June 24, 1984
last "Dancin": 07-07-81 
Set List:Dancin' in the Streets
New Minglewood Blues
Me and My Uncle
Ramble on Rose
Hell in a Bucket
I Need a Miracle
Playin' in the Band
Samson and Delilah
The Other One
Attendees of this show
This was my first show. I wasn't familiar with the Dead besides some obvious stuff (like Friend of the Devil) and I was suprised to hear them open with Dancing and start the encore with Satisfaction. The bulk of the show was a drizzly blur to me, but big fun nonetheless and a useful substrate for future shows. The first of many Playing's.
I was confused in a "who's on first" way when I askedm y friends about the freaky part of the middle of the second set and they kept trying to explain that that part was "Drums, Space, and The Other One." (Which other one, I wondered? The other what?)
The Dancin' was a welcomed surprise after serveral years off. They changed the intro and style from 81'. I loved it.
Went here with some friends from Ridgewood, N.J. whom I've since lost touch with.
Lot's of fun walking the lot in the rain!!
Went with Lorraine
I smuggled in my movie camera and shot some Super-8 sound footage at this show. I should get it transferred. It rained like hell the whole time. Jerry at the height of his badness, head down, not much interaction with the others, but he played great!
We ( me & jerry matula (mowgli) got there the day before and set up camp in the parking lot closest to the ticketboot/ entrance...kicked back in our lawn chairs and watched as a small city grew around us..day of the show was one long anticipation and the band deliverd in spades non stop dance-a-thon..i remember so many people dancing on the ramps that they were swaying up and down..weird as usual got lost in the lot after but found my way back to our little piece of earth to chill and stayed till we were again almost the only tent in the lot ...pure unadulterated FUN !
i remember overhearing someone complane about having to hear Satisfaction....looooooser!
There is a marker at Saratoga noting that the Dead had the biggest attendance ever at SPAC...I forget what year.
It's funny, at the time I didn't appreciate the cool first set as much as I do now looking back on it. I remember the Miracle - Bertha the clearest. Can't remember my reaction to Satisfaction, cuz I was a big stones fan, I prolly bitched that it didn't compare to the original....hahaha, whatever, I was still young and stupid.
His job is to shed light, not to master.
You are right Grizzly there is a marker, they set the attendance record in '83 but then broke it again this night in 84'. Probably due to the word getting out that they ripped SPAC in '83. The legend would grow with this show and the Dancin' breakout. Again a double encore and another show in the rain in Saratoga. Damn this was fun and the venue just rocked!
Xian, that was a good story about being a bit confused about drums, space and The Other One. I was a bit niave at my first show as well, perhaps even a small part of my seond show. I think alot of us are. Good times.