saw, this is still the best. The planets were in alignment for me, and I guess a lot of other folks who attended...and The Band !!.
It was my 7th show. It is a time in my life I will never forget. I was on tour in my Jeep with some very cool people, all from different places.
The energy of the first set culminated for me during West L.A. .... as the song progressed, you could feel the intensity grow.
Probably one of the best Music Never Stopped I have ever heard. The Peggy-O will make you cry. Jerry's notes are so beautiful.
This is just the first set !
I was with people at the show, but I was dosing and completely immersed in the experience of what was happening, so we were separated and I was dancing at the back of the pavillion in front of the lawn where the roof didn't cover. I never felt alone after I was separated from my friends, we were all witnessing something incredible, and there was this feeling of unity of all the heads that were there.
I remember Weir saying "for those of you who are following us, we're going to badger you with a few tunes until we get them exactly right" or something to that effect before Brother Esau.
At that moment, I fell completely in love with every Deadhead on earth and the Band. Words cannot come close to describing the emotion I went through this night.
There has been so much written about this second set and I don't want to be redundant but I'll say a few things.
It is one example of the reason we all followed them to the ends of the earth.
From the moment the China Cat started, the energy was palpable. The notes Jerry was playing were totally unconscious . They came from his soul and flowed outward.
Listen to the jams during China-Rider and you will get a small sense of what I'm talking about.
The rain continued and Sampson exploded with a force stronger than thunder and lightening.
The He's Gone that followed was the best I ever saw.
It's important to note how the crowd influenced the intensity of this show.
Before the band even hit the stage, the collective, psychic energy of the crowd was already off the charts.
That contributed to a slow burn during the 1st set that completely caught fire during the 2nd set.
Also the best version of Truckin' I ever personally witnessed.
The second half of the 2nd set is for the books.
Everything about the rest of this show is beyond human description. You just need to listen.
Just make sure you don't miss the Baby Blue encore.
Every single time I ever saw a Baby Blue encore back in the day, it followed an amazing show.

hazenmc's picture
Joined: Jan 9 2009
My first show.

The bus came by and I got on, and this is where it all began...for me.


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Merriweather Post Pavilion - June 20, 1983