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

Billyho67, 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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Joined: Jun 15 2007
Love reading all the comments and remembering -

this show was one we talked about for months - and here it is almost 30 years later and still talking. The rain, the mudslide, the lightning strikeing at the PERFECT moments; the 'herd of cattle' walking/swimming through the very swollen creek back to the parking lot; and the MUSIC. I still smile picturing the scenes in my mind's eye! If anyone happens to have a copy of this, somehow it isn't in my collection but I'd love for it to be. I'd be so grateful!

what a long strange trip it continues to be.

Joined: Aug 30 2011
Like I told ya...what I said

This 1st of many Dead shows, saw me wondering around with my eyes popping outta my head for various reasons. Amazing Amazing A'm sure I got struck by lightning....& I remember feeling or surviving the sound suction effect when the power was cut......LOL !

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Joined: Feb 7 2012
Single most INTENSE show ever!

For those of you who were not there - Read the comments and BELIEVE the passion behind them.

For those who were there - Remember this one forever!

I agree with many that have commented that this was the most incredible experience of my Deadhead life. I saw somewhere between 95 - 100 (Lost count, sorry) shows myself. I was luck enough to catch a New Year's show at end of '85 and also saw them once in an amusement park (Wonderland in Toronto anyone?), but this, by far, was the most mind blowing.

My friend even ran away from home to go see this show! Rode a bus from Doylestown, PA and then hitchiked out of Baltimore. The whole story is amazing really involving spending the night outside the Sears customer pickup roof at the mall, hidden bags in the woods that we found after the show with lighters in the rain, etc. Another time for all that as I don't want to clog things up here.

THE SHOW! Oh my, what a show! I agree that the boys fed on the frenzied madness and energy of the crowd this night. For those who have never been to the Merriweather Post Pavilion I HIGHLY recommend it! If you are anywhere near that area go see a concert there, ANYTHING! It is set in the woods in suburbia and is just super cool.

I think this was only my 4th Dead show so I was still pretty new to the scene. The energy in the air was palpable. There was a buzz in the air (and in many heads) that is unlike anything I had experienced before, or since for that matter.

The first set was amazing in its own right, the playing was fantastic, the boys were grooving along with the crowd. It rained but we didn't care since we were in the pavilion near the left rear.

The second set was legendary. The RAIN, the RAIN, the RAIN! Wow I have never seen such an intense storm. I remember looking back at the "Mud People" over and over again, shaking my head. Many times it was like a waterfall coming off of the pavilion and you couldn't even see them. When it did slow down Mud People were sliding down the lawn a la Woodstock (the original one for you young folks) and it was total chaos!

China>Rider>Sampson was so freaking intense my brother blew a fuse. He kept asking my friend and I if we should go. We were like "Go? Go where?" His altered state couldn't stay there anymore and he left. The band then immediately started playing He's Gone (which was really creepy). I found out the next day he got so confused trying to get out he actually climbed the fence! He's the only one I know who ever scaled the fence to get OUT of a Dead show! LMFAO! The lightning strikes were absolutely INSANE and interrupted the sound multiple times, especially during Trucking and The Other One. While I am usually a fan of soundboards, this is a show where you should search for a clear audience copy and listen with your headphones. You can hear the energy build in the crowd as the night goes on, especially during lightning strikes. After Bobby does his "Aboriginee Rap" during Sugar Mag he says "So what do you think about that?" There is a 1 or 2 second pause and then this girl screams as her mind is completely split open as she processes what he just said. Absolutely priceless!

The next day there were cars under water, motorcycles under water, etc. Hell, I'm surprised there weren't people under the water. That place never recovered from that night. Neither did anybody who was there. That would be great to have some kind or reunion party like somebody suggested, it was THAT remarkable.


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Joined: Oct 20 2010

The Canada show you mention was the the first of the '84 summer tour. It was in Maple, Ontario. It was actually a very special show.
Ken Kesey and Wavy Gravy were there and there was a radio simulcast of the show.
We were fortunate enough to be in the pavilion and although this wasn't the best show of the most certainly was a memorable one.
Jerry had a very funny interview for the show and made reference to New Yorkers putting their feet in toilet water (if you can imagine) to get relief from the early summer heat wave.
My favorite part of this show was the three song (I think) encore.
What a great start to an epic summer tour.

The Grog's picture
Joined: Feb 7 2012
Happy 30th Anniversary Merriweather '83!

Still the most intense show I ever attended. I remember it like it was yesterday. Some of my fondest memories with my best friend. We will never forget this day.

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Joined: Aug 25 2012

Yes to all of the above. This one was just 1 of those shows none of us will ever forget. I was just outside the pavilion completely soaked to the bone. Not sure many of us cared about how wet we were. I think its because the boys gave us there all so in turn we did the same.
after researching this one I just thought wonder how many "bob stars" I saw. well all 3. rather lucky I guess

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Joined: Dec 14 2007
1st and last time for

1st and last time for Merryweather post

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Joined: Jul 29 2009
Truckin Jam

Somebody please tell me there was a lightning strike at the peak of the buildup at the end of Truckin. I have a really good Matrix of this show and the crowd goes completely berzerk.

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Joined: Aug 25 2012

There was for sure lightning threw out the entire second set some closer to us then other times. I will never ever forget these 2 shows scared for my life at times.

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Joined: Jun 17 2007
Rain Rain and more Rain, best Sugar Mag of all time

The pa cuts out 2 times, phil bombs could be the best Sugar Mag of all time


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Merriweather Post Pavilion - June 20, 1983